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IDeA Foundation provides a platform for impacting the Armenian world and operates out of his headquarters in Yerevan, Armenia.

 

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The people who work at IDeA are committed to making a real difference in the country of Armenia and strengthening the identity of Armenians around the globe. IDeA presents an opportunity to everyone who joins in its efforts: become part of a pioneering shift and make your mark on the Armenian world.

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Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Communications Director

Start Date: November 01, 2017

Duration: Annual twelve-months contract with prolongation opportunity

Location: Yerevan, Armenia (with the possibility of business trips both within Armenia and abroad)

Job Description:

Communications Director will define and guide the strategy for all types of media and communications to consistently articulate the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative mission.

The Director of Communications will work closely with a senior peer group within the organization as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Actively participate in the development of the Initiative strategy.
  • Develop communications strategy and plan based on the overall Initiative strategy.
  • Produce the communications budget in accordance with the approved communications plan and justify it within the Initiative’s budget limits.
  • Find the best options to implement the annual communications plan based on the approved communications strategy and within the approved budget.
  • Bring together and lead the communications team to implement the annual communications plans in an optimal manner.
  • Raise the competencies and expertise of the communications team; optimize communications processes.
  • Constantly track and measure the efficiency of all applied instruments, look for new tools and practices.
  • Along with the planned activities, conduct prompt elaboration of communications tactics, programs and campaigns related to changes of situation, emerging of new risks, etc.
  • Synchronize communications scope with the activities of other directions, implying communications as a key asset for achieving the goals of the whole project and its parts.
  • Develop briefs for Content & Creative Department and external agencies.
  • Control agencies work.
  • Manage all media contacts.
  • Work closely with the fundraising team understanding the importance of donors engagement and recognition.
  • Bring new knowledge, expertise, best practices and managerial solutions. Share knowledge with the team and be committed to the professional growth of the team members.
  • Handle the arising issues timely and proactively and troubleshoot emerging problems.

Required qualifications:

  • Higher education
  • Required languages: English and Armenian. Additional language is a plus.
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills in two or more languages (Armenian, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish).
  • Stress-resistant and able to work under strong pressure in conditions of conflicting priorities, tasks and deadlines.
  • The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical.
  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies.
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently.
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to "manage by influence".
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.

Application Procedure:

All interested candidates are kindly requested to submit their CVs by e-mail to [email protected]. Please indicate the title of the position Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Communications Director in the subject line of your e-mail. IDeA Foundation is grateful to all interested applicants; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview. 

About IDeA Foundation:

IDeA (Initiatives for Development of Armenia) Charitable Foundation was established by the entrepreneurs and philanthropists Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend. The Foundation focuses on programs which achieve tangible socioeconomic development and assist Armenia in transition from the survival model to the prosperity model. IDeA is committed to promoting social entrepreneurship in Armenia through investments in long-term, non-profit projects, as well as ensuring their sustainability.

Application Deadline: September 07, 2017

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Partnerships Director

Start Date: November 01, 2017

Duration: Annual twelve-months contract with prolongation opportunity

Location: Yerevan, Armenia (with the possibility of business trips both within Armenia and abroad)

Job Description:

  • Creating and implementing the strategy for network and relations development with government agencies, international organizations and other entities to build effective cooperation with the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative.
  • Providing a bridge between the RVVZ fundraising team and other directions of Aurora (communications, content, events), integrating donors-related activities and information flows into the Initiative’s projects.
  • Developing network of useful contacts, establishing effective partnerships and emphasizing sponsorship opportunities.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop partner networks and strategic partnerships.
  • Use method driven approaches and processes to drive results through partnerships.
  • Develop and implement a partnership strategy to increase the reach and impact of ongoing efforts in fulfilling the Initiative’s mission.
  • Coordinate the management of ongoing relationships with existing partners and, where relevant, leverage those relationships to greater collective impact.
  • Collaborate with the Initiative’s teams to structure and execute initiatives, lead analysis, and develop and communicate final recommendations for growing partner relationships.
  • Develop systems and procedures in support of the identification, engagement and development of strategic partnerships.
  • Project and promote the Initiative’s projects to new audiences and partners.
  • Develop and manage reporting and coordinate financial tracking of strategic partnership activities.
  • Coordinate development and management of partner agreements.
  • Provide timely and accurate reporting of pipeline, strategic partnerships and management activities.
  • Serve as an ambassador of the project.
  • Oversee the management of the Gratitude Scholarships Projects.
  • Direct Partnerships team’s activities.
  • Manage the resources and budgets, ensuring that targets are met, legal and financial obligations are complied with.
  • Handle any arising issues timely and proactively and troubleshoot any emerging problems.

