External Relations Assistant

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Denver, CO


Published 1 month ago

January 1, 2021
November 20, 2020
$32,000 - $35,000

Educate!, an award-winning, high-growth social enterprise, is looking for a proactive, flexible, and detail-oriented team player to join our ambitious External Relations Team. This dynamic early-career role offers a broad range of experience and learning opportunities with our innovative education organization. 

The External Relations Assistant will provide general support to Educate!’s US-based External Relations leadership team, including the CEO and U.S Country Director, as well as to Educate!’s fundraising team. We need someone detail-oriented, driven to learn, and happy to pitch in to support multiple teams with a variety of tasks and projects. We’re looking for a problem solver, who loves tackling new challenges and is reliable and trustworthy. This position is great for someone who wants to learn the ins and outs of a high-growth organization like Educate!, and ideal for an individual excited about building a meaningful career in the nonprofit and social impact sector.

*While our teams are currently working remotely, this position will ideally be based out of our Denver, Colorado office in 2021. 

About Educate!

Educate! prepares youth in Africa with the skills to succeed in today’s economy. We tackle youth unemployment by partnering with youth, schools, and governments to design and deliver solutions that equip young people in Africa the skills to attain further education, overcome gender inequities, start businesses, get jobs, and drive development in their communities. Our goal is to design skills-based education and employment solutions which impact youth life outcomes sustainably at scale.

In 2019, we partnered with the governments of Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya and measurably impacted over 46,000 youth in and out of schools, while reaching 470,000 learners more broadly, making us the biggest youth skills providers in East Africa. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve pivoted to create and deploy a distance learning model based on our proven in-school experience.

Educate! supports governments with integrating skills-based curriculum nationally. This includes partnering with Uganda’s government to integrate components of our model into Uganda's entrepreneurship course nationally as well as serving as a technical advisor to both Rwanda and Kenya on national education reforms.

Educate! is a non-profit social enterprise with over 150 staff and 300 volunteer youth mentors. We have been backed by top foundations such as MasterCard, Big Bang Philanthropy, Echoing Green, Ashoka and Global Innovation Fund. Educate! won a 2018 Klaus J. Jacobs Prize (and was featured in a video), a 2015 WISE Award, and was highlighted by Bill Gates, in the World Bank’s S4YE's Impact Portfolio, an Al Jazeera documentary, Forbes 30 under 30, and The Brookings Institution as one of 14 case studies in their global scaling education learning initiative. Educate! was also selected by the UN’s Generation Unlimited as 1 of 20 innovative youth solutions. 

Educate!'s long-term vision is to design solutions that measurably impact millions of youth across Africa each year.

Performance Objectives

U.S Leadership and External Relations Team support (50%)

The main function of this role is to provide general support to the Educate! External Relations Team as we experience an exciting period of growth. In this role, you'll work directly with Educate!'s CEO and US Country Director, as well as provide support to members of Educate!'s U.S-based leadership team. At a fast-growing organization, you can expect a variety of diverse tasks to be passed your way. We need someone who takes initiative, and who can skillfully and positively field simple to complex projects, give shape to nebulous requests, and find satisfaction in a support role. You will:

  • Support the U.S Country Director in executing and managing a variety of U.S Team operations and human resource-related projects and tasks, including managing our employee benefits system Justworks, coordinating new hire paperwork, and more 
  • Provide executive assistant-type support for Educate!’s CEO, such as travel logistics support, scheduling internal and external calls, managing meeting agendas, taking notes, and drafting follow ups or executing action items
  • Help Educate!’s leadership team prepare for conferences, events, and speaking engagements, including drafting presentations and scripts, preparing infographics, developing biographies, and more
  • Support with a variety of strategic projects aimed at advancing Educate!’s mission, including executing extensive research for Educate!s leadership team

Support relationships with Educate!’s key stakeholders, including the Board of Directors (25%)

Educate! has experienced large growth year after year, and our successful fundraising track record is due to our ability to build and sustain strong relationships with Educate!’s key stakeholders—from funders and sector partners to our Board of Directors. Relationship management is a key function within Educate!’s fundraising team, and within this role you’ll receive first hand experience supporting in Educate!’s partner development process. You will:

  • Support Educate!’s relationship managers with essential relationship-building work, such as drafting emails, preparing for meetings, conducting research, scheduling, note taking, and more
  • Help coordinate Educate!’s Board of Directors and support with the planning and scheduling of all board and committee meetings. This includes contributing to the development of board meeting agendas, meeting documents, board presentations, and more 

