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Director, Power Building & Justice

Hispanics in Philanthropy
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Jun 17, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Grant Seeking, Other Fundraising, Administrative, Human Resources
Community Development, Community Foundations
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Full Time
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Director, Power Building & Justice

Location:         Oakland, CA or Remote

Reports to:      Associate VP of Strategy

Area:              Policy & Advocacy and Racial Equity & Justice

Position Type: 100% FTE

Organization Overview

Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) is a transnational network of grantmakers committed to strengthening Latino communities across the Americas. HIP connects and convenes funders, nonprofits, researchers, and other leaders to identify emerging needs among Latinos as well as best practices for responsive and effective funding of social change. HIP pioneers new philanthropic models by leading collaborative initiatives and has provided grants and training to help build the capacity of more than 1,000 organizations and leaders.

For nearly four decades, HIP has nurtured community strength and leadership to shift the balance of power to those historically under-resourced, supporting opportunities for amplifying impact, agency, and the ability to be dynamic actors in the creation of their own narrative. We believe that when Latinxs are at decision-making tables or building our own, when we are represented in leadership positions, when there is equity in access to basic services, when justice is no longer being demanded because we are respected and heard, and when the means to thrive equitably sits in our hands -- this is when our community thrives. Through its Power Building and Justice (PB&J) priorities, HIP invests in frontline organizations in movement building, racial and gender equity & justice, policy advocacy, protection and expansion of safe civic space and discourse, voting rights and civic engagement.

Position Summary

The Power Building & Justice (PB&J) Director will be responsible for leading the strategic creation and implementation of HIP’s PB&J program, which includes grantmaking, grantee and funder engagement, and promoting HIP’s policy priorities. The Director will work closely with team members to impact, integrate, and amplify HIP’s existing programmatic priorities (i.e., gender equity, migration and forced displacement, small business investment, narrative change) to mobilize communities to build leadership, power, and agency. Additionally, the Director will be responsible for leading the growth of HIP’s Multi Racial Democracy Building (MRDB) campaign designed to invest in and offer critical support to Latinx frontline organizations to ensure the participation of Latinx communities at every level of political and civic life, doing so in close alliance with other BIPOC communities to increase and shift power for our collective communities.

The PB&J Director will serve as a critical bridge between grassroots leaders, policy makers/elected officials, and the philanthropic community, and requires substantive experience and relationships in a combination of some or most of these areas: civic engagement, movement building, grassroots organizing, membership building, philanthropy and policy analysis. The PB&J Director will collaborate closely with team members including the Associate Director of Policy, the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships, as well as programs and communications staff to oversee HIP’s campaign priorities. At the outset, the PB&J Director will focus primarily on a U.S.-based MRDB campaign and other related racial equity-focused programmatic initiatives. In the following months, the PB&J Director may also be called on to provide input for our Mexico-based democracy building and racial equity strategy, and programming implementation for work in Mexico and other Latin American locations.

Core Responsibilities

  • Lead the thoughtful building and implementation of HIP’s strategy for the Multiracial Democracy Building campaign, with an intersectional lens across policy advocacy, civic engagement, movement building, racial equity, and justice, and in alignment with HIP’s overarching priorities and values;
  • Drive HIP’s Multiracial Democracy Building campaign, in close collaboration with programmatic and communications teams, to increase resources for community groups, including monitoring priority legislative and regulatory activity and produce high impact policy analysis and recommendations;
  • Work in close collaboration with programs and donor engagement staff to build and evolve partnerships with current and new funders, including convening and informing funders and grantee partners on outcomes, activities, and emerging priorities of MRDB campaign;
  • Develop and manage key partnerships with government and frontline organizations in advancing civic engagement, movement building and advocacy strategies in priority issue areas, in close collaboration with the Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy;
  • Lead all aspects of grantmaking efforts to support and grow the impact of campaign priorities, including cultivating and sustaining trust-based relationships with grantee partners, allies, and other key stakeholders in priority communities and nationally;
  • Lead development and implementation of broad capacity building initiatives with and for grantees, in coordination with consultants and field experts;
  • Work with our communications teams to produce timely campaign statements, talking points, and other materials and messaging to advance the campaign’s agenda and inform key actors (ie funders and grantees) on campaign developments and pending issues; and
  • Represent HIP to external audiences, informing and educating the philanthropy sector and relevant stakeholders about issues impacting Latinx communities.

Required Qualifications

  • Seven or more years of civic engagement and movement building or related experience, particularly working at the intersections of HIP’s priority areas (ie migration, gender equity, racial and ethnic justice, LGBTQ communities, powerbuilding and civic engagement), and/or place based work (the Southwest and Southeast preferred);
  • A demonstrated understanding of the racial equity and justice landscape and innovative strategies for addressing racial inequities within policies, structures, and systems including their impact across our communities;
  • Deep knowledge and demonstrated experience in analyzing and furthering policy and advocacy priorities impacting Latinx communities, including a sophisticated approach to building IBPOC movements, power, and agency;
  • Expertise in one (or more) of HIP’s priority areas, proven track record of influencing policy outcomes and successfully building partnerships and coalitions with grassroots organizations, and managing advocacy/ movement building campaigns;
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex information, discern key issues of interest, and communicate analysis outcomes clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing;
  • Exceptional writing, editing and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated experience successfully building relationships, coalitions and campaigns with diverse stakeholders while building consensus;
  • Demonstrated project and people management experience and success managing multiple projects and teams at the same time;
  • Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative environment while also possessing the ability to work well independently with minimal supervision;
  • Strong organizational skills, detail oriented, and the ability to consistently meet deadlines;
  • Skilled public speaker;
  • Grant management experience;
  • Fundraising and funder engagement experience;
  • Commitment to HIP’s mission and values, including racial equity;
  • Ability to work remotely with virtual teams across the U.S. and in Mexico City; and
  • Ability to travel as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Fluent in English and Spanish;
  • Previous nonprofit experience; and
  • Familiarity with foundations and grantmaking institutions, intermediary philanthropy, and the role of philanthropy support organizations.


Hispanics in Philanthropy offers a competitive compensation package that includes a range of benefits for full-time employees including medical, dental, vision, 401K matching, commuter check benefits, discounts on services, as well as sick, vacation, and paid holiday time.


Physical Demands and Work Environment

Daily use of computer and phone for regular communications with staff and team members. This position may be a remote position or based out of the Oakland office. Some travel will be required.

How to Apply

Submit an application ( to be considered for this position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with preference to applications received by June 18th. Required materials include a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Three references, at least two from a former supervisor, will be requested of those continuing through the interview process.

Hispanics in Philanthropy is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.




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