Senior Program Manager
About the Role
The Families and Workers Fund seeks a Senior Program Manager to manage our programs and community engagement, reporting to the Executive Director and serving as a part of a growing team. We are looking for someone who shares our deep commitment to equity and is both a strategic thinker and operator. A key part of this role is supporting our grantees in increasing their influence, resources, and impact, and that will require our Program Manager to be gifted at building and maintaining trusting relationships with our grantees. They will also be our internal thought leader on civic tech and social safety net/benefits issues and stay up to date on the latest developments. The Senior Program Manager would ideally feel equally at home analyzing our latest program data or managing a community meeting with directly impacted workers and families. As a rapidly growing startup with an ambitious vision, all of our staff must be comfortable with change and actively seek to help each other.
About the Families and Workers Fund
The Families and Workers Fund is a new, rapidly growing collaborative philanthropy that aims to help build an economy that centers equity and uplifts all. Created in April 2020 by the Ford Foundation and Schmidt Futures, today we are a $38 million and growing partnership of over a dozen leading funders. We were founded on the belief that the United States is experiencing a once-in-a-generation opening to advance economic security, opportunity, and mobility—especially for those who have been most locked out of the country’s prosperity. We deploy strategic and nimble grants, as well as targeted programs, community engagement, and partnerships, to leverage the possibility of this moment toward two longer-term impact goals:
21st Century Benefits: help
to transform the benefits and social safety net system—with an
initial focus on unemployment insurance—so that it better enables
families to stay afloat and workers to stay connected to the labor
market during crises like job losses.
Recover Up: accelerate an
equitable jobs recovery, leveraging new federal and employer
investments to deliver career pathways and quality jobs, including
a focus on “new economy” sectors like green infrastructure and
Across all of our work, we prioritize equity and dignity—i.e.,
ensuring an approach is designed for and with the most impacted
communities and centers their voices and leadership—as well as
implementation excellence and potential for scale. This enables us
to work in ways that are both people-driven and data-driven and to
break down silos. We support grantees that share our values of
equity and are also relentlessly focused on scale, such as by
investing in strong tech systems, sustainable financial models, and
healthy teams. In 2020, over 80% of our grants went to
organizations led by (or with 50% or more of their leadership who
are) Black, Indigenous, or other people or color (BIPOC);
immigrants or the children of immigrants; women; and/or LGBTQ
people. The largest proportion of our grants went to women of
Manage the Families and Workers Fund
grants program. Working with our Executive Director, source grantee
candidates, scope potential grants, make grants, and then support
grantees to be successful and achieve their goals, including
increasing their influence and resources. Partner with our
operations manager, who will handle grant administration/payments
and reporting systems.
Serve as our internal thought leader
for the 21st Century Benefits impact area, stewarding continued
strategy and partnership development and staying current on the
latest developments. There may be opportunity for external thought
leadership here as well.
Co-design and implement one or two
small, targeted programs that we plan to operate in-house. For
example, work with the Executive Director to develop a small
council of directly-impacted families and workers and/or frontline
leaders, ensuring that their voices and lived experiences inform
both philanthropy and policy development and that the council
experience is meaningful and useful for them—and never
Present program updates and results
at Advisory Board meetings. Work closely with our co-funders and
engage them in our learning and grant making, including by
stewarding the 21st Century Benefits Advisory Board
Represent the Families and Workers
Fund at external events and meetings, including occasionally
speaking on panels or making presentations.
At least five years of experience in
a relevant field, including at least one leading your own portfolio
or large-scale project (e.g., government, philanthropy, civic tech,
nonprofit program or social service delivery, or employer human
Experience with grantmaking,
including participating in scoping and identifying grantees,
reviewing proposals, supporting grantees to be successful, and
ensuring grantee lessons learned are lifted up externally and
filtered back into strategy.
Subject matter knowledge in one or
multiple of these issue areas: public benefits or the social safety
net; civic tech; social service delivery, anti-poverty programs,
and social welfare; economic opportunity and/or justice; workforce
development; and/or worker voice and power.
Experience working in or partnering
with government (federal, state, and/or local) and/or managing
Brings a “get it done” mentality and
intellectual curiosity to your work, enjoying learning new things
or pinch hitting for team members when needed.
Excellent communication skills, both
verbal and written.
Team player, highly collaborative,
and strong interpersonal skills.
Experienced in bringing an equity
lens to your work, including racial and gender analysis.
Proficiency with research, data
collection, review, analysis, and reporting.
Strong skills in PowerPoint, Excel,
and Word; knowledge of Google Apps, SurveyMonkey, and virtual
meeting tools is also desirable.
Preferred but not necessary: some
familiarity with the unemployment insurance system
Preferred but not necessary: Spanish
Salary, Benefits, Location, and Eligibility
$95,000-$125,000, depending on
Generous benefits, including health
insurance, vacation days, and retirement options, comparable to
large nonprofit organizations and philanthropies. This position
will be formally housed at the Amalgamated Foundation, which is the
sister philanthropy to Amalgamated Bank.
Start date in August, 2021.
Remote job open to all candidates
eligible to work in the United States with a preference for those
within a few hours of New York City.
Once it is safe and feasible to do
so, we will work together in-person as a team at least once per
month in New York City where we have desks and meeting space
available with one of our member foundations.
The Program Director will travel roughly ten times per year to visit grantees and other partners and/or represent Families and Workers Fund at key conferences and events (these activities will be conducted virtually for the time being). Please note that we can typically be flexible in how we structure and time the travel, and we strive to accommodate work-life balance needs.
The Amalgamated Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Amalgamated Foundation recruits, hires, and trains employees without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, ethnic identity, national origin, citizenship status, age, creed, religion, disability, socio-economic status, marital status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people from working-class backgrounds or with lived experiences with the issues that the Families and Workers Fund works on are especially encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 2nd, 2021. We will review applications on a rolling basis.
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