Us comms & admin officer

Spark MicroGrants

Job Summary

Draft communications with potential and existing partners

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description

US Communications & Administrative Officer


Spark is seeking a compassionate, action oriented US Communications & Administrative Officer to manage the USA Office and coordinate the Executive Director’s schedule and travel. The Operations Officer will be one of just a handful of leaders in the USA office working to support the growth of fundraising, advocacy and an approach to community-driven development where people are finally in control of their own development. The USA office primarily supports operations in sub-Saharan Africa with potential growth to new regions.


New York City

 Who We AreSpark MicroGrants is a young, rapidly scaling organization pioneering a new approach to global development. Spark proactively reaches out to rural villages facing poverty in sub-Saharan Africa and supports members to design and launch local projects from farms to schools. Since July 2010 Spark has enabled 180 villages to drive community change across five countries.​Values

Spark team members are passionate about our vision to help create a world where everyone will live with dignity and define their own positive future. At Spark our values are what define us and shape the work that we do. Our values are:


  1. Facilitators. We don’t impose; we enable others to generate impact.

  2. Community-driven. We are motivated by what is best for the community.

  3. Process-centered. The how of what we do is just as important as the what.

  4. Authentic. Our vision and values live in everything we do.

  5. Dynamic. We seek opportunities and are willing to take risks to serve our community partners better.

 Key Responsibilities

  1. Communications & Fundraising 

    1. Draft communications with potential and existing partners

    2. Prospecting fundraising and partnership opportunities

    3. Support in grant-writing and reporting

    4. Process donation receipts, and financial tracking of gifts

    5. Plan and coordinate Spark events and gatherings

  2. Executive Support

    1. Manage the Executive Director's calendar and travel​

    2. Expense report management

    3. Meeting preparation

  3. Administrative Support

    1. Manage online systems (Salesforce, Expensify, Dropbox etc)

    2. Ensure smooth administrative on-boarding

    3. Coordinate USA and board insurance policies

    4. File regulatory papers for office

  4. Ad hoc​

Characteristics That Will Make You Successful in This Role​

  • Communicate directly and with kindness

  • Actively listens to others, respect ideas shared and contribute your ideas freely even when differing from others views

  • A genuine desire to support others

  • You proof read all your important emails and rarely make spelling and grammatical errors

  • When issue areas arise, provide an overview and suggested pathways forward to your manager

  • You prepare for meetings in advance and show up a few minutes early


How to apply

Please email hr@sparkmicrogrants with your resume/CV and a cover letter. In the header of the email please use this format: ‘US Communications & Administrative Officer // your name 2018’. Thank you for your interest.

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