Interim Collaborative Fund Director | Collaborative Fund for Women's Safety and Dignity

Interim Collaborative Fund Director
Flexible Location
Organization Name: 
Collaborative Fund for Women's Safety and Dignity
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Collaborative Fund for Women’s Safety and Dignity (placeholder name) is seeking an Interim Director to provide collaborative leadership and strategic systems-building in the start-up and planning phase of the collaborative. This is a full-time temporary position through September 2019, with the possibility of extension pending the completion of a search to hire a permanent director. The Interim Director will be an employee of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), the fiscal sponsor and grantmaking intermediary for the collaborative.

Key responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with RPA team and donors to finalize a project charter to guide the role and responsibilities of RPA as the collaborative fund’s intermediary/fiscal sponsor

  • Work with Advisory Committee of donors to develop fund vision, strategies, and governance systems that promote donor collaboration and strategic coordination of the fund

  • Partner with representatives of the Advisory Committee to create a fundraising plan and to execute fund development, keeping development goals on track ($5MM+ in Year 1)

  • Ensure thought partnership with field/social movement leaders/activists, including mechanisms of accountability of the fund to movement goals and priorities

  • Anchor the rapid disbursement of grants in early 2019 in response to pressing needs in the field, and based on collaboratively developed fund strategy, craft 2019 grantmaking guidelines and strategies

  • Oversee initial opportunities for donor education, particularly on the intersection of gender-based violence, racial justice, and long-term power building

  • Oversee research as needed in support of the collaborative’s intention of serving as a hub for resources on gender-based violence at the intersection of multiple issue areas

  • Maintain communication, coordination, and collaboration as appropriate with other collaborative funds that have similar vision and mandate

  • In collaboration with Advisory Committee and RPA, develop plans and build team for communications, learning & evaluation, and other functions needed as the collaborative fund grows and evolves

  • Work with RPA team to oversee financial and grants management


  • An entrepreneurial drive to develop and achieve shared vision, strategy, and goals, working toward them in collaboration and partnership with a commitment to action and implementation

  • Deep experience and relationships in philanthropy and movement- building/organizing, preferably in the areas of gender and racial equity and ending violence against women and girls

  • Proven track record in high-level development/fundraising, including experience with fundraising technologies and supporting community-based organizations to build their fundraising capacity

  • Values-aligned analysis of social justice, race, gender, and systems of oppression

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Experience with at least one, and preferably some combination of, the following: policy/advocacy, civic engagement, narrative/culture change, leadership development, and peer learning/convening

  • Commitment to co-creation, learning, and growth, and experience working in diverse teams, especially building peer-to-peer relationships between donors and grantees

  • Willingness and ability to travel for (15-35% annually) in particular to and from New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Candidates in New York City or the San Francisco Bay Area preferred, but the location of this position is negotiable, although more frequent travel may be required.

The Collaborative Fund for Safety & Dignity is a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Associates (RPA). RPA is an equal opportunity employer.

The salary range for this position is $125,000-$150,000 depending on experience. RPA offers competitive compensation and benefits package including health coverage, retirement benefits, paid sick leave, vacation, and holidays.

How to Apply:

Email a cover letter, resume/cv, writing sample, and three professional references to: Ariel Jacobson ( with the subject line “CFWSD Interim Director.” Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by January 15, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.



The vision for the Collaborative Fund for Women’s Safety and Dignity (placeholder name) is to create a future where all girls and women, cis, transgender, and gender non-conforming, can live, learn, and work with safety and dignity. The Fund will resource culture makers, movement leaders, institutions, and networks to shift power and shape narratives to end gender-based violence, starting with the workplace as a key locus of inequity and violence as well as a site of powerful movement building.

Over the last year, we’ve seen a quantum leap in the movement to ensure that all girls and women can live, learn, and work with safety and dignity. Women are being believed, abusers are beginning to be held accountable, and sexual violence, so long invisible, is being pushed into mainstream public dialogue by millions of survivors of gender-based violence who are demanding change. Thanks to the courage of girls and women who have shared their stories at scale, there is an opportunity to build out strategies to eliminate structural barriers to full participation in the workforce, end violence against girls and women, and promote women’s leadership and build collective power.

This is a movement moment: an opportunity to go beyond focusing on individual bad actors and amplify support to women’s base-building, organizing and culture change work to create and implement the laws, policies, practices, cultural strategies, and networks of support that have the potential to change culture as well as shift and build women’s power in lasting ways. This moment also represents an opportunity to remove obstacles for girls’ and women’s leadership, create full equity in the workplace, and build collective power. The philanthropic sector can make good on the promise of the movement’s leadership by supporting work for structural change.

The collaborative fund will support multi-faceted strategies including: (1) Policy Advocacy, (2) Narrative + Culture Change (3) Organizing + Civic Engagement, (4) Leadership Development, and (5) Convening and Peer Learning.


By building a collaborative fund, the Fund intends to facilitate philanthropic partners’ work at a scale that would not be possible otherwise toward a shared vision safety, equity and liberation. By acting together, across different fields of the philanthropic sector we can sharpen our collective strategies to pursue lasting shifts in structural power in order to end sexual harassment and violence in pursuit of women and girls’ being able to live in their full power.


The movement to end gender-based violence is and always has been led by girls and women of color and indigenous women who are most impacted by sexual harassment and violence. Girls and women of color live, learn, and work at the intersection of sexism, racism, and other forms of oppression, and therefore hold critical perspectives on the solutions that will enable safety and full participation in our country’s future. Thus, this Collaborative is envisioned to be part of an overall philanthropic strategy to dismantle racial, economic, and gender inequalities that hold girls and women of color and indigenous women back. The Fund will prioritize racial, economic, and gender justice for all women and girls by addressing structural racism, sexism, misogyny, and its consequences, within communities and the institutions that serve them. Additionally, the Fund will prioritize supporting efforts that are led by women of color and Indigenous women.


The Fund will receive funding from several types of funders including private foundations, individual philanthropists, and corporate philanthropy. Representatives of donors to the Collaborative (“Advisory Committee”) will invest in establishing a governance and staffing plan during the startup phase. The Collaborative is exploring different ways to ensure strategic and real time insight from movement leaders and survivors to help prioritize grantmaking strategies and tactics; this may include an Advisory Council made up of movement leaders who have deep expertise in the gender justice field. Funding recommendations will be approved by the Board of Directors of RPA.



RPA’s mission is to create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world. RPA was established to facilitate philanthropy and to support the growth of a vital, creative nonprofit sector. We offer maximum flexibility and administrative efficiency to individuals, institutions and groups seeking a nonprofit vehicle for philanthropic grantmaking and for pursuing a variety of charitable activities related to such fields as the arts, science, education, environment, health care, religious interests, and social service. RPA assists donors in achieving their philanthropic goals by offering administrative, financial, and program development support. It aims to promote and expand philanthropy by providing members of wealthy families, individuals and institutions with a broad spectrum of flexible, effective, efficient and personalized services so that they may achieve their philanthropic goals. Since its inception in 2002,

RPA has grown into one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations. We deliver our services through our core values of: Quality, Integrity, Trust and Diversity.

RPA has extensive experience in fiscal sponsorship, and with our philanthropic consulting practice, having facilitated over $3 billion in gifts since our launch as a nonprofit social enterprise. We currently manage over 50 sponsored projects and serve more than 100 donors, facilitating on average $200 million in annual giving on five continents. Core fiscal sponsorship includes fund management, grants management, financial reporting and human resources support.