Columba Leadership: Marketing & Funding Manager

Columba Leadership
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 5 November, 2021
Opportunity type: 

Columba Leadership ( is an NGO that activates youth enterprise and employment by helping young people transcend their personal circumstances and offers meaningful social impact to all investors.

Position Marketing & Funding Manager
Position Type Fixed Term Contract for 12 months  
Workplace Central Office, Illovo
Reports to CEO
Direct reports Funding Coordinator
Communications Coordinator
  • Relevant tertiary qualification   
  • At least 5 years in a senior marketing, fundraising, business development or sales position preferably in the NGO sector      
Attributes / Abilities / Characteristics
  • Proven track record in marketing, fundraising and business development for significant organisations or projects
  • A strong network with knowledge of and the ability to access Corporate Social Investment partners,  philanthropic institutions and funders in the NGO sector
  • Ability to be innovative and develop various types of income generation streams
  • Ability to take a broad strategic view of issues facing NGOs and find innovative ways to package and market Columba Leadership in order to address funding needs
  • Strong funder-focus and the ability to influence and negotiate with funders and key stakeholders
  • Ability to adapt communication and plan appropriately for different audiences to successfully communicate Columba Leadership’s purpose
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Persistence and stamina as well as the ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Strong communicator with excellent interpersonal, oral and writing skills
  • Outstanding English communication and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of legislation, regulations and financial issues relating to Corporate Social Investment and B-BBEE
Key Performance Areas
Funding, development and management
  • Develop a holistic understanding of the organisational strategy and the growth objectives in order to fully appreciate both current and future marketing and funding requirements
  • Conduct fundraising research and ensure new developments are integrated into new and diverse sources of income and support, including both restricted and unrestricted income streams.  Sources may include government, foundations, funding agencies, corporates, local sponsorships, web-based fundraising and opportunities arising from B-BBEE compliance, income generation projects and donations-in-kind
  • Implement the revenue development strategy and, where possible, ensure that the strategy is improved and updated with the latest and most innovative ways of business development and revenue generation
  • Actively seek to identify and develop new contacts and networks for the purpose of extending Columba Leadership’s sphere of influence in the interests of revenue generation and marketing
  • Manage, promote and develop current donor relationships through excellent service and regular communication working with the funding co-ordinator
  • Actively seek to identify new revenue generation opportunities within the existing donor portfolio and then implement such opportunities
  • Maintain and improve upon an information management system that is adequately cross-referenced of all donor contacts, preference information and correspondence working with funding coordinator
  • Ensure that reports are provided to donors timeously and are of adequate quality, drawing on the support of other senior managers within Columba Leadership
  • Support the CEO as required with the preparation of proposals and reports to large funders

Marketing and Communications Activities

  • Manage a comprehensive communications strategy which is reviewed and updated annually or more often in need working with the Programme, Alumni and M&E teams to share Columba Leadership’s purpose, insights and impacts with partners and stakeholders
  • Co-ordinate the production and creation of marketing materials including newsletters and annual reports
  • Oversee various communication channels including social media, working with the Communications Coordinator
  • Take an active role in training and mentoring team members on the importance of stakeholder engagement and value their role as brand ambassadors and strategies to support this

General and Management

  • Manage and mentor team members to ensure that they deliver to the best of their ability
  • Develop and manage processes and structures necessary for the achievement of delivery of income and marketing targets (e.g.  monthly meetings with the Programme Team in order to discuss and collect required information for reports and proposals)
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, participating in professional societies
  • Uphold Columba Leadership’s values and promote the best interests of the organisation at all times


Interested parties should consider their current strength in view of the requirements of this position and their willingness to commit to the above.  If interested CV applications, together with a letter of motivation, should be submitted to
Regret only suitable candidates will be contacted. Should you not be contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date please consider the position filled.
Closing date: 05 November 2021

Protection of Personal Information – Employment candidates
  1. Columba Leadership is a Responsible Party in terms of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013.
  2. Columba Leadership will take all prescribed and reasonable precautions to ensure that your information is safeguarded.
  3. By submitting your Curriculum Vitae and a Letter of Motivation in respect of this vacancy you understand and agree that:
    1. Columba Leadership needs to collect, keep and use your personal information in order to evaluate your application for purposes of potential employment opportunities.
    2. Columba Leadership will only use the information to carry out the necessary recruitment related activities.
  4. You therefore give your consent to Columba Leadership to process your information knowing all of the above, being aware that you can:
    1. Withdraw this consent at any time
    2. Have a right to request access to your data at any time, in the prescribed form
    3. Have a right to request that  your data is corrected or updated, in the prescribed form
    4. Have the right to complain to the information regulator
    5. The necessary information to assist you in exercising these rights is in Columba Leadership’s PAIA Manual, which is available on the Columba Leadership website

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