Team PoP December 6th, 2013
Pencils of Promise (“PoP”) is seeking a Development Manager to join its team and support the fundraising efforts of PoP. Reporting to the Associate Director of Development, the Development Manager is responsible for activities that identify, secure, nurture and engage PoP’s mid-level individual, corporate and institutional donors.
The Development Manager will:
- Execute fundraising activities to achieve annual contributed income goals and engage donors and new prospects
- Work closely with the Associate Director of Development in cultivating and stewarding the Organization’s elite and ever growing donor base
- Personally act as lead fundraiser in sourcing and interfacing with the Organization’s mid-level individual donors (gift sizes ranging between 10,000-$25,000)
- Act as primary contact for key mid-level Corporate donors (gift sizes ranging between 10,000 – $25,000) and research, identify and qualify new prospects
- Act as primary contact for key mid-level Institutional donors (gift sizes ranging between 10,000 – $25,000) and research, identify and qualify new prospects
- Assist the Gala team in all aspects of planning and execution of the annual event on an as-needed basis
- Manage other events as they relate to the Organization’s fundraising activities and/or the Organization’s supporters and assist as needed with public appearances and presentations on behalf of the Organization
- Provide full-circle communication with donors and manage the thanking process for donors in accordance with organization’s donor acknowledgment system
The successful candidate will:
- Have a background and proven track record of success in the cultivation and solicitation of individual, corporate and institutional donors
- Be a highly creative individual who possesses savvy, self-confidence, flexibility and energy, and who thrives working in a dynamic environment
- Be a highly personable and friendly individual, who genuinely enjoys frequent participation in social events, is comfortable dealing with people of wealth and who relishes taking an active, public role in the cultivation and solicitation of donors, and as a representative of the Organization
- Have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to inspire those working with him/her toward accomplishing common objectives
- Be passionate, knowledgeable and articulate about international education
- Have, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of relevant non-profit development experience
- Be proficient in Salesforce as a donor database
- Experience with ExactTarget or other direct marketing software preferred
- Experience managing donor trips to the field preferred
About Pencils of Promise
Pencils of Promise is one of the fastest growing nonprofits in the country. Founded with only $25 dollars, in just five years PoP has broken ground on more than 175 schools in Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ghana and delivered more than 10M education hours. Together, we build sustainable schools, partnerships and solutions to enable basic education for underserved children in the developing world.
About the Office:
We are a passionate, driven, and fun group of individuals. We have a unique, energetic office culture that is sometimes casual and light, but, at all times, the PoP team is very much focused and committed to working hard in the name of our cause. You will find nothing besides positive attitudes, determination and smiles at the PoP office.
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Team PoP December 3rd, 2013
Pencils of Promise Impossible Ones are passionate individuals who are committed to fundraising $25,000 to build a school by rallying the support of their communities. Below is a guest blog from longtime Pencils of Promise supporter and featured Impossible One, Andrew Gray.
My story with Pencils of Promise began about four and a half years ago when I was a senior in high school. An alumna from my school returned to make a presentation before the student council for a class she was taking in college. Her presentation was on Pencils of Promise. I was instantly hooked on the premise and mission of the organization. As I prepared for college, I decided to start one of the first collegiate chapters for PoP at Oklahoma State University. Our chapter began in April 2011 and has since raised more than $6,500, grown to more than 200 supporters and volunteered countless hours in our local community. I even had an opportunity to give a TEDx talk at OSU to discuss my involvement in this life-changing organization.
I am currently on the same Semester at Sea (SAS) program that first sparked the idea of PoP in Adam’s mind. When I saw that we would be going to Ghana, I decided to try and see a PoP school. I worked for a full month to setup a trip for 30 SAS students, faculty, and dependent children to the Toklokpo and Agorhome schools in Ghana.
Pulling up in the bus my heart was racing and I knew it would be an unforgettable day. We hopped of the bus and immediately were swarmed by 250 Ghanaian students who were so happy to see us. We played with the kids, handed out some of the pencils PoP had provided us and even handed out toothbrushes from the NGO Global Grins. We then helped lay the foundation for a new school building in Toklokpo.
Then, we headed toward the Agorhome school where we interacted with the students and teachers and had a blast learning all about the dances and songs they sang, while also teaching them a few classics such as the hokey-pokey, the itsy-bitsy spider, and many more.
The smiles on the faces of both the students in the PoP schools and the SAS participants reinforced that what I was doing was impacting the world. Over the past four years, I have stayed up late into the night researching the global education crisis from PoP reports, UN reports, and anything else I could get my hands on. I planned and organized fundraisers and awareness campaigns for PoP. I did all of this because I am dedicated to spending the rest of my life working to improve access to education in the developing world.
Interacting and hearing stories from the students in Ghana gave me comfort in my work and my future. When I saw these students, sitting at their desks, in a school recently built because of work from volunteers and donors of PoP, I knew there were greater things at play than the math problem they were tackling. I knew that they had dreams they were working to fulfill: being the first in their family to finish primary school; earning a college education; lifting themselves out of the clutches of poverty; breaking the cycle of poverty for future generations; changing the world.
When I saw those students, I knew their future was waiting to be written in pencil.
