Acorn Education: Fundraising and Marketing Manager

Acorn Education
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 15 May, 2019
Opportunity type: 

Acorn Education is a newly established not for profit company specifically set-up to be a School Operating Partner as part of Collaboration Schools Pilot Programme. Acorn Educate strives to be a school operating partner based on the following principles:

  • A lean but highly scalable organisation based on solid business principles
  • Executing effectively with a team of mission aligned education and operation specialists while effectively leveraging strategic partnerships
  • Continuously seeking innovative solutions to complex education challenges

Acorn Education seeks to appoint a Fundraising and Marketing Manager, to be based in Cape Town.

The purpose of this position is to fundraise as well as create and maintain a professional and respected public profile for Acorn Education.


  • Create and implement a fundraising and marketing strategy to be approved by the Board
  • Coordinate and manage fundraising, comprising community, trusts, corporates, major donors, bequests and digital fundraising, across the organisation
  • Build relationships with current and potential funders, including key donors, charitable trusts, foundations and other institutional funders, as well as high profile and high net worth individuals
  • Research funding sources (both national and international), oversee the development of fundraising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organisation
  • Write and approve funding applications, as well as progress reports to funders, ensure all are captured on the donor database
  • Participate in fundraising events/activities as appropriate
  • Act as media liaison for Acorn Education
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with the public through media platforms
  • Update and maintain website and Social sites
  • Manage and coordinate various awareness programs and campaigns
  • Prepare reports and give presentations on progress to the Board


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent tertiary education in Marketing / PR or Diploma in Fundraising or relevant qualification
  • SA driver’s license (code 8) and own vehicle essential
  • Must be a South African national or possess a permanent resident permit
  • Minimum working experience of 5 years in related field
  • Working knowledge of non-profit organisations, community development, as well as business experience, will serve as strong recommendations
  • Command of English language, both written and spoken and impeccable communication and presentation skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Entrepreneurial and marketing skills
  • Strong computer. Microsoft Office and internet research skills
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to manage confidential information in an appropriate manner
  • A proven track record
  • Sales ability and strong negotiation skills
  • Well-groomed, highly organised, self-motivated and displays highly ethical and professional behaviour at all times
  • Thorough understanding of marketing elements (including traditional and digital marketing such as SEO/Social media etc) and market research methods
  • Ability to think strategically, innovatively (out of the box), problem-solve and make decisions
  • Ability to work both independently as well as part of a high functioning team
  • Achievement of annual target through new business and existing donor development
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Donor management
  • No criminal record- candidates will be required to undergo a criminal background check

To apply, submit an updated CV with references and a cover letter to: include the position you are applying for in the subject title of the email application.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Should you not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, accept that your application was unsuccessful.

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