Executive Director - Maranyundo Initiative

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Part Time



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9 Waterhouse Street
United States



The Maranyundo Initiative in Cambridge, MA is going to hire a part-time Executive Director to begin working in May 2018. We are looking for a dynamic leader who is self-confident, independent and passionately committed to making a difference in the world. As Executive Director, you will be expected to understand both the operations of the Maranyundo Girls School in Rwanda and the Maranyundo Initiative in Cambridge. Your office will be located in Harvard Square. You will work closely with the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Maranyundo Initiative and its Committee Chairs to support day-to-day operations, financial management, donor stewardship, and managing of special projects and events. You will also act as an ambassador to college admissions offices, and support Maranyundo graduates who are accepted to universities in the US. We welcome your creativity, strategic thinking, and energy into our collaborative efforts to support and promote the Maranyundo Girls School and its graduates.


The Maranyundo Initiative (MI) in Boston supports the Maranyundo Girls School, a school of excellence in Nyamata, Rwanda, allowing it to accept over half its students from economically vulnerable families. The Maranyundo Initiative also supports the school through programs in college advising, literacy, teacher development and English language learning. We oversee Experienced Teacher and Teaching Fellow programs, an annual school review and assessment, and many on-campus consultants.

The Maranyundo Girls School is a renowned secondary school located in Nyamata, Rwanda. Open to all faiths, it is operated by the Benebikira Congregation, a Rwandan Order of Roman Catholic nuns. This Congregation is revered for their acts of heroism and compassion during the genocide and highly respected for their commitment to academic excellence and educational opportunity as the administrators of 22 schools in Rwanda.

The school opened as a middle school for 180 students in February 2008 with a mission to provide academic excellence to girls regardless of their economic situation. Within a few years it became one of the top middle schools in Rwanda. In 2014, with support from the Maranyundo Initiative, the school embarked on an expansion project to add the high school years and necessary facilities. The Maranyundo Girls School is now a full secondary school of Science and Technology with just under 400 students between the upper and lower school (grades S1-S6, equivalent to 7-12th grade).

To be the ED for the Maranyundo Initiative You must:

  • Believe in the mission of the Maranyundo Girls School and the power of education to change lives and demonstrate strong personal values of kindness, flexibility and good humor.
  • Work collaboratively with the Board of the Maranyundo Initiative, major donors, foundations, school administrators and students, college admissions officers, and external vendors.
  • Have experience working with the financial management a non-profit (preferrable)
  • Have experience working in a cross cultural a context.
  • Represent the face of the Maranyundo Initiative at events, conferences, college admissions offices, and with donors in the US and Rwanda.
  • Be able to begin work in May 2018.

Professional Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s Degree preferred
  • Strong interest or experience in the nonprofit sector
  • 1-2 years experience in administrative support, including strong financial management background, computer skills and comfort with social media.
  • Fundraising and Development experience a plus.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience
  • One trip to Rwanda in your first year of employment to visit the Maranyundo Girls School


  • This job is a 3 days/week position to support day to day operations and for accessibility to Board members, all three days desirable.
  • All tasks are coordinated with Board and Committee Chairs and flexibility in time and location is afforded whenever possible.
  • There is some seasonality to the workload as our annual fundraising activities take place from October to December.

The Executive Director of Maranyundo Initiative will support day to day operations of the Initiative, manage external communications, manage Board activities and initiate and oversee Special Projects as outlined below.

Support Day to Day Operations of the Initiative

  • Serve on the Finance Committee and spearhead the financial oversight and budgeting process
  • Meet regularly with the Chair of the Board to review priorities for all activities
  • Maintain and manage all financial records on Quickbooks according to accounting principles.
  • Provide financial statements and materials to Board for quarterly Board meetings.
  • Oversee annual audit and preparation of all required IRS filings
  • Maintain donor database using Etapestry and oversee all aspects of donation processing
  • Responsible for checking in with Committee Chairs between Board meetings and sending project updates to the board.
  • Answer all inquiries that come to the Initiative via phone, email and social media.

Manage External communications

  • Oversee and facilitate all communications with donors including MailChimp newsletters, annual appeal direct mail campaigns, and social media updates
  • Maintain and update WordPress website
  • Expand MI’s social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, and administer the Maranyundo Girls School alumni Facebook Page.
  • Assist in all aspects of the Maranyundo Initiative fundraising events
  • Plan and execute events to get more young people engaged in the work of the Maranyundo Initiative.
  • Support fundraising efforts of the Development Committee including cultivating and maintaining relationships with foundations and major donors and identifying new grant funding opportunities.

Manage Board Activities

  • Attract and onboard new board members, or potential board members to committees
  • Create the agenda and materials for all quarterly Board meetings.
  • Set up and orchestrate all quarterly Board meetings.
  • Assist in all special projects such as donor and Board trips, visits, purchasing graduation gifts, books etc.
  • Attend monthly Board meetings and take, prepare and send out minutes.
  • Responsible for checking in with Board Chairs between meetings and sending project updates to the board.
  • Provide planning or logistical support for all Committees, attend all committee meetings as requested or needed.

Initiate and Oversee Special Projects

  • Supervise and conduct data collection and evaluation for school promotion, retention and alumni.
  • Conduct and organize all strategic planning processes for the organization
  • All other projects as assigned or generated by the ED, Board Chair or others
  • Keep a profile of all graduates from MGS and where they are after graduation
  • Support the efforts of the Director of College and Career Counselling program, Teaching Fellows and other personnel in Rwanda
  • Help create and maintain relationships with College Admissions Offices throughout the US and Canada.
  • Work to support Maranyundo Graduates who are accepted to universities in the US by matching them with host families, relationship management, etc.

Level of Language Proficiency


French or Kinyarwanda a plus

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



If you are interested in this position, please send your CV with a cover letter explaining why you think you are suited to this job to info@maranyundo.org. We will contact you to determine next steps.