See a video from Semester at Sea highlighting Andrew’s visit with PoP in Ghana here.
Team PoP November 30th, 2013
By: Wendy Wecksell, Head of Strategic Relationships
My Core Values.
When I was in primary school like our students, I was the little girl who couldn’t wait to give my new classmate the official tour of the playground.
Fast forward to today and I still open up my world to new friends. Except instead of ushering him/her around during recess, I open my kitchen, dining room table, and home to my team members, family, and friends (or what me and Adam like the call, the family you choose).
Put simply, my greatest joy in life is cooking for others and nurturing them at my dining room table.
After all, sharing a meal across all cultures and language barriers is the expression of love and human connection.
When our teams in Latin America, Ghana, and Laos visit a community for the first time to discuss an education partnership, they have a formal meeting and then it’s protocol to break bread (or if we’re in Laos, share sticky rice) afterwards. Sharing a meal strengthens the bond that connects us with one another.
And in NYC, it’s no different.
In fact, I’ve started a tradition at our US headquarters.
When someone starts (or even company like our PR agency Sunshine Sachs), I have them over for dinner to properly welcome them into the PoP family. I’ve had close to 20 people over at my apartment to share lamb burgers, Moroccan tagine, chicken parmesan, and now Guatemalan chicken stew with homemade tortillas. This last feast wasn’t about welcoming a person, but to celebrate the launch of our holiday campaign Season of Promise.
In the spirit of all things food and family, the PoP family wishes your family a very Happy Holidays.
And if you’re feeling adventurous, please make tortillas. You’ll feel like you’re in Guatemala.
Lots of love,
Team PoP November 22nd, 2013
Start Date: January 2014
Minimum commitment: 1 year
Location: Ho, Ghana
Pencils of Promise is seeking someone to oversee all PoP programming in Ghana. Current programs include teacher training and scholarships, and WASH programming will begin in 2014. You will work directly with our Country Director, Global Teacher Training Expert and local programming staff to develop materials, create expansion plans and manage logistics of implementation. You will also act as a key player among the management team to help build strong communication and long term strategic plans.
PoP Ghana Programs:
- Scholarships: Over 100 students have received scholarships to junior and senior secondary school. Package currently includes school materials, uniform, and school and housing fees. Goal for 2014 is 500 scholarships delivered
- Teacher Training [upcoming program]: Support teachers through workshops, in-class modeling, in service training, lesson plans and materials.
- WASH [upcoming program]: Improve health and hygiene behaviors of PoP studentsthrough lessons delivered by PoP staff in communities.
Development and Implementation of Programs
- Develop and adapt current PoP program models to be most appropriate and effective for
- Ghana needs and culture
- Work with NY IP Management to ensure that:
- Country-specific input is given regarding quarterly and annual output goals
- Programs adhere to and meet PoP’s global goals
- Programs are in line with industry best practices
- Programs are in line with Ghana Educations Services strategic planning
- Program re-design / new program creation is considered as needed
- Work with the Country Director to handle logistics of implementation for all current programs
- Handle scheduling, necessary documentation, and assist with monitoring & evaluation
- Work with monitoring & evaluation team to adjust program design based on results andassessments
- Leverage local and international NGO partnerships to determine best practices
- Serve as a liaison with other local NGOs that work in PoP villages
- Collaborate with other Program Managers across different PoP geographies through monthly meetings
Staff Development and Management
- Work with staff to develop their managerial skills
- Provide support in decisions surrounding staff reviews for professional development
- Create an end deliverable to transition local staffs into Programs Manager after 1-2 years
- Work with local programming staff to improve content knowledge & communication skills
- Build staff capacity to coordinate and implement programming independently
- Work with the management team to create organizational charts and long-term strategic plans as expansion continues
- Bachelor’s degree, ideally in Education and/or International Development
- 3 to 5 years education and/or international program development experience
- Proven track record of successfully designing and implementing programs in schools and/or communities
- Experience in management with an emphasis on the ability to model and support others to build strong management skills
- Demonstrated experience (at least one full year) living and working in a different culture
- High energy and ability to interface with local teams
- Critical thinker and holistic planner
- Ability to work independently and take initiative
- Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
About Pencils of Promise:
Pencils of Promise is one of the fastest growing nonprofits in the country. Founded with only $25 dollars, in just five years PoP has broken ground on more than 175 schools in Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ghana and delivered more than 8.5M education hours. Together, we build sustainable schools, partnerships and solutions to enable basic education for underserved children in the developing world. Pencils of Promise has been growing explosively in Laos, Guatemala and Ghana. In Ghana, PoP’s newest country of impact, we have broken ground on nearly 20 schools and now have a full-time local staff of 5 people. You will work closely with local staff to help support rural education in the Volta Region.
About the Office:
We are a passionate, driven, and fun group of individuals. We have a unique, energetic office culture that is sometimes casual and light, but, at all times, the PoP team is very much focused and committed to working hard in the name of our cause. You will find nothing besides positive attitudes, determination, and smiles at the PoP office.
E-mail your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Ghana Program Manager” or go to our Jobs & Internships page.
Terms and Conditions: Compensation TBD based on experience. Pencils of Promise covers travel to and from country, visa costs and international travel insurance.