Communications Associate

Astraea seeks a committed, collaborative, and organized person to join our communications team as a Communications Associate.

Organization Description
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. We support brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. We work for racial, economic, social, and gender justice, because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.

The first grantmaker to hundreds of organizations, Astraea plays a catalytic role for LGBTQI groups around the world – particularly those led by lesbian and queer women, trans and non-binary folks, intersex people, and people of color. Our grantmaking, capacity building, media and communications, and philanthropic advocacy programs support their work to challenge oppression and claim rights. A proud public foundation and one of the world’s first women’s funds in the world, in our 42-year history we have granted over $40 million to LGBTQI activists and artists.

Position Description
Astraea seeks a committed, collaborative, and organized person to join our communications team as a Communications Associate. The Communications Associate will support the day-to-day operations of the team and play a pivotal role in the team’s efforts to communicate the values and impact of Astraea and our grantee partners to a wide and diverse audience. The Communications Associate will work closely with the Senior Communications Manager to implement graphic, web, social media, and other communications strategies and tactics developed by the team. In addition, the Associate does research, and provides administrative support as required. Candidates should have deep alignment with Astraea’s mission and values, and an interest in using digital systems to support Astraea’s mission to resource LGBTQI organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

Essential Job Functions

  • Research and draft a weekly calendar of social media content, written and/or visual, on multiple platforms, profiling Astraea and grantee partners. 
  • Present and report on social media analytics and work towards achieving identified targets and benchmarks. 
  • Review and make recommendations on new media to use in our communications work. 
  • Support the Senior Communications Manager in the development of social media campaigns for annual tactical times of year, for example Trans Day of Visibility, International Women’s Day, and International Sex Workers’ Day.
  • Share insights from Astraea’s social media performance for tactical times of the year and social media holidays.
  • Generate visual assets in graphic design including assets for print, web, video, social media, events, web banners, invitations and other Astraea material.  
  • Maintain the database of press and vendor contacts.
  • Assist with website content management.

Other Responsibilities

  • Work with the Communications Program Officer to research media op-eds and support in developing media relationships. Support in research of written materials like eblasts, including support for grant announcements. 
  • Support the launch of reports; this may include tasks such as proofreading and drafting social media posts and visuals.
  • Support on editing and proofreading of report content and media engagement.
  • Support with extensive desk research and synthesis of grantee learnings, highlights and impact in order to turn these into blogs and external grant announcement updates.
  • Assist in researching best practice social/digital media case studies.
  • With Astraea’s Video Editor, help build & manage Astraea’s photo and video archive, working with program, development and executive teams.

Education and Certification 
The Communications Associate must have a degree or equivalent experience in communications, marketing, media or a related discipline. Experience within LGBTQI social justice movement building or philanthropy communications spaces a major plus.

Special Skills and Knowledge

  • Thorough experience with LGBTQI movements grounded in gender, racial and economic justice.
  • Familiarity and fluency with basic social media platforms, tools, and trends. 
  • Design skills, including familiarity with Adobe suite, preferred.
  • Prior experience (even if brief) with CMS platforms preferred, but not required.
  • Willingness to learn how to use new tools and software.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, self-management skills, and ability to handle multiple and often competing deadlines.
  • Strong collaborative approach, including kindness and humor in partnering with others.

Salary & Compensation
This is a part-time, 4 days/week position. Payment will be $30.22/hr, totaling about $47,000 annually. This position is eligible for Astraea’s generous benefits package.

Applicants able to work from Astraea’s New York City office (except during the Covid-19 pandemic) preferred, however remote applicants may also be considered. If working remotely, paid travel to New York City may be requested 1-2 times per year. Applicant must be authorized to work in the United States.

How to Apply
Please send resume/CV and cover letter to jobs@astraeafoundation.org in .pdf, .doc. or .docx format with the position title as the subject heading by September 13, 2020. Applications may also be submitted via the form below. If the position is not filled by September 13, 2020, additional applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please. Only applications being considered for interviews will be contacted.

Grants and Compliance Manager

This is an exciting opportunity for a detailed, organized, and collaborative individual to join Astraea as the Grants and Compliance Manager (GCM).

WHO WE ARE

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice works to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. We support brilliant and brave grantee partners who challenge oppression and seed change. We work for racial, economic, social, and gender justice because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.

