New York, NY

Vice President of Programs, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

The Organization

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund is a private grantmaking foundation dedicated to advancing the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people. Wellspring has offices in New York, NY, and Washington, DC.

Wellspring’s work is rooted in respect for the dignity and worth of every human being and is informed by the following beliefs:

·      Social institutions and structures should promote the full realization of human rights and human potential and should be accountable to these ends.

·      The rights of all people are advanced when the rights of the most marginalized and vulnerable peoples are protected.

·      Social justice movements should employ means that are consistent with their ideals and should give agency to the people whose interests they seek to advance.

·      As responsible stewards, we must strive to maximize the impact of our charitable investments.

Position Overview

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund seeks a senior level strategic thinker with deep experience in human rights/social justice to be its first Vice President of Programs (VP of Programs). Working with the Foundation’s leadership and reporting to the Foundation President, the Vice President of Programs will directly supervise 11 Directors of Wellspring’s thematic and geographic program areas and is responsible for implementing Wellspring’s programmatic strategy to support the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people.

The VP of Programs will provide strong leadership, strategic direction, and management for the Program Directors – individually and collectively – in grantmaking. As a member of Wellspring’s Executive Committee and Management Team, they will also contribute to the development and management of institutional priorities and procedures. The VP of Programs will be responsible for fostering collaboration and innovation across program areas and promoting innovation and adaptation to respond to changing trends in the field.

The successful candidate will be a thought leader on human rights and social justice and must have a minimum of 10-15 years of relevant experience including managing seasoned team members with a demonstrated ability to manage, mentor, and promote strong collaboration across teams in a learning environment. They will have long-term vision, be open-minded, possess strong listening skills, and communicate openly and effectively across multiple constituencies. They will also have strong experience with and a commitment to racial and gender equity in both a national and global context.

At a pivotal moment in Wellspring’s history, this first VP of Programs will have the unique opportunity to partner with the President, the Board, and the Program Directors in building on Wellspring’s past while shaping its future.

How To Apply

Salary range: $450,000-$550,000 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, long‐term disability protection, a group 401(k) retirement plan (with an employer match), support for continuing education, and is committed to providing transgender‐inclusive healthcare.


Molly Brennan and Martens Roc of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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