Executive Director for Manna Project International

Job Type

Full Time




Minimum: $48,000
Maximum: $55,000
Details: based on qualifications with potential for salary increase depending on organizational growth.




P.O. Box 536144
United States


Manna Project International (MPI), a nonprofit operating health, education, and economic empowerment programs in Nicaragua and Ecuador, is looking for our next visionary Executive Director to set a path for growth, stability, and the achievement of our vision of creating communities of young leaders that help break the cycle of poverty in underserved communities around the world.

Since 2004, Manna Project International has fostered communities of talented young leaders to become the next generation of social change agents by engaging in collaborative, on-the-ground service with international communities in need. MPI’s talented staff and volunteers operate 33 programs impacting over 5,000 beneficiaries annually. We seek to empower and develop our short-term and long-term volunteers through active skills building and hands-on leadership opportunities over the course of their service. For more background on MPI, please visit our website, www.mannaproject.org.

MPI has continuously grown and evolved its impact over the past 14 years through creative partnerships, award-winning programs and initiatives, and increasingly diverse sources of funding. In 2018-2019, we hope to launch the next phase of our organization’s growth trajectory.

The Executive Director (ED) serves as the chief fundraiser and key management leader of Manna Project International and works closely with the Board of Directors to execute the organization’s vision and mission, cultivate relationships with donors, partners, and other key stakeholders, set and manage the organizational budget, and support and oversee programmatic and operational staff. The ED is also actively engaged in volunteer recruitment and marketing as these activities are key drivers for fundraising.

General Responsibilities:

The Executive Director’s daily responsibilities include any and all tasks necessary to maintaining and improving the operations of the organization, including but not limited to:

  1. Budgetary Management and Viability: The ED is responsible for developing and managing the organization’s annual budget with input from staff and the board to ensure the financial health of the organization.
  2. Operational Priorities of Fundraising and Recruitment: The ED is responsible for developing and executing annual fundraising and recruitment strategies. The ED meets monthly strategic goals by identifying and cultivating relationships with foundations, corporations, individuals and community organizations, and soliciting major and planned gifts.
  3. Organization Mission and Strategy: The ED works with the Board and Country Directors to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach. The ED is responsible for building and fostering programmatic, organizational, and financial partnerships with stakeholder organizations and individuals. The ED partners closely with Country Directors to measure and communicate impact of programs.
  4. Organizational Operations: The ED oversees the day-to-day operations of MPI. The ED is responsible for direct oversight of two administrative staff members based in the US as well as the Country Directors for the Nicaragua and Ecuador sites. The ED manages and coordinates volunteer and professional relationships in support of the organization’s mission.
  5. Board Governance: The ED works with the board in order to fulfill the organizational mission. The ED is responsible for reporting to and communicating regularly with the Board of Directors.

Occasional international and domestic travel will be required for the ED position.

Required Skills/Experience/Training:

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university required; Master’s preferred
  • Proven track record of raising funds to support an organization’s mission, including cultivating donors, managing annual campaigns, soliciting major gifts, and grant writing
  • Commitment to MPI’s collaborative, community-based, holistic approach to community development
  • 4 or more years of management experience, ideally leading a team of individuals toward a complex goal or vision
  • A demonstrated ability to lead collaboratively, set shared goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness
  • A proven ability to work remotely efficiently and prioritize tasks effectively
  • A strong ability to multi-task and balance short- and long-term goals
  • Competence with Quickbooks, G Suite, Bloomerang (or other similar CRM database), Skype, Squarespace (or similar web editing platform), and social media
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation of evidence-based programming
  • Experience with budgeting and managing organizational finances
  • Experience owning and being accountable for a project which successfully achieved predefined results
  • A visionary mind and an entrepreneurial initiative with a passion for international development
  • Personal or professional cross-cultural experience preferred
  • Spanish proficiency highly preferred

Additional Information:

Salary: $48,000-$55,000 based on qualifications with potential for salary increase depending on organizational growth.

Start Date: Fall 2018

Location: Remote. The successful candidate must be comfortable working remotely, with the ability to lead organizational operations with limited in-person interaction.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent in English. Spanish proficiency highly preferred.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


How to apply: Send a resume and cover letter describing your fit with MPI and with this position to jobs@mannaproject.org.

Please Note: Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.