Executive Assistant at EarthEnable Rwanda

By | December 13, 2019

JOB DESCRIPTION: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANTCompany: EarthEnable Rwanda (known as Tube Heza in Rwanda)

Reports to: Senior Executive Associate

Location: Nyamata, Rwanda

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Timeframe: Open-ended

Who We Are

At EarthEnable, we believe that our clients deserve our very best, that morning high-fives are the best way to start the day, and that the best ideas can come from any part of the company. We celebrate each other’s wins, learn from our setbacks, and are deeply proud of the impact we make every day. We believe that a clean, dust-free floor means more than living in a healthy home.  It means pride and dignity in the place our customers most treasure: their homes. Being a part of our team means more than building floors: it means building an organization and building a better future for rural families.

What We Do

EarthEnable is transforming the way people live, by making homes healthier for families across rural Rwanda. 80% of Rwandans live in homes with dirt floors which are dusty, unsanitary, and fertile breeding grounds for parasites and germs. While replacing a dirt floor with concrete has significant health benefits (e.g. reducing diarrhea by 50% and parasitic infections by 80%), concrete is unaffordable for many who need it.

EarthEnable addresses this pressing and ubiquitous problem by selling high-quality, earthen floors that are 80% cheaper than concrete with 90% less embedded energy. Earthen floors are already prevalent in modern homes in the United States and are composed of natural materials (gravel, clay, sand, and laterite). EarthEnable trains and hires local masons to install the floors which are sealed using a proprietary drying oil that makes them waterproof, strong, and polished.

About the Role

We are seeking a highly organized, hard-working, and committed individual to help with a range of administrative and executive duties. The Exec Assistant will report directly to EarthEnable’s Executive Associate and assist with a wide variety of cross-department projects including Human Resources, Finance, Fundraising, and Communications amongst others. The successful candidate will be a self-starter and quick learner who thrives in a fast-paced startup environment, possesses a strong sense of social mission, excels at working autonomously, and demonstrates an unparalleled ability to multi-task while being detail oriented.

The specific responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

Company initiatives​: Working with the different teams to build a strong EarthEnable team through events and professional development activities

  • Assist in organizing professional development activities for staff
  • Assist in organizing retreats and planning meetings

Corporate Marketing/ Communication​: Maintaining EarthEnable’s external image through regular communication with all stakeholders

  • Respond to media and partnership opportunities
  • Manage communication that comes in through the website and general email account
  • Draft and publish content on EarthEnable social media accounts
  • Assist in compiling regular newsletters to donors and other stakeholders, including an annual report and interim update reports

Fundraising​: Maintaining relations with current funders as well as actively seeking out and applying for additional funding opportunities

  • Research and apply for additional grants, including putting together pitch presentations
  • Research and maintain a portfolio of future funding opportunities for EarthEnable to pursue
  • Assist in keeping track of grant expenditures as well as communication with current, past and prospective donors
  • Plan and ensure seamless potential and existing donor visits

Administrative duties: Filing, printing, making copies and managing different calendars for the executive department

Qualifications

  • Recent college graduate or current part-time student
  • Fluency in English
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Detail-oriented and able to multitask
  • Positive attitude, self-starter, entrepreneurial spirit, sense of humor and willingness to learn new things
  • Team player who loves to learn new things and is committed to bringing clean, healthy floors to rural Africa
  • Commitment to excellence and outstanding work ethic
  • Resourcefulness and creative problem solving

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