Terms of Reference: Consultant to Facilitate Convening for Women’s & LBTIQ Organizations in the Caribbean

The MATCH Fund and Astraea teams seek a consultant based in the Caribbean to facilitate a 2-day convening intended to deepen and develop the exploratory phase of the Women’s Voice & Leadership (Caribbean) project and to validate research findings.

Overview

Women’s Voice & Leadership (Caribbean) is a five year initiative for the region supported by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The initiative is being implemented by The MATCH International Women’s Fund (The MATCH Fund), Canada’s sole global fund for women, girls, and transgender people, in partnership with the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea), the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LBTIQ human rights around the world. The two organizations share a rich history, one deeply embedded in feminist and human rights movements the world over. For forty years, both organizations have been exclusively investing in grassroots organizations advancing their own solutions to improve women’s human rights in their own contexts.

In the spirit of collective ownership of the program and movement building, The MATCH Fund and Astraea are seeking to host a 2-day consultation with approximately 25-30 partners and representatives from women’s organizations and LBTIQ groups from around the region to develop and expand the thinking around the program, including how the WVL (Caribbean) program can respond to the priorities of groups in the region. In addition, the convening will aim to explore movement priorities and to some degree the funding landscape in the region and start some strategizing about the long-term sustainability of funding feminist organizing and movement building in the region.

Meeting Objectives

The convening will explore and inform:

  • Women’s Rights Organizations & LBTIQ Funding Needs and Priorities in the Region;
  • Initial priorities and geographic mandate with a focus on strategic advocacy opportunities;
  • Grantmaking, capacity-building, and other programmatic and thematic approaches;
  • Grant management and capacity across organizations, countries and thematic areas;
  • Challenges for advancing women’s rights across the Region;
  • Values and principles and opportunities for Feminist Movement Building;
  • The feasibility of a longer-term funding mechanism.

Context

Investment in local women’s rights organizations (WROs) is critical to changing the systems, norms, attitudes and behaviours that harm women and hold them back. For this reason, WVL (Caribbean) will support directly the capacity, leadership and agendas of the women who belong to the very communities most affected by discrimination, poverty and violence in the Caribbean, investing in their feminist strategies and priorities for change and the strengthening of the women’s movement as a whole. The aim of the WVL (Caribbean) program is to match the efforts and innovation happening at the grassroots with the resources required to sustain and scale the work.

Proposed Consultancy

Working with The MATCH Fund and Astraea teams, and in order to advance this initiative, we seek a consultant based in the Caribbean to facilitate a 2-day convening intended to deepen and develop the exploratory phase of the WVL project and to validate research findings. The consultant therefore will be expected to:

  • Design and facilitate a participatory process for attendees to input into meeting’s objectives and agenda;
  • Develop a creative and participatory agenda;
  • Facilitate the convening (approx. 30 activists) to discuss and envision the proposed WVL program;
  • Ensure key learnings and conversations in the meeting are documented;
  • Work with The MATCH Fund & Astraea Teams to capture key reflections from the meeting.

Deliverables

  • Agenda Development and Facilitation for convening of activists and WRO’s in the region with appropriate methodologies and tools;
  • Summary of outcomes from the convening with an outline of proposed next steps for activists and allies to take the process forward.

Skills and Qualifications Sought

  • English required, French & Spanish are a plus;
  • Experience facilitating participatory meetings with diverse group of activists and civil society groups;
  • Committed to feminist principles/approach on facilitation;
  • Experience of working with feminist movements;
  • Experience working with civil society organizations in the Caribbean, ideally with Women’s and LBTIQ activists and groups.

Timeline

  • Applications are due May 27th 2019.
  • The consultant will be hired by June 1st 2019.
  • The consultancy will begin by June 3rd 2019 (6 Planning Days & 2 Convening Days Required).
  • The convening will take place in the Caribbean at the end of June 2019 (Exact location TBC).

Logistics

The consultant will be hired and supervised by The MATCH Fund and work in close collaboration with Astraea.

To Apply

Interested consultants should submit a CV and a cover letter that includes the following:

  • Why you are interested in the consultancy, including relevant experience
  • Your rates and estimated costs
  • Availability

Applications should be submitted to recruitment@matchinternational.org by May 27th 2019.

Terms of Reference: Consultant to Conduct Field Research of Women’s & LBTIQ Organizations in the Caribbean

The MATCH Fund and Astraea are seeking to engage with partners and representatives from women’s organizations and LGBTIQ groups from around the Caribbean to develop and expand the thinking around the program, including how the WVL (Caribbean) program can respond to the priorities of groups in the region.

Overview

Women’s Voice & Leadership (Caribbean) is a five year initiative for the region supported by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The initiative is being implemented by The MATCH International Women’s Fund (The MATCH Fund), Canada’s sole global fund for women, girls, and transgender people, in partnership with the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea), the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTIQ human rights around the world. The two organizations share a rich history, one deeply embedded in feminist and human rights movements the world over. For forty years, both organizations have been exclusively investing in grassroots organizations advancing their own solutions to improve women’s human rights in their own contexts.

