Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) organizes philanthropy to support grassroots power building so that communities of color and low-income communities thrive. As a leading affinity group, NFG brings together funders to learn, connect, collaborate, and mobilize resources with an intersectional and place-based focus and to explore shifting power and philanthropic resources toward supporting racial, economic, gender, and climate justice movements across the United States. With 137 institutional members and over 1500 individual grantmakers and members in its network, NFG leads programming that addresses timely issues such as gentrification and displacement, racial justice and police accountability, multiracial rural organizing, and the changing landscape of workers’ rights. NFG’s 15-person staff are former and current grantmakers, organizers, and advocates, and are based all over the country, with a headquarters office in Oakland, CA.
Integrated Rural Strategies Group (IRSG) is one of NFG’s core programs. Established in 2017, IRSG offers a space for funders (namely staff of foundations) to learn, connect, strategize, and mobilize more resources to rural community organizing. IRSG designs and offers programming, analysis, and resources to support philanthropic learning and action, with the goal of strengthening multiracial rural organizing infrastructure – particularly that led by and serving rural Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
Integrated Rural Strategies Group (IRSG), a program of Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG), seeks a Senior Program Coordinator to support our work to strengthen multi-racial rural organizing infrastructure — particularly that led by and serving rural Black, Indigenous, and people of color. This position will report to IRSG’s Senior Program Manager and will provide support on overall program coordination, liaising with community leaders and funders participating in programming and meetings, event planning and coordination, and drafting written materials for fundraising and communications.
The ideal candidate is tech-savvy and highly organized, with at least three years of experience in social justice work (ideally with a background in rural issues and communities). Desired experience includes providing programmatic and administrative support, supporting virtual and in-person meetings and events, and supporting program fundraising and communications. The ideal candidate has a deep personal commitment to racial justice and equity, and a strong understanding of or interest in philanthropy’s role in resourcing rural community power building.
This is a full-time remote position – qualified individuals living anywhere in the United States, tribal nations, and U.S. territories are welcome to apply, and those living in or with ties to rural areas are especially encouraged to apply. Due to the largely virtual nature of this position, we seek a candidate who is comfortable with remote work (including access to reliable internet) and is confident working on an integrated team yet with strong autonomy and self-direction. Once it becomes safe to travel, the Senior Program Coordinator will be expected to travel approximately 20% of the time. Additional key traits for success in this role are a sense of humor and affinity for collaboration.
- Provide logistical coordination and program design support to virtual and in-person events and notes, including registration, coordination with NFG’s communications staff on pre- and post-event communications, and scheduling and other logistics with event speakers / guests.
- Support the program’s financial administration such as tracking speaker honoraria, program reimbursements, and processing contracts and consultant invoices/payments, with the relevant NFG finance and operations staff.
- Support IRSG’s Coordinating Committee and Movement Advisors Committee, including scheduling quarterly meetings, participating in meeting agenda design, and taking meeting notes.
- Make full use of NFG systems such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Salesforce, and Asana to manage IRSG’s annual workplan, documents, contracts, and meeting notes.
- Support the design and use of tools to track and document the impact of IRSG’s work, including attendance at our event, event feedback/evaluations, grants and philanthropic resources moved as a result of our work, impact of programming on participating community-based organizations, etc.
- Monitor and synthesize updates related to rural community organizing and equity, including the work of IRSG’s Movement Advisor Committee organizations and other relevant community organizations, relevant policy developments related to rural equity, and other sources. Share synthesis and important updates as needed with IRSG’s Senior Program Manager.
- Field inquiries from community organizations and develop and maintain relationships with IRSG’s community partners.
- Compile resources, recordings, and other content to be included in email updates following events and programs.
- Play a lead role with the design, curation, and compiling of an IRSG newsletter, which will keep IRSG members apprised of critical events, important issues, innovative practices and policies, and important articles and research.
- Participate in planning and execution of NFG’s biennial national conference and cross-program NFG events and meetings.
Partnerships and Fundraising Support
- Support the Senior Program Manager in the cultivation of key funding partnerships and their integration into the program based on their needs and interests.
- Assist with writing and compiling materials for grant proposals and reports, tracking deadlines, etc.
The ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
- At least 5 years of experience in a social justice-oriented organization, ideally with a strong focus/interest on rural communities and equity.
- Deep commitment to racial, economic, gender, and climate justice principles.
- Familiarity with philanthropy, including foundations, intermediaries, collaborative funds, affinity groups, or as a grantee partner.
- Ability to operate with a high degree of autonomy and accountability.
- Demonstrated experience with and aptitude for detail-oriented tracking and management of a program or organization’s many moving pieces.
- Flexibility and comfort with overlapping projects, competing deadlines, and multiple stakeholders.
- Demonstrated strong writing abilities, including blog pieces, research materials, opinion pieces, and memos.
- Strong interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills.
- Facility with technology and comfort with a virtual office.
- Ability to travel (once safe to do so) approximately 20% of the time.
Salary commensurate with experience; benefits in this full-time position include generous leave, medical, dental and vision insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan with a 6% employer contribution. Salary range is $65,000-$80,000.
How To Apply
Please send a cover letter indicating interest in the position and how your skills and experience apply, resume, brief writing sample, and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. For earliest consideration please apply by Monday, March 15, 2021; the position is open until filled.