Date Posted: 
Mon, July 12, 2021
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Job Category: 
New York, NY or Remote
Company Name: 
Proteus Fund
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Proteus Fund partners with foundations, individual donors, activists, advocates, and allies to advance racial, gender, and queer justice as well as an inclusive and representative democracy at the local, state, and national levels. In our 27-year history, we have collaborated in launching many mission-driven initiatives, including Donor Collaboratives, Fiscally Sponsored Projects, and Donor and Group Advised Funds. Along with our innovative and dynamic efforts to change hearts and minds, policy, and law across many movement areas, we also strive to transform and enhance the very nature of U.S. philanthropy.

Proteus Fund and its associated organizations, including our sister organization, Proteus Action League, have distributed more than $220 million in grants to support cutting-edged issue advancement and movement building using strategies and tactics ranging from community organizing, coalition building, and public policy advocacy to narrative and messaging development, multi-layered public education campaigns, and leadership development. Our expertise coupled with our passion have helped identify and act on challenges and opportunities in the field, advance significant movement building, and play a major role in achieving pivotal victories. Today, we are a $40 million predominantly philanthropic organization supporting 24 programs and initiatives.


The RISE Together Fund (RTF) and RISE Together Action Fund support cutting-edge Black/African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (BAMEMSA) field-led work and bolsters its grantmaking with programming, field building, and technical assistance to build and expand the capacity of the BAMEMSA movement to lead efforts 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 bolstering the critical work of BAMEMSA individuals and organizations facing Islamophobia, hate crimes, and xenophobia. RTF is a national grantmaking and field programming entity whose grantees spanned 18 states in 2020. Since 2008, we have granted over $18 million and reached over 500 organizations. Our annual grantmaking budget is approximately $2.2 million.

Job Description: 

Internally, the Program Director reports directly to the Proteus Fund Vice President of Programs (VPP) maintaining a close working relationship focused on RTF’s grantmaking and programming strategy and execution. The Program Director provides strategic vision, direction, and management for the RISE Together Fund team which includes a Program Assistant, Grant Writer, Senior Program Officer, and Program Officer. The Program Director also works regularly and closely with Senior Management, Donor Services, Finance, Operations, and Human Resources. The Director is part of the Senior Program team which represents the larger ecosystem of Proteus Fund Donor Collaboratives and Fiscally Sponsored Projects (FSPs) that all work towards Proteus Fund’s vision, mission, and strategic objectives.

Externally, the Program Director works closely with funding partners, both foundations and individual donors, to organize philanthropy in support of the BAMEMSA field. They are responsible for working with RTF grantees and potential grantees as well as the broader BAMEMSA field to support innovative and effective work as well as helping to shape broad strategy for the field. A critical component of this role is knowing the pulse of the communities’ needs, adapting to support them, and adjusting grantmaking to meet these needs.
With over 25 core grantees, $2.5 million in grantmaking and programmatic support last year, a stable set of donors, genuine respect from a wide variety of field actors, and high performing staff, the RISE Together Fund is very well-positioned for its next level of impact in support of the BAMEMSA field. The Program Director will have significant leadership responsibility for advancing Proteus Fund’s and RTF’s powerful vision of a world rooted in racial, gender, and queer justice and inclusive, representative democracy. The Program Director will have overall strategic and operational oversight of RTF’s work in direct collaboration with Proteus’ senior leadership and will have the opportunity to grow and develop its cutting edge work in BAMEMSA communities. As part of a Senior Program team, RTF’s Program Director will benefit from working with our Donor Collaborative Directors and Senior Proteus Program staff experienced in growing progressive social justice work. The Program Director is expected to develop and maintain a creative and dynamic thought leadership role in social justice philanthropy.

This is a full-time (40 hour per week) position. DC or NYC location is preferred, but we are open to a remote option.

Key Responsibilities

• Working with the RTF team, and Proteus Fund VPP, lead the development of programmatic goals, short and long-term strategies to reach those goals, and means for periodically engaging in reflection, learning, and evaluation of whether strategy and its execution are moving it towards its goals consistent with Proteus “gold standard” approach to donor collaborative development and management.
• Working with RTF team, and Proteus Fund VPP, develop systems of strong grantmaking practice and programming execution that best serve an overall program strategy.
• Craft other programming and technical assistance opportunities to further bolster and connect the BAMEMSA field, including hiring and overseeing consultants to support this work.
• Represent RTF and issues related to BAMEMSA communities in various settings through public speaking, panel moderation, conferences and meetings, media contacts, etc.
• Manage RTF’s three-year external evaluation process and document accomplishments, impact, and lessons learned.
• Oversee annual program and budget planning process with RTF team, Proteus Fund VPP, CFO, President, and other key Proteus Fund staff.
• Build and maintain expertise on the substance, dynamics, and priorities within the field of racial justice and national security as it impacts BAMEMSA communities, including national, state, and local policy and practice.