In the spirit of collective ownership and shared building, The MATCH Fund and Astraea are seeking to engage with partners and representatives from women’s organizations and LGBTIQ groups from around the region to develop and expand the thinking around the program, including how the WVL (Caribbean) program can respond to the priorities of groups in the region. In addition, we seek to explore the funding landscape in the region and start some strategizing about the long-term sustainability of funding feminist organizing and movement building in the region.

Proposed Consultancy

We seek a consultant based in the Caribbean to further develop the exploratory phase of this initiative, who will:

  • Carry out desk research reviewing existing research and documentation;
  • Conduct interviews with Women’s Rights and LBTIQ activists in 5 – 7 countries to identify their priorities, giving particular attention to class, age, ethnicity, religion, rural/urban and other dynamics;
  • Conduct survey of Women’s Rights and LBTIQ organisations in the region.
  • Gather input and recommendations from women’s rights and LBTIQ activists and allies in the Caribbean to guide the programs potential structure and priorities;
  • Map the funding landscape for Women’s Rights and LBTIQ activism in the Caribbean to identify geographic and thematic trends and gaps, based on existing funding data and targeted funder outreach;
  • Present findings at an activist convening to discuss and envision the proposed program.

Skills and Qualifications Sought

  • English required, French & Spanish are a plus;
  • Based and Working in the Caribbean;
  • Strong Communications & Writing Skills;
  • Experience in design, implementation and analysis of data;
  • Experience working with civil society organizations in the Caribbean, ideally with Women’s and LBTIQ activists and groups;
  • Proven experience communicating and working with grassroots organizations and with diverse communities, including LBTIQ communities;
  • Highly efficient and flexible approach to work, with ease in collaborating with others;
  • Strong intersectional politics and demonstrated commitment to gender, racial, economic and global justice.

Timeline

  • Applications are due May 27th 2019.
  • The consultant will be hired by June 1st 2019.
  • The consultancy will begin by June 3rd 2019.
  • The convening will take place at the end of June 2019 (exact location TBC).
  • The scan, mappings and recommendations will be completed by the end of July 2019.

Logistics

The consultant will be hired and supervised by The MATCH Fund and work in close collaboration with Astraea.

Deliverables

  • Desk Review, which will include a review of (surveys, reports, general statistics, mappings, scoping studies, proposals); literature related to social justice particularly for Women’s Rights and LBTIQ advocates within region.
  • Survey & semi-structured interviews:
    • Conduct interviews with key regional or in-country advocates from Women’s Rights and LBTIQ advocacy organizations and allied human rights organizations;
    • Conduct interviews with regional donors and funding agencies and other relevant development partners working in the region.
  • Written Report:
    • Deliver a written report, approximately 15-20 pages in length with explanation of findings, recommendations, statement of methodology, and appendices (not included in page count) as needed;
    • Strategic Recommendations and an outline of proposed next steps for Astraea and The MATCH Fund should include:
      • Women’s Rights Organizations & LBTIQ Funding Needs and Priorities in the Region;
      • Initial priorities and geographic mandate with a focus on strategic advocacy opportunities;
      • Grant-making, capacity-building, and other programmatic and thematic approaches;
      • Values and principles and opportunities for Feminist Movement Building;
      • The feasibility of a longer-term funding mechanism

Time Frame: June – July 2019

To Apply

  • Interested consultants should submit a CV and a cover letter that includes the following:
  • Why you are interested in the consultancy, including relevant experience
  • Your rates and estimated costs
  • Your proposed approach to the work, including contacts and networks you would draw on
  • Availability

Applications should be submitted to recruitment@matchinternational.org by May 27th 2019.

Communications Intern

The Communications team at Astraea seeks an intern to support projects amplifying the work of Astraea and its grantee partners in the U.S. and all over the world.

ORGANIZATIONAL 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 across the globe. Our grantmaking, capacity building, philanthropic advocacy, and media and communications programs promote and support the work of lesbian, trans, intersex, and LGBTQI organizations to challenge oppression, promote justice, and claim rights.

Position:  Communications Intern
The Communications team at Astraea seeks an intern to support projects amplifying the work of Astraea and its grantee partners in the U.S. and all over the world. Communications interns gain experience in media, design, communications, and fundraising at a progressive feminist LGBTQI global foundation. They are involved in a variety of media and marketing aspects including: social media marketing and content production; media production for fundraising campaigns; and social media relationship analysis and cultivation. There will also be potential for interns to support with the organization’s e-newsletters, print publications, and other projects when interested.

Depending on the individual’s skills, interest, and background, intern responsibilities might include:

  • Working closely with the Communications Manager to research and draft social media content, written and/or visual, and profile Astraea and grantee partners.
  • Collecting information and images from the work of our grantee partners for web, print, and social media projects.
  • Organizing photo and/or video content from Astraea’s digital and physical archives.
  • Tracking social media trends and researching third party content to be shared on our social media pages.
  • Assisting with generating social media and print graphics.
  • Assisting with compiling analytics reports and sharing insights from Astraea’s social media performance.
  • Using web and social media tools to do desk research.
  • Creating blog-post-style content for Astraea’s website highlighting the work of Astraea grantee partners.
  • Data visualization: turn grantmaking and funding data into graphics for dissemination on all digital platforms.
  • Assisting with communications administration, scanning, and digital file organizing.

