Careers: Manager, Corporate Relations

Job Description: Manager, Corporate Relations
Location: Chennai
Job nature: Permanent Full-time

The person will work closely with the fundraising team and shall be responsible for managing constant relationship and communication with corporate sponsors and institutional / high net worth individual (HNI) donors. The ideal individual will have the ability to exercise good judgment in dealing with corporate / donors, with strong written and verbal communication, presentation and networking skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. The applicant shall interact/work with people including corporate sponsors, institutional / HNI donors, government agencies, partner organisations, staff and volunteers.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Connect and liaison with corporate entities, institutional / HNI donors towards meeting the financial / non-financial resource requirements of the organization
• Network and engage the corporate entities associated with the organization on a constant basis
• Identify and channelize appropriate engagement opportunities internally towards fulfilling corporate volunteering requirement – Pro-bono or otherwise
• Effectively manage existing partnerships and establish new partnerships for fundraising
• Coordinate with other staff members and volunteer leaders to engage sponsors / donors and to report them on utilisation of their resources / progress of projects
• Prioritizes, and follows up on all matters and concerns in relation to sponsor / donor management and recommends appropriate course ofaction, referral, or response
• Ensure all important information including programmes / initiatives / campaigns / events are communicated to all sponsors / donors in a timely and professional manner
• Actively seek participation of corporate entities in fundraising events
• Conduct periodic feedback surveys from sponsors / donors towards improving the relationship and advise the team suitable on corrective actions

Education Qualification / Experience:
• Any graduate
• Holding a Masters in Business Administration would be an advantage
• More than 2 years of relevant work experience. Freshers with exceptional aptitude for the profile are also welcome
• Prior work experience in non-profit sector would be an advantage
• Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Power Point)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Reasonable understanding of the non-profit sector, fundraising and donor relationship management
• Exceptional communication and influencing skills, combined with the ability to work under pressure in a changing environment
• Good negotiation, presentation, and public speaking skills
• Very strong networking and interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including corporate sponsors, institutional / individual donors, government agencies, partner organisations, staff andvolunteers
• Expert level written and verbal communication skills in English. High degree of skill in grammar, spelling and punctuation are essential.
• Emotional maturity
• Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently
• Forward looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions
• Sensitivity and empathy with the vision, mission, values and programmes of Bhumi
• Resourceful, responsible and self-starting

Other Information:
• Reporting to: Co-founder
• Expected Age: Above 25
• Scope: Full time
• Remuneration: Rs.25,000-Rs.30,000 p.m. based on the candidate’s profile
• Expected Joining Date: Immediate

We are looking for someone who is committed to Bhumi for at least three years. If you qualify and are interested to take up the role, send in your resume along with a brief note on your aptitude for this role to careers.cr@bhumi.org.in

Careers: Operations Manager – Ignite

Job Description :Operations Manager – Ignite
Location :Chennai
Job Nature : Permanent Full-time

The applicant will be responsible for the operational excellence of Bhumi’s Ignite (Educational Program)across India. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core projects, operations, and organization plans.He/she will have to work closely with
> Other staff: The program director, Curriculum managers, HR – Volunteer managers, city level managers and city level operations coordinators
> Volunteers: National & city level project coordinators
> Partners: Learning centre authorities, NGO partnersand vendors.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Drive the operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the program
• Ensure that the operations of the organization meet the expectations of its stakeholders
• Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the program
• Help Strategise programme expansion within existing city chapters and across new cities
• Build partnerships in NGOs, Learning centres, Schools, establishing relationships with the management and community leaders at each expansion site
• Assist & Monitor the execution of the programme nationally
• Coordinate and execute centre level liaison with the operations team nationally – Annual centre engagement formalities, quarterly progress reports, feedback collection and timely resolution
• Ensure the availability & track teaching resources at each learning centre nationally
• Coordinate and engage vendors, procurement of materials nationally (on need basis)

