Petaluma, CA

DIRECTOR OF LOCAL AND STATE PROGRAMS, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants & Refugees

The Organization

GCIR envisions a society in which everyone thrives no matter where they were born. To make that vision a reality, we galvanize philanthropy to advance immigrant justice and belonging. As the nation’s only immigrant-focused philanthropy-supporting organization (PSO), we work with our more than 130 member institutions, the 1,200 individual grantmakers in our network, our partners in the field, and other PSOs to mobilize funder resources on the most pressing issues facing immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

In 2017, Inside Philanthropy named GCIR the Funders’ Affinity Group of the Year for leading funder pushback to anti-immigrant policies. In 2021, as we enter a new era for our organization and our country, we will build on our 30-year history to drive short- and long-term immigrant-related philanthropic investments and advance a vision for a just, equitable, and inclusive society for all.

Our work in the philanthropic sector is grounded in the following values:
Justice: We are committed to racial, social, and economic justice.
Belonging: We believe that belonging is essential to building strong communities and a healthy democracy.
Humanity: We believe that everyone is connected by our shared humanity.
Courage: We believe that taking risks is imperative to achieve a just and equitable society.
Solidarity: We are united with other movements and communities in the pursuit of civil and human rights.

The GCIR staff comes from all walks of life, many of us with immigrant and refugee backgrounds and some of us with non-traditional career paths. We have an office in the San Francisco Bay Area and remote staff in New York, Washington, D.C., and Washington State. GCIR members are local, state, regional, and national foundations who transcend issue area, geographic region, and ideological categorization. For more information, visit

Position Overview

Reporting to the Vice President of Programs, the Director of Local and State Programs plays a critical strategic leadership role in implementing GCIR’s strategy in key geographic areas across the United States. Partnering closely with and working alongside the Director of National Programs, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in implementing program strategy, have experience leading or mobilizing local or statewide campaigns and initiatives, is committed to contributing to a collaborative work environment, and excels at devising and implementing creative solutions in a complex nonprofit setting.

Programs and Policy (70%)
 Contribute to and lead the design, implementation, and evaluation of GCIR’s programmatic activities.
 Lead efforts to develop programmatic, policy, and partnership activities in targeted localities and states.
 Provide content expertise on a range of issues by monitoring local, state, and federal policy developments; tracking other developments in the field; and identifying emerging trends and promising practices.
 Cultivate and maintain relationships with immigrant and refugee organizations, key local and state government actors, GCIR members and funders, colleague affinity groups, and other strategic allies and stakeholders.
 Represent GCIR at various events, conferences and meetings, including serving as a presenter, participant, and/or session organizer.
 Draft, edit and review grant proposals and reports as needed.

Funder Engagement and Organizing (20%)
 Participate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of GCIR’s informational resources that are focused on substantive grantmaking guidance.
 Contribute to institutional messaging and communications, including providing immigration content expertise and recommendations for funder action.
 Organize local and state funders to encourage strategic, aligned grantmaking.

Management (10%)
 Contribute to and manage the work of various internal teams to ensure optimal coordination, effectiveness, and efficiency.
 Contribute to fostering a dynamic, inclusive, and equitable organizational culture centered on justice, belonging, humanity, courage, and solidarity.
 Contribute to optimal cross-departmental coordination, strategy development and alignment, joint problem solving, and a healthy workplace culture.
 Anticipate managing 1 – 2 direct reports in the future as the team grows.
 Manage consultants, as needed.

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to GCIR’s recruiting consultant, Jenn Raley Miller, at This position will remain open until the right candidate has been identified; however, for priority consideration, candidates are encouraged to submit materials by July 23, 2021. In your cover letter, please explain why you are interested in this role and how your experience and skills are relevant. No phone calls or email inquiries please.

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