Outreach and Special Initiatives Lead

Outreach and Special Initiatives Lead

Location: Please note that this role is remote (and not exclusive to New York, NY as listed)

About Girl Develop It

Girl Develop It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides affordable and judgment-free opportunities for adult women interested in learning web and software development. Through in-person classes and community support, Girl Develop It helps women of diverse backgrounds achieve their technology goals and build confidence in their careers and their everyday lives.

Girl Develop It is seeking an enthusiastic, experienced events and programs professional to lead all aspects of new and special initiatives, including large national education conferences, hackathons and regional events as well as GDI's annual Leadership Summit and outreach initiatives focused on diversity.

About this Role

The Outreach and Special Initiatives Lead will be responsible for leading the Girl Develop It’s special programs and events in coordination with the organization’s leadership.

As a core member of the national leadership (HQ) team, the Outreach and Special Initiatives Lead will be responsible for supporting and executing new programs and initiatives, including major events and fundraisers that drive revenue to support the organization’s growth and sustainability.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive special events strategy that will drive increased participation in existing chapters and expansion of new chapters

  • Oversee organization, fundraising and marketing of special events, including national-scope educational conferences, hackathons and the annual leadership summit

  • Work with GDI leadership to develop and execute special initiatives, including outreach and scholarships

  • Work with local chapters to support special program delivery and execution of special events

  • Provide support for ongoing programming and training for chapter leadership

  • Help develop the necessary systems, processes, and tools to better support the facilitation, collection, and sharing of knowledge that is generated by chapters

    • Create and maintain a complete events toolbox with resources including all relevant event documentation and checklists, reducing duplication of effort across chapters

    • Create and maintain policies, guidelines, naming conventions, one-pagers and checklists for specific events to help maintain consistency across chapters

  • Evaluating program effectiveness and tracking lessons learned, reporting out metrics for GDI leadership and partners

  • Collaborate with GDI leadership to establish and/or evolve organizational policy around issues including: classroom accessibility, course scholarships, and child care

  • Explore avenues of partnership with mission-aligned nonprofits serving underrepresented groups to expand our reach and build more diverse and inclusive experiences

  • Devise programs and events that are focused on reaching underserved communities and marginalized groups

  • Support the Executive Director in creation of sponsorship strategy and materials, specifically related to special events

  • Contribute to the pipeline of corporate partners including past sponsors, those currently being cultivated, and future prospects

  • Develop compelling collateral that accurately reflect the benefits of supporting GDI's work, including marketing materials, proposals, and contracts or agreements

  • Supporting fundraising by painting a compelling vision of our programs and their impact in person and in writing


  • Commitment to the mission of Girl Develop It

  • Demonstrated experience in all aspects of event development and execution; strong project management, customer service, and communication skills

  • Excellent computer skills and comfort learning new technologies; including proficiency in Google Apps (including Gmail, Drive, and Apps for Business)

  • Experience working as part of a distributed team

  • Experience navigating the challenges of cultivating, training, and supporting diverse audiences

  • Flexibility, initiative, and desire for a high level of personal ownership and accountability

  • Strong creativity, problem-solving and analytical skills

  • Dedication to efficiency, both of individual habits and organizational programs, and attention to detail

  • Ability to travel/work away from home as needed at least once per quarter

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, maturity, and confidence

Recommended Skills & Experience

  • Involvement with Girl Develop It as a Chapter Leader, Instructor, TA or volunteer

  • Experience in community organizing and/or community management, both online and in-person

  • Experience in speaking in front of large groups and group facilitation

  • 501c3 nonprofit experience

  • Knowledge of computer science, technology, and/or education sector

GDI offers a generous benefits package as well as scheduled performance-based salary increases on a six-month cycle for the first 24 months of employment, and on a two-year cycle thereafter.

Please upload a PDF file that includes your cover letter and résumé, and respond to the pre-interview questions. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until July 15, 2017. Interviews will be conducted until the position is filled.


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