Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Full-time Development Manager Position

Spark MicroGrants ( is a young, rapidly scaling organization pioneering a new approach to international aid. Spark proactively reaches out to rural poor villages and helps community members to design, implement and manage their own social impact projects.  Since July 2010 we have mobilized over 80 communities across Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi to manage social impact projects including schools, community farms, electricity lines and more.

Job Description

Spark MicroGrants is seeking a full time Development Manager to spearhead our donor prospecting, management and event coordination. The Development Manager will work very closely with Spark’s Executive Director and be responsible for, prospecting new opportunities, capturing and managing Spark’s pipeline development, and supporting other external and internal communication. The ideal candidate must have very strong interpersonal, writing and organizational skills. The right candidate must be motivated, flexible and passionate about the chance to make a difference in the early stages of a growing organization. The Development Manager will receive an exceptional opportunity to build an early stage organization to its next level and contribute to the development of a new model for global aid.
Spark team members are passionate about our vision for a world where everyone will live with dignity and define their own positive future. We live by four Spark values that will enable us to achieve this vision:
1) Diversity of opinion – we are open to all possibilities, believing in diversity of opinion, process is just as important as projects.
2) Compassionate collaborators – we stimulate a collaborative spirit and work with groups across sectors and people.
3) Facilitators – we are motivated by the impact for others, we don’t impose, we enable others to generate impact.
4) Activists – we seek all the possibilities for action and improve for positive action.


  • Work closely with Spark's Executive Director to drive Spark’s fundraising.
  • Prospect and draft communications with potential donors.
  • Co-management of relationships with individual donors in the US
  • Manage events to promote Spark’s model and raise funds
  • Support Spark’s Executive Director to manage donor relations
  • Maintain Spark’s contact databases on Salesforce
  • Manage development workflow
  • Manage branding and marketing work.

Position: Development Manager
Location: Based in New York City
Preferred Start Date: August 1, 2014
Initial Contract Details: none
Compensation: Stipend provided

Qualified applicants must be able to answer ‘yes’ to all of the below items:

1)      Easily navigates online contact management platforms
2)      Event coordination experience with high net worth individuals
3)      Completed bachelors degree in 2012 or earlier
4)      Written communication comes easily and writing fifty emails a day sounds unambitious
5)      Candidate is keen to play a supporting role at beginning of tenure with organization and if excels          is eager to take on more responsibility over time.
6)      If given a list of 200 contacts can determine how to bucket contacts based on themes.
7)      Has nearly always completed reports and achieved targets on time
8)      Friends or colleagues would describe you as passionate and know you are interested in global            development.
9)      Bored when not being challenged.
10)    See’s the glass as half full.

Please email with your CV and cover letter. In the subject line please use the
format: ‘Development Manager_Your Full Name’. We look forward to hearing from you!

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