Program Associate, US – LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund

Astraea seeks a committed, collaborative and organized person to join our Program Team as a Program Associate for the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund.

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

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

LGBTQ RACIAL JUSTICE FUND
Housed at Astraea, the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund (RJF) is a landmark funder collaborative dedicated to addressing root causes of injustice for LGBTQ people of color in the U.S. In its first five years of grantmaking, RJF awarded more than $4 million to grassroots organizations and strategic campaigns in the U.S. South, a region that is home to powerful multi-issue organizing led by LGBTQ people of color. RJF supports organizations working on issues such as mass incarceration, criminalization, homelessness, and the rights of LGBTQ youth of color at school and at home. The RJF strengthens cross-issue movement-building in the U.S. through: yearly core grantmaking; building capacity and leadership; and donor education and advocacy to expand and improve the quality of resources available to this work.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Astraea seeks a committed, collaborative and organized person to join our Program Team as a Program Associate for the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund. Working with our program team of 14 people, the Program Associate will support the day-to-day activities and overall administration of the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund. This includes: supporting Astraea’s $1 million in annual grantmaking in the U.S., supporting Program Officers to provide technical assistance and accompaniment to grantee partners to strengthen movements, and supporting overall smooth operations of the team. 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. This position will ideally be based in Astraea’s office in New York. Candidates based in the South are also eligible to apply to hold the position remotely.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Grant Cycle Support
    • Support RJF grantmaking activities, including screening letters of interest, updating proposal forms and engaging in outreach with requests for proposals, participating in proposal review, and supporting grant decision-making meetings.
    • Provide support to Program Officers during review and decision-making processes, including sending endorsement requests, conducting checks for compliance, and following up with all applicants.
    • Prepare grants dockets and other materials for meetings of advisors, LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund steering committee, funding partners or external audiences.
  • Accompaniment, Technical Assistance, and Other Program Activities
    • Provide logistical and communications support for Racial Justice Fund member calls, meetings, and ongoing coordination.
    • Support implementation of grantee accompaniment activities, philanthropic advocacy and engagement activities, and program-related meetings, including handling logistics (travel, venues, lodging, catering, audio-visual & translation needs), and producing/organizing meeting materials. Accompaniment is defined as the strong relationship-building and programmatic activities carried out in partnership with our grantee partners to deepen access to the resources, expertise, networks, tools and funding they need and to demonstrate support and solidarity.
  • Grant Administration
    • Work with the Senior Grants Manager and the Fiscal Department to support grant disbursement processes, including generating grant agreements and processing payments.
    • Coordinate administrative tasks such as maintaining up to date grantee data in database and server and maintaining timely and accurate filing of all grantee information.
  • Cross-team collaborative work
    • Support the learning & evaluation activities of the RJF, including coordinating with Program Officers on mid-term check-in calls with grantee partners and contributing to the review and analysis of grantee reports/program activities.
    • Collaborate with the Communications and Development teams to collect and share grantee information, and amplify the work of grantee partners through external channels.
    • Participate in organization-wide working groups, planning and other activities as identified.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum two years of programmatic experience in social justice, human rights and/or philanthropic fields.
  • Commitment to and knowledge of issues facing LGBTQI racial justice movements in the U.S., and particularly in the U.S. South
  • Commitment to racial, economic and gender justice
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to handle multiple and often competing deadlines
  • Proficiency in general computer and web-based technology including word processing, spreadsheets, and email. Previous experience with program-related database systems and /or project management applications a plus.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, with a proven track record in developing creative solutions and trouble-shooting under tight deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to manage a wide variety of internal and external relationships
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong collaborative approach, including kindness and humor in partnering with others
  • Passion for Astraea’s mission as a public foundation and role as a women’s fund
  • Fluency in Spanish in addition to English a plus

COMPENSATION
Astraea offers a competitive salary and benefits for this position. Starting annual compensation for this position is $55,000. 

HOW TO APPLY
Please send resume/CV and cover letter to jobs@astraeafoundation.org in .pdf, doc, or .docx format with the position title as the subject heading by March 15, 2020. These materials may also be submitted via the form below. 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. For more information visit www.astraeafoundation.org.

Program Associate, International Fund

Astraea seeks a committed, collaborative and organized person to join our Program Team as a Program Associate for the International Fund.