Preferred Education Qualification / Experience:
• Any graduate; Having an MBA would be an advantage
• More than 3 years of relevant work experience
• Prior experience with non-profit organisation / field work is desirable

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Excellentinterpersonal and communication skills – English, Hindi & Tamil
• Basic computer skills – Word, Excel, Powerpoint – essential
• Proactive, Self-Monitored, Resourceful, Accountable
• Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
• Problem solving and Decision making skills are essential
• Willingness to travel extensively –locally& nationally

Other Information:
• Reporting to: Director – Ignite
• Expected Age: Below 35
• Scope: Willing to work flexible hours
• Remuneration – Rs.28,000-Rs.35,000 p.m
• Expected Joining Date: Immediate

We are looking for someone who is committed to Bhumi for at least three years. If you qualify and are interested to take up the role, send in your resume along with a brief note on your aptitude for this role to careers.OM@bhumi.org.in

Careers: Director, Ignite

Job Title : Director – Ignite
Location : Chennai
Job nature : Permanent Full-time

Position:

TheDirector of Ignite (Educational program) is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the program according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.The program Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibilities for the program including projects, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core projects, operations, and organization plans. The applicant should be willing to travel within India and interact with the stakeholders of Ignite program.

Responsibilities

Leadership:

• Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization
• Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization
• Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Director on all aspects of the organization’s activities
• Foster effective team work between the Board and the ProgramDirector and between the ProgramDirector and staff
• Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate
• Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization’s community profile
• Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
• Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations as well as for the national rollout
• Lead, coach, develop, and retain high-performance senior management team Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents

Operational planning and management

• Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the program
• Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its beneficiaries,, Board and Funders
• Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the program
• Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate
• Ensure all necessary documents / files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained
• Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials
• Design the national expansion and complete the strategic planning process for the program expansion
• Begin to build partnerships in NGOs, Learning centres, Schools, establishing relationships with the funders, and governmentand community leaders at each expansion site
• Be an external local and national presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional and national replication

Program planning and management
• Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the program
• Ensure that the program offered by the organization contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board
• Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the program to maintain or improve quality
• Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special projects

Human resources planning and management
• Determine staffing and volunteer requirements for programmanagement and delivery
• Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices including the development of roles & responsibilities for all program staff and volunteer coordinators
• Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations
• Recruit, interview and select staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the organization’s mission
• Ensure that all staff receives an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided
• Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review
• Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance

Financial planning and management
• Work with staff, volunteer coordinators and the Board to prepare a comprehensive budget for the program
• Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate
• Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board
• Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed
• Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget
• Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the program

Education Qualification / Experience:
• Any graduate; Having an MBA would be an advantage
• More than 5 years of relevant work experience
• Excellent track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization
• Hands-on experience in project management
• Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
• Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
• Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
• Experience / exposure to teaching, pedagogy, curriculum design and training would be desirable
• Prior experience in non-profit sector would be an advantage

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
• Strong written and verbal communication skills in English, Hindi & Tamil; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
• Strongcomputer skills – Word, Excel, PowerPoint – essential
• Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to program planning
• Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
• Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
• Proactive, Self-Monitored, Resourceful, Accountable
• Problem solving and Decision making skills are essential
• Willingness to travel extensively – locally& nationally

Other Information:
• Reporting to: Board of Directors
• Expected Age: Above 25
• Scope: Full time
• Remuneration:Competitive and negotiable based on the candidate’s profile
• Expected Joining Date: Immediate

We are looking for someone who is committed to Bhumi for at least three years. If you qualify and are interested to take up the role, send in your resume along with a brief note on your aptitude for this role to careers.DI@bhumi.org.in

Volunteer for Bhumi events – October 2015

Bhumi Chennai has exciting events lined up for October, 2015

We are hosting the 2nd edition of the Bhumi Corporate League (BCL) during Daan Utsav on the 4th October.

In collaboration with AID India, we are hosting a Chennai city wide Treasure Hunt on the 18th October.

