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Monday, February 2, 2015

Senior Safety Strategist, Ms. Foundation for Women, Brooklyn, NY

Senior Safety Strategist

Posted on: January 28, 2015
Application deadline: February 20, 2015
Start date: March 16, 2015
Posted by: Ms. Foundation for Women

Position Summary

The Ms. Foundation for Women seeks an exceptional individual with strong program development, management, and organizing skills for the position of Senior Strategist, Safety. The Senior Strategist will work closely with the Vice President, Programs to redefine the Foundation's Safety program; identify potential grantees and partner organizations; manage grantmaking and programmatic initiatives; work closely with Program Directors in Women's Health and Economic Justice; and engage with colleagues leading Communications, Development, Policy, and Advocacy efforts. The Senior Strategist will bring a broad understanding of feminism, the women's movement, and intersections with other social justice issues, as well as knowledge and expertise in approaches to gender-based violence, discrimination, and gender justice.


 Research critical issues, opportunities, and funding gaps; identify likely areas for Ms. Foundation engagement and funding; identify strategic opportunities to involve a wide range of partners from across multiple fields and perspectives.
 Serve as a thought partner and work collaboratively with colleagues in Economic Justice and Health Programs to share information and key learnings; develop and implement cross-Program strategies; and inform the Foundation's Communications, Policy, and Advocacy efforts.
 Actively engage in donor cultivation, networking, and other fundraising efforts to maintain and increase resources for this work. Work with Development staff to prepare proposals to potential donors and reports/updates to current funders.
 Manage intersectional grantmaking for Safety program area, including preparing requests for proposals, coordinating and participating in proposal review, docket write-up, and facilitating review meetings; monitor grantee progress and outcomes through phone calls and email, site visits, webinars, and other tools; design and implement technical assistance, capacity-building, and field-building strategies, including grantee convenings; manage annual program plans and grants budget.
 In partnership with Communications team, develop content for Foundation publications and communications vehicles; draft op-eds, workshop/conference presentations, and other external communications tools as requested; manage dissemination and outreach strategies.
 Lead and participate in Foundation-wide activities, and promote a collegial and cooperative approach to work both internally and externally.
 Actively participate in external practitioner and philanthropic organizations, coalitions and networks; pursue opportunities to present to philanthropic and other audiences; organize funder briefings and other engagement activities as appropriate to advance both the work of the Foundation and the Safety field.
 Serve as Foundation spokesperson, as approved, at conferences, press conferences, and other external-facing events.
 Supervise consultants and support staff who are providing assistance in these areas.
 Take on special projects as directed.

Our Theory of Change

Grassroots organizations—particularly those led by women of color, low-income and poor women—
are the building blocks of the contemporary women's movement; by investing in them, we create a stronger, bolder movement. By linking up the different arms of that movement, we also increase its collective impact and help to advance the wider struggle for social justice, democracy and human rights. 


 Bachelor's degree desired, Master's degree a plus.
 Minimum ten years' related work experience, with increasing levels of responsibility, in relevant program development, management, grantmaking, or grassroots organizing. Fundraising experience helpful but not required.
 Feminist with a demonstrated understanding of the women's movement, progressive movement organizing, and intersectionality.
 Commitment to the Foundation's Theory of Change, and to working with diverse communities on gender-based violence, discrimination, and gender justice while also making connections to other social justice issues.
 Experience managing stakeholder relationships and working with grantees or partner organizations to increase capacity, evaluate program outcomes and impacts, and effect policy change. Experience with grassroots organizations and grassroots leadership development a plus.
 Ability to build strong and collegial working relationships with colleagues, grantees, donors, potential funders, and institutional partners.
 Excellent oral and written communication skills; able to quickly gather, synthesize and summarize information in a clear and jargon-free manner.
 Clear and engaging communications style; comfortable making presentations to both expert and larger public audiences; highly skilled in both group and 1:1 meeting facilitation.
 Strong planning, administrative, and organizational skills; ability to manage time efficiently, meet deadlines, and work independently with minimal support.
 Experience in supervision and professional development of junior and support staff; ability to manage up and support Vice President of Programs in achieving Departmental and organizational objectives.
 Flexible working style; sense of humor; strong interpersonal skills; calm and resourceful; able to work under pressure; committed to working cross-functionally and collaboratively.
 Highly proficient with Internet and Windows-based technology (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). Experience with Project 2010, GIFTS, or other project management and grants management software a plus.
 Ability to travel 30% or more of time.
 Fluency in Spanish a plus.

To learn more about the Ms. Foundation for Women, please visit:

How To Apply

To apply for the position, please submit a detailed cover letter and current resume to: not later than February 20, 2015.

The Ms. Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic

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