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Program Fellows, The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) seeks up to 3 new Program Fellows to support its mission to relentlessly pursue economic, educational, cultural, racial, and social equity for all Arkansans. The Program Fellow position at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation is a two-year position designed to attract professionals eager to learn and grow. The option to extend the fellowship exists, and as other openings occur, fellows may apply for them as well. Program Fellows support the strategic actions of, and report, to our Equity Officers.

About the Foundation
WRF affirms the legacy of Governor Rockefeller, who envisioned a thriving and prosperous Arkansas that benefits all Arkansans. As a catalyst for structural change in Arkansas, WRF leads the way with a deep commitment to equity. Through great courage in the face of opposition, we build bold collaborative relationships with partners who strongly align with the change we desire to see in our state and our nation.

About the Position
We are seeking a dynamic and passionate individual capable of stepping in during a period of organizational, programmatic, and cultural transformation in support of the Foundation’s three dynamic
Equity Officers. The Program Fellows are responsible for the administrative details related to the organization’s internal and external convenings, public communications, partner outreach activities,
grantmaking, and other duties as needed in support of the AR 2025 strategic direction.

About the Ideal Candidate
We take pride in the Foundation’s mission, vision, and strategic direction. And we work hard to catalyze transformational systems change in the state of Arkansas. Such lofty goals require that we employ
values-aligned, energetic individuals who are ready to think outside the box and who view new challenges as opportunities to grow and learn. The ideal candidate will possess the following equity-driven values:

Multiplicities of our Reality| the ability to handle complex information, inputs, and truths and produce meaningful conversations and/or outcomes
Asset Framing Mindset| an abundance of curiosity that sparks self-interest in solutions-based research and related projects
Ubuntu| a deep appreciation for the historical legacy of the Foundation, and a dedication to promoting social change in a workspace that values diverse and distinctive leadership
Defiant Hopefulness | an excitement about what is possible in Arkansas and transferable soft skills (storytelling, hospitality, innovation, lived experience, etc.) that invite synergy, team collaboration and a positive work environment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
In addition to aligning strongly with the organization’s mission, the ideal candidate will be able to provide evidence of exceptionally strong communication and organizational skills, sharp attention to detail, and persistence in follow-through on complex projects. More broadly, strong candidates will:

● Be a purpose-driven and grounded individual with a strong work ethic who exhibits a personal
commitment to purposeful engagement and natural ability to collaborate with others internally and externally to move the organizational strategy forward
● An innovative and forward-thinking individual able and eager to identify new opportunities, strategies, and approaches to philanthropy within and outside of traditional systems and structures
Entrepreneurial with the ability to generate, present, and test ideas internally and externally in support of reimagining community-based organizing groups in Arkansas
Have a growth mindset as a lifelong learner, open to feedback and possesses the confidence and flexibility to work in an environment where experimentation is encouraged
Have critical thinking skills and be able to apply them to the processes of leadership, engagement, and assessment, intervention and evaluation of organizations, and communities.
Possess advocacy skills for practice delivery and policies that promote equity when working with organizations and communities.
Other requisite skills as needed: excellent written and oral  communication skills, excellent computer skills and a willingness to learn new tools and systems, demonstrated flexibility, maturity, and ability to work as a team with program staff, consultants, and persons outside the Foundation, comfortable working in a supportive role, a good sense of humor and abiding optimism in the potential for Arkansas to improve people’s lives, and a strong understanding of and commitment to equity in Arkansas

Example Duties and Responsibilities
The Program Fellow’s role will include (but is not limited to) the following:

Programmatic Support

● Aid the role and activities of the Equity Officers in managing their relationships in the wider community. Build excellent relationships with all grantee partners and foundation consultants and colleagues.
● Conduct research on current issues in philanthropy, movement building, equity, and place-based community change
● Develop, disseminate, and edit strategic communications, such as special reports on the Foundation’s grantees and initiatives, blogs, and eblasts
● Provide project management and communications support
● Help prepare, review, and edit board meeting materials
● Create presentation materials and communicate with stakeholders
● Oversee preparations for convenings, including development of content themes, the arrangement of meeting space, catering, handouts, transportation, and technology
● Contribute to ensure efficient operations

Grants Management

● Support core programmatic activities such as partner relationships, proposal development, and grant processing
● Oversee the life cycle of approved grants by managing an accurate, timely grant reporting
● Support organizational data management by monitoring, collecting, and analyzing data presented as part of the grants process

Qualifications

● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent lived or worked experience
● Some work history is desired. Experience preferred in education, economic development, communications, community change, public policy, or the nonprofit sector.

Hiring Salary Range: $45,000 – $55,000
How to Apply
Apply with a cover letter that includes relevant examples of your lived experience and journey with equity, resume, and references. Applications should be directed to talent@wrfoundation.org. Please place WRF Program Fellow and your name in the subject line. Please note, WRF works with an external firm to screen applicants and conduct early stage interviews. Staff at the foundation will not know the status of your application until well into our process. We strive
to keep you informed, but cannot respond to questions on the applications received or status.

Baltimore, MD

Senior Associate, Equity & Inclusion, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Organization

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is dedicated to building a brighter future for millions of children and youth at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes. The Foundation’s work focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities and ensuring access to opportunity because young people need all three to succeed. Casey advances research and solutions to overcome barriers to success, help communities demonstrate what works and influence decision makers to invest in strategies based on solid evidence.

At Casey, you will find a dynamic environment with staff of diverse backgrounds and perspectives who share a deep commitment to advancing the Foundation’s mission.

