Population Education Program Associate
Donor Relations Coordinator
Paid Fellowships

Population Education Program Associate

General Description: Population Connection, a national nonprofit organization working to educate the public about population and related environmental, economic and social issues, seeks a Program Associate for its Population Education Program. The Program Associate works as part of a dynamic team to market, coordinate and present teacher training workshops, work with a national volunteer network of trainers, and help to develop and promote the program’s K-12 teaching resources. More information about the program is at www.populationeducation.org.

Responsibilities include:

  • Organize, coordinate and present hands-on workshops throughout the U.S. for current and future teachers./li>
  • Conduct outreach and market professional development workshops to school districts and university pre-service programs.
  • Work with a national volunteer trainers’ network to schedule and plan their professional development presentations at conferences, universities and school districts.
  • Screen new applicants/references for volunteer trainers’ network.
  • Help maintain and update the program website with current workshop information and new blog posts.
  • Prepare workshop materials.
  • Assist with the planning and presentation of national and regional “Train the trainer” Institutes and webinars.
  • Staff exhibit booths at education conventions.
  • Contribute to the development of new curriculum materials and projects, such as writing classroom lesson plans, student readings and web-based resources.
  • Assist in supervising interns and paid fellows.


  • B.A. or B.S. and a minimum of three years relevant professional experience (teaching, adult education/training, program administration, volunteer coordination, etc.). Teaching experience strongly preferred.
  • Skill and experience in public speaking.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work as a team member in a collaborative, fast-paced program.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to juggle many tasks at once and meet strict deadlines.
  • Strong computer skills and familiarity with database management.
  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for environmental, population and reproductive health issues.
  • Knowledgeable about current trends in K-12 education
  • Ability to travel frequently and independently throughout the school year (Driver’s license a must.)
  • Good sense of humor, creativity and flexibility.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience; competitive benefits package.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter (as Word or PDF docs) to: Education Program Associate Search, Population Connection, 2120 L St., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20037; Fax: (202) 332-2302; Email to: csbliese@populationconnection.org. No phone calls please.

Donor Relations Coordinator

Population Connection seeks a Donor Relations Coordinator to join its San Diego office. The Donor Relations Coordinator will serve as liaison to our donors, with the primary responsibility of managing our donor retention efforts.

These include but are not limited to: ensuring that members are thanked promptly for their donations; assisting members who want to make changes to their records; and encouraging members to remain engaged with our organization.

About Population Connection

Founded in 1968 and based in Washington, DC, Population Connection is the national grassroots organization seeking to end rapid global population growth. Rapid population growth harms and endangers the lives of women and children around the world and contributes to climate change, over-consumption of natural resources, biodiversity loss, and a host of other environmental problems.

To achieve a sustainable balance between people and our planet, Population Connection advocates at the highest levels of government for universal, affordable access to modern contraception and basic reproductive health care. Our Population

Education program trains more than 11,000 teachers and reaches three million students to help young people understand how population growth impacts our environment and human well-being. We recently launched two affiliated organizations: Population Connection Action Fund and Population Connection Action Fund PAC.

Population Connection has experienced a period of growth over the past five years. Increased investment from major donors, a growing membership base (38,000 people), and a healthy planned giving program allow Population Connection to embark on an ambitious fundraising plan over the next five years.


Donor Communication & Engagement

  • Ensure swift acknowledgment of all gifts (within 48-hours).
  • Initiate phone calls with donors to express gratitude, discuss our issue, and remind them how important their support is to Population Connection.
  • Engage our Leadership Circle of sustaining members and ensure that their pledges remain up to date.
  • Manage workplace giving programs through America’s Charities to increase the number of people participating. Ensure these donors are properly acknowledged and engaged.
  • Answer donor inquiries via phone, email, and correspondence promptly and professionally.
  • Follow up with donors to ensure that concerns were handled to their satisfaction.
  • Participate with Development team to create individual donor communication plans for high value annual gift donors, including some members of the President’s Circle.
  • Assist Development team with identifying major gift prospects through research and participation in donor strategy sessions.
  • Assist CEO with reaching out to donors about his national speaking engagements; assist CEO with event planning and accepting RSVPs whenever necessary.
  • Maintain accurate donor records through regular data hygiene processes and appends.
  • Develop a working knowledge of Population Connection’s program priorities and activities, as well as issues surrounding population growth, women’s reproductive rights, and environmental protection.
  • Assist Development team with administrative tasks as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in nonprofit administrative or development roles.
  • Desire to enhance skills in nonprofit fundraising and development.
  • Superb interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills; detail-oriented with ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and to meet deadlines.
  • Confident and professional work style. Ability to take personal initiative and work independently as well as to collaborate with others in a team-oriented approach.
  • Capable of effective remote collaboration with colleagues in the Washington, DC office.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and constituent relationship management systems.
  • Advanced proficiency manipulating data and working in donor databases is preferred.
  • Ability to understand and speak compellingly about Population Connection’s mission. A passion for advancing women’s reproductive rights and protecting the environment is an absolute must!


Population Connection will provide a salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include a generous annual leave plan, paid holidays, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short-term disability, and a 401K retirement account with matching funds available.

This is a full-time position based in San Diego, CA. We are seeking candidates living in the San Diego area. Relocation benefits will not be provided.

To apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to Shauna Scherer, Vice President for Marketing & Development, at shauna@popconnect.org. Please reference Donor Relations Coordinator in your subject line. Within your cover letter, please discuss how your past experience and achievements will lead to success in this particular role for Population Connection. Thank you!

Paid Fellowships

Population Connection offers fellowships in Washington, D.C. for recent college graduates and graduate students with a special interest in population issues. Each fellow has a responsible role working with a specific department and becomes an essential part of that department’s staff.

Fax, email, or mail cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample (1-3 pages) to:

Population Connection
Attn: Fellowship Program
2120 L Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20037
Fax: (202) 332-2302 / Email: fellowships@populationconnection.org

Fellowships are full-time. Compensation is $1,275 (before taxes), paid every two weeks. Fellows earn 3 hours of annual leave and 7 hours of sick leave per pay period. Full medical and dental insurance coverage is offered to fellows who are permanent residents or citizens of the United States.

We Are Population Connection

Since 1968, Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth or ZPG) has been America's voice for population stabilization—we are the largest grassroots population organization in the United States, with over 500,000 members, supporters, and participating educators!

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