Engagement Associate/Manager

Wholeness of life in Lwala and Beyond

Engagement Associate/Manager

Lwala Community Alliance

Title: Engagement Associate/Manager (Nashville, TN / U.S.-based)

Reports to: Ash Rogers, Executive Director


Organizational Background

Lwala Community Alliance (Lwala) is a community-led innovator proving that when communities lead, change is drastic and lasting.

Lwala village, a small community in rural western Kenya, founded the organization as a response to extreme health challenges. The region experiences some of the highest HIV, maternal mortality, and infant morality rates in East Africa. As such, community members built their area’s first health center.

From these humble beginnings, we are now the largest provider of health services for a population of over 30,000. The work extends far beyond the original hospital as we support communities in their homes, schools, and farms to advance their own comprehensive well-being. We address the complex causes of poor health through a multi-dimensional strategy, which engages community members in driving their own change.

The Engagement Associate/Manager, overseen by the Executive Director, will be responsible for assisting in the execution of a comprehensive program to increase charitable giving through the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individuals and funding partners. This position is an exciting collaboration of talent working with the communications, fundraising and branding to create ways of expanding Lwala’s proven model.

Key Responsibilities

Donor Engagement

  • Co-design and execute an annual development plan, including all cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities
  • Thoughtfully and strategically expand the network and leverage relationships
  • Nurture relationships through targeted correspondence and creative outreach strategies
  • Prepare materials, handouts, packets, and presentations for donor cultivation and solicitation
  • Plan and execute fundraising events in St. Louis, Nashville, and other cities as required
  • Plan and execute vision trips to Kenya

Institutional Partner Engagement & Grant Writing

  • Identify of potential corporate/foundation partners for the Executive Director to develop relationships with
  • Develop lists of and conduct research on new prospective donors and prepare profiles
  • Track grant proposal deadlines and keep team on-track to meet them
  • Track reporting deadlines and keep team on-track to meet them
  • Participate in writing and compiling letters of inquiry, concept papers, and proposal submissions for new grants and grant renewals
  • Conduct research to identify new grant opportunities


  • Support colleagues in creating and executing a strategic communications program that will lead to deeper and broadened engagement with current and potential partners and donors

**Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements


  • Bachelors degree in relevant field required, Masters degree preferred.

Skills and Experience

  • 2-5 years experience in sales, nonprofit fundraising, or public relations
  • Proven track record of raising funds from individuals or corporations through the execution of a development or sales strategy
  • Experience with implementing a charitable gifts program, including knowledge of moves management and the use of a prospect management system
  • Experience in donor cultivation, grant writing, and government contracts management
  • Knowledge of and connections to the international funding community in New York, Washington, DC and possibly Nashville, TN.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, with proven ability to write persuasively and with a high degree of professionalism
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with diverse constituencies
  • Superb research, planning, and organizational skills with a strong attention to detail
  • Excellent fact-checking and proofreading skills
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft word, PowerPoint, and excel and a willingness to learn newer software like Evernote, Dropbox, Salesforce, and DonorPro.
  • Ability to travel and work evening and weekend hours, with occasional overseas travel

Critical Qualities

  • Optimistic, ambitious, and high-energy
  • High level of patience, with ability to quickly react to unexpected priorities
  • Demonstrated interest or background in international development and justice issues
  • Ability to think strategically while executing tactically
  • Entrepreneurial spirit in identifying opportunities and generating relationships
  • Sound judgment, professionalism and a positive attitude
  • Resourcefulness, creativity and strong problem-solving skills

To Apply

Please send the following to Helen Chalmers at helen@lwalacommunityalliance.org:

  • Current CV/resume
  • Letter of Interest detailing related skills and experience
  • 3 professional references with name, title, email, phone contact, and relationship to the applicant