Development and Communications Manager (Part-time)

Job Type

Part Time Contract




Minimum: $31,200.00
Maximum: $37,440.00
Details: Part-time (24 hours per week) contract position. Compensation .6 FTE




United States



At EKARI, we believe in the singular power of education to break the cycle of extreme poverty. Every person, at any age, has the right to the knowledge and skills they need to become self-sufficient.

The focus of our work is in the Phalombe District of Malawi, Africa. EKARI has a small U.S.-based team in Seattle and a field office in Malawi staffed by Malawian nationals.

We fill a significant gap by providing quality, comprehensive, long-term educational support beginning with youth, through early adulthood, and into continuing adult education. EKARI’s comprehensive programs stretch from direct financial support of youth tuition, to support outside of the classroom, and continuing education and vocational training for adults.

Key Responsibilities

The Development and Communications Manager works closely with and reports to EKARI’s Founder/Executive Director and collaborates with key EKARI board members and volunteers in Seattle who play a vital role in organizational operations.  

Development Responsibilities (65% of this position)

  • Develop and implement fundraising strategies to cultivate, ask, and steward donors
  • Initiate and manage new fundraising activities to diversify funding; increase number of individual donors and partner organizations (including businesses and nonprofits)
  • Manage strategy and logistics of annual fundraising event and smaller fundraising events throughout the year; collaborate with annual event planning committee
  • Coordinate online year-end campaign and other online campaigns with support from volunteers including possible content writer, graphic designer, website designer, and social media volunteers
  • Research grant opportunities; write and coordinate grant applications
  • Using Insightly software, input donor data, manage and update records, coordinate donor acknowledgement process, and generate reports for ED, Board of Directors, and Committee’s education and use

Communications Responsibilities (30% of this position)

  • Develop and implement marketing and public relations plan
  • Supervise development communications (online and print - including annual report) with support from volunteers including possible content writer, graphic designer, website designer, and social media volunteer
  • As requested, speak at public presentations on behalf of EKARI

Other Responsibilities (5%)

  • Attend monthly board meetings
  • Travel to Malawi to visit the field office at least every other year

Key Qualifications

The successful candidate will have experience with all aspects of fundraising in a small organization as well as with nonprofit communications and volunteer coordination. A passion for creating educational opportunity in Africa is highly desired. Experience of having traveled to or lived internationally is a plus. In addition to demonstrated success in the above areas of work, the ideal candidate will have:

  • Knowledge and understanding of fundraising and marketing best practices
  • Experience supporting and/or coordinating events required
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Knowledge of or eager to learn donor management software
  • Experience recruiting, training, and managing volunteers
  • High ethical standards and ability to maintain confidential donor information
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks with various deadlines and priorities while maintaining exceptional attention to detail
  • Sense of humor and flexible demeanor
  • A self-starter who is highly motivated and able to work effectively without an office to report to 



This is a part-time (24 hours per week) contract position. Compensation for this .6 FTE position is $25 to $30 per hour dependent upon experience. 

Level of Language Proficiency

Education and Experience

Three or more years of successful nonprofit experience with special emphasis on fund development. Experience in communications and volunteer management desired.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To Apply


Please send resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Ralston, Hiring Committee Chair at POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED. Applications will be reviewed at the beginning of May.