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

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

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Astraea seeks a committed, collaborative and organized person to join our Program Team as a Program Associate for the International Fund. Working in our 14-member program team, the Program Associate will support the day-to-day activities of the International Fund. This includes supporting $2 million in grantmaking across the Global South & East, supporting International Fund Program Officers to provide accompaniment and technical assistance to grantee partners to strengthen movements, and supporting overall smooth operations of the team. People of color/racialized people, lesbian, bisexual and queer women, trans and gender non-conforming  people, intersex people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Grant Cycle Support
    • Support International Fund grantmaking activities, including screening letters of interest, updating proposal forms and engaging in outreach with requests for proposals, participating in proposal review, and supporting grant decision-making meetings.
    • Provide support to Program Officers during review and decision-making processes, including sending endorsement requests, conducting checks for compliance, and following up with all applicants.
    • Prepare grants dockets and other materials for meetings of International Fund advisors, board members, funding partners or external audiences.
  • Accompaniment, Technical Assistance, and Other Program Activities
    • Support implementation of grantee accompaniment activities and program-related meetings, including handling logistics (travel, venues, lodging, catering, audio-visual and translation needs), and producing/organizing meeting materials. Accompaniment is defined as the strong relationship-building and programmatic activities carried out in partnership with our grantee partners to deepen access to the resources, expertise, networks, tools and funding they need and to demonstrate support and solidarity.
  • Grant Administration
    • Work with the Senior Grants Manager and the Fiscal Department to support grant disbursement processes, including generating grant agreements and processing payments
    • Coordinate administrative tasks such as maintaining up to date grantee data in database and server and maintaining timely and accurate filing of all grantee information
  • Cross-team collaborative work
    • Support the learning & evaluation activities of the International Fund, including coordinating with Program Officers on mid-term check-in calls with grantee partners and contributing to the review and analysis of grantee reports/program activities
    • Collaborate with the Communications and Development teams to collect and share grantee information, and amplify the work of grantee partners through external channels
    • Participate in organization-wide working groups, planning and other activities as identified

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum two years of programmatic experience in social justice, human rights and/or philanthropic fields
  • Commitment to and knowledge of issues facing global LGBTQI and feminist movements, including the regions of Africa, Asia and Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East
  • Commitment to racial, economic and gender justice
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to handle multiple and often competing deadlines.
  • Proficiency in general computer and web-based technology including word processing, spreadsheets, and, e-mail. Previous experience with program-related database systems and/or project management applications a plus.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, with a proven track record in developing creative solutions and trouble-shooting under tight deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to manage a wide variety of internal and external relationships
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong collaborative approach, including kindness and humor in partnering with others
  • Passion for Astraea’s mission as a public foundation and role as a women’s fund
  • Fluency in another language in addition to English, in particular Spanish, French or Mandarin, a strong plus

SALARY & COMPENSATION
Astraea offers a competitive salary and benefits for this position. Starting annual compensation for this position is $55,000.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send resume/CV and cover letter to jobs@astraeafoundation.org in .pdf, doc, or .docx format with the position title as the subject heading by March 15, 2020. These materials may also be submitted via the form below. 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. For more information visit www.astraeafoundation.org.

Project Manager, Intersex and Trans Movement Building Project

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

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

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

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

POSITION DESCRIPTION

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

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

RESPONSIBILITIES

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

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

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

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

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

HOW TO APPLY

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

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.

Chief Financial Officer

Astraea seeks a Chief Financial Officer who will lead and oversee all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities.

Organization Description
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea) 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. Astraea works for racial, economic, social, and gender justice because all people deserve to live their 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.

Astraea has a staff of over 30 people located in the New York City office, as well as across three regions. 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
Astraea seeks a Chief Financial Officer who will lead and oversee all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities. The CFO is responsible for the development of Astraea’s financial management strategy and is a key player in the development of the organization’s strategic goals. In addition, the CFO develops and implements policies and procedures in finance and oversees all compliance and recognition for government contracts (federal and international, as well as private grants).  The CFO serves as a strategic thought partner to the Executive Director.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and monitor budgets
  • Oversee cash flow management
  • Analyze trends for the benefit of informing strategic planning
  • Forecast return on investment (ROI) for current and future programs
  • Inform key stakeholders of financial status and investment plans
  • Present monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements to the Executive Director, senior managers, the finance committee and the Board of Directors
  • Coordinate audit activities, including guiding staff in fulfilling their responsibilities to prepare for and deliver necessary documents for the audit
  • Supervise the accounting department to ensure smooth day to day transactions
  • Engage the finance committee of the board of directors to develop short-medium, and long-term financial plans and projections
  • Represent Astraea to financial partners, including financial institutions, funders, and auditors
  • Remain up to date on nonprofit audit best practices and state and federal laws and ensure compliance with same
  • Ensure maintenance of internal controls and financial procedures
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for funders
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions

