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Director of Development and Communications
Location: Antigua, Guatemala with frequent trips to WJI’s office in Patzún, Guatemala
Start Date: Immediate
About the Women’s Justice Initiative (WJI)
WJI improves the lives of indigenous Guatemalan women and girls through education, access to legal services, and gender-based violence prevention. WJI works in rural communities where women face extreme poverty, high rates of gender inequality and violence against women and girls (VAWG), and have little or no access to resources. WJI increases access to justice for Maya women and girls and combats VAWG by providing free legal services, bilingual legal education, and leadership training in 32 communities in the municipalities of Patzún and Tecpán, Chimaltenango through its four programs: Women’s Rights Education, Legal Services, Community Advocates, and Adolescent Girls.
Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Development and Communications will be responsible for all aspects of the organization’s resource development and communications strategies, including strategic planning, building relationships with current and prospective donors, reporting to the Board of Directors and funders, and communicating WJI’s work to its network of donors and supporters. The position involves managing individual gifts and institutional grants, as well as annual giving campaigns. The Director of Development and Communications will work with both program staff and donors to maintain communication and improve donor stewardship throughout the fundraising, execution, and reporting process. This is an ideal opportunity for candidates interested in playing a leadership role in the strategic and operational aspects of NGO administration and who are eager to be part of an innovative and growing organization working at the forefront of social justice, women’s rights, and prevention of violence against women and girls.
- Play a critical role in determining and evaluating WJI’s strategic direction and long-term objectives as part of the organization’s leadership team.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate all aspects of the organization’s resource development strategies, including but not limited to stewardship of donors, identifying new funding opportunities, and communications strategies.
- Oversee and strengthen communications strategy that includes the website, social networks, e-blasts, newsletters, printed materials, annual reports, and other communications materials such as presentations and program summaries.
- Develop and submit proposals to individuals and organizations to secure funding.
- Research and cultivate new opportunities to increase revenue from foundations, corporations, and individual donors.
- Liaise with existing donors and supporters to build and strengthen relationships.
- Monitor and report activities and results of fundraising to Executive Director and Board of Directors.
- Prepare interim and final grant reports.
- Synthesize monitoring and evaluation data for use in publications and reports.
- Manage the donor database and oversee Salesforce integration
- Supervise development and communications staff and fellows.
- Provide training to staff and programmatic support as needed.
- Written and spoken fluency in English and Spanish
- A minimum of five years’ demonstrated experience in fundraising and grant writing
- 2+ years experience working in communications or marketing
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- High proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel)
- Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, GlobalGiving, Salesforce (or comparable CRM Software), WordPress, and/or MailChimp
- Ability to stay organized, work systematically, and pay close attention to detail
- Self-motivated and desire to take initiative
- Team player and able to work well in collaborative groups
- Experience living or working in Latin America preferred
- Understanding of the Central American and/or Guatemalan context
- Personal values that align with WJI’s mission and vision
- Willingness to travel to rural communities
- B.A. in International Relations, International Development, Gender Studies, Communications, or related field, Master’s Degree strongly preferred
How to apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples, one in English and one in Spanish, to Kate Flatley at email@example.com. Writing samples should be no more than two pages – excerpts from grants or communications pieces are preferred.
Deadline for applications: June 23, 2019