Project Development Manager - Washington, D.C.


Identify and develop new business opportunities supporting our mission of empowering people through gaining access to high quality and affordable financial services in the area of Accounting Finance, IT Mobile Technology or Agriculture Economics. This position will monitor and report on market trends, stay abreast of technology changes in the respective areas, focus on developing relationships with donor organizations, prepare funding proposal and conduct negotiations with funding agencies as necessary.



New Project Development: Identification and development of new programs with an emphasis on Accounting Finance, IT Mobile Technology, or Agriculture Economics, as defined in annual work plans and specific financial targets. Responsibilities include exploratory assessments and visits to credit union movements and funders, financial and operational field analyses, and project design. Oversee recruitment efforts for project-based consultants.

Proposal Writing: Follow-through on newly identified projects with drafting proposals, project marketing and funder negotiations. All proposals will be consistent with WOCCU project development guidelines and institutional principles such as sustainability, market rate pricing of services, member capital participation, etc.

Assistance to Ongoing Programs: Assists home office, regional and program managers in monitoring and evaluation of existing programs. Conducts field visits to assess progress against the project work plan and identifies potential problems or opportunities and provides recommendations to strengthen or expand financial service delivery.

Technical Direction and Support: Assists regional directors, program managers and project directors in documenting technical tools, approaches and methodologies that will strengthen WOCCU's financial initiatives and broaden its capability to submit bids for development programs.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed; Recognizes accomplishments of other team members.

Written Communication: Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

Quality Management: Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.

Organizational Support: Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.

Analytical: Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.

Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.

Professionalism: Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

Quality: Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Quantity: Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to ensure individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience: BA/BS Degree in business, finance, banking or economics or related field or equivalent training and experience. At least two (2) years of experience in the funding, designing and analysis of financial, technological or agricultural development programs; and two (2) years of project management experience with microfinance, technological or rural and agricultural development programs. Proven success at identifying and securing new business opportunities.

Interpersonal Skills: Ability to interact closely with technical and managerial staff and maintain good working relationships within and outside of the organization. Ability to work as a team player towards organizational goals and objectives.

Language Skills: English and Spanish/French/Russian/European language fluency (written and spoken) required. High language skills required including the ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to communicate concepts and ideas effectively; proficient in use of English grammar and punctuation.

Mathematical Skills: Intermediate mathematical skills required including ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages.

Reasoning Skills: High reasoning skills required including the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to coordinate and monitor work flows from multiple sources, and meet deadlines for submission of proposals. Ability to work independently and demonstrate excellent attention to detail. Work effectively by self-direction.

Computer Skills: Expertise in working with MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) essential.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to outdoor weather conditions extreme heat and/or cold and working in unusual places. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit (occasionally for extended periods of time). The employee is frequently required to talk, hear, reach and stand; rarely required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.









Up to 120 days per calendar year; domestic and international.



Washington, D.C.


This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and can be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management deems necessary.

To be considered, forward resume and cover letter to:
Re: Project Development Manager
Human Resources
5710 Mineral Point Road
Madison, WI 53705
Fax: +1-608-338-0533

World Council of Credit Unions is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.