Generation Rwanda (GR)
Location: New York City or Boston preferred
Last Date: April 24, 2011
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Reference:
Position: Executive Director
Location: Flexible (New York City or Boston
Generation Rwanda (GR) is dedicated to helping
orphans and other socially vulnerable young people in Rwanda pursue a university
education and ultimately become leaders in driving economic development and
social reconciliation. We are
looking for a visionary leader excited to build upon the success of a young
organization and to help develop and implement a strategy for Generation
Rwanda’s next phase of growth.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for
education and international development, with the desire to lead an organization
that has the potential to have a long-term and positive impact on the world. The
Executive Director will be a thought partner to the Board of Directors as GR
addresses new strategic challenges: How do we take what is already the most
selective and comprehensive university scholarship program in East Africa and
make it even better? How can components of GR’s program be used as a model to
help Rwandan universities and other African universities improve their services
to students? How and when do we introduce the GR model to another sub-Saharan
African country where talented yet vulnerable young people need access to a
university education in order to fulfill their potential?
Founded in 2004, Generation Rwanda is dedicated
to helping orphans and other socially vulnerable young people in Rwanda pursue a
university education and ultimately become leaders in driving economic
development and social reconciliation. Our scholarship and leadership education
program provides comprehensive support – including tuition, housing, healthcare,
and a wide range of supplemental training programs – that empowers our students
to become Rwanda’s next dynamic professionals and leaders in their fields.
Currently, there are 175 students who receive our scholarships to attend
universities in Rwanda; 37 alumni of our program are now university graduates.
In the summer of 2010, we concluded our intensive student selection process by
accepting 25 extremely talented and motivated new students into the program from
an applicant pool of 1,500.
Every student accepted into Generation Rwanda’s
program has demonstrated academic talent and personal drive. The vast majority
of our students are double-parent or single-parent orphans; all of our students
come from vulnerable backgrounds. No other organization working in sub-Saharan
Africa provides such a comprehensive university scholarship targeted to
vulnerable populations. Our mission is premised on the belief that promoting
access to higher education for motivated yet vulnerable young people supports
Rwanda’s efforts to harness its population’s intellectual and entrepreneurial
talent. These efforts will succeed only when
all students who excel – including
orphans and vulnerable youth – have the
opportunity to obtain a university degree and become the people they aspire to
As the organization has grown, our students have
begun to distinguish themselves both inside and outside the classroom. In
addition to performing well academically, Generation Rwanda’s students have
gained a reputation within Rwanda for being among the country’s most ambitious
and creative young leaders. Generation Rwanda is also fortunate to have a
talented staff as well as a dedicated Board of Directors whose members have
significant experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. More
information about the organization is available at www.generationrwanda.org.
We are seeking an exceptional leader to serve in
a position that combines strategy, fundraising, and management. The U.S. office
that the Executive Director (ED) will oversee is responsible for the
organization’s fundraising and administrative functions. The ED will also
provide oversight to the organization’s office in Kigali, which conducts all
programmatic activities in Rwanda. The primary responsibilities of the ED are as
Fundraising & communications
Develops and implements fundraising goals and strategies, including the
identification, cultivation and solicitation of new potential funders.
Personally solicits major individual, corporate and foundation gifts and
significantly increases the number and level of those gifts.
Designs and implements creative and comprehensive cultivation, solicitation and
stewardship strategies for all donors.
Focuses on external marketing of GR in order to enhance the organization’s
visibility and recognition.
closely with Board members on donor solicitation and the recruitment of new
Ensures the high quality of Generation Rwanda’s existing programs while
identifying new possibilities for program growth.
closely with the Rwanda-based team on all key programmatic initiatives (e.g.,
the annual student selection process).
Represents the organization to various institutions in Rwanda, including
universities, government entities, partner organizations, and employers of GR
Develops strategy for the potential expansion of the organization both within
Rwanda and into other countries.
Finance & human resources
Creates and monitors the annual budget in conjunction with GR’s Finance
Committee. Works closely with GR’s Treasurer on all day-to-day financial
Provides overall supervision of GR’s other full-time staff members (seven in
Rwanda and one in the U.S.) and ensures the success of GR’s performance
Oversees all efforts to recruit new staff members and volunteers.
Passion for education and international development
Excellent written and oral communications skills
Significant experience and success in fundraising or sales
least three years of managerial experience
Ability to travel to Rwanda for 1-2 months over the course of the year
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Flexibility, patience, sense of humor and ability to take initiative
Preferred but not required
Master’s degree in a relevant field
Experience in the education field
Experience in developing countries
To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter
addressed to Oliver Rothschild, Co-Founder, to
. CVs without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls or faxes,
please. Applications will be accepted until April 24, 2011.
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