The first grantmaker to hundreds of organizations, Astraea plays a catalytic role for LGBTQI groups around the world – particularly those led by lesbian and queer women, trans and gender non-conforming folks, intersex people, and people of color. Our grantmaking, capacity building, media and communications, and philanthropic advocacy programs support their work to challenge oppression and claim rights. A proud public foundation and one of the first women’s funds in the world, Astraea has granted over $40 million to LGBTQI activists and artists in our 40-year history. 

 

JOB SUMMARY – Full Time (35 Hrs Per Week with benefits)

This is an exciting opportunity for a detailed, organized, and collaborative individual to join Astraea as the Grants and Compliance Manager (GCM). Astraea is experiencing significant growth and has increased its global presence particularly with public support. The GCM will provide leadership and management of all grant resources received (private and public) that will ensure compliance with donor rules and regulations. The GCM will support the Program and Development teams and the organization’s capacity to manage the administration of awarded public and private grants (USAID, SIDA, EU, State, Donor Advised Funds, and foundations).  Compensation for this position is $79 – $85k. This position reports to the CFO.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Fiscal Compliance:

  • Reviews proposals from the compliance side (including the correct Indirect Cost Rate (ICR) and calculation, in the correct format for that donor).
  • Tracks grants administratively throughout their life cycle, including financial reporting, and any extensions. 
  • Closes-out grants, ensuring no overspends.
  • Manages reporting, compliance, and recognition of international grants for assigned portfolios.
  • Partners with accounting to design and prepare monthly grant budget-to-actual reports.
  • Liaises with Program and Development teams to ensure restricted funds used in accordance with donor intentions or appropriate modifications are requested.
  • Ensures that fiscal requirements for grants and contracts identified, realized and monitored through regular monitoring meetings.
  • Prepares monthly, quarterly, and year-end financial reports for funders. 
  • Maintains a working knowledge of laws, regulations, policy, and other requirements that affect grants management, in particular federal grant requirements.
  • Reviews coding of expenses against restricted grants to ensure adequate charging.
  • Assists in the maintenance and analysis of staff allocations.
  • Works with program managers to prepare spending plans and grant forecasts.

Budget:

  • Partners with Development and Program teams to prepare cost proposal budgets for future funding from donors.
  • Prepares and performs monthly budget-to-actual analysis, conducts monthly reviews with program managers. Communicates results of reviews and analyses to finance leadership.
  • Ensures timeliness and accuracy of budgets.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Competencies:

  • This position should be familiar with 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Federal Awards, USAID Standard Provision and regulations, as well as compliance with major private donors’ rules and regulations. 
  • Experience in managing donor-funded programs, including US government-funded programs.
  • Strong financial planning, procurement, and operations management skills.
  • Previous cost proposal experience is preferred.

Basic Qualifications (Minimum Requirements):

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or another relevant field or a minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience in the financial management of donor-funded projects in a nonprofit environment required.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills through a multicultural lens.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, and accounting software; Raiser’s Edge experience strongly desired.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a resume/CV, cover letter, and salary requirements to jobs@astraeafoundation.org in .pdf, doc, or .docx format or submit via the form on our website by September 30th, 2020. No phone calls, please – only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.

Astraea is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse (multi-gender, cross-class, and multi-racial), collaborative, and sustainable work environment. People of color; lesbian, bisexual and queer women; trans and gender non-conforming people; intersex people; and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

LBQ Philanthropic Advocacy Project Coordinator

Astraea and Mama Cash are looking for a Project Coordinator who will support the team on a part-time basis by carrying out essential administrative and programmatic tasks.

Overview

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea) and Mama Cash are leading a collaborative project that is creating space for the articulation of a funding agenda for lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women and non-binary people and advocating for increased philanthropic support for their activisms. In June 2020 we launched the report Vibrant Yet Under-Resourced: the State of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Movements based on a survey of nearly 400 LBQ women’s and non-binary people’s groups working in every region of the world. Their responses provide the most comprehensive data available on how LBQ groups are organizing, their financial status, their funding and capacity needs and priorities, and the barriers they face in accessing funding. The report also presents data from a survey with foundation donors that, among others, fund LBQ groups and movements. The donor data sheds light on how LBQ groups are being funded and how donors’ funding approaches can be strengthened.

Astraea and Mama Cash are now embarking on the next phase of the project that is specifically focused on influencing the philanthropic sector to increase and improve funding for LBQ groups and movements around the world, based on the findings and recommendations of the report. 