Interns would gain exposure into how non-profit design and digital communications are handled. Along with an understanding of the work that Astraea does as a philanthropic organization, they would learn about the work of grantees around the world.

Requirements:

  • Computer literacy.
  • Fluency with social media trends and tools.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with Adobe suite and/or general graphics software a plus, but not required.
  • Knowledge of LGBTQI issues and a desire to learn more about the role of communications in an LGBTQI foundation.

Time & Remuneration:
$15/Hour

Interns would be required to work at minimum 2 full days per week, or 3 partial days per week, and no more than 20 hours per week. Internships have a minimum commitment of 3 months.

How to apply:

Please submit resume/CV and cover letter in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format to jobs@astraeafoundation.org or via the form below by May 17, 2019. No phone calls, please – only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted Astraea is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment. People of color, people with disabilities and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities are encouraged to apply.

Astraea is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse (multi-gender, cross-class and multi-racial), collaborative and sustainable work environment.

Director of Programs

Astraea seeks a dynamic, committed, and knowledgeable leader to join our team as the Director of Programs.

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION:

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea) is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. Astraea works for racial, economic, social, and gender justice, because all people deserve to live their lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.

Astraea is a public foundation, which means that they raise every dollar they spend. Rooted in LGBTQI communities and movements, they work in strategic partnership with foundations, individuals, and governments to ensure that their resources reach the activists who need them most and who are best positioned to make transformational impact over time. To this end, they raise and distribute funds to programs and initiatives led by and for diverse constituencies, prioritizing groups led by lesbians and queer women, trans and gender non-conforming people, intersex people, and people of color. A community of diverse stakeholders and deep relationships has allowed them to support grassroots organizations in over 90 countries and 40 states. In its 42nd year of operation, Astraea is in its strongest fiscal position ever to support the work of grassroots LGBTQI activists around the world.

Astraea supports brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. Astraea also seeks to expand the community of individuals and institutions that support racial, economic, and gender justice movements; promote community-building, capacity building, and movement-building; and educate donors about money and philanthropic giving as activism. In addition to transformational grants, Astraea provides an additional investment of one-third of any grant in in-kind capacity-support, in areas including strategic communications, healing justice and holistic security, and leadership development.

Astraea has a staff of over 30 people located in the Manhattan office, as well as in remote sites around the U.S. and the world. The Astraea 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.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Astraea seeks a dynamic, committed, and knowledgeable leader to join our team as the Director of Programs. This is an incredible opportunity for someone to apply expertise in grantmaking to LGBTQI and gender justice movements, with a strong lens on transforming philanthropy to align its resources with activists’ priorities.

Working with our talented program team of 14 people, the Director of Programs both develops overarching programmatic strategy and leads day-to-day activities. This includes managing Astraea’s annual $4 million grants budget, developing initiatives to accompany grantee partners and strengthen their movements, actively representing Astraea in philanthropic spaces, and amplifying grantee partners’ work. In addition to leading the Program Team together with the Associate Director of Programs, the Director of Programs participates actively in the overall management of Astraea. The Director of Programs will have the benefit of leading a highly skilled Program Team that has expertise in each of the key regions and themes that Astraea funds.

The Director of Programs reports to the Executive Director and is based in Astraea’s office in New York City.

People of color, lesbian, bisexual, and queer women, trans people, intersex people, and people with disabilities are all strongly encouraged to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead and manage the design and implementation of grantmaking, capacity building, and other programmatic strategies to promote and advance Astraea’s mission, goals, and strategic priorities
  • Oversee Astraea’s $4 million in grantmaking to LGBTQI groups in the U.S. and around the world through four funds: U.S. Fund, International Fund, Intersex Fund, and Global Arts Fund
  • Lead recruitment, training, management, and leadership development of local and remote Program Team members, including direct supervision of staff
  • Represent Astraea in external spaces and develop relationships with donors, activists, and allies to increase Astraea’s visibility, networks, and partnerships. Work with the Executive Director and Management Team to build Astraea’s organizational strategies
  • Together with the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, develop and participate in philanthropic advocacy initiatives to drive more and better resources to Astraea grantee partners and to LGBTQI racial, economic, and gender justice movements overall
  • Oversee the implementation of Astraea’s new learning and evaluation framework, designed to support learning from our programs and make the case for this approach
  • Develop and manage the annual program budget and workplan
  • Actively participate as a key member of Astraea’s Management Team. Act as a strategic partner with the Executive Director and the Director of Communications, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, Deputy Director, and Director of Individual Giving and Special Events
  • Represent the Program Team with Astraea’s Board of Directors

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The ideal candidate will have the following professional skills, qualities, competencies, and characteristics:

  • Minimum seven years of experience in social justice and human rights philanthropy. Activist advised and/or public foundation grantmaking experience a plus
  • Knowledge of the needs and issues facing LGBTQI, feminist, and racial justice movements with predominant expertise in either global human rights or U.S. social justice grantmaking
  • Minimum five years’ experience supervising staff and demonstrated track record of developing a highly skilled team
  • Strong intersectional political analysis rooted in racial, economic, and gender justice
  • Ability to travel within the US and internationally at up to 30% of work schedule
  • Fluency in another language in addition to English a plus

Top candidates will bring the following personal characteristics:

  • Experience and ease in working with multicultural and socio-economically and politically diverse colleagues and communities
  • Strong commitment to and expertise working in a social justice environment with particular emphasis on racial, gender, and economic justice
  • Superior organizational and execution skills with ability to handle multiple priorities and to drive team process to meet goals
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with a proven track record in developing creative solutions
  • Deeply honed interpersonal skills to manage a wide variety of internal and external relationships
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including facilitation and public speaking
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Astraea mission with appreciation for Astraea’s mission as a public foundation and role as a women’s fund
  • Passion, a sense of humor, a strong work ethic, and deep open-mindedness

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

The Director of Programs salary will be between $140,000 and $150,000 per year depending upon qualifications and experience. Astraea also offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life, AD&D, LTD, STD, 401K with match, FSA, transit, paid leave.