Requirements

  • A minimum of 10 years proven leadership experience as a CFO, preferably in a nonprofit organization
  • Experience managing finance (accounting, budgeting, control and reporting) for complex organizations with multiple funding sources including government contracts
  • Excellent knowledge of data analysis, risk management, and forecasting methods
  • Hands on experience with accounting and financial management software and expertise in MS Excel
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience in a senior financial management role
  • Ability to explain financial terms in simple language
  • BSc or MSc in Finance, Accounting or relevant field-CPA preferred
  • Broad experience with the full range of nonprofit functions and systems, including information technology, HR and operations
  • Knowledge of federal, state and fiscal laws, and regulations related to nonprofit organizational management
  • Experience working in international organizations a plus
  • Passion for Astraea’s mission and commitment to social justice

Compensation
Astraea offers a competitive salary and benefits for this position. The salary will be between $140,000 and $150,000 depending upon qualifications and experience.

How to Apply
The deadline for application is January 31, 2020. Please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to jobs@astraeafoundation.org.

Senior Manager, Global Human Rights Initiative

Astraea seeks a committed, collaborative and talented person to manage the implementation of a new multi-million-dollar five-year partnership to support LGBTI activists and organizations in their advocacy efforts against violence, discrimination, stigma and criminalization.

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 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 42-year history we have granted over $40 million to LGBTQI activists and artists.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Astraea seeks a committed, collaborative and talented person to manage the implementation of a new multi-million-dollar five-year partnership to support LGBTI activists and organizations in their advocacy efforts against violence, discrimination, stigma and criminalization: the Multi-Donor LGBTI Global Human Rights Initiative (GHRI). Supported by multiple governments and resource partners, the GHRI will provide critical resources to LGBTI organizations in focus countries across Africa, Asia, Central Asia & Eastern Europe, and Latin America & the Caribbean to make impact at the country level; the GHRI also contributes to regional and global impacts via its innovative grantmaking, research, communications and accompaniment strategies. This exciting new initiative exemplifies Astraea’s role as a public foundation and women’s fund to channel resources to the frontline of LGBTI movements globally. This role will also work to ensure that the implementation of this project is aligned and enhances Astraea’s core strategies, guided by Astraea’s mission, vision, and values.

The GHRI Senior Manager will manage the implementation of the GHRI, including programmatic components, reporting and compliance. The GHRI Senior Manager reports to the Director of the LGBTI Global Human Rights Initiative. 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage the design and implementation of the GHRI’s programmatic components, including project managing the work plan and ensuring alignment across Astraea’s programs and funding sources. Programmatic components include:
    • Research: Oversee the publication of research products, in collaboration with Communications and Programs teams.
    • Emergency Response: Oversee the strategy development and design process for emergency response grantmaking mechanisms.
    • Communications: Coordinate with the Strategic Communications Program Manager to ensure we are on track with GHRI deliverables.
    • In-Country Programming: Coordinate with Program Officers to ensure we are on track with GHRI deliverables.
  • Manage relationships with GHRI sub-awardees, including oversight of work plans and reporting
  • Prepare quarterly and annual reports to government donors to the GHRI, including coordination with Fiscal team on financial reporting and with resource partners on leverage reporting
  • Ensure that Astraea complies with the requirements and policies of government donors to the GHRI, in partnership with the Fiscal team
  • Lead internal efforts to coordinate the GHRI’s work with related institutional funding streams at Astraea, ensuring strategic, programmatic and operational alignment

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 7-10 years of programmatic experience in LGBTQI rights, women’s rights or international human rights fields
  • Prior and substantial experience managing bilateral funding, with a strong preference for experience with U.S. government funding and compliance requirements
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; adept at coordinating multiple initiatives
  • Solutions-oriented with excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to manage a wide variety of internal and external relationships
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of issues facing LGBTQI organizations and movements
  • Passionate about Astraea’s mission as a public foundation and role as a women’s fund
  • Commitment to racial, economic and gender justice

The salary range for this position is between $95,000 – $104,000.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send resume/CV and cover letter to jobs@astraeafoundation.org in .pdf, doc, or .docx format or submit via the form below. We will be accepting applications until the position is filled. Please include ‘Senior Manager, GHRI’ in the email subject line.

No phone calls, please – only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted. We are only able to consider applicants who are eligible to work in the U.S. at this time. 

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