These events are being organised to create awareness and raise funds for the cause. Volunteers who are ready to help organise the events can register below. To help promote the events, a Flash mob is also being conducted, and you can be apart of it too!

FEEDBACK FROM KIDS

The super excited kids who participated in Nakshatra gave us interesting feedbacks. Almost all had the same questions when we met them post Nakshatra, “How were we on stage?” and “When is the next Nakshatra?” One such experience, taken as an interview is mentioned below;

Volunteer: How was the day?

Kid: “Bohot maja aya” (I enjoyed the day. Had too much fun)

Volunteer: How did you feel on the stage while performing?

Kid: “Dance karne ko bohot acha laga. thoda daara mai pehle. Par badme sab ke samne nachne me maja aya” (Dancing in front of everyone in the auditorium was a scary but awesome experience for me).

Volunteer: Did you like the food? What was your favorite item?

Kid: “Bohot tasty tha. Sabse acha Gulab Jamun. Maine 5 khaye!!!” (The food was very tasty. Favorite was Gulab Jamun, of which I ate 5!!!!)

Volunteer: Tell me your favorite performance of the day.

Kid: “Mera dance. Aur fir jo mere friend ne face painting kiya tha who. Aur jo ‘Chitiyan Kalayaan’ pe dance kiya tha who mujhe bohot acha laga” (I loved my own dance. And next best was the face painting that my friend had done. I thought the dance performance on the song ‘Chitiyaan kalayaan’ was the best).

Volunteer: Will you participate in the next Nakshatra? What will you do?

Kid: “Haan. Pakka karunga. Kab hai next wala? Mai agli baar acting karunga, mujhe bohot achi ati hai. Dikhau?” (Yes, definitely. When is the next Nakshatra? I will act in front of the audience. I can act out a number of people. Want me to show?)

And then the interview was forgotten in the midst of the enthusiastic acting by the kid.

But all in all, everyone is waiting and gearing up for the next showdown. Hope to see these kids soon.

 

PUNE NAKSHATRA 2015

You see those little ones perform, they sing and dance. Their skills, zeal and perfection of the arts leave you awe-struck. You don’t feel like taking your eyes off the stage, scared to miss out on anything! They paint, draw and mould clay. Their imagination and creativity leaves you speechless. You think about the potential and talent hidden in there. And the moment you see the smiles on their face, the twinkle in their eyes, you get goose bumps, you don’t know whether to smile or cry or do both. During this pandemonium around you, somewhere inside in the corner of your heart you feel happy and content. And all you have to say is,

Welcome to “Pune Nakshatra 2015”

Nakshatra, Bhumi’s annual inter-orphanage art, literary, cultural, science and sports talent fest for children was held in Pune for the first time on August 2nd 2015. It all started on a Saturday night among “high” talks between Suren, Srinivas and Sai. A big ‘Thank you’ to these guys, we owe you a lot. You showed us the dream and all of us were more than happy to make it happen.

With help from the Chennai team and a lot of enthusiasm and will, the preparations began. Meetings were held every now and then. Discussions about anything and everything. People taking out time from their busy routines, dividing themselves into different teams and putting in their best ideas. Giving their very best to make everything happen, failing at times, but still undeterred. Facing all the hurdles and challenges, come what may, together. Many sleepless nights and days of hard work later, the much awaited Day of Judgment arrived.

The morning air was heavy with excitement, enthusiasm, anxiety, tensions, confusion and fear. All had only one prayer in mind – “Let everything go smooth”. And it did. The kids arrived in time, smiling and dressed in glitters, boosting the volunteer moral even more. With beautiful and energetic performances of the kids, and the coordination and hard work of the volunteers, “Nakshatra” finally became a dream come true!

So this edition of our Nakshatra newsletter takes you through the journey of the kids, their awesome performances and their beautiful creativity. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Relead+ | Leadership programme | Blue Ribbon Movement

What is Relead?
Relead is a 3 day Non-residential learning program that will help youth to answer the most important question there ever is:  What should I do with my life?