Required qualifications:

  • Higher education
  • Proven ability to negotiate and work with high-level executives.
  • Highly comfortable developing executive-level sponsors within partnerships.
  • Demonstrated drive to solve problems in a matrix team environment and leading with high energy and a positive attitude.
  • Development, strategic initiatives or fundraising role for a non-profit, foundation, campaign organization, government entity or similar organization.
  • Demonstrated success in that role and has tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing partnerships over time.
  • Strong relationship-building skills and an entrepreneurial approach that leverages further opportunities.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Brings new knowledge, expertise and best practices. Committed to the constant professional development and life-long learning.
  • Shares knowledge with the team and is committed to the professional growth of the team members.
  • Required languages: English, Russian and Armenian. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills in two languages.

Application Procedure:

All interested candidates are kindly requested to submit their CVs by e-mail to [email protected]. Please indicate the title of the position Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Partnerships Director in the subject line of your e-mail. IDeA Foundation is grateful to all interested applicants; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview. 

About IDeA Foundation:

IDeA (Initiatives for Development of Armenia) Charitable Foundation was established by the entrepreneurs and philanthropists Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend. The Foundation focuses on programs which achieve tangible socioeconomic development and assist Armenia in transition from the survival model to the prosperity model. IDeA is committed to promoting social entrepreneurship in Armenia through investments in long-term, non-profit projects, as well as ensuring their sustainability.

Application Deadline: September 07, 2017

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Content & Creative Director (Editor-in-Chief)

Start Date: November 01, 2017

Duration: Annual twelve-months contract with prolongation opportunity

Location: Yerevan, Armenia (with the possibility of business trips both within Armenia and abroad)

Job Description:

Responsible for the development and implementation of editorial and creative policy, creation of content and determining the best ways for the Initiative to communicate and visualize its identity, involving the development of the creative strategy that defines choices required to develop a marketing message and strategic concepts.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Actively participate in the development of the Initiative strategy.
  • Develop content & creative strategy and program based on the overall Initiative strategy.
  • In accordance with the approved content & creative strategy elaborate content & creative program budget and justify it within the Initiative’s budget limits.
  • Look for original and effective ways of delivering content through video, text, digital, brochures and other media.
  • Provide in-house services of content & creative development upon request of other Initiative’s directions.
  • Lead the team as the internal content & creative agency.
  • Offer content & creative solutions for other Initiative’s directions and the overall Initiative.
  • Raise the competencies and expertise of the content & creative team.
  • Be responsible for monitoring the work of the content & creative Team and their ongoing tasks.
  • Work closely with fundraising team understanding the importance of donors’ engagement and recognition.

Required qualifications:

  • Higher education
  • Required languages: English and Armenian. Additional language is a plus.
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills in two or more languages (Armenian, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish).
  • An arbiter of best practices in grammar, messaging, writing and style.
  • Stress-resistant and able to work under strong pressure in conditions of conflicting priorities, tasks and deadlines.
  • Has a strong professional curiosity, a visual taste and fresh approach. Out-of-the-box thinking is a must.
  • Brings new knowledge, expertise and best practices. Committed to the constant professional development and life-long learning.
  • Follows the best practices and benchmarks.
  • Shares knowledge with the team and is committed to the professional growth of the team members.
  • Intellectual potential in the fields of philosophy, the humanities, religious studies, psychology.
  • Must be structured and effective – should combine managers’ and creatives’ approaches.
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • Able to work with both small local and large global agencies.

