External Affairs Manager - Spelman College

· Atlanta, Georgia
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Job Title: External Affairs Manager

Location: Atlanta, GA

Employment Type: Full-Time

Start Date: September 2021

To Apply: Submit your application here. Send any questions to jobs@bebraven.org (applications submitted via email will not be accepted).

Hiring Manager: Kate Shoemaker

About Braven

In America, we’ve promised that hard work and ambition will be met with equality of opportunity. The reality is that we have a quiet crisis on our hands. Before COVID-19, a bachelor’s degree holder from a low-income background started their career earning two-thirds as much as those from higher-income backgrounds. An African American with a BA was almost twice as likely to be unemployed as their white counterpart. While education has the potential to be the great equalizer, only 30% of our country’s 1.3 million first-generation or low-income college enrollees are predicted to land a strong job after graduation. And with the COVID-19 crisis still upon us, now more than ever, college students from humble beginnings need to be prepared to compete for strong jobs. 

Braven is helping to address these inequities. Braven supports students from college to career by partnering with universities, employers, and college success organizations to offer a two-part experience that begins with a credit-bearing college course followed by a post-course experience that lasts through graduation. Braven Fellows emerge with the skills, experiences and networks they need to land a strong first job and get on a path to economic freedom. Braven is a growing organization, and has worked with more than 3,300 students across four campuses (Rutgers University-Newark, San José State, Lehman College, and National Louis University) and is piloting its innovative program to serve alumni of college success organizations locally in Chicago and virtually nationwide.Learn more about Braven’s impact: 



About the Role

You are a strategic project management whiz to the Executive Director. As the External Affairs Manager, you help to manage internal and external communications, heavily support fundraising and employer partnership efforts as well as raise brand awareness of Braven Atlanta.  You will support the Atlanta Region with raising roughly $2 million annually. In this role, you report to the Executive Director and manage 1 part-time intern.

What You’ll Do:

Planning & Execution: 50%

  • Run external affairs back office, including all research, outreach, meeting prep, tracking, and ongoing cultivation of donors, board members, employer council members, and employer partners.
  • Plan and execute all external events, such as Live Your Legacy, Braven’s end of year celebration, as well as jobs report events, happy hours, site visits, lunch and learns, treks, workshops, etc

Fundraising Support: 20% 

  • Draft and submit regional grants and reporting
  • Manage the cultivation of a small portfolio of donors and employer partners (those $10k and under)

Brand Building: 10%

  • Support all brand efforts (submitting speaking and award applications, identifying PAFs for interviews, etc)
  • Support media campaigns, including press and social media 
  • Support internal communications with Braven community (eg. alumni/volunteer) 
  • Collect Fellow success stories to share externally 
  • Attend external events representing Braven 

Board Management: 5% 

  • Support management of Atlanta board and employer council (manage all logistics, draft memo and deck, track next steps, drafting monthly recap for the board)
  • Support monthly communications to the board regarding programmatic and fundraising updates 

Logistics and Operations: 5%

  • Manage regional budget, manage office operations (including lease & relationships for office space, regional supply orders, national support) 
  • Use and maintain team systems (tactical dashboard, Asana, Slack, etc)
  • Participate in individual annual and quarterly planning

A+ Team Operations 10%

  • Use and maintain team systems (tactical dashboard, Asana, Slack, etc)
  • Participate in individual annual and quarterly planning
  • Manage 1 intern 

What We’re Looking For

(Did you know that research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications? Please know that no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. If much of this describes you, we encourage you to apply.)

Braven is looking for a strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial mindset and spirit. You are bringing experiences and strengths like these:

  • 2-3 years of aligned professional experience
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Planning and Organization 
  • Project management
  • Strong written and verbal skills 
  • Relationship building 
  • Problem-solving
  • Exemplifies Braven’s core values
  • Proven leadership skills with an ability to explain complex concepts clearly 
  • Strong soft-skills to work extremely well with people up and down the organization

Additional Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Ability to work in-person in Atlanta, GA
  • Authorized to work in the US

Working at Braven

Our culture

At Braven, our core values really do describe how we “show up” with each other. Before applying, we encourage you to take a look at them, and see if they describe you, too. At Braven, we are obsessed with making a real impact on the world, and are committed to learning and innovation as a path to get there. What that means in practice is that you can expect a proactive and nimble “startup-like” culture, where we work together to adapt, evolve, and make things happen. We also aspire to be a premier workplace for professionals who share identities with Braven’s Fellows. That means cultivating an environment of belonging for our intentionally diverse team. It means being a place that stretches and grows you as a professional. It means having fun together as we do work that matters. 

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position, which depends on prior work experience and our assessment of your fit for the role, will likely be between $44,500-55,600. Braven offers competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among not-for-profit organizations of similar size, with opportunities for salary growth over time. We believe in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other, their qualifications, and their impact on behalf of the organization, and take internal equity seriously. Given our commitment to equity and the inequities that can emerge from salary negotiations, Braven does not negotiate salary offers; instead each salary offer is determined carefully upfront using benchmarking. You will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

Braven also provides competitive, comprehensive benefits, recognition, and career development. While Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time, current benefits include: 

  • Unlimited vacation time in addition to org-wide shut downs in July and the end of the calendar year
  • Up to 5% match of your 401K contribution starting your first full month
  • Coverage of 85% of health insurance premium 
  • A one month paid sabbatical after 4 years on staff


When social distancing is not in place, we gather in the office four days a week. Therefore, we require teammates to live within commuting distance of Atlanta. Each teammate can use one flex day of their choosing per week to work remotely. We believe in the magic, connection, and collaboration that happens when people work together face-to-face and we believe in giving people flexibility to focus, balance personal priorities, and save themselves one commute per week. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

At Braven, we are committed to attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining a diverse team. Braven operates in the context of our American culture, against the backdrop of systemic racism and oppression of marginalized people since our country’s founding. We are committed to assembling leaders at our organization who have emerged from everywhere, with a particular emphasis on those who share the racial and income backgrounds of our Fellows, and creating an inclusive culture that allows all teammates, of all experiences and identities, to thrive.  

Braven is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.  We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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