The Funders Network (TFN) engages a network of more than 160 member foundations across the United States and Canada. Known in the field as a philanthropy serving organization (PSO), TFN works in support of efforts to create communities that are sustainable, prosperous, resilient — and above all — equitable and inclusive. With a mission to leverage philanthropy’s unique potential to help create communities and regions that are sustainable, prosperous and just for all people, we seek to inspire, strengthen and expand the funding, leadership and learning that deepens connections, ignites action and improves outcomes. Racial equity is centered at the heart of TFN’s mission as we work for urgent and sustained action that builds power, addresses environmental, economic and racial injustice, and creates communities and regions where all people thrive.
TFN believes that structural racism, inequity, and other social disparities are the root causes of our environmental and economic challenges. As a network, we are committed to questioning, challenging, and confronting the systemic racial inequities and injustices that persist as malign influences on policies, practices and psyches.
Because the needs and perspectives of people of color, immigrants and refugees, and the poor are often unheard and systematically disregarded in decisions impacting every aspect of their lives, TFN is committed to helping funders understand and address racism, economic inequality and the imbalance of power while engendering community-driven solutions. In so doing, TFN embraces the diversity of our staff, members, board of directors, and partners, and we are committed to lifting-up and amplifying the expertise and experiences of those communities who are least heard.
Equity was a founding principle when TFN was created in 1999, and our new strategic and racial equity framework build upon this foundational value in ways that are interdisciplinary and cut across our range of programmatic offerings and learning opportunities. We are committed to creating a community of funders equipped with the tools to challenge and confront the power dynamics and structural racism that have historically fostered inequities and informed policies and practices.
 TFN is a member of the United Philanthropy Forum, a network of more than 90 regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs), representing more than 7,000 funders, who work to make philanthropy better.
Position Role and Context
The newly created position of Equity Programs Manager will be responsible for working with TFN’s Director of Equitable Initiatives and Leadership Development to advance internal and external efforts to make racial equity cross-cutting and foundational at TFN, amplifying our work and supporting a growing learning community. The position will work alongside the Director to coordinate and implement TFN’s Racial Equity Action Plan, support the annual PLACES Fellowship (a philanthropic leadership development program focused on issues of race, equity and grantmaking practice), and the PLACES Alumni Network.
Duties and Responsibilities for Racial Equity Strategies
The Equity Programs Manager will be asked to enhance virtual and in-person engagement efforts, in alignment with TFN’s strategic priorities and organizational values. The position will play a role in fostering a vibrant race equity learning culture across TFN programming and be responsible for event support or coordination, pre/post-event logistics, and developing equity related communications that support equity programming and storytelling as a liaison to the communications team.
The Equity Programs Manager should enjoy working in a small, entrepreneurial environment that is mission-driven, high-performing, and results-oriented. The position will interact with all levels of staff, board members, member organizations, and others in a fast-paced environment with respect, flexibility, initiative, resourcefulness, and efficiency. Responsibilities include:
- Support the implementation of TFN’s Racial Equity Action Plan.
- Help create engaging internal and external learning environments that tackle key issues that disparately impact marginalized communities including but not limited to the economy, environment and health.
- Adapt and build curriculum with social justice and racial equity content and frameworks.
- Identify gaps and strengthen organizational capacity regarding diversity, inclusion, and racial equity practices.
- Build frameworks that connect innovation and leadership practices to social change practices.
- Assist with the development of policies and practices to attract, retain, and promote a diverse workforce for the organization.
Duties and Responsibilities for the PLACES Fellowship
The Equity Programs Manager will be responsible for the development and implementation of an alumni engagement strategy for PLACES, TFN’s annual fellowship program. The position will be responsible for establishing and nurturing relationships with the growing alumni network (currently more than 160 graduates), TFN members and partners to influence change. The manager should be a naturally social, relationship-driven organizer who will work to strengthen relationships, networks, collaboration, and coordination among PLACES alumni, TFN partners, members and funders. Responsibilities include:
- As a member of the PLACES team, contribute to the design and implementation of the annual PLACES fellowship curriculum.
- Help facilitate participant growth and skill development among PLACES fellows and alumni.
- Support and coordinate event planning and logistics for PLACES Fellowship meetings (in-person and/or virtual).
- Help design and coordinate our annual PLACES alumni gathering.
- Design and facilitate regular processes to update PLACES alumni database and website content.
- Attend and support PLACES Advisory Board and sub-committee meetings as needed; help implement action plans and next steps.
- Help design, facilitate and bolster an annual PLACES alumni engagement agenda.
- Identify, write, edit, and coordinate regular opportunities to tell and share the story of PLACES.
- Facilitate production and distribution of the PLACES Connect alumni engagement newsletter and other communication tools and opportunities (e.g., blog, newsletter, social media).
- A deep working knowledge of race equity principles, systemic inequity and/or social change practices required.
- Experience facilitating equity-based conversations and designing inclusive learning environments with large and small groups.
- Experience working with philanthropy and/or nonprofits required.
- Excellent written communication skills; Multilingual is a plus.
- Extremely strong oral communication skills, both with large groups and interpersonally.
- A passion for interdisciplinary work and intercultural collaborations.
- Experience in using a range of communications tools and channels, including e-mail, various social media channels, blogs, video, podcasts, etc.
- Effective project management and organizational skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work with a high performance, collaborative, constructive staff team.
- Advanced skills and proficiency in computer applications, including Salesforce, Microsoft Office 365 applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), and email marketing systems, such as MadMimi, Mailchimp, Constant Contact, or others.
- Personal qualities of integrity, humanity, credibility, initiative, independence, and collaboration and teamwork.
- Bachelor’s degree, commensurate work experience in a related field, or a combination of education, experience and training.
- Ability to undertake occasional travel (25%).
Reports to and supervised by the Director of Equitable Initiatives and Leadership Development. Works closely with all TFN staff and contractors to advance efforts in centering racial equity.
Supports and participates as a member of the board-staff Racial Equity Joint Committee.
How To Apply
Open to remote or hub office employment arrangement for this position. While TFN’s hub office is located in Coral Gables (Miami), Fla., the entire staff team is working remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic (through at least the end of 2021), and some staff work remotely on a permanent basis (including this position’s supervisor).
TFN offers excellent benefits and flexibility, including health insurance, life insurance, 401(k) matching contributions, and generous vacation, sick leave and holiday schedules. Salary range in the mid $60s (based on philanthropy serving organization (PSO) benchmarks), commensurate with experience.
Please send application materials by August 20, 2021, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line should read: Equity Programs Manager. Attach the following in your email.
- A one-page cover letter that explains: 1) how your skills and experiences are a fit for the duties and qualifications of this position, and 2) why you are motivated to work for The Funders Network.
The position will be open until filled and applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to applications received by the August 20th deadline.
TFN is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, disability, medical condition, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, childbirth, age, veteran status or other legally protected characteristics. We celebrate diversity and strive to create an inclusive and supportive workplace for all.