Executive Associate

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Who we are

At EarthEnable, we believe that our clients deserve our very best, that morning high-fives are the best way to start the day, and that the best ideas could come from any part of the company. We celebrate each other’s wins, learn from our setbacks, and are deeply proud of the impact we make every day. We believe that a clean, dust-free floor means more than living in a healthy home. It means pride and dignity in the place our customers most treasure: their homes. Being a part of our team means more than building floors: it means building an organization and building a better future for rural families.

What we do
EarthEnable is transforming the way people live, by making homes healthier for families across rural Rwanda. 80% of Rwandans live in homes with dirt floors which are dusty, unsanitary, and fertile breeding grounds for parasites and germs. While replacing a dirt floor with concrete has significant health benefits (e.g. reducing diarrhea by 50% and parasitic infections by 80%), concrete is unaffordable for many who need it.

EarthEnable addresses this pressing and ubiquitous problem by selling high-quality, earthen floors that are 80% cheaper than concrete with 90% less embedded energy. Earthen floors are already prevalent in modern homes in the United States and are composed of natural materials (gravel, clay, sand, and laterite). EarthEnable trains and hires local masons to install the floors which are sealed using a proprietary drying oil that makes them waterproof, strong, and polished. In our first 3 years of operations, EarthEnable has installed over 40,000 square meters of flooring and employed over 200 Rwandese staff (and generated jobs and income for an additional 100 masons).

JOB DESCRIPTION: EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE

Company:              EarthEnable (known as Tube Heza in Rwanda)

Reports to:            Chief of Staff

Location:               Nyamata, Rwanda (40 minutes south of Kigali)

Compensation:          Range of 300-500K RWF monthly with significant room for  performance-based raises

Who We Are

At EarthEnable, we believe that our clients deserve our very best, that morning high-fives are the best way to start the day, and that the best ideas could come from any part of the company. We celebrate each other’s wins, learn from our setbacks, and are deeply proud of the impact we make every day. We believe that a clean, dust-free floor means more than living in a healthy home.  It means pride and dignity in the place our customers most treasure: their homes. Being a part of our team means more than building floors: it means building an organization and building a better future for rural families.

What We Do

EarthEnable is transforming the way people live, by making homes healthier for families across rural Rwanda. 80% of Rwandans live in homes with dirt floors which are dusty, unsanitary, and fertile breeding grounds for parasites and germs. While replacing a dirt floor with concrete has significant health benefits (e.g. reducing diarrhea by 50% and parasitic infections by 80%), concrete is unaffordable for many who need it.

EarthEnable addresses this pressing and ubiquitous problem by selling high-quality, earthen floors that are 80% cheaper than concrete with 90% less embedded energy. Earthen floors are already prevalent in modern homes in the United States and are composed of natural materials (gravel, clay, sand, and laterite). EarthEnable trains and hires local masons to install the floors which are sealed using a proprietary drying oil that makes them waterproof, strong, and polished. 

About the Role

The person who is hired for this role will work closely with the company’s founder and senior leadership to scale EarthEnable’s operations across Rwanda and Uganda. The Executive Associate will report directly to EarthEnable’s Chief of Staff and assist with a wide variety of projects ranging across Human Resources, Finance, IT, Fundraising and other cross-departmental areas.  The successful candidate will be a self-starter and quick learner who possesses a strong sense of social mission thrives in a fast-paced startup environment, excels at working autonomously, and demonstrates an unparalleled ability to multi-task while being detail oriented.

The specific tasks of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • CEO Support:  Leading all administrative work for the CEO o Collaborate with staff in Rwanda and Uganda to ensure alignment across the company; e.g., as related to company retreats
    • Manage a chaotic schedule and help in organizing and prioritizing emails, creating presentations, organizing and updating various files, placing calls and taking diligent notes at various company meetings
    • Schedule meetings and book travel for CEO fundraising trips to the US o Research and evaluate potential board of director and technical advisory board candidates 
  • Fundraising: Maintaining relations with current funders as well as actively seeking out and applying to additional funding opportunities o Research and apply to additional grants, including putting together pitch presentations and budgets
    • Reach out to potential donors to set up phone calls and meetings
    • Track usage of current grants and collaborate with finance team to ensure funding is appropriately allocated
    • Plan and ensure seamless potential and existing donor visits
  • Corporate Marketing/Communication: Maintaining EarthEnable’s external image through regular communication with all stakeholders o Write and send regular newsletters to donors and other stakeholders, including an annual report and interim update reports
    • Seek out and respond to media opportunities
    • Update website content and manage communication that comes in through the website and general email account
    • Manage and publish content on EarthEnable social media accounts
  • Company initiatives: Working with the management team to build a strong EarthEnable team through events and professional development activities o Organize professional development activities for staff o Organize retreats and planning meetings o Organize team appreciation events

Qualifications

  • College graduate with strong academic record
  • 2 years of experience, ideally in a CEO support role
  • Commitment to social justice and a strong interest in international development
  • Fluency in English
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Detail oriented and able to multi-task
  • Positive attitude, self-starter, entrepreneurial spirit, sense of humor and willingness to learn new things
  • Commitment to excellence and outstanding work ethic
  • Resourcefulness and creative problem solving

Apply online at www.earthenable.org/applynow 

In your cover letter, please state what excites you most about this role, and what you think will be most challenging about it. Please also email a short video introducing yourself (in less than 1 minute) to jobs@earthenable.org