Special Events and Development Coordinator


Special Events and Development Coordinator

Zara Aina
New York, NY 10009

Job Details




Special Events and Development Coordinator


JOB TYPE: Part-time
SALARY: Flat fee for May event, potential for negotiation after the event for part-time salary
Zara Aina means “Share Life” in Malagasy, the language of Madagascar. Broadway actors Lucas Caleb Rooney and Bryce Pinkham founded Zara Aina in 2012 to help at-risk children in Madagascar harness the transformative power of theatrical storytelling and performance to expand their capacity for achievement, invest in their sense of possibility, and recognize their potential.  

With headquarters in New York and Antananarivo, Madagascar, Zara Aina is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to develop sustainable community-based theater programs for children and teenagers through collaborations with community organizations in Madagascar and the United States.  

At the heart of Zara Aina is the transformative power of storytelling. From learning to express themselves, to empathizing with others, to beginning to understand universal themes and ways of looking at the world, theatrical storytelling creates confident learners who are better prepared to participate actively in their education, community, and social lives.  

Zara Aina has an approximately $100,000/year operating budget, all generated through fundraising.
Zara Aina seeks an experienced, highly organized, and passionate individual to work part-time as Special Events and Development Coordinator for a new mid-year fundraising event in May and then, pending event success, to hopefully come on board part-time as Zara Aina’s Development Manager, a newly created position.  Alongside Zara Aina’s Executive Director, Business Manager, and Operations Manager, the Special Events and Development Coordinator will plan and execute a new, smaller fundraising event in May to cultivate new donors and raise additional funds for Zara Aina. The Special Events and Development Coordinator must possess superb written and verbal communication skills, as well as effective time management and the ability to work in a fast paced environment, with minimal staff. The Special Events and Development Coordinator will work remotely; Zara Aina does not have a physical office. This position is an incredible opportunity for an ambitious, skilled development professional to further their expertise with a relatively young, rapidly expanding theater, education, and service nonprofit organization. This position reports to the Executive Director and Artistic Director.  

Special Events  
Oversee planning and execution of new, smaller mid-year fundraiser in May.
Attendance at May event and any other cultivation events.  

Strategic Planning & Board Development  
Schedule meetings with potential community partners and funders, accompany ED as needed.
Prepare regular updates for ED and Artistic Director.
Work with ED, AD, and BM to identify potential Zara Aina Board of Directors and get them to attend May event  

Institutional Giving  
Help to cultivate institutional giving for Zara Aina for the first time
Research new government and foundation funding opportunities.
Individual & Corporate Donors  
Work with ED, AD, and BM to oversee current individual donors and identify new individual donors and schedule meetings.
Cultivate corporate donors for Zara Aina for the first time  


Bachelor's degree in the arts, arts administration, business, or nonprofit management, or equivalent.
Masters degree preferred.
Minimum of 3 years of previous part-time or full-time employment in nonprofit fundraising.
Special Events planning/coordination experience.
Experience working with a donor database.
Superb written and verbal communication skills.
Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task, prioritize, and manage competing demands in order to meet deadlines.
Excellent interpersonal and networking skills; positive and professional demeanor.
Flexible, great sense of humor.
Passion for Zara Aina’s mission and commitment to serving at-risk youth.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google G Suites, specifically Excel/Sheets.
Ability to speak about theater and theater education.  

Demonstrated ability to build creative and mutually beneficial partnerships within the nonprofit, public and corporate sectors.
Experience working in/knowledge of Madagascar Conversational Malagasy and/or French fluency, a plus.
Please send a resume, cover letter, and two references to justin@zaraaina.org with subject line “Special Events and Development Coordinator Position”. Candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted. Applications accepted until Wednesday February 21, 2018.


February 26, 2018 -



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