Note on terminology: In the context of this project, LBQ focuses on sexual identity and is inclusive of all lesbian, bisexual, and queer women (both trans and cis, dyadic and intersex), and all non-binary people who relate to a lesbian, bisexual and/or queer identity. We use the values of self-determination, queer and trans-inclusive feminism, and gender justice to guide this project. 

 

Consultant Role, Fees & Timeline

In order to support the core project team in reaching our advocacy goals and objectives, Astraea and Mama Cash are looking for a Project Coordinator who will support the team on a part-time basis (approx. 4 business days a month) by carrying out essential administrative and programmatic tasks. Astraea and Mama Cash have budgeted $700 per work day for this consultancy.

The candidate can be located anywhere, but with availability for meetings in the morning hours in New York and the afternoon hours in Cape Town and Amsterdam.

The time period for the consultancy is September 28, 2020 – December 31, 2020 (with a potential for extension till summer 2021).

 

Responsibilities

  • Jointly develop and manage detailed project workplan and contribute to its implementation, particularly focusing on our Dissemination and Advocacy Strategy 
  • Support the management of relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders, including Astraea and Mama Cash staff as well as activist and donor advisors
  • Develop agendas and materials for webinars, meetings, and presentations that share findings and recommendations from the Vibrant Yet Under-Resourced report
  • Support the development and production of new project materials, such as donor briefs
  • Oversee the project budget, track expenditures and prepare payment requests
  • Coordinate the work of the core project team (representatives from Astraea and Mama Cash) by scheduling regular online meetings, documenting discussions and action items, and following through their implementation

 

Qualifications

We are seeking a consultant with the following skills and experiences:

  • Some programmatic experience in social justice, human rights and/or philanthropic fields
  • Commitment to and knowledge of issues facing global LGBTQI and feminist movements
  • Experience with and knowledge of global LBQ women’s organising and issues, including an understanding of the range of programmatic approaches used by activists 
  • Experience of working with donors and some understanding of the philanthropic sector
  • Commitment to racial, economic and gender justice
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to handle multiple and often competing deadlines
  • Proficiency in general computer and web-based technology including word processing, spreadsheets, and e-mail. Previous experience with project management applications is a plus
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, with a proven track record in developing creative solutions and trouble-shooting under tight deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Passion for Astraea and Mama Cash’s missions as feminist public foundations and their role in philanthropy 

 

How To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a brief letter of interest and a CV/resume via email to C.de.Nobrega@mamacash.org and S.Jessop@mamacash.org with the subject line: LBQ Philanthropic Advocacy Project Coordinator. The deadline to apply for this consultancy is August 26, 2020.  (Please do not use the below form to submit your application.)

The expected start date of the consultancy is September 28, 2020. Please note that only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.

Trans and non-binary people, intersex people, lesbian, bisexual and queer women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, and members of other marginalised communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

International Trans Fund – Program Associate

Reports to: ITF Director
Location: New York
Closing Date: July 17, 2020

About the Organization
The International Trans Fund (ITF) is a trans activist and funder-led initiative that aims to increase the capacity of trans movements globally to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self- determination, and wellbeing. The ITF works to mobilize sustainable resources to help build strong, trans-led movements and collective action, and to address and eliminate funding gaps impacting trans groups across the globe. The ITF is hosted at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

About the Position
The ITF seeks a committed, collaborative and organized person to join our team as a Program Associate.

The Program Associate is a full-time position that will support the overall day-to-day activities of the ITF team. This includes supporting ITF’s annual grantmaking cycle, providing logistical support and ensuring overall smooth operations of the team. The position is based in Astraea’s office in New York City.

Core Responsibilities

  • Conduct intake of applications, including data entry, file management and communication with applicants.
  • Maintain all grantee application and grant information in our grants database; generate grants documents from the database.
  • Coordinate translation of applications, which will be received in English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian.
  • Provide initial screening of applications to determine eligibility for ITF support.
  • Prepare materials for the ITF’s Grant Making Panel, a body of trans activists who review and assess funding applications.
  • Communicate with applicants, including responding to inquiries and sending grant notifications.
  • Prepare award packages for grantee partners.
  • Confirm payment details, manage the dissemination process and work with Astraea’s Fiscal Department to prepare, process, and track grants payments.
  • Coordinate Grant Making Panel and Steering Committee Meetings, including handling logistics (travel, venues, lodging, catering, AV), and producing/organizing meeting materials.
  • Respond to general organizational queries.
  • Provide general administrative support to the Director and Program Officers.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned from time-to-time.

