New York, NY

Program Officer, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

The Organization

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund (WPF) is a private grantmaking foundation dedicated to advancing the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people. With 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

For the full job description:

The Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Program seeks to eradicate the stigma, discrimination, and violence perpetuated by homophobia and transphobia. It celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQI community and recognizes that heteronormativity, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, colonialism, state violence, and white supremacy impact people in different ways. The Program centers LGBTQI people who face the greatest barriers – youth, transgender and gender nonconforming people, Black people and other people of color, and refugees and migrants. A world that is safe for the most marginalized among us means that we are moving closer to a world that is safer for us all.

The SOGIE Program believes that durable social change is rooted in strong movements, bold leadership, and transformative ideas. This is fostered by developing and supporting a vibrant ecosystem of diverse and effective actors dedicated to changing the legal, social, political, and economic structures that currently undermine LGBTQI people’s full enjoyment of equality and justice. Core to all work at WPF is a set of organizational and programmatic values that form the base for how they approach the work and serve as guiding principles for Wellspring staff:

• Humility: openness to listening to and learning from groups and leaders working on the ground, from colleagues in philanthropy and across WPF, and to elevating the work of our grantees, not ourselves.

• Respect: for WPF grantees and colleagues, their perspectives, pressures, and contributions.

• Teamwork: a desire to work collaboratively and supportively with grantees and WPF.

• Curiosity: to explore, to learn, to adapt, and to innovate in developing a grantmaking portfolio that is centered on the needs, priorities, and perspectives of those most impacted.

These new Program Officers represent critical investments in WPF’s commitment to the SOGIE program and will deepen the expertise, strength, and capacity of the team. In addition to the content areas outlined, the SOGIE Program expects the new Program Officers to share responsibility for grantmaking in other areas, including movement, field-building, and legal and policy work, and to work collaboratively under the direction of the SOGIE Program Director and with team members across SOGIE and the foundation.

How To Apply

More information about Wellspring Philanthropic Fund may be found at:

This search is being led by Carolyn Ho, Jess Powers, and Britni Russel Bianchi of NPAG. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website. Please indicate to which Program Officer role you are applying (Global Migration or Domestic). If we can make the application process easier through accommodation, please let us know.

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