Program Director: Women's Rights and Reproductive Rights
Posted on: January 8, 2015
Application deadline: January 31, 2015
Posted by: Wellspring Advisors
The WR/RR Program Director at Wellspring Advisors oversees all aspects of grantmaking under both the Women’s Rights (WR) and Reproductive Rights (RR) Programs, including developing the program’s strategic framework, maintaining alignment with other programs, and leading and managing team members. Along with the Partners, Chief Operating Officer, and the Directors of all Programs at Wellspring, the Program Director serves as a member of the senior management team. The WR program at Wellspring supports work to create a more powerful women’s movement able to advance women’s human rights; the RR Program supports work to expand women’s ability to fully exercise their autonomy over their reproductive lives. Grantmaking for both programs is predominantly international, with a portion of the RR Program work undertaken in the United States.
• Lead the development of strategic plans and other strategy documents required to both guide programs and comply with governance requirements.
• Develop and oversee team’s development of grantmaking approaches that respond to established priorities.
• Monitor developments in the field to identify emerging needs, gaps, and opportunities.
• Ensure programs’ alignment with Wellspring’s mission; ensure alignment between grantmaking and program strategy.
• Work with staff from Wellspring’s other program areas to advance programmatic and institutional goals.
• Work with Wellspring’s Department of Research and Evaluation and consultants to integrate measurement and evaluation as well as capacity-building and technical assistance throughout the program internally and among grantees.
• Manage overall grants portfolio for the program, including overseeing grantmaking of program staff.
• Potentially manage a portfolio of grants, including screening potential grantees; meeting with current and prospective grantees; conducting site visits; developing and evaluating funding proposals; preparing docket materials; and monitoring active grants.
• Ensure adherence to internal grantmaking/due diligence policies and procedures.
• Establish partnerships with other members of the donor community. Educate and engage other funders to advance Wellspring priorities.
• Participate in and supervise collaborative grantmaking mechanisms, pooled funds, and matching/challenge grantmaking.
• Provide support to individual grantees and convene grantees and others to promote strategic thinking and collaboration.
• Prepare and oversee the development of donor-client education materials including strategy documents, annual reports, and other updates.
• Conduct semi-annual grantmaking presentations to donor-clients (two for each program).
• Participate in firm-wide meetings with donor-clients.
• Respond to client requests for information.
• Ensure effective and timely allocation of two grantmaking budgets.
• Develop and ensure effective management of annual administrative.
Supervision, Management, and Leadership
• Manage, supervise, and work integrally with program staff in accomplishing the abovementioned tasks.
• Provide overall strategic direction to guide program implementation by team.
• Foster healthy working relationships within the team and across Wellspring.
• Set expectations, provide support and guidance to team.
• Evaluate staff on an ongoing basis, including an annual review. Identify and implement individual professional development and performance improvement plans.
• In accordance with personnel policies, make decisions regarding working conditions of staff.
• Manage the hiring of new staff as needed.
• Serve as member of the Senior Management Team including
• Proactively identify and support the development and implementation of organizational priorities, initiatives, and policies, both
programmatic and operational, that advance Wellspring’s mission.
• Identifying and strengthening cross-program collaboration as needed.
• Serving as a bridge between Wellspring’s partners, the Senior Management Team, the Chief Operating Officer, and the Evaluation,
Grants Management, Administrative teams and the WR/RR program team.
• Periodically managing projects outside the scope of programs, as they arise.
• Perform other duties and responsibilities as requested
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS
Wellspring is seeking applicants who have experience in one or more of the following areas: social justice grantmaking, international women’s rights advocacy, national-level (US, East Africa, Latin America) advocacy, research and dissemination of research. Additionally, knowledge of and/or expertise in reproductive rights, violence against women, and land rights is highly preferred. Specifically, Wellspring is seeking a candidate with the following qualifications:
• Minimum of fifteen years’ experience (at least five of those in a leadership position) with an NGO or foundation advancing women’s rights.
• Ability to think strategically, establish goals and priorities, and ensure effective and timely implementation of programs.
• Ability to maintain adherence to priorities approved by clients and within a larger institutional framework.
• Ability to establish and maintain close, collegial working relationships with colleagues in other programs and departments, and with grantees from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
• Ability to work independently and manage own time.
• Ability to plan and manage multiple priorities on different timelines.
• Ability to learn quickly when confronting new issues and priorities.
• Ability to handle confidential client/donor information with complete discretion, and comfort working in a relatively low profile organization.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Good judgment and a good sense of humor.
• In-depth knowledge of and contacts in the philanthropic sector.
• Experience as an effective manager of staff and a budget
Established in 2001, Wellspring is a private philanthropic consulting firm that coordinates grantmaking programs that advance the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people. Wellspring has offices in New York 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.
The firm’s services include: working with donors to develop, implement, and administer giving programs that meet their philanthropic goals; conducting research and education tailored to the interests of our donors; managing programs, administering grants and monitoring grantee performance; and working with to promote the effectiveness of programs that receive donor funding.
Wellspring Advisors, LLC hires, promotes and retains employees based on their professional qualifications, demonstrated abilities, and work performance, as well as on the degree to which these qualities are required in the employment positions made available by the Firm’s service needs and business requirements.
All personnel decisions are made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic predisposition or carrier status, marital, status, domestic partner status, military status, sex, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy applies to all our activities, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge. This policy also bans discriminatory harassment.
HOW TO APPLY
For employment consideration, please submit application (consisting of resume and letter of interest) to: firstname.lastname@example.org -- Subject Line: “[Your name] – Program Director, WR/RR”.
All applications must include:
• Thoughtful cover letter (including how you became aware of this opportunity: job portal, referral, etc.)
• Salary requirements (must specify actual amount or range)
• One writing sample (between 3 and 5 pages maximum, attached in PDF format)