WHO WE ARE
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies (Schusterman) strives for a future in which the United States and Israel live up to their ideals and achieve more just and inclusive societies. We work to advance racial, gender and economic equity in the U.S., as well as to foster a more joyful and diverse Jewish community. In Israel, we work toward a secure homeland for the Jewish people, a thriving democracy and an inclusive society that cares for its most vulnerable. We aim to drive and support long-term systemic change through investments in leaders, organizations and U.S. public policy.
Our culture is built on a foundation of principles that guide our attitudes, behaviors and interactions in the workplace. We look for people to join our team who are trustworthy, excellent, risk-takers – and who are committed to equity. Team members who are trustworthy look to build connections with others, are open to feedback and cultivate a culture of caring and respect. We strive for excellence by driving toward measurable results and consistently growing our knowledge and skills for maximum impact. We look to take risks by demonstrating curiosity and finding new, innovative ways of working. We strive to create a work environment rooted in equity where all members of our team feel a sense of belonging, are treated fairly and use their voices to effectively advance our mission.
The Senior Program Officer (SPO) will serve as the “connective tissue” within the GRE team, and between the GRE team, cross-functional organizational teams and external consultants. Through grantmaking and other support, GRE works to increase women’s and gender-expansive people’s: 1) political power and leadership; 2) knowledge, freedom and power to determine their reproductive lives; 3) economic power; and 4) safety and security from violence. The SPO will hold GRE’s work to intentionally strengthen both our team’s processes and a culture that reflects our values. They will advance GRE’s strategies by ensuring cross-initiative tools and supports – including capacity building and evaluation – are well-conceived, helpful and delivered with both efficiency and care. The SPO will join a team of six, and be based in Schusterman’s Washington, DC or New York, NY office.
Team Culture & Workflow Management (50%)
- Direct and ensure effective implementation of our team’s operations and processes, including equitable and efficient workflow and grantmaking.
- Nurture our team culture, including conceptualizing and project managing both our multi-day annual team-building retreat and two shorter retreats that prepare us for our board meetings; and developing a vision for our weekly team meetings and directing their execution.
- Connect our team’s cross-strategy capacity building and evaluation work to team building.
- Promote collaboration and learning between our team and other internal teams and colleagues.
- Perform additional duties as needed including, but not limited to, grantmaking and managing special projects, initiatives and convenings.
Cross-Team Liaison (30%)
Impact and Operations
- Cultivate relationships with the foundation’s Impact and Operations team and make sure the GRE team’s framework for evaluation and capacity building is in alignment with and nourishes foundation-wide assessments of our work.
- Together with the foundation’s Impact and Operations team, develop learning products (updates, briefs, journal articles, webinars, panels, etc.) that share out evaluation findings with grantee partners, foundation colleagues and the gender, reproductive and racial equity field at large.
- Provide input into our annual communications plan to prioritize how our work and strategies should be highlighted internally to the organization and externally to broader audiences.
- Triage requests between the Communications and GRE teams to move work forward efficiently and intentionally.
Evaluation & Capacity Building Strategy Implementation (20%)
- Guide and manage implementation of our evaluation and capacity building functions, including holding our relationships with our evaluation and capacity building consultants, and working to ensure our framework and metrics continue to be relevant to us, our grantee partners and foundation-wide efforts to assess impact.
- In collaboration with consultants and program staff, supervise data collection for our team.
- Alongside the grantmaking team, build and cultivate relationships with our grantee partners to fully understand evaluation and capacity needs, approaches, successes and challenges, and how these evolve as organizations develop.
- Drawing on grantee partners’ experience and needs, articulate a vision for foundation supports that focus on capacity and leadership building, and advocate for these within the foundation and among peer foundation colleagues.
COMPETENCIES NEEDED TO BE SUCCESSFUL
- Committed to racial and gender equity: has knowledge of the way systemic inequities were built and are sustained; has alacrity in talking about race; and can make strategy, program and process changes that drive toward equity.
- Creative and strategic thinker: ability to synthesize large amounts of information; ask probing questions; conduct thoughtful analysis of strategic, programmatic and financial data.
- A continual learner, characterized by openness, humility and reciprocity.
- Expert collaborator who builds trusting relationships, seeks input, and engages in active thought partnership and listening with others.
- Effective communicator who can synthesize information from a variety of sources to craft clear, convincing and insightful arguments in written and verbal form.
- 7-10 years of experience in the social justice sector. Philanthropic experience preferred, but not required.
- Knowledge of the gender, reproductive and/or racial equity fields and alacrity in analyzing and communicating the intersections of race, gender and power.
- Experience devising and managing productive cross-team/department work and processes, including agenda design and facilitation.
- Extensive experience facilitating multi-stakeholder processes, especially overseeing work implemented by partners (consultants, vendors, etc.) who do not report to you.
- A vision of capacity building rooted in assets, a broad definition and frontline expertise; experience with capacity building as a provider or recipient.
- Demonstrated capacity to make connections, strategize and learn across program functions, and to ensure learning is shared and useful.
- Experience managing multiple complex projects across multiple teams and stakeholders.
Competitive hiring range of $135,000- $163,000 based on experience and on Schusterman’s commitment to internal equity. A strong benefits package is also offered. Schusterman encourages ongoing professional development and supports activities aligned with one’s individual career growth plan. Schusterman will not cover relocation expenses for this position.