The Foundation is seeking a senior-level professional to lead major efforts and manage complex teams and relationships with internal and external partners.  As a senior associate, you will:

  • Collect, measure, interpret and analyze data to inform racial equity and inclusion strategies, program offerings, trainings and tool development to build Foundation staff capacity and ultimately improve outcomes for the populations we serve
  • Serve as a resource providing content expertise and strategic input to Foundation staff working on a diverse range of projects and initiatives
  • Inform and organize the development, improvement, implementation and evaluation of racial equity and inclusion strategies, tasks, resources and tools
  • Inform, guide and/or provide thought partnership to Casey staff, grantees, partners and stakeholders regarding racial equity and inclusion goals and strategies
  • Design, plan, manage and/or facilitate racial equity and inclusion conferences, trainings, meetings or other convenings of Casey staff, grantees, partners and stakeholders

Qualified candidates will have the following: 

  • Experience collaborating with teams, public speaking, data development and the ability to balance demands related to multiple projects and multiple deadlines
  • Strategic thinking grounded in data, evidence and racial equity principles
  • Outstanding judgment, initiative and motivation 
  • Consistent, superb relationship management skills imbued by discretion and diplomacy and grounded in a service concept of philanthropy 
  • A commitment to and experience applying racial and ethnic equity and inclusion to policy solutions

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and a cover letter describing how you fit the qualifications above, why you are the best person for this job and why working for the Foundation as a senior associate interests you. Read the full job description and apply online at www.aecf.org/about/jobs.

New York, N.Y.

Development Director, Association of Black Foundation Executives

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Development Director is responsible for managing the day-to-day implementation of  the Association of Black Foundation Executives’ (ABFE) comprehensive fundraising plan. This includes managing the process of proposal and report submission to foundations, corporations, and other forms of organized philanthropy; and developing and documenting fundraising-related systems and procedures. She/he works closely with and reports to the Vice- President of Membership & External Relations.

Background information
In October 2019, the ABFE board of directors adopted a 50th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign Plan (campaign plan). This plan lays the groundwork for all of ABFE’s fundraising over a five-year period. It focuses on the engagement of board and leadership level volunteers for the cultivation and solicitation of funds, with support, guidance, direction, and campaign management provided by ABFE staff.

ABFE is a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Partnering with foundations, nonprofits and individuals, ABFE provides its members with professional development and technical assistance resources that further the philanthropic sector’s connection and responsiveness to issues of equality, diversity and inclusion. Established in 1971 as the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the all-volunteer organization was credited with many of philanthropy’s early gains in diversity. It since has evolved into a fully staffed, influential network. In 2013, the organization shed its descriptor and adopted the simpler ABFE (ab-fee) to better reflect its broadening membership.

Specific Responsibilities
1. Serve as the project manager for ABFE’s fund development and fundraising activities. Responsibilities include:
a. Manage and document progress, challenges, and activity related to implementing ABFE’s comprehensive fundraising plan.
b. Working with the Vice President, Membership and External Affairs, ensure all identified prospective major donors are qualified and appropriately cultivated, and solicited.
c. Update fundraising timelines and activity charts.
d. Working with the Vice President of Membership & External Relations, the President & CEO, and the Resource Development Committee of the Board, determine and document strategies and goals for securing financial support from foundations, corporations, and other forms of organized philanthropy.
e. Work with members of the ABFE senior management team to ensure grant reports are submitted on time and meet each funder’s requirements.
f. Apprise the Vice President, Membership and External Affairs of fund development and fundraising progress and challenges.
g. Produce and mail timely pledge reminders to those who have made pledges.
h. Ensure timely distribution of donor benefits.
i. Create thank you letters that provide an update on ABFE activities and impact, and campaign progress. Create a new letter each month.
2. Serve as a member of the ABFE fundraising campaign taskforce. Responsibilities include:
a. Provide data and information needed to educate board, campaign taskforce, and volunteers about each prospective donor, with a priority on those who can give at the highest levels.
b. Craft and distribute agendas before each meeting of the campaign taskforce.
c. Provide verbal and written campaign reports to campaign taskforce.
d. Ensure that taskforce members have the materials, training, and direction they need to address challenges and take advantage of opportunities as they arise.
e. Serve as the primary point of contact for taskforce members and fundraising volunteers
f. Ensure all fundraising leaders and ABFE management team are aware of updated timeframes and the completion of specific campaign activities and milestones.
g. Review monthly fundraising data to ensure the organization’s fundraising activities are progressing toward the campaign goal in a timely fashion.
3. Manage the work of the data specialist to ensure:
a. Ensure that fundraising-related data are input, tracked, and maintained. This includes information related to campaign “suspects” and “prospects” and notes related to each.
b. Ensure all processes and procedures for data entry and report generation are documented.
4. Develop and document fundraising-related systems and procedures such as:
a. Proposal creation and reporting submission guidelines.
b. Online and/or credit card giving and payroll deductions.
c. Recording of gifts, pledges, and credit card transactions; and the tracking of solicitor/prospect relationships and individual solicitations.
d. Develop and implement procedures for thanking donors (foundations, individuals and online).

Qualifications
• Undergraduate degree and a minimum of six years’ experience managing nonprofit annual and major gifts fundraising campaigns
• Experience working with and supporting high-level fundraising volunteers in a campaign environment
• Grant writing, reporting, and management experience
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details. Ability to construct and analyze program budgets;
• Strategic thinker with experience in project management.
• Exceptional interpersonal and analytical skills required as well as the ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment;
• Proficient technical abilities with donor databases and Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite; Ability to trouble-shoot and problem-solve data management.

SALARY RANGE: $100,000.00 annually with competitive benefits package

TO APPLY:
Qualified candidates submit cover letter and resume to Hiring@abfe.org

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!

 

 

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