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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Executive Director- AfricAid Girls Education, Denver, CO

Job description

Target Start Date: Monday, October 14th, with final dates TBD

Position Location: Denver, Colorado
Application Deadline: Friday, September 6th, 2013
AfricAid (, a growing nonprofit organization that supports girls' education in Africa, is seeking an energetic and experienced Executive Director to lead the organization in identifying and implementing fundraising strategies, developing communications plans, managing domestic and international programs, and supervising its US staff, interns and volunteers. The organization is looking for someone who has a proven track record in and is passionate about fundraising and who deeply understands the mission and importance of supporting girls' education in Africa.
AfricAid has raised nearly $2 million over the past 12 years, and has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of young Tanzanians through providing scholarships and leadership training, installing computer labs, building classrooms, supporting a school lunch program, and funding vocational and teacher training programs.
The Executive Director will report to AfricAid's Board of Directors, will be based in Denver, Colorado, and will work closely with AfricAid's Country Director in Tanzania.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Work in partnership with AfricAid's Board of Directors and staff to implement AfricAid's long-range strategic vision, including:
  • Strategic Planning
    • Work in partnership with AfricAid's Country Director and the Board in Tanzania to jointly develop and achieve programmatic strategic plans, metrics and objectives with associated budgets for AfricAid's "Signature" programs in Tanzania
    • Work with, and supervise the efforts of, AfricAid's Country Director in managing and monitoring AfricAid's "Legacy" programs in Tanzania
    • Maintain close communication with the Tanzania office, with weekly calls required at minimum.
    • Manage donor- and grant-funded projects and comply with grantor requirements
    • Work with the Tanzania office to develop strategies related to program research, evaluation, data collection and analysis
  • Resource Development
    • Develop annual budgets for the organization in conjunction with the Country Director and the Board of Directors, and lead the organization in meeting its fundraising targets
    • Design and implement fundraising campaign strategies, in coordination with AfricAid's Development Committee
    • Maintain and build upon relationships with existing and potential key foundations, corporations and governmental agencies
    • Identify grant opportunities, and write and/or supervise the writing and submission of grant proposals
    • Manage grants, assuring that reporting requirements are met and that grant monies are being spent in accordance with grant requirements
    • Meet and cultivate relationships with existing and potential donors
    • Organize and manage fundraising events with the Board of Directors, Event Committees, and volunteers
    • Conduct presentations to diverse communities of potential supporters
  • Communications and Public Relations
    • Design, oversee and implement communications and public relations strategies with the Board of Directors and AfricAid's Communications Committee
    • Oversee and manage the distribution of all online and print communications materials and collateral
    • Identify publicity opportunities for the organization
  • Management and Administration
    • Ensure compliance with all relevant local, state, national and international laws and regulations
    • Work with Boards, Committees, and Accountant to monitor and track organizational budget
    • Directly manage and supervise the US staff and interns
    • Identify and interview prospective US staff and interns
    • Provide supervision of certain of AfricAid's Tanzania programs and projects, through AfricAid's Country Director
    • Collaborate with AfricAid's Board Chair to prepare for quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors
    • Ensure that the office is supplied with all necessary materials and that all needed equipment is maintained and in good working order
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in a relevant field
  • 3-5 years of proven success in:
    • Identifying and implementing successful fundraising strategies including proposal writing, individual donor cultivation, and event planning; and
    • Developing and managing domestic and/or international programs, as well as preparing and administering annual and multi-year budgets;
    • Supervising staff, interns and/or volunteers
  • Experience in and real passion for international development, girls' education in Africa, and/or women's empowerment issues
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills
  • Professional, organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision
  • Positive and hard-working, committed to AfricAid's mission
  • Willingness and ability to travel to Africa at least twice annually for up to three weeks at a time for project and site visits, and otherwise as needed
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Experiences:
  • Master's Degree in international studies, international development, non-profit management or a related field
  • Proficiency in Swahili
  • International work/life experience in Africa or other developing countries
Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Please include your salary requirements in your cover letter (see below for more information).
Applying for the Position
Visit to learn more about AfricAid's work.
Qualified applicants must submit a cover letter (with salary requirements), and resume to Incomplete applications will not be considered.

How to apply

Visit to learn more about AfricAid's work.
Qualified applicants must submit a cover letter (with salary requirements), and resume to Incomplete applications will not be considered.


1031 33rd Street, Suite 174, Denver, Colorado, 80205, United States


Start date
October 14, 2013
Application deadline
September 6, 2013
Education requirements
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
Salary details
Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Please include your salary requirements in your cover letter.
Job function
Owner's areas of focus

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