Assistant Controller

Astraea is seeking an Assistant Controller who will be responsible for the day-to-day accounting operations of the organization.

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, bisexual, and queer women, trans and gender-nonconforming folks, intersex people, and people of color. Our grantmaking, capacity building, media and communications, and philanthropic advocacy programs support their work to build powerful movements for justice. A proud public foundation and one of the first women’s funds in the world, Astraea has granted over $49 million to LGBTQI activists and artists in our 43-year history.

POSITION DESCRIPTION – Full Time (35 hrs/wk with benefits)

The Assistant Controller is responsible for the day-to-day accounting operations of Astraea, including the preparation of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to reduce risk, enhance the accuracy of the company’s reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). This position reports to the VP, Finance.

*This is a remote position requiring occasional visits to the office for meetings and training. Candidates located in the tri-state area are preferred.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide accurate monthly financial reports to the VP, Finance, department heads, and monthly financial reports to the Board.
  • Oversee general ledger and compliance with internal control procedures.
  • In collaboration with the VP and Finance, ensure the successful and timely completion of the annual audit with the external auditors that include, balance sheet reconciliations, year-end schedules, 990 tax filings, compliance audits, etc.
  • Provide management and direction to two Senior Accountants and an Accounts Payable Associate to manage all aspects of the general ledger.
  • Develop and document business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls.
  • In collaboration with the VP, Finance, coordinate the preparation of Astraea’s annual budget.
  • Coordinate with Human Resources to complete the renewal of organization’s commercial insurance and employees’ health insurance.
  • Work with Human Resources to manage employee 401(k) retirement programs.
  • Manage and comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or equivalent experience.
  • Five years or more of relevant experience including financial accounting controls, processes, and procedures, preferably in a non-profit environment.
  • Experience managing a small team a plus.
  • Familiarity with government sources and NICRAS a plus.
  • Familiarity with accounting systems such as Blackbaud Financial Edge.
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel.
  • Knowledge of fund accounting.

COMPENSATION

Astraea offers a competitive salary and benefits for this position, including resources for professional development. The starting annual compensation is $101,000.00. U.S. work authorization is required.

HOW TO APPLY

All applicants must send a resume/CV and cover letter to be considered for the position to jobs@astraeafoundation.org with Assistant Controller in the subject line or submit via the form on our website by September 3rd, 2021. 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. We 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 of our employees 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. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the application and interview process, please express that with your cover letter and resume submission.

Director of Communications

Astraea is seeking a Director of Communications who will be responsible for ensuring the organization meets its media, communications, digital engagement, and campaign goals by providing strategic oversight, vision, and leadership.

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 grant maker 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, Astraea has granted over $49 million to LGBTQI activists and artists in our 43-year history.

POSITION DESCRIPTION – Full Time (35hrs/week with benefits)

Astraea prioritizes communications as a core organizing pillar of the organization’s mission by creating political education campaigns for LBTQI and intersectional feminist issues, advocating for greater and better philanthropic resources for LGBTQI people and movements, helping funding reach those who need it most, and by amplifying LGBTQI movement voices through media and communications to raise awareness and shift the narrative. Astraea works to bring voices beyond the mainstream into the public eye and present a nuanced, intersectional vision of LGBTQI movements globally. Through our own media production, we amplify the voices of those least often heard and raise awareness of the most critical issues our communities face.

