Development Assistant

New York

Who We Are: Ubuntu Pathways

Ubuntu provides world-class health and educational support to orphaned and vulnerable children living in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Nuancing traditional development models, we have redefined the theory of “going to scale;” instead of expanding geographically, we focus on the depth rather than breadth of our impact within a community of 400,000 people. Ubuntu's programs form an integrated system of health, educational, and social services, ensuring that disadvantaged children succeed in the world of higher education and employment.

Ubuntu Pathways breaks the cycle of poverty by providing South Africa's most vulnerable children with what all children deserve—everything, every day.

Our Team At-a-Glance:

  • Founded in 1999

  • 75 global staff with twelve members in the global External Relations team

  • 2,000 vulnerable children on pathways out of poverty

Who We’re Looking For

Development Assistant

As the Development Assistant, you’ll play a support role with a range of responsibilities across grants, marketing, events, and operations - all in service of Ubuntu’s goal to raise over $5m to support our programs in South Africa. You will be called on to create and edit grant proposals and marketing materials. You’ll coordinate event budgets, vendors, performers, and contracts on major events. You will manage day-to-day finance, donation processing and data entry, and other administrative needs. Most importantly, you’re self-starting, collaborative, and passionate about supporting a dynamic team working to transform a community of vulnerable children in South Africa.

Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Grants and development. You will work alongside the grants team to compile and edit proposals, gather data, manage acknowledgments, and research new funding streams.

  • Administrative and operations support. You will play a key role in the day to day operations of the office, which includes: processing donations, basic finance management, income tracking, liaising with vendors, and providing other administrative support for the smooth running of the US office as well as ad hoc projects for our South African programs team.

  • Event organization. The US office leads global event production. As we transition back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, you’ll play a key role in re-establishing our world-class gala brand. Guests' experiences rely on efficient systems, guest lists, check-in, catering, and a smooth program. You’ll play a key role in ensuring logistics run smoothly so that the stories, emotion, and impact of the night are unforgettable.

  • Coordinating content. You’ll support Ubuntu’s global marketing efforts by editing design documents, gala content, coordinating print projects, and more.

  • Maintaining reliable data. From data input to reporting for strategic purposes, your work maintaining good data will help Ubuntu to track fundraising targets, run better events, fundraise more effectively, and accomplish our goals.

What You Bring

  • Proactive problem-solving. You ask good questions, are attentive to detail, eager to learn about what it takes to run a non-profit, and are highly organized. You can create a plan, outline its potential, and predict challenges.

  • People and communication skills. You’re comfortable talking to and meeting new people and want to get them excited about being a part of our community. You have strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills that you bring to bear with external vendors and colleagues.

  • Fundraising experience. You understand that an organization depends on the strength of its fundraising. From data tracking to pledge follow-up, you can deliver results.

  • Writing and copyediting. You are a strong written communicator with attention to detail. You are apt at working on multiple projects simultaneously while still turning around work in a timely fashion that shows great attention to detail.

  • Time management skills. You’re known for being able to juggle responsibilities, manage time well, and execute a diverse array of projects at any given time. Your colleagues trust you to multitask and prioritize work effectively.

  • Computer competencies. You are proficient in MS Office, G Suite applications, and preferably basic competency with Adobe CC and a database system like Salesforce.

  • Passion. You’re inspired by Ubuntu’s life-changing mission and are eager to become part of a team dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by providing township children what all children deserve--everything. (Ideally, you’ve even spent time in Africa.)

  • Education and prior experience. You hold a bachelor's degree in a related field and have experience in non-profit fundraising, writing, administration, or operations.


Compensation is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package including medical, dental, and 401k. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis; thus, we recommend that you apply soon!

Please send a cover letter (max one page) and résumé/CV to

The final step in the hiring process will be to arrange personal reference calls to confirm the details of your work history and performance. Applicants must be eligible to work within the United States. This position will begin remotely but eventually be based in our New York office.