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MONEY IN POLITICS PROGRAM OFFICER

Employer
Proteus Fund
Location
New York, United States
Salary
$80,000.00 - $92,000.00
Closing date
Nov 2, 2021

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Position Type
Programs, Grant Making, Other Programs
Fields
Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time
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Proteus Fund partners with foundations, advocates and individual donors to advance democracy, human rights and peace. We work towards the realization of a just, equitable and democratic world. Our current major initiatives work to address money in politics and protect judicial independence and freedom of assembly; to counter anti-Muslim sentiment and build the capacity of organizations representing Black/African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (BAMEMSA) communities; and to support collaboration between reproductive justice and LGBTQ advocates and faith leaders to protect fundamental rights.

 The vision of the Piper Fund is a healthy democracy that works for everyone. Piper is a donor collaborative of the Proteus Fund that joins foundations and individuals in setting and implementing a national strategy aimed at protecting and strengthening democracy. We are a national leader in addressing the corrosive influence of money and special interests on our democracy, protecting and advancing judicial independence, and protecting the right to protest. In addition to grantmaking, Piper identifies threats to democracy and opportunities for reform; convenes the field to share knowledge, create alliances and set strategy; and collaborates with local, state, and national advocates as well as funders.

 The Opportunity

The Money in Politics (MiP) Program Officer for Piper Fund and Piper Action Fund works to significantly curb the influence of corporate and special interests on our democracy. The MiP Program Officer manages the program portfolio, including grantmaking to state and local organizations, coordinates a network of national organizations, and engages with philanthropic partners to raise funds to support this program.  They participate in the planning and implementation of program and funder engagement strategies and activities. They report to the Piper Fund Program Director.

This is a full time (40 hour per week) remote position.

Key Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain expertise about the field of money in politics reform, including fostering relationships with grantees and other leaders in the field at both the national and local levels.
  • Manage grant review process, including requests for proposals, researching and evaluating proposals, writing assessments and conducting site visits and phone calls with grantees, potential grantees, and stakeholders, as well as evaluating progress and grantee needs.
  • Strategically assess the short and long term needs of the field, review current Piper grantees and their activities and, if needed, create and implement programs to increase either a specific organization’s impact or the entire field’s impact connected to Piper’s goals and values.
  • Fundraise for the program by actively researching and identifying donor prospects, meeting with potential funders, and collaborating with the Piper Grant Writer as well as the Manager of Donor Services to ensure that proposals and reports to donors are accurate and comprehensive.
    •  Develop strategic communications to the funding community, including blog posts, email blasts webinars and sessions for Piper meetings and other philanthropic events.  
  • With the Piper team, plan and implement docket meetings and funder briefings.
  • Collaborate with the Program Director, Chief Financial Officer and other finance staff in the creation and monitoring of the annual budget for the Money in Politics state and municipal grantmaking program.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The MiP Program Officer will lead Piper’s work to support state and local groups in advancing, implementing and defending reforms that offset the influence of money in politics and build sustained community power.

Additional requirements and experience include:

  • A minimum of five experience years leading social justice strategies and/or subject-matter expertise related to the ideas and approaches outlined above.
  • Experience leading organizing campaigns and/or lobbying at the state level
  • Experience facilitating broad-based coalitions;
  • Advanced racial and gender equity analysis and demonstrated commitment to building power among underrepresented communities
  • Exceptional communications skills: active listening, cogent and polished writing, comfort with public speaking and presentation.
  • Analytical skills and ability to strategize, plan, prioritize and identify/assess opportunities and , challenges.
  • Fundraising experience to include researching and identifying and comfort with meeting with donor prospects, and potential funders
  • Financial and budget acumen

 Alignment to Culture and Values

  • Commitment to vision, mission of Proteus as a progressive social justice organization
  • Cultural responsiveness and an alignment with our values and commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Strong relationship building; high ethical standards, discretion and tact
  • Personal qualities of humility and empathy

Benefits

  • Medical and dental benefits for employee and eligible dependents available on first day of employment
  • Retirement savings account (401k) with an organization contribution of 10% of annual salary
  • Three weeks paid vacation in first year of work; four weeks in subsequent years
  • Fifteen sick days per year
  • Three personal days per year
  • Twelve paid holidays
  • Professional development initiatives for growth
  • Paid Family Leave

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Proteus Fund, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
Proteus requires its colleagues who are working in an office setting or who will be required to travel as part of their key responsibilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Where an employee has a medical or bona fide religious reason which prevents them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, Proteus will consider accommodations which may allow employees to safely perform the essential functions of their job.

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