Relead is an engaging learning experience designed to answer the four questions mentioned in the graphic above. It is for anyone looking to build clarity on their life choices and direction.
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Relead will be anchored by Abhishek Thakore, the Founder of The Blue Ribbon Movement. Abhishek has facilitated programs around the world for over 15 years now including Bhumi’s Leadership Development programme Lead Bhumi. But what makes him unique is his own journey as a leader. There will be guest speakers joining into the program, bringing their own unique flavors and perspectives.

This is a paid program which is going to be held in four major cities of India :

  • Pune (6 – 8 Nov 2015)
  • Kolkata (13 – 15 Nov 2015)
  • Ahmedabad (18 – 20 Dec. 2015)
  • Mumbai (2 – 4 Jan 2016)

For early bird offers, register before 15 Sept 2015. Additional 10% discount is offered to Bhumi volunteers. Please mention that you are a volunteer in the registration form or just write the Discount Code : RELEADDISC10

For more details on Relead visit the website.

Operations Director Vacancy At Pudiyador | Chennai

Pudiyador is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the lives of underprivileged children and their communities through education and social support. Children from five communities around the city of Chennai come to the Pudiyador centers in or near their communities after school hours on weekdays and all day during the weekends. They are provided a safe space in which they get help with their mainstream academics, they learn to engage in and appreciate arts and sports, and they learn life skills that will enable them to function in and contribute to society in meaningful ways. Pudiyador also works closely with the children’s parents, local school officials, and other community members to ensure that the programming is deep and sustainable.Pudiyador operates three main programs:

(a) After-School Program
Academic support and extra-curricular activities for children between ages 5 and 12. This includes education modules for reading, writing, and arithmetic, as well as art and sports modules.

(b) Young Adult Program
Activities that engage community teenagers and Pudiyador alumni in meaningful, useful, and enjoyable activities. Some of these activities could potentially provide young adults with real means of employment.

(c) Community Interface Program
Home visits, activities, and community events aimed at minimizing abuse and maximizing safety and well-being of children, their parents, and the entire community overall.

We consistently monitor and evaluate all our programs to ensure that they are effective in and appropriate for each center. Pudiyador currently operates in two communities in Ramapuram, two in Besant Nagar, and one in Saligramam.

Job Posting for Operations Director, Pudiyador

Job description

  • Join team of directors of Pudiyador (first 3 months probationary period)
  • Work closely with Program Director on big picture and day-to-day operations of Pudiyador
  • Plan and direct activities based on annual and semi-annual goals
  • Train and mentor teachers and resource persons in various tasks including using email/MS Office/Skype, etc
  • Identify and address one-time and routine issues
  • Everyday follow up on ongoing activities
  • Travel frequently to organizations/homes within (and sometimes outside) city limits
  • 8 hours a day, 6 days a week

Basic qualifications

  • Some undergraduate degree
  • Minimum 2 years team-work experience
  • Fluent in Tamil and English
  • Demonstration of leadership
  • Working knowledge of MS Office products, email, video chat technology, and the internet in general
  • Degree in engineering or experience in working in a multi-national company is a plus. A degree in education/sociology/psychology and/or experience working with children and or a non-profit is also a bonus.

Instructions to apply
The following application documents must be submitted as attachments via email to jobs@pudiyador.org . We require all 4 sets of documents to be able to process your application.

    1. Latest resume
    2. Scan/photo/copy of your degree certificate(s)
    3. Application form (Click here to download, see pages 3-6)
    4. Recommendation forms completed and sent by TWO supervisors and/co-workers that know you in a professional setting (see pages 7-8)

Recommendation letters must be sent directly by the recommenders from their email address. If that is not possible, printed or hand-written letters can be sent to: Pudiyador, 14, Giri Nagar, Ramapuram, Chennai 600089.

