Our culture is built on a foundation of principles that guide our attitudes, behaviors and interactions in the workplace. We look for people to join our team who are trustworthy, excellent, risk-takers – and who are committed to equity. Team members who are trustworthy look to build connections with others, are open to feedback and cultivate a culture of caring and respect. We strive for excellence by driving toward measurable results and consistently growing our knowledge and skills for maximum impact. We look to take risks by demonstrating curiosity and finding new, innovative ways of working. We strive to create a work environment rooted in equity where all members of our team feel a sense of belonging, are treated fairly and have the ability to have to use their voices to effectively advance our mission.
The Program Associate (PA) is a member of the Gender and Reproductive Equity (GRE) Grantmaking team and is based in Schusterman’s Washington, DC or New York, NY office. The PA will be a part of a broader team of professionals, working to increase women and gender non-conforming people’s: 1) political power and leadership; 2) knowledge, freedom, and power for women to determine their reproductive lives; 3) economic power; and 4) freedom from sexual harassment and violence.
Research, Writing and Analysis (60%)
Outcome: Produce high quality, written work to highlight the work and fit of potential grantee partners.
- Conduct due diligence, site visits, landscape scans and research on organizations in the gender equity field.
- Stay well-informed of developments in the field through relevant literature, research, networking and representing the organization at conferences and meetings.
- Review and synthesize application materials and proposals submitted to the GRE grantmaking team into funding recommendation memos.
- Compose clear, concise, and insightful written analyses (financial and narrative) and recommendations for funding for review by Schusterman leadership.
- Collect, track, and analyze grantee data and metrics and draft summaries for the GRE team.
- Gather and write internal team updates to share with the broader organization.
- Review and process interim/status report recommendations for active and closing grants.
- Help to track, document, and analyze metrics that contribute to GRE’s evaluation framework.
Internal Collaboration (20%)
Outcome: Build relationships across Schusterman teams and knowledge of Schusterman portfolios.
- Develop and maintain relationships with Schusterman grantee partners, other Schusterman staff members, peers in the philanthropic sector and thought leaders in the field.
- Contribute to developing and implementing GRE’s grantmaking strategy.
External Collaboration (20%)
Outcome: Develop policy and advocacy sector networks to formulate perspective, identify opportunities, and represent Schusterman at events and meetings to understand advocacy tools, strategies, and the context in which our work operates.
- Identify possible partners, projects, and opportunities, and build collaborative relationships within and outside Schusterman (i.e., with existing grantees, prospective grantees, experts in the community and other stakeholders).
- Promote Schusterman’s values of collaboration, humility, equity, impact and optimism, and a culture of trust, excellence and risk-taking on our GRE team.
- Carry out special projects and events, as requested by the GRE team.
COMPETENCIES NEEDED TO BE SUCCESSFUL
- Manages activities and projects effectively and efficiently across the team.
- Builds productive relationships with colleagues across the organization and with staff at grantee organizations.
- A commitment to equity and diversity and ability to contribute to an inclusive working and learning environment.
- A clear learning posture for understanding the work and the gender and racial equity field at large.
- Communicates the GRE vision and strategy with key internal and external stakeholders.
- Demonstrates clear analytic thinking and ability to connect big picture and details.
The following qualifications are representative of the high level of demonstrated skills, maturity judgment and ability to work with a wide range of constituencies required of Schusterman employees:
- 3-5 years of relevant professional experience working within a foundation, gender equity community organization, academic institution, or relevant nonprofit and/or for-profit organization.
- Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience.
- Some familiarity with local and national gender, reproductive or racial equity organizations preferred.
- Alignment with the mission and values of Schusterman including our commitment to equity and diversity of race, gender, class, and life experiences.
- Analytical and research abilities necessary to collect and evaluate data.
- High attention to detail, willingness to be hands-on as necessary, high degree of flexibility in attitude and working style and ability to work independently.
- Ability to travel up to 25% domestically and internationally upon occasion.
Competitive salary band of $75,000- $95,000 based on experience and on Schusterman’s commitment to internal equity. A strong benefits package is also included. Schusterman encourages ongoing professional development and supports activities aligned with one’s individual career growth plan. Schusterman does not cover relocation expenses for this position.
HOW TO APPLY
If interested, please visit https://grnh.se/40c64c132us to complete an Application.
We believe that gender and reproductive inequity disproportionately affects women of color, people from working class backgrounds and trans and gender-nonbinary people. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other communities that face gender and reproductive inequity. Additionally, please note that previous philanthropic experience is not necessary to apply for this role.