Qualifications

  • Minimum two years of programmatic experience in trans, LGBTQI, feminist, human rights and/or social justice movements.
  • Commitment to and knowledge of issues facing global trans movements.
  • Superb organizational and project management skills, with the ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines while maintaining consistent attention to detail.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with a proven track record in developing creative solutions.
  • High level of proficiency with computers, databases and other technology.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work and communicate with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a supportive team player.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English. Candidates able to communicate in English and Spanish will be given preference.

Additional Considerations

  • This position is based in Astraea’s office in New York City. US work authorization is required. The ITF is not able to offer visa sponsorship for this position.
  • Trans people are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants born or who originate from a Global South country are encouraged to apply.

Compensation
The salary range for this position is $55,000 – $60,000 USD/year commensurate with experience.

How to Apply
Please send resume/CV and cover letter to jobs@transfund.org in .pdf, doc, or .docx format by July 17, 2020.

The ITF is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, collaborative and sustainable work environment. For more information visit www.transfund.org.

This post is also available in: Español (Spanish)

International Trans Fund – Program Officer

The ITF seeks a dedicated, passionate and collaborative Program Officer. This is a full-time, remote position.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Program Officer
Reports to: ITF Director
Location: Remote
Closing Date: June 26, 2020

About the Organization

The International Trans Fund (ITF) is a trans activist and funder-led initiative that aims to increase the capacity of trans movements globally to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination, and wellbeing. The ITF works to mobilize sustainable resources to help build strong, trans-led movements and collective action, and to address and eliminate funding gaps impacting trans groups across the globe. The ITF is hosted at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

About the Position

The ITF seeks a dedicated, passionate and collaborative Program Officer. This is a full-time, remote position.

The Program Officer manages relationships with grantee partners, provides support and accompaniment, develops capacity-building initiatives, participates in learning and evaluation of ITF’s programs and engages in philanthropic advocacy.

Core Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage diverse international trans rights grantmaking portfolios, including conducting outreach to applicants, writing and disseminating requests for proposals, soliciting input from trans activists and writing grant summaries.
  • Manage relationships with grantee partners, including maintaining ongoing communication, engaging in networking, and potentially conducting site visits.
  • Engage with trans-led groups and leaders to determine key issues and opportunities for the ITF’s work, convening grantees and others, when appropriate.
  • Work closely with the ITF Director and other Program Officers to develop capacity-building support initiatives for grantee partners, including identification of technical assistance resources and assistance with resource mobilization.
  • Participate in program evaluation, including monitoring grantee progress, analyzing contexts, and gathering and analyzing information related to ITF’s contributions.
  • Support members of the Grant Making Panel and provide logistical support for Grant Making Panel meetings.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of issues and trends facing trans organizations globally.
  • Represent the ITF at conferences and donor affinity groups to further ITF’s philanthropic advocacy goals.
  • Work collaboratively to highlight the work of ITF’s grantee partners and support ITF’s strategic goals.
  • Support the ITF Director in securing and retaining resources for the ITF.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of direct involvement with trans activism at the regional and/or international level.
  • Proven track record of working closely with trans communities that have been historically marginalized.
  • Demonstrable experience in analyzing different contexts and situations and coming up with tailored, sustainable and systematic solutions.
  • Proven ability to manage own work through set objectives and adequately manage own resources.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills and significant experience with training development and delivery.
  • Superb organizational skills, with the ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines while maintaining consistent attention to detail.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, with demonstrated ability to develop creative solutions with limited resources.
  • Superior ability to work and communicate with diverse audiences and stakeholders, including activists, donors and community members. Must be personable, approachable and responsive.
  • Appreciation of the power dynamics that shape grantmaking relationships and a commitment to building trust, two-way accountability, and mutual respect with grantee organizations.
  • Intermediate to expert level experience in computer applications like MS Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access) and must be internet/web savvy.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English. Candidates able to communicate in English and Spanish will be given preference.
  • Ability to travel internationally and to work flexible hours (including early mornings and late evenings) as required and to accommodate time differences with other staff, grantee partners, funders, etc.