The Director of Communications reports to the VP of Strategic Engagement and works closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Development, as well as with the Development and Program team staff. They will be responsible for ensuring Astraea meets its media, communications, digital engagement, and campaign goals by providing strategic oversight, vision, and leadership. They will be responsible for Astraea’s internal and external communication and oversee an excellent team of four to develop and implement a comprehensive media/communications plan. The ideal candidate has an excellent understanding of queer and trans feminist movements, leads collaboratively, and values team cohesion, distributive leadership and a more horizontal structure which prioritizes the expertise of team members to achieve the team’s communications goals. Under their leadership the team is responsible for cultivating all strategic relationships with media, design, and digital partners, managing the website, media relationships, and Astraea content production.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create comprehensive, goal-based, strategic, and operating media communications plans to expand public awareness of Astraea, our mission, and grantee partners, and generate increased support for the organization.
  • Manage external visual and verbal messaging to ensure all communications including print, electronic, and film/video are consistent and effective in promoting Astraea’s mission and vision and have consistent aesthetic design, style, and message.
  • Lead editorial direction, design, production, implementation, and distribution for all media, including print, electronic, and film/video.
  • Oversee strategic media and press outreach and public relations for print, broadcast, and online media; develop press strategies; cultivate relationships with target reporters and bloggers. Serve as primary media contact for the organization along with the communications writer.
  • Visual design leadership: use creativity to harness the power of visual storytelling and design that embody Astraea’s values.
  • Represent Astraea at conferences and speaking opportunities, author op-eds and blog posts for print and online media.
  • Lead and direct communications and engagement strategies, including editorial standards, brand guidelines, online style guides in support of Astraea’s strategic goals and mission.
  • Lead public engagement and advocacy, across all digital touch points, including web, blog, email, and social media.
  • Oversee and edit communications materials including donor and funder communications; speeches, articles, publications, website content, promotional messaging, and press releases and outreach materials; concept papers, briefing materials, internal memos, online content, annual reports, white papers, print and digital promotions.
  • Oversee the pre-production, production, and post-production for all film and video, working with the communications video editor to create audio-visual work that is impactful, engaging and rooted in LGBTQI movement building.
  • Lead the creative development of Astraea visual language and supervise design and development for all digital platforms including style and content of the website, and video content.
  • Lead and manage development for new technologies and digital media initiatives.
  • Incorporate strategic communications more intentionally and a differentiation with the VP of Engagement on higher level authorities.
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of the communications budget with the support of the communications manager.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • The Director of Communications must have a degree or equivalent certifications in communications, fundraising or a related discipline, or have proven years of experience in the field and hands-on experience that is transferable to the position.
  • Must have at least 5 years’ experience working in a leadership position where their duties involved the management of comprehensive strategic communications programs and teams for the purpose of advancing the goals and objectives of the organization.
  • Must have experience working within philanthropy or the LGBTQI social justice movement building space.
  • Experience in building, coaching, and mentoring a team and leading in the implementation of strategies that expand the reach of the organization.
  • Preference given to candidates who understand implementing healing justice principles in team management.
  • Demonstrated excellence in understanding visual activism and how visual messaging complements written messaging and creates consistency.
  • Exceptional written and verbal skills.
  • Familiarity with technology, digital and social media and be inclusive of new and emerging technologies.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills.
  • We strongly encourage all to apply (especially people of color; lesbian; bisexual; queer; trans and gender non-conforming people; intersex people; and people with disabilities).

COMPENSATION

Astraea offers a competitive salary and benefits for this position, including resources for professional development. The annual compensation range is $120K – $140K commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Applicants able to work from Astraea’s New York City area (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.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send resume/CV and cover letter to jobs@astraeafoundation.org in .pdf, .doc. or .docx format with Director of Communications as the subject heading. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled. No phone calls, please. Only applications 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. We 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 of our employees 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. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the application and interview process, please express that with your cover letter and resume submission.

Vice President for Strategic Engagement

Astraea is seeking a Vice President for Strategic Engagement who will serve as the chief storyteller and resource mobilizer for the organization. They are tasked with building the deepest understanding of our unique approach to resourcing LGBTQI movements around the globe, and informing donors, institutional partners and the general public about our impact as a feminist fund.

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. Astraea supports brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. The Foundation’s founders—a cross-class, multi-racial group of women activists—dreamed of a women’s 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 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, bisexual and queer women, trans and gender nonconforming folks, intersex people, and people of color. Astraea’s grantmaking, capacity building, media and communications, and philanthropic advocacy programs support work to build powerful movements for justice. A proud public foundation and one of the first women’s funds in the world, in its 44-year history Astraea has granted over $49 million to LGBTQI activists and artists.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

This is a newly created position reporting to the Executive Director. In collaboration with the Executive, Development and Communications Teams, the Vice President for Strategic Engagement (VP, Engagement) serves as the chief storyteller and resource mobilizer for Astraea. They are tasked with building the deepest understanding of Astraea’s unique approach to resourcing LGBTQI movements around the globe, and informing donors, institutional partners and the general public about how Astraea is achieving its impact as a feminist fund. This position requires absolute ownership of Astraea’s communication, engagement, and community-centric fundraising strategies, which are built around amplifying the stories and voices of their grantee and movement partners.

This role additionally requires the ability to develop and implement annual strategic outcomes and revenue targets. When Astraea completes its next strategic plan in 2021/22, the VP, Engagement will oversee the development of an aligned communications and resource mobilization plan for generating revenue for the organization, positioning Astraea as a thought leader in social justice philanthropy and engaging a range of stakeholders in Astraea’s role fueling and amplifying global LGBTQI organizing. The VP, Engagement will be responsible for leading strategy aligned with that plan, including through direct supervision of the Development and Communications teams. The VP, Engagement will lead the teams in identifying, shaping and implementing comprehensive and cohesive resource mobilization and communications strategies to engage supporters, donors, donor prospects, institutional partners and other key stakeholders such as grantee partners, activist advisors, peer funders, and allies.

The VP, Engagement must hold an external presence within women’s funds and social justice philanthropic networks, uplifting Astraea’s values around intersectional leadership and radical feminism, and is responsible for managing and supervising Directors for Individual Giving, Institutional Partnerships, Strategic Communications and the Senior Donor Systems and Database Manager as well as the overall teams. In addition, as Astraea reinvents its internal infrastructure, knowledge and experience of best practices in data management and CRM software and other technology solutions, especially those that can enhance virtual engagement and donor retention are highly valued.