Development – Donor Stewardship and Partner Cultivation

• Lead the mobilization of donors to understand and respond to dynamics in BAMEMSA communities that impact racial, gender, and queer justice and the attainment of an inclusive, representative democracy.
• With support from the RTF Grant Writer, develop and execute RTF’s annual fundraising plan to maintain financial viability and enhance RTF growth and impact.
• Take a visible leadership role in all fundraising efforts, including executing high level donor meetings, maintaining donor relationships, as well as other development-oriented speaking and presentation opportunities.
• With RTF team, develop and execute strategy for donor cultivation and related events, including gatherings of prospective donors, periodic funder briefings, etc. in order to share highlights of the RTF’s work and the BAMEMSA field with a broader philanthropic audience.
• With support of the Grant Writer, provide written and verbal evaluations and reports on grantmaking and other programmatic work to RTF donors.
• Attend relevant convenings of the philanthropic community in order to develop and strengthen relationships with other grantmakers and to educate and engage the larger funding community about RTF’s work and BAMEMSA issues.

Grantmaking Strategy and Execution

• Create a dynamic grantmaking program to achieve the goals and objectives of RTF including maintaining expertise on trust-based grantmaking practices in c3 and c4 environments with a dedicated strategy to increase the diversity of grantees that RTF supports.
• With RTF Program Officers and Grants Management unit, manage entire grants process from inquiry and application through to grant awards and post-award communications with grantees.
• Evaluate proposals, including budgets, supporting materials, and viability and impact of proposed work. Make funding recommendations to RTF donor partners, Proteus Fund President, and Proteus Fund Board for regular docket, rapid response, and convening grants.
• Oversee all aspects of bi-annual RTF donor meetings, including educational as well as docket components.
• Advise aligned funders to help inform them about needs and investments in the BAMEMSA field, especially in ways consistent with and supportive of RTF strategies and tactics.

Program and Staff Management

• Mentor and provide direction to the RTF team, including managing workload and professional development, problem resolution, and performance evaluation processes. Hire, orient, and train new RTF staff in partnership with the Director of Human Resources.
• Build and support an effective and collaborative RTF team that maintains deep respect for the field, each other, and the full Proteus Fund team.


• In conjunction with the RTF team and Proteus Fund teams, work to increase RTF visibility and “voice” both in the philanthropy world and more generally via appropriate communications channels, such as op-eds, submitted articles, blogs, social media, alerts, updates, conferences, and other events all in order to build an RTF audience.
• With RTF Program Assistant and Proteus Fund Communications team, develop and regularly update RTF materials and engagement tools, including the website, and provide information for the Proteus Fund newsletters and annual grantmaking and program report.
• In conjunction with Proteus Fund Senior program team, integrate RTF communications goals, objectives, and messaging into Proteus-wide communications and vice versa



Ideally, RTF’s next Program Director will be a big picture social justice visionary with an excellent understanding and practice with:

• Multiple approaches to social change;
• Grantmaking experience;
• A track record of fruitful advocacy, particularly on issues impacting BAMEMSA communities;
• Understanding and practice with how c3 and c4 organizations develop and grow;
• Foundation and individual fundraising experience in the multi-million dollar range;
• A strong diversity, equity, and inclusion lens; and
• Direct experience growing and developing individual staff and a cohesive team.

Additional requirements and experience include:
• Commitment to the mission and values of Proteus Fund as progressive social justice organization;
• Significant knowledge of BAMEMSA issues and high level of knowledge of relevant racial justice, civil liberties, and national security issues;
• Demonstrated experience dealing with complex and sensitive issues/relationships within the BAMEMSA field;
• Supervisory experience;
• Ability to lead and facilitate diplomatic and effective collaboration across a wide range of stakeholders;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Proven leadership and problem-solving capability;
• Strategic mindset;
• Ability to quickly understand field needs and adapt strategy accordingly;
• Ability to work efficiently and effectively, including management of colleagues in virtual settings;
• Financial acumen and budget management skills;
• Grantmaking experience preferred.

Alignment to Culture and Values:
• Commitment to vision and mission of Proteus as a progressive social justice organization;
• Cultural responsiveness and an alignment with our values and commitment to equity and inclusion;
• Strong relationship building, high ethical standards, discretion, and tact;
• Personal qualities of humility and empathy.

The salary range for this position is $130,000 - $145,000 per year.

• 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

How to apply: 

For consideration, please submit cover letter and resume by August 3, 2021 to:

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.

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