Development & Communications Manager

Division / Program: 
Entrepreneur Works
Position Details
Opening Date: 
Mon, 09/03/2018
Closing Date: 
Wed, 10/31/2018
Program Summary: 
Entrepreneur Works Fund is a non-profit, certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) focused on growing small businesses and creating jobs in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Our mission is to cultivate and promote successful entrepreneurs among underserved populations and in underserved areas of the region — entrepreneurs who then become economic engines in their own communities. By connecting hundreds of entrepreneurs each year with access to loan capital, one-on-one technical assistance, business training and networking opportunities, Entrepreneur Works Fund helps promising individuals develop economic self-sufficiency and create job opportunities through business ownership. We support hundreds of aspiring and established entrepreneurs each year, with a particular focus on those who are low- to moderate-income; women; immigrants; members of racial or ethnic minority groups; or are otherwise underserved. Since 1998 Entrepreneur Works has impacted approximately 5,000 microenterprises and advanced 457 microloans, investing a total of more than $1.7 million directly into neighborhood businesses. For more information, please visit
Position Summary: 
This position requires a flexible, energetic, detail-oriented and highly organized individual with exceptional communications skills to manage the organization’s fundraising and communications efforts. The Development & Communications Manager will work closely with the President to identify and cultivate new funding opportunities as well as managing and monitoring our existing portfolio of grants, contracts and donors. Through grant writing, sponsor development, reporting and pipeline building, this person will play a key role in supporting Entrepreneur Work Fund’s financial sustainability and expansion. Candidates should also have experience working independently, comfort managing their own projects, the ability to quickly learn and are confident offering new ideas.
Salary & Benefits: 
Salary commensurate with experience, plus full benefits package.
Key Duties & Responsibilities: 
Resource Development: • Crafts, edits, and submits grant proposals and progress reports to federal, state, and local government funders, as well as private foundations and corporate contributors. • Prepares sponsorship, donor request, and thank-you letters to individual and corporate contributors. • Manages all aspects of annual appeal campaign (direct mail and online giving) geared toward individual donors. • Researches and investigates prospective new corporate, foundation, and government funders and sponsors. • Works with President & CEO to develop and implement new fundraising strategies, with a focus on reaching out to new categories of individual and corporate donors. • Coordinates regular meetings of Board-level Resource Development and Special Events committees. • Leads planning, sponsorship outreach, and coordination for annual fundraising event. • Prepares special reports and presentations as requested by the President & CEO. Communications • Develops and implements a communications plan to engage funders, donors and stakeholders. • Manages Entrepreneur Works’ website (redesigned and launched in May 2016). • Coordinates with the Marking team to develop content for digital communications featuring resources and information for clients, funders, and other key stakeholders • Ensures consistent branding and messaging across all communications platforms. • Updates program fact sheets, writes client success stories, and assembles other information as needed. • Cultivates and circulates to local and national media contacts re: organizational activities and events, as well as op-eds and client success stories. Writes Letters to the Editor on behalf of organization. • Attends and participates in Board and Executive Committee meetings; prepares meeting minutes. • Coordinates meetings of Board-level Communications committee. • Recruits and supervises Communications interns and volunteers. • Manages annual data collection process and summer interns to conduct client outcomes surveys.
Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 
o Minimum of a B.A. degree and 2-3 years of relevant work experience required. o Proven superior written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills required. o Experience in grant writing for nonprofits and event planning required. Experience with media relations preferred. o Highly motivated and organized; detail-oriented; able to handle multiple tasks and work creatively and independently o Must be committed to Entrepreneur Works’ mission of growing successful entrepreneurs and small businesses in underserved communities. o Demonstrated interest in microfinance, entrepreneurship development, and working with diverse and underserved populations. o Experience with web-based media, social media platforms, content management systems, and customer relationship management systems. o Proven proficiency in MS Office Suite; graphic design skills (i.e. InDesign, Photoshop) a plus.
Contact Info
Contact Info: 
TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume via e-mail (with “Development & Communications Manager” in the Subject Line) to Leslie Benoliel ( No phone calls please. No phone calls, please.