HOW TO APPLY

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here.

 No phone calls, please – only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.

Astraea is an equal opportunity employer. Astraea’s policy is to select, place, train, and promote the best qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude, and experience so as to provide equal opportunity for all employees in compliance with applicable local, state and federal law, and without regard to non-work related factors such as sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, economic status, personal appearance including height and weight, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other status protected by applicable law. This policy applies to all activities, including but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, transfers, promotions and benefits. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.

ABOUT KOYA LEADERSHIP PARTNERS

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital-consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

Terms of Reference | Strategic Communications Project in Serbia

Astraea seeks expressions of interest from organizations with expertise in social change communications to partner with us and two Serbian LGBTQI organizations in a project to strengthen their communications and campaign strategy.

Overview
Astraea seeks expressions of interest from organizations with expertise in social change communications to partner with us and two Serbian LGBTQI organizations in a project to strengthen their communications and campaign strategy. The engagement will run from April to October 2019. Expressions of interest are due March 12, 2019.

About Astraea
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.

About Gayten-LGBT
Gayten-LGBT, founded in 2001, was one of the first groups in the Balkans to start organizing and creating space for trans communities. They have played an important role in supporting the development of new transgender groups and projects throughout the region. Rooted in progressive politics, Gayten’s LGBTQI programming has always stressed ‘multiple discriminations,’ connecting the experiences of race, ability, gender identity, sexuality and sex characteristics.. Gayten builds and empowers trans, intersex and queer communities through support groups, an LGBT SOS help line, culture and arts, education, advocacy and networking.

About Labris – Lesbian Human Rights Organization
Labris is the first lesbian human rights’ organization in the whole Western Balkans formed in response to the need of lesbians in Serbia to have their own space, the opportunity to connect to other women and get empowered. Guided by feminist principles, Labris aims to work on the elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against lesbians and to take part in creating a more equal society free of hate and fear. Labris organizes its work around three core programmatic pillars: community development, education, and advocacy.

About the Strategic Communications Project
This project aims to strengthen the communications capacity of Labris and Gayten, two Serbian LGBTQI organizations, to develop evidence-based messaging strategies in support their self-defined and self-led social change work. The overall objective is to identify, frame, vet and test persuasive messages that Serbian LGBTQI activists can use to further their self-determined social change goals.

About the Consultancy
We seek an organization or consultants with expertise in social change communications to work in deep collaboration and partnership with Astraea and two Serbian LGBTQI organizations: Labris and Gayten. Labris and Gayten are each taking a lead role in separate advocacy priorities, but also working in support of one another’s campaign goals. We hope this consultant would be able to support each organization’s priorities and create opportunities to share linkages, insights and best practices with both. 

With respect to communications expertise, we seek a partner that brings a rigorous social science lens to their work, which may include strategic communications firms that partner with social scientists in their work. The project places a high priority on process, meaning that we are looking for an organization that has the interest, commitment and competence to work in authentic partnership with Serbian LGBTQI organizations.

We particularly seek a partner who is based in Serbia or who has substantial experience working in the Balkan region, with activists, on LGBTQI issues, and with a social justice approach. 

The partner(s) will lead three main areas of work:

  • Landscape Mapping | With guidance from activists, conduct primary and secondary research to provide a robust understanding of the current landscape of messaging and perceptions of LGBTI communities in Serbia, in order to: identify some of the key drivers of attitudes and stereotypes, and identify strategic points of entry and opportunities to achieve positive gains and successes. Specific milestones and deliverables include:
    1. Consultations with Labris and Gayten-LGBT about their research priorities and needs;
    2. Baseline mapping of audience attitudes;
    3. Baseline assessment of Labris and Gayten current messaging;
    4. Development of a research workplan that details approach to attitudes mapping and research, and including methods for message testing/validation.
  • Messaging Development & Testing | In close partnership with Labris and Gayten, develop and test messages in support of their communications and campaign priorities. Steps will include building understanding of the contexts and challenges facing Serbian LGBTQI people; identifying strategic objectives and key audiences; supporting activists to understand the methodology behind changing attitudes and the steps that need to be undertaken for effective messaging; and identifying and testing messages with key audiences. Specific milestones and deliverables include:
    1. Development of plan for message testing and validation, including detail on data collection and audiences, to be approved by Astraea, Labris and Gayten;
    2. Design, facilitation and delivery of message testing and validation with key audiences;
    3. Share findings and recommendations on how to apply them in communications efforts; and
    4. Provision of follow up support with Labris and Gayten as they implement their own messaging and communications work.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation | Throughout the project, monitor and evaluate the project’s methodology and effectiveness to produce learning and best practices for activist-driven communications and messaging work.
    1. Ongoing evaluation and adjustment to project design, based on ongoing results;
    2. Provision of monthly reports covering project activities and ongoing lessons learned;
    3. Provision of a final narrative report that describes deliverables and achievements; identifies lessons learned, needs, gaps, challenges and opportunities; and makes recommendation for how funders and activists can support strategic communications; and
    4. Provision of a final financial report that comprises a detailed account of all income and expenditure related to the project.

