The Organization


Proteus Fund Proteus Fund connects philanthropy to the frontlines of social justice. We strive to advance the interconnected goals of racial, gender, queer and disability justice and an inclusive, fully representative democracy. To do our work effectively and with significant impact, Proteus Fund creates dynamic relationships between progressive philanthropists, movement leaders, and other allies that go far beyond transactional grantmaking. Our trusted position among funders and field actors enables us to support, both through collaborative grantmaking and other efforts, a broad array of strategies to achieve social justice victories. Our donor collaboratives are best-in-class models for bridging responsive philanthropy and cutting-edge social justice movements for deeper impact, aligning resources to address critical needs, and shaping strategy alongside our partners. Through our fiscal sponsorship program, Proteus Fund partners with initiatives which play a powerful role in the larger ecosystem for social change, providing them with tailored and comprehensive organizational support.

To date, Proteus Fund, and its affiliated 501c4 organization, the Proteus Action League, have distributed $250 million in grants, and provided other essential tools to support activists, advocates, networks, coalitions, and issue-specific campaigns at the local, state, and national level. Proteus Fund is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Amherst, Massachusetts. Our staff is based across the entire United States.


The RISE Together Fund (RTF) and RISE Together Action Fund (RTAF) support cutting-edge Black, African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (BAMEMSA) field-led work. RTF bolsters its national grantmaking with programming, field building, and technical assistance to build and expand the capacity of the BAMEMSA movement toward racial, gender, and queer justice and a fully inclusive and representative democracy. Since 2008, RTF has funded directly impacted voices to lead policy and social change in BAMEMSA communities. RTF is the first and only national donor collaborative dedicated to supporting the critical work of BAMEMSA individuals and organizations facing anti-Muslim targeting, hate crimes, and xenophobia. In 2021, RTF’s grantees spanned 18 states and since 2008, RTF has granted more than $18 million and reached more than 500 organizations.

Position Overview


Under the supervision of the RISE Together Fund (RTF) Program Director, the Program Associate provides critical operational, logistical and administrative support to the RTF team to ensure efficient completion of the team’s objectives, including supporting all aspects of RTF’s grantmaking activities, program development, capacity and field building efforts as well as the implementation and execution of RTF’s fundraising strategy.

This is a full-time (40 hour per week) US-based remote position.

 Key Responsibilities

 With the Grants Management and RTF teams, supports the grant making process, including both the management of the docket preparation schedule and process for grant docket meetings, as well as all onsite or virtual logistics, including meeting space, audiovisual needs, etc. Manages logistics and support for online events, including webinars, briefings and retreats.

  • Provides research support to the Program Director and Program Officers, including gathering information from grantees and conducting interviews for grant reports to highlight grantee achievements.  As needed, conducts landscape analyses, due diligence and assists with write-ups to recommend funding.
  • Provides research support to the Program Director and Strategic Partnerships Officer, including preparing for donor meetings, analyzing grantmaking trends, researching funding prospects, and drafting grant proposals and reports in part or in full. Supports the Strategic Partnerships Officer by maintaining systems to track funding prospects and outreach.
  • Establishes, develops, maintains and updates department database and files, including donor and grantee information, MailChimp lists, meeting notes and other document templates.
  •  Supports the Program Director with administrative needs, including preparing responses to phone or email inquiries when necessary; responding to regularly occurring requests for information; completing expense reports and credit card reconciliation; scheduling and organizing activities such as meetings, travel, conferences and department activities.
  • In collaboration with Program Director, monitors the annual budget for the RTF team, including grantmaking budgets, program expenses and cash flow.
  •  Supports the Program Officer and RISE Organizing facilitators with all administrative and logistical needs associated with the RISE Organizing listserv, field calls and rapid response activities, including scheduling, note-taking, audio-visuals and agenda ideation amongst other activities.
  • Working with the RTF team, writes and edits promotional materials and other communications for RTF, including grantee stories and website/social media updates, on RTF activities for internal and external audiences. Drafts, edits and designs correspondence using MailChimp to send e-blasts to external audiences, including invitations to docket meetings and funder briefings, announcements and key updates.
  • Acts as a liaison with other departments such as Grants Management and Finance. Handles confidential information.
  •  Supports the team in drafting and inputting RTF contracts and works with external contractors to ensure payment and contract execution. Ensure grantee stipends and reimbursements are executed in a timely manner.
  • Acts as project manager for special projects at the request of the Program Director, which may include: planning and coordinating events, trainings or presentations, disseminating information, coordinating mailings and emails, and presenting on various issues of concern to the BAMEMSA field.
  • Represents the RTF team at external events in-person or virtually such as government hearings, grantee and philanthropic events and reports findings back to the team.


The Program Associate has two years + of formal or informal experience supporting a team in a non-profit setting or other equivalent experience. They possess a deep understanding of the BAMEMSA experience, a commitment to advancing the rights of BAMEMSA field, and a track record of working with diverse communities. The Program Associate possesses exceptional attention to detail, quality writing and editing skills, and strong interpersonal and organizational skills. We value candidates who can demonstrate capability and articulate how prior experiences will help them transition into this role.

Additional requirements and experience include:

A working knowledge or commitment to learning the substance, dynamics and priorities within the field of national security, racial justice and civil rights and demonstrates sensitivity and cultural competency related to the work of the BAMEMSA field.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills Skilled at culturally competent communication and able to manage communications tactfully and professionally
  •  Excellent analytical and research skills.
  • Proficient at juggling competing priorities while remaining organized and has strong project management skills, such as creating realistic timelines and proactively identifying and flagging potential roadblocks to meeting deadlines.
  • Excels at tasks requiring high attention to detail and accuracy in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (or similar platform); knowledge of Office 365 and video conferencing platforms. Ability and comfort with learning new technologies. Possesses emotional intelligence to navigate sensitive and sometimes difficult subjects impacting a diverse set of communities in the U.S.

Alignment to Culture and Values:

  •  Commitment to the mission and values of progressive social justice movements and RTF’s commitment to resourcing the BAMEMSA field equitably.
  • ·Cultural responsiveness and an alignment with our values and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.
  •  Strong relationship building, high ethical standards, discretion, and tact.
  •   Personal qualities of humility and empathy.


The salary range for this position is $57,000-64,000 per year. (Proteus Fund utilizes geographic salary differentials, compensation will be contingent on location).


  •  Medical and dental benefits for employee and eligible dependents available on first day of work
  • Retirement savings account (401k) with an organization contribution of 10% of annual salary
  • Three weeks paid vacation in first year of work; four weeks in subsequent years
  •   Fifteen sick days per year
  •  Three personal days per year
  •  Twelve paid holidays
  •  Professional development initiatives for growth
  • Paid Family Leave

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
Proteus requires its colleagues who are working in an office setting or who will be required to travel as part of their key responsibilities to be fully (3 shots) vaccinated against COVID-19. Where an employee has a medical or bona fide religious reason which prevents them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, Proteus will consider accommodations which may allow employees to safely perform the essential functions of their job.


For consideration, please submit a resume and a detailed cover letter by July 15, 2022, that: 1) Describes your interest in the position and RTF/RTAF; 2) Your experiences that satisfy the requirements and qualifications listed above, and 3) How you learned of this position. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. Submit your application materials here:

Proteus is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Proteus will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Proteus Fund, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
Proteus requires its colleagues who are working in an office setting or who will be required to travel as part of their key responsibilities to be fully (3 shots) vaccinated against COVID-19. Where an employee has a medical or bona fide religious reason which prevents them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, Proteus will consider accommodations which may allow employees to safely perform the essential functions of their job.

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