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Communications and Operations Assistant

EMpower is a public foundation committed to building opportunities for at-risk youth (age 10-24) in 15 emerging market countries. Harnessing the resources of the emerging market financial sector, EMpower makes grants to local organizations across three thematic portfolios: education, health and wellbeing, and livelihoods. EMpower has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, India and program staff in Turkey. See

This position is based in New York and is responsible for key administrative functions of the New York office, and operational support for global offices and staff. This position is also responsible for providing support to Development in the US, and the global Communications Team. The Assistant reports directly to the Global Operations Manager with dotted line reporting to the Development and Communications teams.

Development, Marketing & Communications (60%)

  • Executes donation processing including Salesforce entry; pledge follow-up, deposit log and coding; thank you letters; monthly reconciliation of quick books and Salesforce

  • Copy edits and proofs occasional e-blasts and other communications
  • Maintain updated branded administrative communication templates and coordinate with regional offices
  • Develop and update communications products as assigned including invitations, PPTs, brochures etc.
  • Keep assigned website content areas updated
  • Support EMpower’s US events and global events as needed
  • Backstop Development and Communications team as needed

Operations (25%)

  • Administer finances including donations, expenses and grant payments, petty cash
  • Lead point person for phone calls, deliveries, visitors and vendors
  • Maintain inventory of office supplies
  • Create business cards from template
  • Calendar and manage logistics for staff meetings (agendas, AV etc.)
  • Keep master lists of all Boards and Underwriters updated on website, templates etc.

Presidential support (15%)

  • Act as executive assistant to the President, manage calendar, coordinate travel

Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree and 1+ years’ work experience in an office environment, ideally in a nonprofit organization or foundation.
  • Highly organized, exceptional attention to detail and strong follow through.
  • Strong interpersonal and written communications skills, demonstrating cultural sensitivity/awareness.
  • Flexible with ability to juggle tasks and shift priorities as required, managing stress with calm, humor and perspective.
  • Strong work ethic, initiative and ability to anticipate.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications and comfortable with learning new database technology. Experience using Salesforce and Content Management Systems is a plus.
  • Ability to control and handle information that is confidential and time-sensitive.
  • Ability to work with quantitative information such as budgets and excel spreadsheets.
  • Ability to work with a small team in a dynamic environment.
  • Interest in the fields of youth development and/or effective global philanthropy.
  • Legal status to work in the U.S.

Occasional evening work is required.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

EMpower is a 501 (c) (3) public foundation that makes grants globally to benefit at-risk youth, including adolescent girls. We are committed to attracting, developing, motivating and retaining exceptional talent and to a work environment that recognizes contribution, fosters respect and teamwork, and facilitates strong performance. We encourage applicants
from diverse backgrounds, recognizing that diversity enriches all staff and our work globally. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or faith, or physical ability.

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