The partner(s) will be supervised by Astraea’s Strategic Communications Project Manager and supported by Senior Program Officer, and work in close partnership with staff at Labris and Gayten.

To Apply

Interested organizations should submit:

  • a CV/organizational brief indicating your relevant track record;
  • a letter of interest outlining a) your interest in working on sexuality and gender issues in Serbia, b) your strategic communications and message testing experience, and c) any relevant experience doing this work in meaningful partnership with activist organizations;
  • a proposed budget;
  • two references; and,
  • a writing sample of 3-5 pages.

Proposals should be directed to Raviva Hanser at rhanser@astraeafoundation.org by March 12, 2019.

Terms of Reference | Strategic Communications Project in South Africa

Astraea seeks expressions of interest from organizations with expertise in social change communications to partner with the Astraea Foundation and Gender DynamiX in a project to strengthen GDX’s communications and campaign strategies.

Overview
Astraea seeks expressions of interest from organizations with expertise in social change communications to partner with the Astraea Foundation and Gender DynamiX in a project to strengthen GDX’s communications and campaign strategies. The engagement will run from April to October 2019. Expressions of interest are due March 12, 2019.

 About Astraea Foundation
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.

About Gender Dynamix
Gender Dynamix is a long-standing national and regional advocacy organization by and for trans people. Gender Dynamix’ long term goal is to ensure that diverse trans and intersex people are able to live openly, without obstruction, and in dignity by being able to equitably participate in the social, political and economic spheres of society. Over the last four years, they have engaged in advocacy campaigns to enforce Act 49 (the existing legal gender recognition law), increase access to healthcare, education, and accountability for violence against trans communities.

About the Strategic Communications Project
This project aims to strengthen the communications capacity of South African LGBTQI organizations to develop evidence-based messaging strategies in support of their self-defined and self-led social change work.  The overall objective is to identify, frame, vet and test persuasive messages that South African LGBTQI activists can use to further their self-determined social change goals.

About the Consultancy
We seek an organization or consultants with expertise in social change communications to work in deep collaboration and partnership with Astraea and Gender DynamiX. With respect to communications expertise, we seek a partner that brings a rigorous social science lens to their work, which may include strategic communications firms that partner with social scientists in their work. The project places a high priority on process, meaning that we are looking for an organization that has the interest, commitment and competence to work in authentic partnership with Gender DynamiX.

We particularly seek a partner who is based in South Africa or who has substantial experience working in the Southern Africa, particularly those with experience working with activists, knowledge on trans and gender diverse rights issues, on LGBTQI issues, and with a social justice approach. 

The partner(s) will lead three main areas of work:

  • Landscape Mapping | With guidance from activists, conduct primary and secondary research to provide a robust understanding of the current landscape of messaging and perceptions of transgender and gender diverse communities in South Africa, in order to: identify some of the key drivers of attitudes and stereotypes, and identify strategic points of entry and opportunities to achieve positive gains and successes. Specific milestones and deliverables include:
    1. Consultations with Gender DynamiX about their research priorities and needs;
    2. Baseline mapping of audience attitudes
    3. Baseline assessment of Gender DynamiX current messaging;
    4. Development of a research workplan that details approach to attitudes mapping and research, and including methods for message testing/validation.
  • Messaging Development & Testing | In close partnership with Gender DynamiX, develop and test messages in support of their communications and campaign priorities. Steps will include building understanding of the contexts and challenges of South African trans and gender diverse people; identifying strategic objectives and key audiences; supporting activists to understand the methodology behind changing attitudes and the steps that need to be undertaken for effective messaging; and identifying and testing messages with key audiences. Specific milestones and deliverables include:
    1. Development of plan for message testing and validation, including detail on data collection and audiences, to be approved by Astraea and Gender DynamiX;
    2. Design, facilitation and delivery of message testing and validation with key audiences;
    3. Share findings and recommendations on how to apply them in communications efforts; and
    4. Provision of follow up support with Gender DynamiX as they implement their own messaging and communications work.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation | Throughout the project, monitor and evaluate the project’s methodology and effectiveness to produce learning and best practices for activist-driven communications and messaging work.
    1. Ongoing evaluation and adjustment to project design, based on ongoing results;
    2. Providing updates on a regular or monthly basis covering project activities and ongoing lessons learned;
    3. Provision of a final narrative report that describes deliverables and achievements; identifies lessons learned, needs, gaps, challenges and opportunities; and makes recommendation for how funders and activists can support strategic communications; and
    4. Provision of a final financial report that comprises a detailed account of all income and expenditure related to the project.