The ideal candidate has the skills to lead aligned communications and development departments; a track record of meeting ambitious fundraising goals; experience managing remote teams; and commitment to fostering a collaborative, values-aligned, creative and vibrant work environment.

  • Management and Organizational Leadership: The Vice President for Strategic Engagement will be responsible for leading and managing a team of highly skilled and passionate staff who bring a deep understanding of Astraea’s history, legacy, and importance to its funders, grantees and partners. As such, the ideal candidate will have prior experience leading communications and development teams, be an astute manager of people, and be committed to engaging in social-justice informed decision making and feminist leadership models. The VP, Engagement will ensure Astraea’s annual fundraising goals of around $14 million are met, oversee all communication strategies, manage a department budget, and cultivate and maintain an inclusive and equitable department culture while developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with Astraea’s funders, donors and philanthropic and movement allies. The VP, Engagement will also work closely and collaboratively with all members of the Executive and Management Teams and contribute to the development and oversight of organizational strategy and serve as the liaison to the Development Committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Strategy and Vision: The Vice President for Strategic Engagement will be responsible for collaboratively developing and implementing a vision in partnership with the Development and Communications Teams. They will be responsible for communicating a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose for the team. The ideal candidate holds an understanding of strategic communications as an organizing tool to mobilize their team, articulates possibilities, is innovative and optimistic, and creates mileposts and symbols to rally their teams behind the vision, making that vision exciting and shareable by everyone. They will lead the implementation, evaluation, and reporting on Astraea’s strategic communications framework, articulating a radical queer vision for philanthropic advocacy.
  • Centering Equity and Anti-Oppression in all its forms: Astraea works to combat oppression in all forms by embracing intersectional feminism as part of a wider struggle for social justice, recognizing that sexism, transphobia, homophobia, misogyny and restrictive gender norms harm everyone. Rooting its feminism in social justice, they particularly support Black, Indigenous, People of Color and Global South movements and leadership. This position will be responsible, along with every executive leadership position at Astraea, for ensuring that the Foundation’s values and principles are embedded in the organization’s communications and resource mobilization strategies and practices both internally and externally.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • A track record of providing visionary leadership and effective management of highly collaborative teams. Prior experience leading communications and development teams is ideal;
  • Entrepreneurial approach to leading comprehensive and holistic communications and development strategies and campaigns across a variety of channels, with preference for diverse experience with community-centric and/or grassroots fundraising models. Experience with donor organizing or philanthropic advocacy is a plus;
  • A proven track record of fundraising success, ideally in an organization of equal or greater size to Astraea and preferably including the acquisition and stewardship of all levels of individual donors and foundations. Experience working with government funding a plus;
  • Aptitude to oversee communication strategies to donors, donor prospects, institutional partners, and other key stakeholders, including media and a larger digitally engaged audience;
  • Expertise in engaging audiences, both as a writer and public speaker. Media experience is preferred.
  • Technical fluency to oversee databases and software aligned with resource mobilization and communications work, such as Blackbaud;
  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree, or commensurate work experience with a minimum of 10-plus years of progressively responsible experience, ideally in a large nonprofit or foundation;
  • Knowledge of financial budgeting and planning.

PERSONAL QUALITIES

  • Superior communication skills, with the ability to summarize information and connect with a variety of internal and external audiences, clarity and persuasiveness in written and oral communications, and high comfort level with electronic media;
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a virtual, remote environment (for now), and build strong relationships with colleagues, staff, donors and partners across geographies and time zones;
  • Strong conceptual, analytic, and organizational skills to inform strategy development and execution;
  • A deep commitment to Astraea’s mission and values and to advancing gender, racial, disability and economic justice.

 While we recognize that not all people will have all these experiences or qualities, the successful candidate will have some of the following:

  • A nuanced understanding of the philanthropic climate including trends and tensions, and Astraea’s place among global LGBTQI and feminist funders;
  • Experience working with public foundations, feminist funds and/or participatory grant makers;
  • History of being accountable to and working in solidarity with grassroots movements;
  • Global perspective and/or lived experience in the Global South and East;
  • Knowledge of social justice & community-centric approaches to resource mobilization & philanthropy.

COMPENSATION

Astraea offers a competitive salary and benefits for this position, including resources for professional development. The range for annual compensation is $150,000 – $165,000 depending on experience. U.S. work authorization is required.

LOCATION

The ideal candidate will live in the greater New York region. Candidates who do not live in the NYC metro area, but who are able to travel regularly to New York City and willing to travel based on the needs of the position, will also be considered.

CONTACT

For individuals wishing to be considered, please submit a cover letter and résumé to:

Michelle Kristel, Managing Partner
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

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. 

Astraea is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse (multi-gender, cross-class and multi-racial), collaborative and sustainable work environment. We 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 of our employees 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. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the application and interview process, please express that with your cover letter and resume submission.