Full-Time Grants and Operations Associate
Educate!, a fast-growing non-profit social enterprise, is looking for a Grants and Operations Associate based in New York City to help our team and the organization get to the next level. Educate! has been scaling rapidly and we are creating this dynamic new role to take on big areas of responsibility as our team’s needs expand. As the Grants and Operations Associate, you’ll be able to use a wide range of skills as you take on our largest grant proposals and most complex reporting, finance responsibilities, fundraising strategy, and strategic projects. It will be a great launching point for someone who wants to learn the ins and outs of how a best-in-class fundraising team operates.
We’re looking for a rockstar implementer, numbers whiz, and systems-builder with an exceptional eye for detail, a strong sense of professional judgment and responsibility, and solid writing skills to join our lean, dynamic External Relations team. You’ll join a motivated, passionate, overachieving international team that is positioning Educate! to be the leader in skills-based secondary education in Africa and reach one million youth per year across ten countries by 2024.
Educate! works to transform education in Africa to teach youth to solve poverty for themselves and their communities.
Educate! provides youth with skills training in leadership, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness along with mentorship to start real businesses at school. Our model is delivered through practically-trained teachers and youth mentors. Educate!’s goal is to make this practical, skills-based model part of national education systems.
In 2016 we’re working in 100 schools in Rwanda and 12% of secondary schools in Uganda (350 schools) reaching over 120,000 students. Our model was proven to have massive impact in a randomized controlled trial. Graduates earned DOUBLE the income of a control group and had a 64% increase in business creation. Our graduates change their lives and their communities, such as Lillian Aero who employs over 100 AIDS-affected women.
In 2012 Educate! partnered with Uganda’s government to integrate curriculum and a student business club structure into Uganda’s entrepreneurship course nationally, and in 2015 we began serving as a technical advisor to Rwanda on their national curriculum reform.
Educate!’s team includes 100 staff and over 140 volunteer youth mentors. We have been backed by top foundations such as MasterCard, Big Bang Philanthropy, Mulago, Echoing Green, Ashoka and Global Innovation Fund. Educate! won the 2015 WISE Awards, and was featured by Forbes 30 under 30, Clinton Global Initiative and The Brookings Institution.
Educate!’s vision is to reach one million students annually across 10 countries in Africa by 2024.
Grant Writing and Reporting (45%)
Educate!’s revenue has grown steadily year on year, in large part due to our strength at crafting strong proposals for major grants. These proposals are often complex, requiring substantial coordination across departments and extensive planning. We want someone who can jump in, learn quickly, and swiftly begin leading proposal writing projects. You will:
- Work closely with the Director of External Relations on our largest grant proposals to run smooth processes and produce high quality pieces of writing that tell a compelling, accurate, and detailed story of our impact, mission, and vision for the future
- Support the Director of External Relations to fulfill our most complex reporting requirements, especially financial reporting, and create systems to improve the efficiency of our reporting as our impact and reporting responsibilities scale
- Within six months, take the leading role in major grants and reports
US Finance and Operations Support (25%)
As Educate! scales our impact, we’re also scaling the complexity of the operations to support it. We now have finances and staff in four countries, and we are shaping today the systems that will allow us to function smoothly when we are three times our current size. You will:
- Become comfortable with our finance system, supporting the Director of External Relations on quarterly financial closes, the annual audit, and other finance-related projects
- Support the team in creating and implementing new HR and Talent systems
- After a year, be able to independently take the lead on managing the external accountant and bookkeeper
Fundraising Strategy & Donor Relations Support (15%)
The way we use our time to build relationships with and earn investment from individuals and foundations is the most critical factor for how much impact we can create. You will:
- Create systems to implement our long-term fundraising strategy and move us more quickly towards our revenue targets
- Use good judgment and creativity to communicate with donors in clear and engaging ways that help them understand and enjoy Educate!’s work
- Within six months, be a primary contact for some top prospects and be contributing insights to our fundraising strategy
Strategic Executive Projects (15%)
The External Relations team is growing, but we still embrace our start-up culture! As part of Educate!’s Global Team, you’ll support the entire 10+ person External Relations team in the US and Africa and our international leadership team on communications, fundraising, US operations, and other projects as needed. Examples from the past have included:
- Strengthening recruitment practices and building our talent pipeline in the US and Africa
- Diving into the nitty-gritty of organizational management by researching and drafting internal policies in areas like international travel, health insurance, and document management
- Creating an external document demonstrating our strength in the area of empowering girls and women
- At least 3 years of experience required and a Bachelor’s degree required
- Experience managing projects required. No formal “project management” experience is necessary, but you should be comfortable planning and keeping on target a large project with many moving pieces and a large team behind it—This could be an event, a report, a program, or anything else that took a lot of time, organization, attention to detail, and perseverance to get done.