The partner(s) will be supervised by Astraea’s Strategic Communications Project Manager and Program Officer for Africa and Asia, and work in close partnership with staff at Gender DynamiX.

To Apply

Interested organizations should submit:

  • a CV/organizational brief indicating your relevant track record;
  • a letter of interest outlining a) your interest in working on sexuality and gender issues in South Africa, b) your strategic communications and message testing experience, and c) any relevant experience doing this work in meaningful partnership with activist organizations;
  • a proposed budget;
  • two references; and,
  • a writing sample of 3-5 pages.

Proposals should be directed to Raviva Hanser at rhanser@astraeafoundation.org by March 12, 2019.

Program Intern

Program Interns work closely with Astraea’s Program Team to learn about and contribute to our support of over 130 grassroots LGBTQI groups around the world.

Organizational 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 organizations across the globe. Our grantee partners pursue strategies ranging from arts and cultural activism to international human rights advocacy and work on a diversity of issues such as trans human rights, LGBTQ immigrant rights and freedom from violence.

Program Internship

Program Interns work closely with Astraea’s Program Team to learn about and contribute to our support of over 130 grassroots LGBTQI groups around the world. In addition to learning about Astraea’s history and values, Program Interns receive training and guidance on our progressive grantmaking model and learn about LGBTQI, feminist and social justice movements globally. Interns can expect to be involved in a variety of aspects of Astraea’s grantmaking and capacity building programs, including:

  • Assisting with grants processing and awards;
  • Responding to inquiries from applicants and grantees;
  • Researching conditions experienced by LGBTQI communities in the U.S. and internationally;
  • Working with Program Officers to prepare grant summaries for review in grantmaking decisions;
  • Producing written and visual content about Astraea’s programs and grantee partners;
  • Providing support for program and logistics coordination for Astraea’s grantee partner capacity building priorities (eg CommsLabs);
  • Coordinating community briefings by visiting activists;
  • Translating key documents to facilitate outreach and communication with grantee partners; and,
  • Special projects as needed.

Astraea particularly seeks interns with Spanish, or other language proficiency, in addition to English.

Time Commitment

Internships have a minimum commitment of 3 months. Arrangements can be made to work between 10 and 20 hours per week.

Compensation/Credit

Interns are paid $15/hour.

To Apply

Please send resume/CV and cover letter, to Jobs@astraeafoundation.org in .pdf, doc, or .docx form using Program Intern as the subject line. Or you may submit via the form below. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls, please – only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted. 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.

Astraea is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse (multi-gender, cross-class and multi-racial), collaborative and sustainable work environment. For more information visit www.astraeafoundation.org.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Grants Management Database Consultancy

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is looking for an expert in grants management software, particularly Blackbaud Grantmaking, to consult for approximately 40 hours from January 2019 through February 2019 (roughly 8 hours week/5 weeks).

Organization Description

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, in our 41 year history we have granted over $40 million to LGBTQI activists and artists.

Position Summary

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is looking for an expert in grants management software, particularly Blackbaud Grantmaking, to consult for approximately 40 hours from January 2019 through February 2019 (roughly 8 hours week/5 weeks).

After working for more than a year, the Astraea Grants Management team is opening up our first online applications using Blackbaud Grantmaking (we migrated from GiftsClassic to GiftsOnline/BBG spring of 2018). We need someone with strong experience working in Blackbaud Grantmaking, including its Forms Manager and the Blueprint module, to help us with this process. This consultant will:

  • Build 3-4 kinds of applications in our system, using Blueprint and the current International Fund application and LOI that we have built in English as templates. This will require building a few versions of our applications in Spanish and French. We will provide all translated answers and questions in Spanish and French, but the consultant must be able to efficiently input these phrases into the right classifications in Blackbaud Forms Manager even if they do not speak/write those languages. Language capacity is a plus.

  • Review reporting templates and build new ones

  • Build useful report templates for data analysis

  • Help troubleshoot our first users’ experiences

New York City location, to be able to meet in-person, is preferred. Consultant should be able to do at least 5 hours a week during business hours (9-6 pm) and be available to meet with Astraea staff regularly; other work can be done outside of business hours if need be.

Please send a cv, per-hour rate, and 2 references of people with whom you have worked on Blackbaud Grantmaking to: jobs@astraeafoundation.org and mchatterji@astraeafoundation.org. Deadline for applications is January 21, 2019.

Astraea is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse (multi-gender, cross-class and multi-racial), collaborative and sustainable work environment.

Director of Individual Giving and Special Events

Astraea seeks an experienced fundraising professional to lead Astraea’s Individual Giving Strategy.

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea) is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. Astraea works for racial, economic, social, and gender justice, because all people deserve to live their lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.

Astraea is a public foundation, which means that they raise every dollar they spend. Rooted in LGBTQI communities and movements, they work in strategic partnership with foundations, individuals, and governments to ensure that their resources reach the activists who need them most and who are best positioned to make transformational impact over time. To this end, they raise and distribute funds to programs and initiatives led by and for diverse constituencies, prioritizing groups led by lesbians and queer women, trans and gender non-conforming people, intersex people, and people of color. A community of diverse stakeholders and deep relationships has allowed them to support grassroots organizations in over 90 countries and 40 states. In its 42nd year of operation, Astraea is in its strongest fiscal position ever to support the work of grassroots LGBTQI activists around the world.

