Creative Action Institute

240 County Road
Ipswich, MA 01938

Date Posted:
July 03, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Development and Communications Associate


Creative Action Institute seeks a high-energy people person to help us cultivate and nourish a thriving donor community and engage them through unique convenings and dynamic communications. We are looking for versatile candidates who are open to learning new things, able to problem solve with initiative, and are passionate about gender equality and building a sustainable planet.

Who we are:

At Creative Action Institute, we catalyze community-driven solutions because we believe those closest to the problems are best positioned to address them. Using our groundbreaking creative approaches, we build transformative leadership, create fertile spaces for networks and movements to form and grow, and support creative advocacy in an effort to advance gender equality and build a sustainable planet. We are looking for a creative and engaging person to join our staff and proactively steward our donor community. At Creative Action Institute you will see the tangible impact of your skills and efforts and are encouraged to share your innovative ideas and approaches.

The role:

Reporting to the Director of Programs and Partnerships, the Development and Communications Associate will grow our individual donor community through unique convenings and inspiring communications.

Development & Communications (100%)

Fundraising (60%)

Event and Fundraising (60%)

- Develop, plan and manage engaging opportunities to cultivate and nourish donors to deepen their commitment to our work i.e. network building; sponsorship development; securing event space, managing guest lists, ticket sales, etc.

- Follow up with donors and attendees after event

- Salesforce data entry and reporting and donor tracking

- Assist with development of inspiring online campaigns (Network for Good, etc.)

- Manage pledge reminders, tax receipts, and thank you notes, create donation reports

- Create and support annual appeals with design, donor lists, mailings, personalized communications

- Conduct foundations research to identify new grant opportunities

- Conduct regular analysis of fundraising efforts for internal benchmarking

Communications (40%)

Website & Social Media (15%)

- Update content as needed; Regularly post and share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

- Work with international team to create and edit content for social media platforms

- Update and maintain website with current blog posts, programming, and events

Newsletter & Marketing Collateral (25%)

- Gather stories from the field by interacting with partners and staff in Africa, Central America and South America to highlight impact in a monthly newsletter and other communications

- With guidance, update existing and design new promotional documents for current/potential partners, donors, clients

- Manage the creation and dissemination of newsletters, blogs, and other communications materials


Skills + Qualifications

- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalence in experience

- At least 2-4 years of non-profit fundraising experience

- Knowledgeable about current fundraising best practices

- Excellent writer

- Excellent verbal communicator; comfortable speaking to donors, board members, etc.

- Strong capacity to problem solve independently

- Strong organization, communication, and interpersonal skills

- Ability to manage multiple tasks at once

- Ability to work in a small, dynamic and highly collaborative team

- Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

- Facility with major social media platforms i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

- Comfort learning new software

- Ability to manage up and incorporate feedback

- Flexibility and sense of humor

- Ability to travel occasionally

Preferred, but not required

- Graphic design and layout experience and ability to use Adobe products

- Capacity to use: Salesforce, Asana, and Constant Contact

- Experience working for a non-profit that works internationally

Flex time and remote working arrangements can be explored.

How To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume in a single PDF. We look forward to hearing from you!
Apply by:
July 14, 2019
Commensurate with experience
About this Organization:
 At Creative Action Institute, we believe that creativity powers people and people power change. People-powered change and creativity absolutely include the creativity of our staff, and we welcome the unique ideas, approaches and contributions you have to offer. With Creative Action you will see the tangible impact of your skills and effort!

Creative Action Institute works at the intersection of creativity and social change. We build the capacity of leaders and organizations for innovation, collaboration and resilience to advance conservation, health and human rights globally. With incredibly exciting initiatives like Girls Leadership in East Africa or Creative Conservation in Central America, our programs serve as the foundation for building grassroots networks, widening scope and deepening impact in crucial issue areas through the power of the arts. We've compiled our best practices from over a decade in the field to a dynamic, hands-on curriculum that we now offer to educators, advocates and organizations around the world.