Coordinator Vacancies At Pudiyador | Chennai

Pudiyador is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the lives of underprivileged children and their communities through education and social support. Children from five communities around the city of Chennai come to the Pudiyador centers in or near their communities after school hours on weekdays and all day during the weekends. They are provided a safe space in which they get help with their mainstream academics, they learn to engage in and appreciate arts and sports, and they learn life skills that will enable them to function in and contribute to society in meaningful ways. Pudiyador also works closely with the children’s parents, local school officials, and other community members to ensure that the programming is deep and sustainable.Pudiyador operates three main programs:

(a) After-School Program
Academic support and extra-curricular activities for children between ages 5 and 12. This includes education modules for reading, writing, and arithmetic, as well as art and sports modules.

(b) Young Adult Program
Activities that engage community teenagers and Pudiyador alumni in meaningful, useful, and enjoyable activities. Some of these activities could potentially provide young adults with real means of employment.

(c) Community Interface Program
Home visits, activities, and community events aimed at minimizing abuse and maximizing safety and well-being of children, their parents, and the entire community overall.

We consistently monitor and evaluate all our programs to ensure that they are effective in and appropriate for each center. Pudiyador currently operates in two communities in Ramapuram, two in Besant Nagar, and one in Saligramam.

Pudiyador is looking to fill the following positions beginning August 2015. Interested applicants are asked to contact the Program Director, Chiai Uraguchi (99626-01712) and send their resumes to chiai@pudiyador.org . A phone call meeting will be set up to discuss the applicant’s capabilities and experiences, the requirements of the job, and the pay scale. 

Position 1) After School Program Coordinator

Responsibilities:

– 30-40 hours a week

– Visit each of the 5 centers once a week to check after school program quality

– Analyze children’s assessment of their maths and language skills/progress

– Discuss child well-being with teachers from all five centers on a weekly basis

– Maintain and revise program time tables according to the needs of each center

Eligibility specifications:

* Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (preferably in Social Work) with a minimum of 1 year experience in the development sector, preferably community work.

* Fluency in English & Tamil

* Familiarity with e-mail and MS-Office

Position 2) Community Interface Coordinator

Responsibilities: 

– 30-40 hours a week

– Train home visit facilitators to speak with families about their children

– Go on home visits with the home visit facilitators 3-5 times a week

– Work with community to derive social intervention according to their needs and facilitate it to create better community (bi-weekly meetings with community members and leaders)

– Identify interventions to support semi street children (2 months)

– Implement interventions (6 months)

Eligibility specifications:

* 12th std. pass with experience dealing with communities (personally or professionally)

* Fluency in English & Tamil

* Familiarity with e-mail and MS-Office is preferred

Position 3) Teacher Support Coordinator

Responsibilities: 

– 30-40 hours a week

– Conduct meetings with teachers from all centers once every 2 weeks

– Meet teachers at different centers every day, check on regular issues

– Interact on a regular basis with children, get to know them, gain trust

– Follow up with individual teacher/student issues on a weekly basis

Eligibility specifications:

* Must like working with children and be gentle with them

* Fluency in Tamil (English knowledge is a plus)

Orientation, 28/06/2015

Bhumi Pune chapter is expanding and reaching out to a larger number of underprivileged kids is our

aim for 2015-2016. From 9 centers in 2014, we have been able to expand to 13 in June 2015, and we

hope to include more by September 2015. Volunteer recruitment and orientation drives to cope up

with the increasing centers are simultaneous processes. With the help of “Each one get one” drive

almost 50 volunteers were registered on the Bhumi website. We conducted an orientation on 6th

June 2015 and one on 28th June 2015. On 28th June, to welcome new volunteers, Bhumi introduction

presentation was delivered by our new regional manager, Ms. Meghna Raveendra and Nilanjan. C

(LES Project Cordinator) presented the volunteer impact. The orientation had various fun activities

to make it a lively and engaging session.

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