In addition, it would be desirable for candidates to:

  • Be able to communicate and write in one of the other application languages (French, Russian, or Chinese).
  • Have direct experience managing and reporting on grants for work related to trans movement building.
  • Have experience developing and managing budgets.
  • Have prior grantmaking experience.

Additional Considerations

  • This is a remote contract position and candidates can be based in any part of the world. US work authorization is not required. The ITF is not able to offer visa sponsorship for this position.
  • Trans people are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants born or who originate from a Global South country are encouraged to apply.

Compensation

The salary range for this position is $65,000-70,000 USD/year commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please complete the ITF Program Officer Application Pack and submit to jobs@transfund.org in .pdf, doc, or .docx format by June 26, 2020. Other documents, including CVs, will not be reviewed. Please do not use the form at the bottom of this webpage.

The ITF is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, collaborative and sustainable work environment. For more information visit www.transfund.org.

This post is also available in: Español (Spanish)

Executive Director/Co-Directors

The new Executive Director or Co-Directors will build on Astraea’s proud radical history to create a nimble, thriving, and resilient organization that effectively and efficiently shifts power to LGBTQI people.

About Astraea

Established in 1977, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea) is one of the first women’s funds in the world and the only solely dedicated to LBTQI rights globally. Their founders – a cross-class, multi-racial group of women activists – dreamed of a feminist movement that centered the leadership of lesbians and women of color. For over four decades, Astraea has uniquely supported women’s rights and LBTQI movements working at the crossroads of gender justice, racial justice, bodily autonomy, sexual rights, and self-determination.

As a LBTQI women’s fund, Astraea uniquely fuels groups at the nexus of feminist and LBTQI movements. Astraea’s reach is unparalleled: since its inception, they have granted over $40 million via nearly 5,000 grants to 1,700+ grantee partners in 100+ countries and nearly all 50 states in the United States (U.S.). Astraea shifts power and resources to LBTQI and feminist activists so that they can build strong, intersectional movements that combat violence and discrimination, counter structural economic and social inequalities and drive transformational cultural change.

Headquartered in New York City, Astraea’s mission is advanced by more than 30 staff in the U.S. and around the world. The team comes from diverse backgrounds and possesses a wealth of experience and knowledge. Tied together by a deep passion for human rights and social justice, the staff places a high value on self-awareness, commitment to racial justice, shared learning, and genuine kindness.

Over the years, Astraea has continued to honor the legacy of its founding mothers: uncompromising in a vision of rights for all, upholding values such as belief in self-determination, community empowerment, movement building, and building across issues and generations. The organization that grew from this lesbian feminist vision is a multi-gendered, multi-racial, multi-identity public foundation that last year granted over $4.2 million to 190 grantee partners in 64 countries, including the United States.

Astraea operates with a budget of $14 million and is governed by a 12-person Board of Directors. To learn more, please visit: https://www.astraeafoundation.org/

The Opportunity

The mission of Astraea is needed now more than ever. Our world and our people are up against unending challenges – closing civil societies, the rise of nationalist governments, escalating anti-Black, anti-immigrant violence, discrimination of people already pushed to the margins, increased economic inequity, growing power of religious, cultural and economic conservatism, and the use of gender “paranoia” to mobilize masses of people toward these conservative and increasingly authoritarian agendas.

Astraea experienced exponential and transformative growth over the past several years. With a significantly increased base of institutional funding, Astraea radically increased its reach and impact. Now, while continuing to build power and challenge the status quo, Astraea is utilizing this leadership transition period to invest in organizational development and staff well-being. The new leader(s) will inherit a financially stable, mission-driven organization with a strong culture that is living its feminist social justice values.

With the confluence of global health, political, and economic disruptions unfolding amid tectonic shifts in philanthropy and LGBTQI movements, the need for bold queer feminist funding has never been greater. This is an exceptional opportunity for a strategic and visionary leader(s) to build on four decades of innovative grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy to fuel the organizing of powerful grassroots movements and realize a world where all people can actively and enthusiastically belong.

