Communications Manager

Living Goods, United States

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th October, 2017

Job Description

Living Goods improves the lives of millions by revolutionizing the way community health is delivered in the developing world. We believe that all families should have access to basic healthcare and no child should die of easily preventable, treatable causes. To achieve this, Living Goods created an innovative, cost-effective approach for improving the health of families in need that combines the best practices from community health and successful person-to-person sales businesses. The model deploys networks of community health promoters who go door-to-door teaching families how to improve their health, and selling life-saving products like simple treatments for malaria, pneumonia, healthy fortified foods, clean birth kits, efficient cook stoves and solar lights. We recently completed a rigorous independent randomized control trial that showed the model is reducing under-5 mortality by more than 25%.

Living Goods is on a rapid growth trajectory. In the last two years, we tripled our impact and size to reach more than five million people. Our path to success requires changing the way local governments, the biggest non-governmental organizations, and public and private funders plan, finance, and deliver community health. We work with many of the world’s leading visionary organizations across the corporate, social, and government sectors. Current partners include the governments of Kenya and Uganda, plus BRAC, Care, and PSI.

The Opportunity

We are seeking a highly capable and motivated Grants and Donor Communications Manager to serve as a key member of our fundraising team. They will be responsible for developing funding proposals, producing reports and other donor communications materials, and writing and editing content about Living Goods’ work and impact. The ideal candidate has a passion for translating complicated ideas into powerful content that wins hearts and minds. They are a versatile and inspiring writer, with strong business acumen, solid experience writing for a business or funder audience, and a passion for international development. They must be able to understand our programs and needs and craft strategic proposals tailored to the grant opportunity at hand.

There is a lot of growth potential in this role. After receiving in-depth exposure to our programs and becoming an expert in our work, this individual will soon be writing seven-figure proposals. They will help build out our development team, take on management of all creative writing and reporting functions, train other team members, and ultimately, hire other writers. The position will report to the Director of Development, and will also work closely with other fundraising team members, the Director of Communications, and country staff.


  • Write proposals and grant applications, in collaboration with other members of the team, for range of foundation, corporate, and institutional funders.
  • Produce and/or edit reports and other communications for donors and clients to demonstrate Living Goods’ impact and results.
  • Research information and statistics needed to support proposals and reports. Monitor developments within the development sector using published reports and articles.
  • Produce and/or edit reports and other communications for donors and clients to demonstrate Living Goods’ impact and results.
  • Craft compelling content and stories to illustrate the impact of Living Goods for donor materials (e.g. fact sheets, annual report, pitch decks) and online communications.
  • Manage opportunities and proposals in Salesforce, including maintaining accurate records of proposals and reports, tracking deadlines, and ensuring that documentation is up-to-date for access by other team members.
  • Propose and implement process improvements for greater fundraising and operational effectiveness.
  • Other related research, writing, and editing tasks, as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in journalism, communications, English or related field, or equivalent experience required.
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience in writing, editing, or producing print and online content for a range of funder audiences. Experience in grant writing and fundraising is a major plus.
  • Very strong communication skills. At its core, this position is about communicating complex ideas simply and effectively; we are looking for candidates who can demonstrate their ability to do so.
  • An ability to understand business. Our funders are sophisticated and many of them come from business. They look for business rationale, simple language, logical flow, and clear data analysis.
  • Excellent research skills and experience conducting research in a professional environment. An ability to process and synthesize data and research into clear and convincing materials for a wide range of audiences. Attentive to nuance and your audience.
  • Fully committed to, and enthusiastic about, global health and international development.
  • Proficient at all aspects of Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience working with Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, Photoshop is a big plus.
  • Ability to travel to East Africa 1-2 times annually


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