Astraea supports brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. Astraea also seeks to expand the community of individuals and institutions that support racial, economic, and gender justice movements; promote community-building, capacity building, and movement-building; and educate donors about money and philanthropic giving as activism. In addition to transformational grants, Astraea provides an additional investment of one-third of any grant in in-kind capacity-support, in areas including strategic communications, healing justice and holistic security, and leadership development.

Astraea has a staff of over 30 people located in the Manhattan office, as well as in remote sites around the U.S. and the world. The Astraea 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.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice seeks an experienced fundraising professional to lead Astraea’s individual giving strategy. Working closely with the Executive Director and the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, the Director leads a (currently) three-person team dedicated to raising $2M+ each year from individuals and special events. The Director develops and implements strategies to maintain and increase revenue from individual donors, including targeted major gift solicitations, directmail campaigns, online and texting campaigns, planned giving and special events — including the potential to also establish corporate sponsorships and corporate relationships. A strong focus on building and managing individual connections through in-person visits and personalized direct written and telephone communications is key.

This is the senior administrative position on the Development Team and is responsible for developing and managing the revenue and expense budget for the Team, as well as managing and developing the highly effective staff. The Director will also work closely with the Board of Directors to support their fundraising efforts. This full-time position will be housed in the New York City office, with a network, reach, and community in New York and beyond.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead high-level stewardship, solicitation, and prospecting of major donors, maintain a personal portfolio and support the Executive Director, Board, and Board Development Committee involvement in their own portfolio management, solicitation and prospecting.
  • Design, implement, and supervise the development, planning, and execution of the annual fundraising plan, including all major fundraising and donor cultivation events (such as but not limited to: galas, intimate cocktail parties, house parties, public figure/entertainment/social influencer/donor driven events benefitting Astraea, etc.) and other development-related activities.
  • Supervise, mentor and cultivate staff members of Astraea’s Development team to meet their individual goals in service of the team’s fundraising plan(s) as well as contribute to the cultivation of their expertise, interests and skills. Directors should aid in their staffs’ success within the organization and beyond.
  • Provide direction and supervision on all stewardship/operational processes, including database management/development, donor filing systems, financial/analysis reports, gift processing and acknowledgments, donor benefits and fulfillment activities, and direct mail campaigns.
  • Oversee monthly, quarterly, and yearly plans to quantify individual giving and special events moves management and outcome goals. Director should furnish organization with ambitious evidence-based revenue projections annually, while establishing longer term goals. Director will monitor goals’ efficacy over time and course correct as necessary.
  • Work with the Communications Team to produce written and online fundraising collateral and maintain the integrity of Astraea’s messaging and case for support.
  • Work with the Programs Team to align Astraea’s fundraising with programmatic priorities and meaningfully include Programmatic staff in Development activities when appropriate.
  • Serve as an active member of Astraea’s Senior Management Team, working cooperatively with other senior staff on organization-wide management issues.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The ideal candidate will have the following professional skills, qualities, and competencies:

  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising with a proven track record of achieving revenue targets; success soliciting and managing major gifts (at least $25K, if not significantly more), previous campaign experience and knowledge of planned giving are expected.
  • At least three years of experience effectively supervising staff; experience serving as a resource and guide to staff and volunteer fundraisers in successfully cultivating prospects and closing gifts.
  • Experience and ease in working with multicultural and socio-economicallly and politically diverse colleagues and communities.
  • Strong commitment to and expertise working in a social justice environment with particular emphasis on racial, gender and economic justice.
  • Experience developing, leading, and evaluating multi-million-dollar fundraising plans and budgets, and managing multiple restricted revenue streams simultaneously.
  • Strong track record producing a diverse array of successful fundraising events.
  • Understanding of the LGBTQI funding landscape and community activism; previous relationships with LGBTQI and/or international donors is a significant plus.
  • Computer-literate with a strong understanding of fundraising databases; working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus.
  • Position largely based in New York City but candidate must have the ability to travel to meet with donors located throughout the U.S with the potential for increased international travel. Candidates with strong relationships/ties in another key geographic area(s) highly welcome.
  • Ability and interest in representing Astraea in a variety of public fora.

Top candidates will bring the following personal characteristics:

  • Superior organizational skills and ability to handle multiple and often competing deadlines
  • Creative strategic thinker with exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Astraea mission – professionally and/or personally.
  • Passion, a sense of humor, a strong work ethic, and deep open-mindedness.
  • Compassionate leader with strong drive who possesses a love of fundraising!

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

The Director salary will be between $120,000 and $140,000 per year depending upon qualifications and experience. Astraea also offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, Life, AD&D, LTD, STD, 401K with match, FSA, transit, paid leave.

HOW TO APPLY

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here.

 No phone calls, please – only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.

Astraea is an equal opportunity employer. Astraea’s policy is to select, place, train, and promote the best qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude, and experience so as to provide equal opportunity for all employees in compliance with applicable local, state and federal law, and without regard to non-work related factors such as sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, economic status, personal appearance including height and weight, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other status protected by applicable law. This policy applies to all activities, including but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, transfers, promotions and benefits. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.

