About Avanti Fellows

Avanti is an award winning non-profit organization established by IIT alumni in 2010 to provide an affordable, high-quality education to disadvantaged students aspiring to study at India’s top colleges. At present, we have 40 full-time employees & 100 volunteers, and support over 2000 students in 8 locations across 3 school systems – Corporation of Chennai, Navodaya Vidyalayas and Haryana Government Schools. Avanti is a PanIIT Alumni initiative, winner of Stanford BASES 2010 and recipient of the Echoing Green, Ashoka and Draper Richards Kaplan Fellowships.

At Avanti, we implement a unique pedagogy called Peer Instruction®that reduces teacher dependence and enables collaborative learning. Students consume lecture content in the form of recorded videos and reading material before attending class. In place of conventional lectures, classroom time is used to get students to work collaboratively on problem sets and clarify doubts by interacting with subject experts. Over the past 2 years, we have shown that our students outperform the most expensive afterschool programs in the country at less than one-fourth the cost.

In JNV (Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya), Avanti is conducting teaching over 350 students across 6 schools through unique pedagogy developed by Avanti Fellows. The program plans to expand to 20 schools catering to over 1600 students by 2018.

Job Description: Program Manager – Navodaya Program

Overview of the Role

The Program Manager is responsible for managing the end-to-end operations of Jawahar Navoday Program coordinating with up to 10 full-time employees. The responsibilities include building a collaborative learning environment, driving improvement in student learning outcomes, helping the team members get better at their roles.

Requirements

Education: Any post Graduate with Science Background (MSc or B Tech or M Tech), Management degree would be great

Experience: 5 years of experience in program implementation. Experience in Non-profit, Education sector preferable

Skills: Exceptional leadership and management skills; self-driven; good at interpersonal
communication; Data Analysis, Process driven, Objective, Empathizing

Interests: Passionate about education; enjoys mentoring and teaching teenagers

Responsibilities

Following are the major responsibilities that could change as per demand of the dynamic work requirements.

Administration
Ensure smooth implementation of the program across elements
Work proactively keeping in mind expansion targets
Manage volunteers from IITs and NITs and other premier institutions as per
requirements
Petty cash and expense management
Vendor follow up and invoicing/payments
Logistics (office and external)

Team Management and Recruitment
Manage about 10 employees that implements the program across 6 schools covering
350 students of standard 11 and 12
Train the team on ideal stakeholder relationships, class room facilitation, mentoring
and adherence to processes for effective implementation of the program
Elaborate 360 degree performance appraisal of the team

Program Implementation and M&E: Develop systems to collect the data on students’
behavior and performance regularly and used it effectively to prioritize the elements       of the program.

Budgeting and Expense Management
Create budget for the year based on the expenses on different heads and ensure the
implementation of the same
Be alert on day to day expenses of the program and ensure its adherence with budget
and company policy
Whenever require, reach out to donors to raise additional funding

Documentation and reporting
Weekly, Monthly and quarterly reports
Make program impact reports
Capture success stories and learning from operations of the program

 Stakeholder management
Work with Navoday Samithi officials to get necessary approvals for smooth
implementation of the program in schools
Maintain good relationship with school Principals to ensure smooth implementation
of the program through regular meetings and submitting required reports
Maintain relationship with the donors by providing regular updates and submitting
required reports
Prepare reports periodically analyzing the progress of the students and share with all
the stake holders.

New Partnerships– Take initiative in new partnerships to help implement the                program smoothly and expand the program when possible

Reports to: Program Director
Reportees: Sr Program Associates, Program Associates, Curriculum Associates

Joining Date: 1st Nov           Location: Mangalore/Bangalore             No. of Openings: 1

 

Job Description- Fundraising and Communications Manager (FCM)

Overview of the Role

Fundraising and Communications Manager (FCM) would support Avanti Fellows in a strategic expansion of the Avanti program in India. FM is expected to create and nurture strong external partnerships with Donors and NGOs. The AMBD must be able to adapt to a constantly changing environment and thrive in an autonomous role within a young, fast-paced organization. Primary function of the role is to raise funds for current and future monetary needs of the program.

Responsibilities:

Broad responsibilities include
 Donor Management
 Strengthen the brand of Avanti Fellows
 Responsible for all communication needs of the organization

Requirements

Graduates/ Post graduates in communication, marketing, social sciences, or other related discipline
3-5 years of relevant (fundraising) job experience in the for-profit or non-profit sector, either in a similar position in the non-profit sector or in a similar position in the profit sector.
Must have a flavour for networking with a passion for initiating sustainable social change
 Be willing to travel for 7-10 days in a month
Preferably have prior experience of working in the Fundraising/ Resource Mobilization.
Adept at computer skills with MS Word, Excel, and Power-Point.
Excellent presentation skills, interpersonal, organizational, verbal/written communication skills.

 Strong on competencies like results-focus, influencing and convincing, customer-focus,
fostering cooperation, adaptability

Responsibilities
Following are the major responsibilities that could change as per demand of the dynamic work requirements.

 Fundraising

Fundraise the needs of three programs having approximately 40 centers in 2017-18
to the tune of around 5 crores
Tap potential of CSR funds of organizations that are funding Education sector initiatives
Explore GiveIndia and similar fundraising options
Focussed fundraising programs at potential HNIs.

Donor Management

Establish strong relationships with existing donors
Create a pool of donors that would support organization’s financial needs
Cater to all reporting needs of donors

Communications:

Website content management,
Marketing/promotion collaterals,
Newsletters
Annual Report preparation
Social media management

 Budgeting and Expense Management

Prepare communication and fundraising budgets and execute the same
Create budget for the year based on the expenses on different heads and ensure the
implementation of the same
Be alert on day to day expenses of the program and ensure its adherence with budget
and company policy

 Documentation and reporting

   Weekly, Monthly and quarterly reports
Make program impact reports
Capture success stories and learning from operations of the program

Reports to: Program Director

Joining Date: Immediate            Location: Chennai                             No. of Openings: 1

Compensation: We offer competitive compensation based on experience and fit

Application Process:

Resume with cover letter to be sent to deepak.kamble@avantifellows.org

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