American South (remote)

Network Officer, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

The Organization

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation’s mission is to help people and places move out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic justice. We work in 11 Southern states, supporting organizations and networks making progress along three interconnected pathways of change: economic opportunity, supportive policies and institutions, and democracy and civic engagement. The Foundation aims to center racial equity and power building in all our work, from grantmaking to investments, communications and more.

The Foundation works to foster a supportive environment where all staff can thrive. Our team pays careful attention to organizational culture, devoting time for reflection and relationship building. The office closes for two weeks each year for our hardworking team to recharge without using vacation days. We offer generous benefits, including retirement contributions, health and dental coverage, and we allow staff to work from anywhere in our 11-state Southeastern United States footprint.

Position Overview


Salary: $75,000-$85,000

Location: Remote from anywhere in MRBF’s 11-state Southern footprint


  • Contribute to the work culture of the Foundation 
    • Engage colleagues in partnership, building relationships of mutual respect
    • Celebrate wins for the organization and your colleagues
    • Identify needs and pain points for yourself and others
    • Give colleagues direct, honest and kind feedback
    • Develop solutions that contribute to a diverse, high performing team
  • Build relationships and manage knowledge 
    • Have ongoing conversations with key actors in 3-4 states within the Foundation’s 11-state Southeastern footprint
    • Share knowledge and insights with colleagues at the Foundation through formal exchanges, informal conversations and written documents
    • Contribute to Foundation communications in collaboration with the Communications Director
  • Make grants 
    • Work with prospective grantees through the process of submitting a proposal
    • Co-develop and ask questions, take notes, support and/or lead decision-making during the grant due diligence process
    • Generate documentation of grant decisions for approval by the Board of Directors


  • Experience 
    • Two or more years of experience making grants at a philanthropic institution
    • Personal commitment to race and gender equity evidenced by respect for the dignity and abilities of all people
    • Deep knowledge of the Southeastern United States and its diverse communities
    • Track record of building relationships and fostering alliances among diverse people to accomplish goals
  • Skills 
    • Subject-matter expertise in racial equity and/or power-building
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills
    • Ability to use instinct and intuition effectively in building relationships and making decisions
  • Mindset 
    • Desire to cultivate trust and make decisions collaboratively
    • Ability to work independently
    • Technologically savvy with the capability to learn new tools quickly

Similar to program officers at other philanthropic organizations, MRBF’s Network Officers work with the Program Team to build relationships, identify partners, conduct due diligence and make grants.

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