Application Procedure:

All interested candidates are kindly requested to submit their CVs by e-mail to [email protected]. Please indicate the title of the position Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Content & Creative Director (Editor-in-Chief) in the subject line of your e-mail. IDeA Foundation is grateful to all interested applicants; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview. 

About IDeA Foundation:

IDeA (Initiatives for Development of Armenia) Charitable Foundation was established by the entrepreneurs and philanthropists Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend. The Foundation focuses on programs which achieve tangible socioeconomic development and assist Armenia in transition from the survival model to the prosperity model. IDeA is committed to promoting social entrepreneurship in Armenia through investments in long-term, non-profit projects, as well as ensuring their sustainability.

Application Deadline: September 07, 2017

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Chief Operations Officer

Start Date: October 15, 2017

Duration: Annual twelve-months contract with prolongation opportunity

Location: Yerevan, Armenia (with the possibility of business trips both within Armenia and abroad)

Job Description:

We are looking for a partner for the CEO and the Leadership of the Initiative, who will take full responsibility for the success of the project.

Responsible for the general operations of the organization and serving as a project manager for the team.

Job Responsibilities:

Internal Leadership of the Initiative

  • Coordinate the annual operations plan and budget.
  • Lead the performance management process that measures and evaluates progress against the goals of the organization.
  • Provide a strong day-to-day leadership presence for all staff.
  • Bring new knowledge, expertise, best practices and managerial solutions. Share knowledge with the team and be committed to the professional growth of all team members.

Project Management

  • Develop and maintain the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative project planning system: retro-planning of the financial year and daily operations tasks management.
  • Manage requests and maintain relationships with partner foundations –
  • Reporting & Performance Measurement
  • Lead the reporting process and prepare reports for steering boards and executive committees.
  • Drive performance measures for the operations and projects implementation.

Finance

  • Run budgeting and reporting process.
  • Control corporate expenditures.

HR & Talent Development / Volunteers

  • Together with the HR team, find and hire employees/volunteers, based on job descriptions, developed by functional directors of the Team.
  • Provide contracting and onboarding of new employees/volunteers.
  • Keep personnel records: vacations schedules, personal data, etc.
  • Manage non-monetary employees’ compensation: mobile phone contracts, health insurance, etc.

IT

  • Develop and implement IT standards and solutions for the Team.
  • Cooperate with IT team to maintain IT-systems operations.
  • Supply employees with IT equipment and services.

Legal

  • Coordinate the legal support of operations with lawyers.

Office Management

  • Keep the office running.

Risk Management and Security

  • Drive risk management and security plans’ development and provide their implementation.

Required qualifications:

  • University degree
  • Professional background in Big Four or work experience as a CEO/COO of local offices of leading international companies
  • Required languages: English, Russian and Armenian. Fluency at least in two languages.
  • Stress-resistant and able to work under strong pressure in conditions of conflicting priorities, tasks and deadlines.
  • Committed to constant professional development and life-long learning.
  • Results-proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; high level of business acumen including successful P&L management.
  • Strategic Vision and Agility - ability to think strategically, anticipate consequences and future trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plan.
  • Action oriented—enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation; can overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stands when necessary.

Application Procedure:

All interested candidates are kindly requested to submit their CVs by e-mail to [email protected]. Please indicate the title of the position Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Chief Operations Officer in the subject line of your e-mail. IDeA Foundation is grateful to all interested applicants; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview. 

About IDeA Foundation:

IDeA (Initiatives for Development of Armenia) Charitable Foundation was established by the entrepreneurs and philanthropists Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend. The Foundation focuses on programs which achieve tangible socioeconomic development and assist Armenia in transition from the survival model to the prosperity model. IDeA is committed to promoting social entrepreneurship in Armenia through investments in long-term, non-profit projects, as well as ensuring their sustainability.

Application Deadline: September 07, 2017

Please note that the applications must be received no later than the closing date of the announcement. But even if there are no current positions that match your qualifications, you may still send us your CV for future consideration.