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The Program Officer leads North Star's grantmaking and technical assistance programs, providing the resources to help grassroots social justice organizations be effective in their work. The ideal candidate will be an energetic "doer" with a solid understanding of grassroots community organizing, outstanding writing skills, and top- notch volunteer and administrative management abilities. The Program Officer reports to the Deputy Director. Specific responsibilities include:
Coordinate all aspects of our activist-led grants programs including grantmaking strategy, grants administration and support of the Community Funding Committee (CFC), which is comprised of activists and organizers from our diverse stakeholder community; assist as needed with our donor advised programs;
Coordinate North Star's technical assistance program including partnerships with other foundations, helping to raise resources for the technical assistance program, developing events and workshops to build our grantees' skills and capacities, and providing technical resources regarding other foundation support for grantees; manage a leadership development program for leaders of grantees;
Field all inquiries from organizations seeking grants, those seeking information about our grant making programs, and screen Rapid Response grant requests;
Manage the grants database and collect and disseminate grantee stories and victories to stakeholders and media; write dockets of grants awarded;
Supervise the Betty Kapetanakis Memorial intern; Represent North Star Fund in philanthropic networks and collaboratives.
Salary range is competitive, based on experience and qualifications, plus a generous benefits package.
Progressive philosophy and political vision; community or labor organizing experience or knowledge, and the ability to communicate what grassroots organizing is to a diverse audience of grant seekers;
Strong writing skills, including communicating grassroots victories to a donor audience;
Outstanding attention to detail and administrative skills; strong computer skills, including database management;
Experience managing volunteers and coordinating schedules;
Excellent communication and facilitation skills; ability to work with diverse grantee and donor constituencies; bilingual in Spanish strongly preferred;
Willingness to act as a resource to start-up organizations and strong “customer service” orientation.
North Star Fund is firmly committed to affirmative action and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBT, elderly and disabled candidates to apply. We appreciate all applicants, but please be advised that we can only respond to those best qualified for the position.
How TO APPLY:
Send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to North Star Fund, 520 8th Ave. Suite 2203, NY, NY 10018-6656 or email email@example.com. No calls please. Application close date: October 7.
North Star Fund is New York's community foundation supporting grassroots groups leading the movement for equality, economic justice and peace.
By organizing donors, raising money for grants, and providing technical assistance, we support efforts ranging from better schools, housing and health care, to protecting civil liberties, creating living wage jobs, and advocating for peace, freedom and human rights.
Since our founding in 1979, North Star Fund has distributed $41 million to 1,750 groups working to create a more equitable and democratic city for all New Yorkers.