Associate Project Manager, External Relations and Engagement

Lutheran World Relief

About the organization

At Lutheran World Relief, we envision a future where all people, in every corner of the world can live full, dignified lives.
Founded by Lutherans in the United States at the end of World War II, grounded in Lutheran theology and building on decades of experience, Lutheran World Relief tackles global poverty by helping people adapt to the challenges that threaten their livelihoods and well-being. We work with people based on need, regardless of race, religion or nationality and we do not evangelize. We provide aid in emergencies and help families restore their lives. We partner with communities to build and grow rural economies. We break the cycle of poverty, so families and communities can thrive. Our goal is to help people build self‐sufficiency and create new community‐owned approaches to problem‐solving that will last long after our projects end.


The Project Manager, External Relations and Engagement is an integral part of the External Relations & Engagement department at Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health (LWR and IMA). This position serves as the primary project manager for all External Relations and Engagement activities with a specific focus on fundraising to individuals and congregations, LWR's Quilt & Kit Ministry and donor stewardship. This position supports the department's efforts to engage the organization's target U.S. audiences and to create high-quality, effective, engaging and audience-centric communication and fundraising tools that build relationships and raise money.

Manage the production of fundraising and engagement projects, from concept to completion - both print and digital - and ensure production and dissemination deadlines are met. This includes:
Creating, or leading other staff in creating, a detailed brief for each new project, including intended audience and expected outcomes.
Creating and maintaining a shared internal project management system to assign tasks and track the progress of ongoing projects.
Regularly providing status reports on projects managed, including creative briefs, notes, and schedules
Proactively predicting and addressing any roadblocks that may delay a project timeline
Ensuring all marketing and communications team members are informed and briefed on the timeline and deliverables


Bachelor's degree in English, communications or related field.
Two years of professional fundraising or non-profit experience preferred.
Exceptional project management skills.
Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Ability to distill and interpret complex program information and write clean, concise and compelling copy for a general audience.
Experience writing and messaging on behalf of a nonprofit preferred.
Keen attention to detail.
Excellent people skills (including via telephone).
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines.
Proficiency in standard computer software (Microsoft Office Suite).
Database experience required; Raisers Edge and/or SalesForce familiarity a plus.

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