Executive Director/Co-Directors

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

About Astraea

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

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

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

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

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

The Opportunity

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

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

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

The Position(s) 

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

Leadership

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

Strategy & Vision

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

Fundraising and Fiscal Stewardship

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

Communications & Outreach

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

Organizational Development

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

Professional Requirements 

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

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

Personal Characteristics

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

Compensation

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

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

Location 

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

Contact

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

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

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

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

Astraea is an equal opportunity employer. Our 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 of our 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.

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.