Events and Development Coordinator

New York

Who We Are: Ubuntu Pathways

Ubuntu provides world-class educational and healthcare to orphaned and vulnerable children living in the townships of Gqeberha, 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.


  • Founded in 1999

  • Over 100 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

Events and Development Coordinator

This position is active in a range of responsibilities across events, marketing and communications, grants, and operations - all in service of Ubuntu’s goal to raise over $5m per annum to support our programs in South Africa. You’ll coordinate logistics, budgets, vendors, performers and contracts on major events. You will manage day-to-day finance, donation processing and data entry, and other administrative needs for Ubuntu’s NYC office. You will be called on to compile and edit grant proposals and marketing materials. 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:

  • Event planning. The US office leads global event production. After a three year hiatus due to the pandemic, you’ll help Ubuntu relaunch our world-class gala brand and throw multiple 300-400 person events globally. Guests' experiences rely on efficient systems, guest lists, check-in, catering, and a smooth program. You’re responsible for ensuring the event runs smoothly so that the stories, emotion, and impact of the night are unforgettable.

  • Administrative and operations support. You will manage the day-to-day administrative operations of the NYC 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.

  • 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.

  • Grants and copy editing. You will support the grants team to compile and edit proposals, manage acknowledgments, and research new funding streams.

  • Communications and content coordination. You’ll support Ubuntu’s global marketing efforts by supporting major campaigns, drafting donor communications, editing design documents, gala content, coordinating print projects, and more.

What You Bring

  • Proactive problem solving. You think logically, 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, or have a connection to South Africa.)

  • Education and prior experience. You hold a bachelor's degree in a related field and have experience in event planning, non-profit fundraising, 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.

Currently, our NYC office is operating on a hybrid schedule, working in office Tuesday-Thursday, and remotely for the remainder of the week.