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.

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.

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.

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Astraea is in need of creators, thinkers, movers and shakers, communicators, and all types of talented people. We’re committed to helping you find a role that best fits your experience, passion and availability. As a volunteer, you’ll help us extend our efforts to communities all over the country and expand our networks.

There are many ways to volunteer regardless of where you live or how much time you have to give.

To get involved please fill out the form below with your areas of interest and your availability, and a team member will contact you with available opportunities for engagement!