New York, NY

Women's Rights Program Associate, Wellspring Philantropic Fund

The Organization

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, a private philanthropic consulting firm, seeks a Program Associate to join its Women’s Rights (WR) Program.  The mission of the Women’s Rights Program is to promote the dignity, equality, autonomy, and well-being of women by supporting the women’s rights community to build power to drive social change and by funding efforts to prevent violence against women, advance women’s land and property rights, and guarantee reproductive rights.The Program Associate provides both administrative and programmatic support for the team working on a diverse set of issues both domestically and internationally.  In addition, the Program Associate will be tasked with managing some aspects of grantee relationships,including reviewing proposals and monitoring grants.

Position Overview



Assist team with planning, scheduling and coordinating meetings, travel, workshops and convenings; make logistical arrangements as needed; coordinate consultant contracts

Lead on tracking budget spreadsheets and grant calendars, coordinating grant workflow, including entering grants as needed.

Support strategic planning, reflection and learning processes, including through research, analysis and evaluation.


Conduct research related to field developments, opportunities related to grant-making, and other topics requested by team.

Participate in all aspects of grantmaking, including screening and scoping of potential grantees, analyzing background information; soliciting and developing funding proposals; preparing grant recommendations; conduct site visits and manage a small portfolio of grantees (as needed).

Contribute to the team’s learning agenda (as needed).

Donor Communications:

Research and prepare donor education materials and other information for Wellspring internal use, including presentation slides and regular donor updates.

External Representation:

Coordinate calls and meetings with peer funders and funder affinity groups.

Represent Wellspring at site visits and conferences.


Familiarity with and strong commitment to women’s rights and gender justice, including in the global South.

Knowledge of a range of human rights and social justice issues, including in the global South.

Three or more years working in a human rights or social justice organization.

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.

Excellent and demonstrated English-language writing and editing skills.

Strong research, analytic and organizational abilities.

Working knowledge of Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook.

Experience working with quantitative information, budgets and databases.

Ability to remain flexible, work independently and as a team player, and manage one’s own time.

Ability to handle confidential donor information with integrity and complete discretion.

Willingness to learn, be open to new ideas, and have fun.

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.


Fluency in Spanish.

Experience working in a grantmaking organization

Experience working or studying in a developing country.

Ability to approach issues with an intersectional lens, especially with regard to race and class and gender.

How To Apply

For employment consideration, please submit application to  Subject Line: “[Your name]—WRProgram Associate.” 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 for a US work visa, please let us know in your cover letter.

The application deadline is February 7, 2020.

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