Director of Movement Building Initiatives | Borealis Philanthropy

Director of Movement Building Initiatives
Flexible Location

The Director of Movement Building Initiatives is a new position and will oversee our collaborative funds focused on supporting grassroots organizing and movement-building efforts. These currently include the Black-led Movement Fund, Transforming Movements Fund, and Fund for Trans Generations – all of which make grants, offer capacity building resources, and foster peer learning. The role of program staff in a philanthropic intermediary like Borealis Philanthropy differs from that in an endowed foundation by also including fundraising and donor relations responsibilities.


Leadership and Management

  • Supervise the Program Officers of designated funds, including providing regular, on-going feedback and conducting annual evaluations.
  • Streamline and coordinate work across the Movement Building Initiatives.
  • Participate in program management leadership team consisting of Directors and VP of Strategy and Programs.
  • Work closely with HR team to encourage and support staff growth and development.
  • Work with finance team and Program Officers to oversee fund budgets.
  • Serve as an effective public spokesperson for Borealis and raise the visibility of the organization’s work by presenting and writing in diverse philanthropic forums.
  • Stay abreast of trends in philanthropy related to supporting social justice movements.

Grantmaking and Capacity-Building Strategy

  • Oversee Program Officers of designated funds to refine or develop grantmaking and capacity-building strategies.
  • Attend and provide support for all designated fund meetings.
  • Manage docket development, including regular and rapid response grantmaking cycles, and board approval processes.
  • Work with grants management and finance teams to oversee grants administration and due diligence procedures for designated funds.

Fundraising and Donor Relations

  • Work with the President and Program Officers of designated funds to develop fundraising plans, including identifying and cultivating new donors.
  • Identify opportunities to expand the Movement Building Initiatives beyond the current funds.
  • Build and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with funder colleagues and other key partners.
  • Provide presentations to current and prospective donors as needed.
  • Provide content and feedback for RFPs, donor proposals/reports, and other fundraising-related communications. 

Impact, Learning, and Communications

  • Under the leadership of the Director of Impact and Learning, provide input on the plans to assess the impact of the Movement Building Initiatives’ grantmaking and capacity-building programs, and identify opportunities to strengthen this work.
  • Under the leadership of the Communications Officer, provide input on the communications plans for designated funds.

Organizational/Programmatic Planning

  • Oversee annual work plan development process with Program Officers of designated funds.
  • Ensure that the Movement Building Initiatives are aligned with the strategic plan goals.


  • 10+ years experience in a management role in philanthropic and/or nonprofit organizations.
  • Depth and breadth of knowledge of grantmaking and capacity-building approaches with grassroots organizing and movement-building groups. Participatory grantmaking experience is a plus.
  • Strong familiarity with intermediary philanthropy. Experience managing donor collaboratives is a plus.
  • Expertise and direct experience with the issues, communities, and movements we support through our collaborative funds.
  • Experience managing staff in a team-oriented, consensus-driven environment.
  • Experience that demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression values.
  • Experience developing and evaluating program level outcomes.
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills that demonstrate strategic thinking.
  • Ability to travel frequently and work remotely with staff members throughout the country. 


Status:                       Full-time, Regular, Exempt, benefits eligible

Salary Range:           $135-150k

Location:                    Flexible Location, USA*

Reports to:                Vice President of Strategy and Programs

Benefits include: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Medical and Dependent Care Flex Spending Account, Trans Health Benefit program, 401k plan, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance, Life and AD&D Insurance, 12 paid holidays plus the days between Christmas and New Year’s, paid parental leave, and a generous PTO program.

* Borealis Philanthropy is a virtual organization where our staff primarily work remotely from home offices. We provide financial support for home office setup along with options for coworking office space in particular locations.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Borealis is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff team. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women, people with disabilities; and/or formerly incarcerated people.

How to Apply 

Position open until filled. Review priority will be given to applications received on or before March 13, 2019. Please email the following materials to and indicate “Director of Movement Building Initiatives – Name” in subject line of email and attach:

  • Cover letter detailing how your experience and qualifications are aligned with those listed in the position description.
  • Resume
  • Two to three writing samples that demonstrate your ability to develop compelling content related to social justice philanthropy.