The Position(s) 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the new Executive Director or Co-Directors will build on Astraea’s proud radical history to create a nimble, thriving, and resilient organization that effectively and efficiently shifts power to LGBTQI people. In collaboration with the board and staff, the new Executive(s) will leverage the organization’s expertise to center its activist-centered grantmaking and expand its global presence. In keeping with Astraea’s commitment to upholding feminist leadership principles and decentralizing power, the Board of Directors is open to structuring the role for an individual Executive Director or for a team of two Co-Directors. Primary responsibilities include the following:

Leadership

  • Inspire, mentor and motivate an international team of experts connected by a deep passion for human rights and social justice;
  • Model feminist leadership principles that support self-determination and advance equity and inclusion;
  • Champion a culture grounded in transparency and accountability;
  • Center healing justice practices and uphold the ongoing supportive work to nourish and strengthen staff;
  • Leverage networks to develop a global board of directors.

Strategy & Vision

  • With staff, board, grantees, advisors, and peers, develop a strategic plan that defines Astraea’s role in the global ecosystem of feminist funds and movements;
  • In collaboration with regional and feminist funds, enhance Astraea’s role in building LGBTQI movements and the philanthropic infrastructure;
  • Center participatory grantmaking that shifts power to activists and refine funding models to be even more nimble, responsive, and flexible.

Fundraising and Fiscal Stewardship

  • Enthusiastically lead and actively engage in Astraea’s diverse fundraising efforts;
  • In partnership with board and staff, develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders including individuals and institutions to expand Astraea’s base of supporters;
  • Leverage external presence to grow Astraea’s fundraising initiatives;
  • Diversify and increase unrestricted funding sources, especially from individual donors, and grow Astraea’s reserves and endowment;
  • Oversee the effective and efficient management of the organization’s financial resources ensuring its fiscal stability and long-term sustainability. 

Communications & Outreach

  • With an authentic and progressive voice, represent Astraea in the media, in the activist and philanthropic communities, and to a broad range of stakeholders including grantee partners, donors, and advisors;
  • Increase visibility and provide leadership within the network of women’s funds;
  • Serve as a trusted advisor to governments, private foundations, movements, and grassroots organizations.

Organizational Development

  • Ensure the organizational structure supports the recent expansion of grantmaking and programs, while centering staff and reinforcing an anti-oppression frame;
  • Dedicate resources and expertise to build a robust human resources department;
  • Oversee the updating and integration of technology systems adequate to meet the needs of globally distributed organization;
  • Refine and implement policies and procedures that reflect Astraea’s values;
  • Center mentoring and coaching of the management and senior teams, providing support to build strong teams;
  • Support the development of a leadership pipeline for diverse staff;
  • Prioritize professional development and mentoring for the next generation of leaders.

Professional Requirements 

The ideal candidate(s) will be transformative leader(s) and respected social justice thought partner(s). They will have a nuanced understanding of the philanthropic climate including current trends and tensions, and Astraea’s place among global LGBTQI and feminist funders. They will have deep connections to grassroots communities and movements. The successful candidate(s) must have the following:

  • Executive or senior leadership experience with a global or multinational organization, including experience managing remote teams;
  • Prior executive or senior leadership experience in a grantmaking or philanthropic support organization;
  • Proven success building strong and effective teams and creating cultures defined by transparency, accountability, trust and respect;
  • Strategic fundraising experience that includes cultivating individual and institutional donor relationships, soliciting major gifts, and negotiating government contracts;
  • Prior experience working with a nonprofit board and a demonstrable understanding of board development, governance and decision-making;
  • Financial acumen to develop, track, and manage a $14 million budget that includes restricted government contracts, foreign funds, complex investments, and fiscal sponsorships;
  • An understanding of the fiscal and donor reporting requirements associated with global grassroots grantmaking;
  • Demonstrated experience leading the creation and implementation of strategic plans;
  • Exceptional communications skills including the ability to effectively convey radical ideas and to engage individuals and large groups;
  • Fluency in English and another/other language(s);
  • Enthusiasm for significant domestic and international travel;
  • Authorization (for the Executive Director or at least one Co-Director) to work in the United States.

Personal Characteristics

The new Executive Director or Co-Directors will be fierce feminist leaders with an uncompromising commitment to advancing gender, racial, economic and environmental justice. They will be rooted in the politics of global solidarity, and comfortable holding and articulating a radical vision. They will be an innovative, transparent and adaptive leader(s) with a commitment to lifelong learning and a drive to mentor, coach, and support leadership. They will bring an international perspective to Astraea and ideally will have lived experience in the Global South and/or East. The ideal candidate(s) will have the emotional intelligence to engage in honest self-reflection and receive constructive feedback, and the humility to share power and make collective decisions.

