Development Volunteer, Global Business Development


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


465 California StreetSuite 1000San Francisco, CA 94104


Location: San Francisco
Term: 6 months (10 hours/week) with option to extend
Ideal Start Date: ASAP

Organization Profile:

Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children(r), our innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during two time periods which are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. By focusing on the quality of education provided within the communities and ensuring these outcomes are measured, we have created a model that can be replicated, localized and sustained by governments. Room to Read has benefited 10 million children across 17,000 communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia, and aims to reach 15 million children by 2020.

Volunteer Opportunity:

The Development Volunteer will assist with various projects on the Global Business Development Team, a sub-team of the Development Department that focuses on building out sustainable global strategies and processes. By partnering with the Global Business Development Team, this volunteer will provide communications and administrative support for Room to Read staff and our global network of chapters and volunteers. This opportunity will last for 6 months with an option to extend and requires a commitment of 10 hours per week. The Volunteer must be available to work at least two days, Monday through Thursday. This is a great opportunity to learn about nonprofit fundraising and gain exposure working in a fun, fast-paced and dynamic business environment.

Tasks & Projects:

  • Assist with writing, creating, editing and formatting of documents, emails and online content
  • Provide event and fundraising support for our global network of chapters and volunteers
  • Assist with various projects that will help streamline existing processes
  • Analyze segments of data to provide strategic findings and recommendations Ensure information accuracy and integrity by updating database of donors, students and volunteers
  • Provide administrative support to the Global Business Development Team, including but not limited to the preparation and shipment of packages, materials and other collateral
  • Assist with relevant ad hoc projects as they come up



  • Interest in learning about development work at a non-profit
  • Extremely detail oriented, accurate, and organized
  • Adept at using Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word
  • Prior experience creating content for web and email, including writing and editing
  • Experience with Salesforce database or willingness to learn
  • Proficiency in oral and written English


  • Prior success working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people
  • Experience editing photos for web/social media
  • Effectiveness in working or volunteering in a non-profit organization that is focused on maintaining high quality work and low overhead
  • Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented global or regional organization
  • Proven track record of achieving results

To be successful as a member of the Room to Read team, you will also:

  • Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact an up-and-coming non-profit organization
  • Be an innovative and creative thinker - you are not afraid to try something new and inspire others to do so
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
  • Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction
  • Work well independently as well as part of a team
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment

Volunteering Benefits:

This volunteer opportunity offers a unique opportunity to gain nonprofit experience and be part of an innovative, meaningful, fun, and rapidly growing organization that is changing the world.

Application Procedure:

Please send your cover letter and resume with "GBD Volunteer" in the subject line, (no letters, calls, faxes, or drop-ins) to Every application will carefully be reviewed; however, due to high applicant we are not able to send personalized responses to all applicants. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

Room to Read is an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds


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