Educating leaders for a sustainable future.

Position: Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Department: Development

Status: Full-Time

Start Date: ASAP

Reports to: Director of Institutional Advancement

Location: New York, NY

About Akilah: The Akilah Institute, an accredited women’s college in Rwanda founded in 2010, attracts promising female leaders from East Africa for an innovative two-year program that prepares them for professional careers and leadership roles. Akilah provides market-relevant education using a competency based learning model and offers advanced diplomas in Business Management & Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, and Hospitality Management. With a unique focus on ethical leadership skills, public speaking, and community service, Akilah equips students with the lifelong knowledge required for personal and professional growth. Nearly 90% of alumnae launch their careers within six months of graduation and earn 12 times the national per capita income.

Akilah has plans to scale its model connecting women to the workforce. By 2031, Akilah will have established eight campuses and served 53,000 women. We seek motivated individuals that want to be a part of a rapidly expanding global team.

Position Overview: The Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is responsible for researching, planning, implementing, and executing development activities related to corporations, foundations, and government sources. The Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations will work with the Director of Institutional Advancement to reach a revenue goal of approximately $2.5-3 million annually. The primary duties include writing grants, developing reports to foundations and corporations, meeting with foundation grant officers, and cultivating and stewarding relationships. The position reports to the Associate Director of Development and is a key member of a 3-person, New York City based Development Team.

Responsibilities: The Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is an integral part of the development team. This person will independently develop, grow, and steward individual and institutional funders to achieve revenue targets, while supporting ongoing development activities.

  • Institutional Giving
    • Manage a pipeline of several million-dollar institutional funders (corporations, foundations, and government agencies)
    • Build new relationships to grow the organization’s institutional portfolio to over $1 million in annual support
    • Research new funding opportunities for both short- and long-term institutional goals
  • Oversee the institutional fundraising calendar, ensuring proposals and reports are submitted in a timely manner and prospective and active funders receive ongoing cultivation and stewardship touchpoints
    • Serve as the lead writer for grant submissions, applications, concept notes, andreports; collaborate with team members in Rwanda to gather content
  • Development Support
    • Log all corporate, foundation, and government agency interactions and track all prospective institutional funders in Akilah’s donor management system
    • Draft cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship content for donor outreach
    • Provide ongoing support for development activities, such as mailings, signature event preparation, and/or intern management

Qualifications and Desired Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 years’ experience in fundraising, grant writing, and/or nonprofit management
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Exceptional written and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to prioritize and deliver within a multi-faceted organization
  • Willingness to work in an “all hands-on deck” environment and engage in a variety of tasks
  • Passion for creating a new model of women’s leadership, education, and economic empowerment in Africa

To apply:

Please email your cover letter and resume to Tanya Diallo Welsh, Operations Associate at

Work Environment/Physical Requirements:

  • No specific physical requirements.

Job Responsibilities Statement:

The above statements reflect the general duties, responsibilities and competencies considered necessary to perform the essential duties & responsibilities of the job and should not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements of the position. Akilah may change the specific job duties with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Project Akilah, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or non-disqualifying physical or mental handicap, disability, or any other protected class per federal, state or local law.

Americans with Disabilities Act:

Applicants as well as employees who are or become disabled must be able to perform the essential duties & responsibilities either unaided or with reasonable accommodation. The organization shall determine reasonable  accommodation on a case-by- case basis in accordance with applicable law.