ABOUT KOYA LEADERSHIP PARTNERS

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital-consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

Deputy Director

The Deputy Director will work closely with the Executive Director to create an environment for success that inspires staff and provides holistic, adaptive systems to support the organization’s mission and values.

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION:

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea) is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. Astraea works for racial, economic, social, and gender justice, because all people deserve to live their lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.

Astraea is a public foundation, which means that they raise every dollar they spend. Rooted in LGBTQI communities and movements, they work in strategic partnership with foundations, individuals, and governments to ensure that their resources reach the activists who need them most and who are best positioned to make transformational impact over time. To this end, they raise and distribute funds to programs and initiatives led by and for diverse constituencies, prioritizing groups led by lesbians and queer women, trans and gender non-conforming people, intersex people, and people of color. A community of diverse stakeholders and deep relationships has allowed them to support grassroots organizations in over 90 countries and 40 states. In its 42nd year of operation, Astraea is in its strongest fiscal position ever to support the work of grassroots LGBTQI activists around the world.

Astraea supports brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. Astraea also seeks to expand the community of individuals and institutions that support racial, economic, and gender justice movements; promote community-building, capacity building, and movement-building; and educate donors about money and philanthropic giving as activism. In addition to transformational grants, Astraea provides an additional investment of one-third of any grant in in-kind capacity-support, in areas including strategic communications, healing justice and holistic security, and leadership development.

Astraea has a staff of over 30 people located in the Manhattan office, as well as in remote sites around the U.S. and the world. The Astraea 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.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: DEPUTY DIRECTOR

This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced leader with a solid financial background and a proven track record of creative problem-solving and change management to join in a high-growth, high impact, well-respected, mission-driven organization. Reporting to the Executive Director (ED) and directly supervising a four-person Fiscal and Administrative Team, the Deputy Director (DD) serves as an integral member of Astraea’s senior management team. The DD will work closely with the ED to create an environment for success that inspires staff and provides holistic, adaptive systems to support the organization’s mission and values.

The Deputy Director responsibilities include:

Strategy, Vision and Leadership

  • Serve as the internal leader of an $11.5M organization, providing local and remote staff a strong day-to-day leadership presence that promotes cross-team collaboration, communication, and a commitment to success.
  • Serve as the Executive Director (ED)’s primary advisor regarding organizational strategy and goals, team management, and organizational practices.
  • Serve as a key thought leader and coordinator working in collaboration with the Management team on organization-wide management issues
  • Serve as a key player in the development and implementation of ongoing strategic planning to achieve Astraea’s long-term strategic goals and objectives.
  • Lead staff mentoring and development using a supportive and collaborative approach.
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the ED informed of all critical issues.
  • Serve as management liaison to the Board of Directors, including Finance and Audit Committees; effectively communicate and present financial matters at Board and Committee meetings.

Human Resources

  • Oversee human resources functions with a social justice lens ensuring Astraea’s values are reflected in HR and Management practices.
  • Promote a culture of continuous improvement that values learning, diversity, equity, inclusion, and a commitment to quality through workshops, retreats, and other initiatives.
  • Further develop Astraea’s human resources initiatives, enhancing professional and leadership development by implementing best practices regarding compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training, and recruiting.

Finance and Administration

  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with ED and Controller.
  • Review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership team and Board abreast of the organization’s financial status.
  • Oversee and manage administrative functions to ensure the infrastructure is in place to support a growing, complex organization.
  • Ensure compliance with internal and external requirements through an appropriate system of internal policies and control procedures.
  • Oversee and manage information technology operations.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The ideal candidate will have the following professional skills, qualities, and competencies:

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in a senior management role
  • Broad experience with the full range of non-profit management functions, including strategic planning, information technology, and human resources
  • Experience and ease in working with multicultural and socio-economically and politically diverse colleagues and communities
  • Strong commitment to and expertise working in a social justice environment with particular emphasis on racial, gender and economic justice
  • Strong facilitation and conflict resolution skills and experience working with diverse and complex racial, class, and gender power dynamics
  • Proven track record of transformational leadership facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization that includes in-office and remote staff
  • Strong mentoring and coaching experience for a culturally diverse team with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to – and to effectively collaborate with – program and fundraising staff
  • Technology savvy with knowledge of accounting and reporting software

Top candidates will bring the following personal characteristics:

  • Keen analytical, organizational, problem solving, and decision-making skills
  • Entrepreneurial, flexible, collaborative leader with ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Astraea mission – professionally and/or personally
  • Passion, a sense of humor, a strong work ethic, and deep open-mindedness

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

The Deputy Director salary will be between $140,000 and $150,000 per year depending upon qualifications and experience. Astraea also offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, Life, AD&D, LTD, STD, 401K with match, FSA, transit, paid leave.

HOW TO APPLY

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here.

 No phone calls, please – only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.

Astraea is an equal opportunity employer. Astraea’s policy is to select, place, train, and promote the best qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude, and experience so as to provide equal opportunity for all employees in compliance with applicable local, state and federal law, and without regard to non-work related factors such as sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, economic status, personal appearance including height and weight, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other status protected by applicable law. This policy applies to all activities, including but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, transfers, promotions and benefits. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.

ABOUT KOYA LEADERSHIP PARTNERS

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital-consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.