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Senior Manager, Development and Communications

Global Citizens Initiative
Connecticut, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 3, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Grant Seeking, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events
Education, International, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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Global Citizens Initiative, Inc., or “GCI” (, is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization based in Greenwich, CT that engages, educates and empowers the next generation of global citizens. The cornerstone of GCI is its annual 9-day educational Summit in July that aims to globalize the perspectives of 28 secondary school students from around the world to transform them into lifelong ethical leaders of positive change. The Summit launches the 10-month GCI Fellowship during which students in their home communities plan and implement service projects based on one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. For the duration of their Fellowship, GCI assigns each student a mentor who provides guidance and advice on their projects. From 2014 - 2018, GCI held the Summit in Cambridge, MA, and in 2019 the Summit was held in Tokyo Japan. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the GCI Fellowship was cancelled in 2020 and in 2021, GCI created an innovative virtual program called the GCI LEAD Challenge, which featured the core elements of the GCI Method which are the basis for the GCI Fellowship. In July of 2022 the GCI Fellowship will resume and will take place at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.


GCI has also developed an annual Seminar for 12 secondary school educators from around the world to help them prepare their students for leadership roles and for initiating real change in their communities. Inaugurated in 2018, the Seminar is held concurrently with the Summit and will also resume in July of 2022 at St Andrews.


GCI is looking to build upon its impact to date by clarifying its overall strategy and improving its fundraising efforts and external communications. GCI seeks a Senior Manager, Development and Communications who will work closely with the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) and will be supported by other members of the GCI team in achieving these goals.


If you are interest in education, international cultures and social enterprise you will enjoy working at this mission-driven organization. The role presents an exciting opportunity to help shape the strategy of a small and dynamic organization. GCI is well positioned for the next stage of growth and the Senior Manager, Development and Communications will help shape GCI’s trajectory.


  • Development
    • lead GCI’s development strategy and implementation and meet agreed-upon fundraising targets
    • raise money and steward individual and institutional donors from initial engagement through solicitation to reporting on outcomes
    • research prospects and create outreach campaigns
    • identify foundation funding opportunities and write grant proposals
    • travel to meet with donors and foundations, as required
    • manage fundraising and stewardship events, including GCI’s bi-annual golf outing


  • Communications
    • determine overall branding and how GCI is presented to its various stakeholders
    • ensure the language in all communications is compelling and consistent across all platforms and materials
    • manage the GCI website and social media, email marketing and newsletters
    • manage the press and media relations
    • create marketing collateral and presentations and oversee the production of promotional videos
    • drive search engine optimization and post across various social media platforms
    • attend and manage communications for the GCI Summit and Seminar every July


Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of 8 years of post-college, fulltime work experience which should include at least 3 of the following:
    • fundraising from individuals or institutions
    • grant writing
    • business development
    • marketing or communications
    • event planning
  • Previous nonprofit or social enterprise experience preferred
  • Prior work developing or contributing to effective marketing campaigns and collateral
  • International work experience

Skills and Characteristics

  • “People person” with superior interpersonal skills and a “can-do” attitude
  • Strong writer with solid editing skills
  • Highly organized and extremely detail-oriented
  • Entrepreneurial, proactive and creative
  • Technologically astute and adept at social media
  • Flexible and able to pivot, as required
  • Capable of meeting/exceeding fundraising targets
  • Familiar with a variety of fundraising approaches
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office and CRM software (e.g., Salesforce)
  • Familiar with design software (e.g., Adobe InDesign, Acrobat, Photoshop and Illustrator)
  • Interested in education, sustainability and working with youth
  • Globally-minded and curious about different countries and cultures
  • Fluency or proficiency in more than one language a plus


In addition to a competitive salary, GCI offers all fulltime employees medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401K plan with an above average employer match, commuter benefits and very generous time off.



Located in Greenwich, CT, GCI’s office is less than a 5-minute walk from the Greenwich Metro-North train station, which is an express stop on the commuter line from New York City.



GCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates. Please submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to by Monday, January 31. Indicate your salary requirements and how you learned about this position.

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