Compensation

Commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate(s), the salary range for the position(s) is $200,000 – $225,000 per annum. In addition to generous PTO, our client provides an excellent benefits package including health, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and ancillary insurance, as well as flex spending and health reimbursement accounts, and a 401(k) savings plan with employer match.

Reimbursement of basic relocation expenses will be considered for the exceptional individual(s) they are seeking.

Location 

Astraea’s new Executive Director or at least one Co-Director will work in the Foundation’s New York office.

Contact

For individuals wishing to be considered for the Executive Director position and pairs wishing to be considered for the Co-Director roles, please submit a cover letter and résumé(s) as attachments via e-mail to:

Michelle Kristel, Managing Partner
Soladé Rowe, Senior Consultant
McCormack+Kristel
1740 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212.531.5003 | Fax: 212.203.9599       
Email: search@mccormackkristel.com | Website www.mccormackkristel.com

Please note: Pairs wishing to be considered for the Co-Director positions, must apply as a team. Individual applications for Co-Directors will not be combined.

All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.  Please note that your education, dates of employment and other information will be verified prior to an offer.

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Project Manager, Intersex and Trans Movement Building Project

Astraea seeks a consultant to manage the implementation of a three-year initiative, Building our Movements: Supporting Intersex and Trans Defenders to Claim their Rights and Advocate for Change, supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. We support brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. We work for racial, economic, social and gender justice because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.

The first grantmaker to hundreds of organizations, Astraea plays a catalytic role for LGBTQI groups around the world – particularly those led by lesbian and queer women, trans and gender non-conforming folks, intersex people, and people of color. Our grantmaking, capacity building, media and communications, and philanthropic advocacy programs support their work to challenge oppression and claim rights. A proud public foundation and one of the first women’s funds in the world, in our 43-year history we have granted over $40 million to LGBTQI activists and artists. With a long history of funding intersex and trans movements across the globe, Astraea manages the Intersex Human Rights Fund and is the fiscal host of the International Trans Fund.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Astraea seeks a consultant to manage the implementation of a three-year initiative, Building our Movements: Supporting Intersex and Trans Defenders to Claim their Rights and Advocate for Change, supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). This initiative is a partnership among Astraea’s Intersex Human Rights Fund, the International Trans Fund, SIPD Uganda, the Asia Pacific Trans Network, and ILGA World. Via participatory grantmaking, capacity building, regional networking, international advocacy and institutional strengthening, the initiative aims to bolster the efforts of intersex- and trans-led movements in Africa, Asia and the Pacific to protect and realize the human rights of intersex and trans communities.

The Intersex and Trans Movement-Building Project Manager will work with Astraea and all partners to manage the implementation of this exciting initiative. The consultancy can be based anywhere in the world. Estimated level of effort (LOE) is approximately 14 hours/week on average. Intersex and trans people and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage the development, implementation and evaluation of the project workplan
  • Manage relationships with partners, including oversight of contracts, workplans and reporting
  • Coordinate the initiative’s management team, which includes representatives from all partners; organize regular coordination calls and annual in-person meetings
  • Develop and implement the initiative’s monitoring & evaluation and communications & visibility strategies
  • Oversee the budget, tracking expenditures and coordinating with partners
  • Prepare regular and timely reports to the EIDHR
  • Liaise with the EIDHR Contracting Authority as needed
  • Ensure that Astraea and consortium partners comply with EIDHR regulations

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Experience managing bilateral or multilateral funding, with a very strong preference for experience implementing EU-funded projects
  • Knowledge of issues facing intersex, trans and LGBTQI organizations and movements
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to manage a wide variety of internal and external relationships
  • Fluency in English
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Passionate about Astraea’s mission as a public foundation and role as a feminist fund
  • Commitment to racial, economic and gender justice

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Competence in other languages is a strong asset
  • Experience working transnationally across diverse geographies, cultural contexts and languages
  • Programmatic experience supporting intersex and/or trans human rights

HOW TO APPLY

Please send resume/CV, cover letter and relevant bid information to jobs@astraeafoundation.org in .pdf, doc, or .docx format or submit via the form below by February 26, 2020. Please note that maximum total compensation for this position is 34,000 EUR, annually.  No phone calls, please – only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.

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