Senior Associate, Sall Family Foundation

The Organization

About Sall Family Foundation 

Sall Family Foundation (“SFF”), founded more than 30 years ago, supports transformative change at the nexus between the environment, public health, and economic livelihoods.

We believe that the people in communities are best placed to make the decisions that affect their everyday lives, enabling them to generate locally governed and sustainable solutions for the long term – benefiting both people and nature.

SFF’s vision is turned into reality by a simple approach – backing leaders and organizations closest to the big challenges to the environment, public health, and poverty, empowering them to experiment, learn, and evolve as the planet around them changes. This is achieved through the funding of both locally-led civil society organizations and larger non-profit agencies with whom we encourage knowledge sharing and collaboration. This ensures that community-driven approaches can leverage collective wisdom, scientific evidence, and scale efficiencies.

Our work is driven by curiosity, learning, and experimentation. We embrace the complexity and long-term nature of problems, knowing that simplifying situations rarely leads to sustainable solutions that break the mold.

SFF’s investments span the geographies of Latin America, the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Asia Pacific, and the Arctic. While some of what we have learned has been applied in different contexts, some of the complexity of the problems addressed is unique to the setting.

Every place is different, so we have collaborated closely for decades with trusted partners with deep expertise in regions worldwide. We value honest dialogue with these partners, which we believe breeds deep trust, a culture of continuous improvement, and an empowering flexibility that allows our ecosystem and the communities we touch to constantly experiment, evolve and reassess the road to the greatest impact.

The Opportunity  

The Senior Associate will play a critical role in both the strategy and execution of new and existing work across the foundation, with the ultimate goal of improving lives and livelihoods worldwide. The role will report to one of SFF’s managing directors but will work closely with SFF’s executive director, other staff members, and grantee partners. The role combines elements of process development and management, grant management, program strategy and insight, research, and impact measurement. We are looking for someone who is proactive, detail-oriented, highly organized with strong technical skills, eager to learn, and a team player.

Key Priorities and Responsibilities  

The Senior Associate will support the programmatic goals and operational requirements, including grantmaking, administrative upkeep and process development, and communications support. Some more specific tasks will include:

  • Monitoring and evaluating grantee performance by reviewing and summarizing grantee reports, maintaining positive and professional relationships with grantees, following up with grantees, as needed, to obtain necessary information, and organizing all information for SFF.
  • Supporting pipeline development, including researching opportunities and organizations in the areas in which SFF invests or may invest;
  • Maintaining and building content expertise in grantmaking areas by staying abreast of current research and data at the national and local levels;
  • Updating SFF’s grants management database (AirTable and other internal charts/schedules), generating user-friendly reports and task reminders;
  • Following up with fellow team members, as needed, to ensure timely completion of all action items, initiatives, and grants management tasks;
  • Preparing grant award letters, agreements, reporting templates, and meeting notes, including checking for thoroughness and consistency of documentation across program areas;
  • Developing content for, and helping maintain, SFF’s internal website and other communications, as needed;
  • Preparing high-quality, written, and analytical work products in support of grantmaking and other initiatives;
  • Assisting in the preparation of meeting materials and presentations;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience Desired

  • A strong “generalist” with the ability to juggle multiple priorities, and adhere to multiple deadlines across workstreams and initiatives (required);
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills (required);
  • Proven ability to summarize complex issues clearly and concisely (required);
  • Someone with a naturally collaborative demeanor, comfort with a high degree of autonomy, and ability to work as part of a small, cohesive team (required);
  • A high degree of personal integrity, sound judgment, tact, and discretion (required);
  • Ability to manage multiple complex processes and track activities and outcomes to a successful conclusion (required);
  • Expertise in MS Office and Google Workplace (formerly G Suite) including Word/Docs, Excel/Sheets, Gmail, and PowerPoint/Slides (required);
  • Excellent analytical ability and portfolio management experience (required);
  • Experience with databases, including Air Table (required)
  • Solid financial analysis skills (strongly preferred);
  • Eight to ten years of professional experience (desired);
  • Content knowledge and expertise in one or more of SFF’s program areas (desired);
  • Familiarity with nonprofits or philanthropic communities (optional).

Position Details

  • Hours: Full-time (40 hours per week), salaried role
  • Benefits: Competitive benefits including health, dental, and vision, flexible paid time off, and a professional development budget
  • Location: Remote, but must be able to accommodate international time zones, as needed
  • Travel: Occasional travel required for team meetings, international site visits, and conferences
  • Salary: Anticipated salary range is $75,000 – $110,000, commensurate with experience and location

Sall Family Foundation EEO Statement  

SFF values and supports a diverse and inclusive environment throughout its organization. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to their race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law. Candidates contributing to SFF’s broad commitment to diversity are strongly encouraged to submit their materials for consideration.

How To Apply

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