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Job Title: Racial Justice Program Officer
Job Category: Other  [ View All Other Jobs ]
Job description:

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund (WPF) seeks a Program Officer to join its Racial Justice Program. Launched in 2016, WPFs Racial Justice Program envisions a day when Black people and other people of color in all corners of the U.S. thrive and experience full participation in the U.S. democracy. In service of this vision, the program provides grants and field support that build power within Black communities and communities of color creating a more just and equitable society by challenging anti-Black racism and White supremacy that perpetuate structural racism and a racialized criminalization system.

WPF seeks a Racial Justice Program Officer who shares our core institutional and program values, including:

        Humility: openness to listening to and learning from groups and leaders working on the ground, from colleagues in philanthropy and across WPF, and to elevating the work of our grantees, not ourselves
        Respect: for WPF grantees and colleagues, their perspectives, pressures, and contributions
        Teamwork: a desire to work collaboratively and supportively with grantees and WPF colleagues
        Courage: to support work that is bold, strategic, and informed by those most impacted by criminalization and injustice.


The Racial Justice Program at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund is dynamic and growing. Under the direction of the Racial Justice Program Director, the Racial Justice Program Officer will work in close collaboration with three program teammates to continue building out an ambitious grantmaking strategy and rooting the program within WPF and the philanthropic sector. The Program Officers responsibilities fall in to three broad categories, each of which is central to the role:

Grantmaking: The Racial Justice Program Officer, in collaboration with the Program Director, will shape and manage a portfolio of grantees within the Racial Justice Program grantmaking strategy. The Program Officer must listen to and learn from the racial and criminal justice fields the program supports, including formerly incarcerated people and communities of color directly impacted by criminalization and punishment, and Black communities and other communities of color building movements for social justice. Specific grantmaking tasks include:

        Staying abreast of new developments and trends in the field, and providing analyses to synthesize implications for the program
        Undertaking initial screening of potential grantees; analyzing and assessing background information; conducting site visits; soliciting and developing funding proposals; and writing concise and clear grant recommendations

        Managing grantee relationships, reviewing progress reports, conducting evaluations of grantee programs, and monitoring use of grant funds
        Ensuring adherence to internal grantmaking processes via appropriate documentation, grant budgeting, data entry and reporting.

Organizational engagement: The Racial Justice Program Officer will work in close alignment with others on the Racial Justice Program team and across WPF, and will contribute to the success of the program and of WPF. The Program Officer will work both independently and collaboratively toward program and WPF goals. Organizational engagement activities will include:

        Supporting and contributing to Racial Justice Program processes and infrastructure, including weekly meetings and annual retreats
        Shaping and participating in internal program presentations, including staff lunches and workshops
        Advancing institutionâwide initiatives, including by serving on internal committees and/or task forces
        Collaborating in learning and grantmaking with colleagues from across WPF
        Communicating the programs progress and challenges across the Foundation

External Relations: The Racial Justice Program Officer will represent WPF and the Racial Justice Program in the philanthropic community and the fields we support. External relations activities will include:

        Engaging with peer funders and community-based organizations working in fields relevant to the Racial Justice Program, including mass criminalization and incarceration, civic engagement, youth leadership, economic justice, public health, and narrative change
        Engaging in creative use of convenings, co-funding partnerships, pooled funds and other tools with different actors to promote a common grantmaking agenda and advance learning in the philanthropic and advocacy sectors
        As appropriate, appearing on panels at funder conferences highlighting our grantees work and progress made under the programs grantmaking strategy

The ideal candidate is passionate about social justice and building power in Black communities and communities of color, and has a bold vision of what is possible. WPF seeks a colleague eager to learn, grow, and be part of an enterprise larger than themselves. Candidates should possess the following knowledge, skills and qualifications:

        Minimum of seven years of experience with a social justice organization or in philanthropy
        Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain close, collegial and effective working
o        relationships with colleagues and grantees of diverse backgrounds and perspectives
        Deep knowledge and understanding of criminalization of communities of color and the criminal justice systempersonal experience with criminalization or the criminal justice system is a plus
        Ability to think and work intersectionally, particularly with regard to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity
        Familiarity with organizing and power building strategies
        Strong research, analytic, problem solving and writing skills, and ability to synthesize information clearly and concisely
        Close attention to follow-up and detail
        Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, orally and in writing
        Ability to plan and manage multiple priorities on different timelines
        Ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion
        Ability to travel extensively (30-40% time)
        Understands and values social justice, including racial and gender equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to continued learning on issues related to race, gender, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Language requirements: English
Employment type:
  • Full Time
Salary Range: 110000 USD annual
Other Information
Degree: Masters
Experience (year): 7
Job Location: NY - New York - USA   View a map of this job
Address: 1441 Broadway, Suite 1600
Zip/Postal Code: 10018
Describe benefits and Other Informations: SALARY AND BENEFITS

Salary range: $110,000â$120,000 based on experience. Wellspring offers a very generous benefits package including payment of 100% of the health insurance premiums for employees (and 80% of the premiums for spouses, domestic partners and qualified family members). Wellspring also offers other benefits including life insurance, longâterm disability protection, a group 401(k) retirement plan (with an employer match), support for continuing education, up to $5,250 in annual student loan repayment or college savings assistance for qualified dependents and is committed to providing transgenderâinclusive healthcare.
Post Date: 03/22/2019
Contact/Apply Instructions: HOW TO APPLY:

For employment consideration, please submit application to Subject
Line: [Your name] RJ PO. All applications must include:
        a resumé;
        a thoughtful cover letter, including how you became aware of this opportunity (i.e. job portal, referral, etc.) and salary requirements (must specify actual amount and range); and
        one writing sample (no less than 3 and no more than 5 pages, attached in PDF format). No phone calls please.
NOTE: At this time our preference is that applicants have work authorization to work in the United States. If you need sponsorship, please let us know in your cover letter.

The application deadline is April 22nd, 2019.
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