- No sector-specific experience necessary. Fundraising experience helpful but not required.
- Detail oriented, ease with numbers (no relevant experience required), and strong writing skills
- A practical get-it-done attitude, openness to feedback, and ambition to learn and grow
- Two year commitment preferred
- Fits our Five Cultural Tenets (see What is Educate! About? below); Learn more by looking at Educate!’s culture deck here
- Salary is commensurate with experience
- Benefits include a generous health insurance policy, 403(b) retirement savings account, and a generous leave policy.
- Educate!’s NY office is currently located in the Techstars space in midtown Manhattan. Our office policy includes flexibility for remote work in the mornings.
Why You Will Brag About Working At Educate!
- We’ve got the impact.
- Educate! is designed for scale. We quadrupled operations in 2014, going from 54 to more than 200 schools served. Today we are in 400 schools in Uganda and 100 in Rwanda. We carefully measure our outcomes, and — here’s the best part — we are maintaining quality at over four times the size.
- We believe in local leadership — 96% of our staff is African.
- Our model has gone nationwide in Uganda — Educate!’s model is now incorporated into the national curriculum and exams, impacting many thousands more students than we can reach directly.
- Educate is a well-oiled learning machine. We built our model by methodically testing hundreds of assumptions and we are constantly experimenting, evaluating, and improving.
- We’re honored that luminaries and leaders like Oliver Wonekha, the Ugandan Ambassador to the US, and Ann Veneman, a former Secretary of Agriculture and head of Unicef, believe in us enough to have joined our advisory board.
What Is Educate! About?
We’re ambitious. Are you? Educate! is growing fast, so new opportunities are opening up and expanding all the time. We’re inspired by people with drive, and we love to help them reach their full potential. We expect everyone at Educate! to contribute above and beyond their job description, grow their skills, and advance their careers, and we are committed to supporting our staff members on that journey.
- We Put Youth First – The youth we serve come first. Always. In everything. That means we wake up thinking of ways we can serve youth even better and get the highest impact out of every dollar that we spend. It means Educate! doesn’t own a single vehicle, because we’d rather take the bus if it means one more student can participate. It means making every decision like the future depends on it — because if we get our way, it does
- We Are Always Learning – When you work at Educate!, educating yourself is part of your job too. We encourage every employee to find the best book on management; share the latest article on graphic design; bring in your favorite college mentor; or meet the researcher pushing the edge of the field. We are always thirsty for knowledge and love to share.
- We Only Solve a Problem Once – We are allergic to band-aids so we love the person who brings the new system to solve the problem for good, even problems we haven’t recognized yet.
- We Are Flexible – We thrive on change — we’re driving it. We are growing every day, so we have to adapt quickly to meet new challenges, and our team keeps up.
- We Exceed Expectations – We assume we can achieve the impossible because we already have, year after year. We want our staff to create your own challenges, ask the toughest questions, and dream scary big!
Educate is committed to proactively providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community. In creating this environment, we encourage people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences to join our diverse team.
How to Apply
Application ProcessIntrigued? Apply here. You will be asked to upload a resume (a cover letter is not required), and your response to the following questions (please target 1 page or less):
- How does this position fit with your career goals?
- Which responsibility do you think you can add the most to? Please include a relevant example from your experience.
- Please describe a time you managed a complex project and the systems you used to keep it on its timeline, to maintain its quality, and to communicate with the appropriate stakeholders.
- Bonus points for any glaring typos you catch in this JD : )