Program Officer - Immigrant Justice | Four Freedoms Fund (NEO Philanthropy)

Position: 
Program Officer - Immigrant Justice
Location: 
New York, NY
Organization: 

Background

Four Freedoms Fund is a national funder collaborative that was launched by NEO Philanthropy in 2003. FFF strengthens the capacity of the immigrant justice movement to ensure all immigrants, regardless of immigration status, have dignity, power to shape change, and agency to determine the quality of their life, community, and future. To achieve this goal, FFF believes we need a robust and powerful infrastructure of organizations leading the transformation of our country’s systems to be inclusive, fair and just, and grounded in racial, economic, and gender justice. FFF is a key partner to foundations and advocates strengthening the immigrant justice movement. Through sustained grantmaking, ongoing technical assistance to grantees, and funder education and coordination, FFF invests in the long-term growth and ability of the immigrant justice movement to thrive, respond to opportunities and threats, and win lasting justice.

Job Summary

NEO is seeking an experienced professional to serve as a Program Officer to the Four Freedoms Fund (FFF) to help shape FFF’s strategy for building, strengthening and supporting an infrastructure of state and local immigrant justice organizations that are leading advocacy, organizing, and decriminalization, and cross-movement collaboration activities. The Program Officer will report to the Director of Programs.

Reports To

 Director of Programs.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Analysis: Gather information and analyze the immigrant justice field to identify gaps and emergent opportunities; and help to develop grantmaking strategies that are responsive to the current political environment and grantee ecosystem.
  • Grantmaking: Execute grantmaking strategy in furtherance of specific FFF strategies, in collaboration with other staff members. This includes reviewing and assessing proposals and materials; conducting site visits/ due diligence on grantees; and preparing docket memos that summarize grantmaking decisions.
  • Field Support: Help coordinate and implement technical assistance, capacity building, and/or other learning activities for grantees and partners. Maintain regular engagement with grantees to review opportunities, challenges and advances and encourage collaboration, learning, exchange and strategic partnerships.

Fundraising/Donor Education: Assist with writing reports/proposals for existing and new potential funders. Participate in briefings, site visits and preparation of materials to educate FFF and other donors about developments in the field and lessons learned from FFF grantmaking.

Qualifications

  • Exceptional strategic thinking, with expertise in movement building, likely gained through 5 or more years of experience in philanthropy, advocacy and/or community organizing.
  • In-depth understanding of the state and local immigration landscape, including issues related to immigration policy, human/civil rights and liberties, and racial and economic justice. Familiarity with individuals and groups significant to the national, state and local levels (particularly grassroots groups and those working on enforcement issues), and knowledge of the various approaches to organizing and building power in these communities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills. Maturity and flexibility needed to establish linkages with allied program staff, donors, and a diverse range of community partners.
  • A deep understanding of the immigrant experience and a track record of working with diverse immigrant and low-income communities.
  • Fully embrace FFF’s commitment to resource the work of the immigrant justice movement more equitably.
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills.
  • Alignment with culture and values. FFF’s grantmaking program is team-based, with consensus-based decision-making that preserves the autonomy and agency of all team members to do their best work, but with responsibility to the whole team and accountability to the whole strategy. Demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice work and the goals and objectives of FFF. Has the skills, temperament and/or experience working with a team that has members working remotely.
  • Willingness to travel frequently, 15-20% of time.
  • A “self-starter” who is able to work independently to carry out responsibilities, with the ability and energy to multi-task and adjust to a dynamic work environment.
  • Strong project management skills.

Compensation

Salary : $110,000 - $140,000 depending on experience. Excellent benefits.

Requirements/Other

NEO Philanthropy is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NEO Philanthropy's work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

Deadline for submission: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. We hope to fill the position by end of January, 2021. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted.  

FFF is open to hiring candidates based anywhere in the United States.

How to Apply

How to Apply: No calls, please. Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and a list of three references to: fffjobs@neophilanthropy.org.