Support and execute core fundraising activities and processes to advance Educate!’s revenue generation goals (25%)

As Educate! works to impact millions of youth across Africa each year, we need someone to take on a variety of tasks and projects to support our growth and help our fundraising team achieve revenue goals. In this role, you’ll receive experience in grant writing and supporting funder relationships at a high-growth international organization. You will:

  • Develop grant proposals, reports, and other materials for Educate!’s funding partners, and draft award applications for special recognition
  • Update and build upon Educate!’s fundraising systems and processes, while staying accountable to all deadlines
  • Discover new funding opportunities through prospect research, including preparing the CEO for funder meetings and executing our conference research process


  • A self-starter with strong communication and writing skills, as well as research and editing skills.
  • Organized and detail-oriented with the ability to execute tasks with efficiency and accuracy.
  • Positive attitude and energy. Must be able to work collaboratively across teams and departments with people from a variety of backgrounds, and demonstrate the ability to work well with diverse stakeholders, from C-Level staff and Board members, to teachers and youth.
  • Eagerness to learn and grow, ability to see how all projects, including administrative and operational tasks, contribute to the organization’s larger mission.
  • Exceptional trustworthiness, reliability, and good judgement to handle sensitive information and high priority tasks with pressing deadlines.
  • Experience managing projects. No formal “project management” experience is necessary, but you should be comfortable managing a project with many moving pieces and involved stakeholders. Relevant experience could include planning an event, conducting research and writing a report, leading a group in accomplishing a shared goal, or anything else that took superb organization and time management skills, as well as perseverance to get things done.
  • Minimum of BA or equivalent degree.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Suite (Drive, Calendar, etc.)
  • Fits our Five Cultural Tenets—see what is Educate! about below!

Educate! believes our team is better and stronger with a diversity of perspectives and experiences. We welcome applications from candidates historically underrepresented in the nonprofit sector, especially within the international development sector. If you do not meet all stated qualifications but feel you can succeed within this role, please consider applying for this position, particularly if you are a candidate with an identity that is marginalized within the United States. Educate! is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 


  • This is an early career, full-time position with a preference for candidates who can be based in Denver, Colorado in 2021.
  • Educate!’s Colorado office is located at the Posner Center for International Development in North Denver. Our team is currently working remotely full-time due to the pandemic, but our office policy has always included flexibility for remote work.
  • The salary range for this position is approximately USD $32,000 - $35,000 per year.
  • Benefits include a generous health insurance policy, 403(b) retirement savings account, and a generous leave policy, including an office-wide holiday the entire week before New Year’s Day.

Application Process

The application deadline will be rolling, with a priority deadline of November 20th, 2020.

Why You Will Brag About Working at Educate!

  • We’ve got the impact.
  • Educate! is designed for scale. Since we first launched in 2009, we have grown to reach over 1,000 schools across three countries of operation, intensively impacting 100,000 youth across Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya. We carefully measure our outcomes, and—here’s the best part—we are maintaining quality at scale.
  • We believe in local and female leadership—97% of our staff is African and 12/16 of Educate!’s top positions are held by women.
  • Educate!’s flagship model is incorporated into the national curriculum and exams in Uganda and Rwanda, impacting thousands more youth through national education systems.
  • Educate is a well-oiled learning machine. We built our model by methodically testing hundreds of assumptions, and we are constantly experimenting, evaluating, learning, and improving.
  • We’re honored that 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 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 grow their skills and advance their careers, and we are committed to supporting our staff members on that journey.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. We Exceed Expectations - We assume we can achieve the impossible because we already have, year after year. We want our staff to tackle challenges, ask the toughest questions, and dream scary big!

Every person at Educate! — from interns to the Executive Director — is evaluated by how they live up to these five cultural tenets. They are at the core of how we achieve our mission and why we work as well as we do.

Educate!, an award-winning, high-growth social enterprise, is looking for a proactive, flexible, and detail-oriented team player to join our ambitious External Relations Team. This dynamic early-career role offers a broad range of…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required


Benefits include a generous health insurance policy, 403(b) retirement savings account, and a generous leave policy, including an office-wide holiday the entire week before New Year’s Day.

Benefits include a generous health insurance policy, 403(b) retirement savings account, and a generous leave policy, including an office-wide holiday the entire week before New…


Denver, CO

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