21SEP - Development and Communications Manager, EPIC - Deadline - 02OCT


Organization Description
The Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) is an independent, impartial 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in 1998 by U.S. veterans and humanitarian advocates to promote peace and development in Iraq. We work to advance that mission through lifesaving advocacy, youth-focused field work, and genuine partnerships with Iraqi civil society and the country’s youth. EPIC is funded by the contributions of private foundations and individuals who share our commitment to building a brighter future for all Iraqis.


Location - Washington, DC


Job Description

EPIC seeks a dynamic, mission driven, multi-talented individual to join our two-person team. This position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong interpersonal communication skills; proven tactics and strategies for organizing and implementing special projects; ability to multi-task while maintaining attention to detail; and an entrepreneurial approach to developing funding solutions and communication resources. Strong applicants will demonstrate a proven ability in both development and communications, including grant writing, recruiting and managing individual donors, and communicating effectively with different audiences and through different media. The inaugural Development and Communications Manager reports to the Executive Director, works closely with the Board of Directors and Advisors, and supervises one to two interns.


Job Responsibilities

Develop and implement a comprehensive Development Plan to expand EPIC’s base of support through individual and major gifts, corporate donors, special events, public and private grants.

  • Grant Writing & Management

    • Identify and secure grant revenue to fund organizational needs and special projects.

    • Steward relationships with program officers to increase changes of grant support.

    • Submit timely grant applications and reports.

  • Individual Donors

    • Recruit and steward individual donors, ensuring that all donors are appropriately recognized and receive regular communication; manage donor management system.

    • Develop major donor initiative, and work with the Executive Director to solicit gifts.

    • Manage and execute the organization’s fundraising appeals through direct mail and online fundraising.

    • Create a monthly giving program encouraging current donors to increase their annual gifts.

  • Event Planning

    • Manage our small fundraising and happy hour events.

    • Oversee all logistics of these events, including recruitment and management of volunteers, sponsors, guests, venue, etc.


Develop and implement organization’s communications plan, consistently and effectively communicating with supporters and stakeholders in alignment with program needs and strategic goals.

  • Oversee creation and updating of high-quality, effective and consistent materials including website, monthly e-newsletter, social media, public relations, promotional materials, reports, etc.

  • Serve as writer and editor of organizational communications.

  • Maintain and expand strategic social media efforts.


  • Manage one to two volunteer interns.

  • Engage the Board of Directors, enlisting and motivating them to participate in fundraising activities.

  • Work with Executive Director and Program Associate to develop the annual budget and monitor finances.


Job Requirements
We are looking for candidates with the ability to effectively fill and grow this role.  We expect that qualified candidates will have a minimum of two years of fundraising experience and a bachelor’s degree, as well as the following characteristics:

  • Committed to EPIC’s mission of advancing peace and development in Iraq through public advocacy, youth-focused humanitarian action, and genuine partnerships with organizations and individuals in Iraq.

  • Experience in nonprofit fundraising; demonstrated track record of raising funds from foundations, individuals, corporations and/or events.

  • Creativity, initiative, and follow-through.

  • Attention to detail and ability to build and maintain systems/processes.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to adapt messages to different audiences.

  • Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within EPIC as well as develop external relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders.

  • Ability to skillfully manage multiple projects with limited time and resources. Comfort with “managing up” to support Executive Director and Board fundraising efforts.

  • Experience with donor databases and social media.

  • Strategic thinker and proactive problem-solver with a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility.

  • Comfort and demonstrated success serving both as an external face of the organization and working internally to build the necessary strategy and systems.

A candidate may blend academic excellence with practical experience. The individual must have the ability to undertake cutting edge outreach, communications, targeted marketing, and fundraising, and have an interest in engaging with individual donors, foundations, and prospective supporters.

Salary will depend on the candidate's qualifications, and will be commensurate with experience. Starting date is negotiable; however, filling the position by November 1, 2015 is preferred.


How to Apply
Applicants should submit a CV, a cover letter, a list of at least three references, and a writing sample(s) totaling no more than five pages to careers@epic-usa.org. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. EPIC welcomes applications from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities.

EPIC is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law. No phone calls, please.


Deadline - October, 2nd