a Safer Future (FSF or the Fund), a national donor
collaborative with a vision of a country where everyone is safe
from gun violence, seeks applications and nominations for
Executive Director. Launched in 2011 and housed at
the New Venture Fund, the Fund’s mission is to strengthen the gun
violence prevention community’s capacity to develop and implement
smart policy, mobilize supporters, summon the best available
research, expand the capacity of community violence intervention
programs, advance Second Amendment litigation strategies, and
resist the gun lobby’s opposition to common sense reform. More than
30 members strong, FSF is working to reduce gun violence by
supporting community-based solutions, research, and state and
federal policy change. After ten successful years, FSF seeks to
engage its first fulltime Executive Director to more actively
manage grantmaking, donor engagement, and fundraising objectives.
With a strong track record in raising funds and impacting gun
violence prevention policy and practice, the Executive Director
will be well-positioned to build on success and forward momentum.
This is a unique opportunity to coalesce and support philanthropy’s
growing investment in gun violence prevention to achieve even
greater strategic impact.
Strong candidates will bring experience and leadership in gun
violence prevention and/or a related social justice field and
demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the integration of
philanthropy, civic engagement, and policy reform, with experience
in managing these relationships effectively. They will be
responsible for all fundraising, including recruiting new donor
members and retention of existing members, in partnership with the
FSF executive committee. Reporting to the President of the New
Venture Fund, the ED will manage all aspects of the Fund’s
grantmaking, and ensure proactive and coordinated communications to
members, the field, and the public.
The Executive Director will be a key point of contact and
coordination across all Fund for a Safer Future partners including
donor members, grantee partners, potential donors, the gun violence
prevention community, and New Venture Fund staff. Specifically,
they will engage with the following challenges and opportunities in
Strategic Development of Grants. The new ED
will solicit, review, and evaluate grant proposals based on Fund
strategy and present grant recommendations to the Advisory
Committee on a quarterly basis, working in coordination with New
Venture Fund staff on grantee due diligence, reporting, and budget
management. They will continuously monitor grant performance and
guide periodic reviews of the grant strategy in partnership with
the Executive Committee, identifying opportunities to leverage
individual projects and relationships between grantee partners and
Ongoing Support for Grantees. The ED will
provide continuous oversight and support to grantees of the Fund,
engaging in regular meaningful dialogue, two-way feedback, and
Donor Engagement. The ED will facilitate
quality, timely communications among FSF Advisory Committee
members, providing regular updates on the gun violence prevention
field, grantee partners, Fund activity, and aligned donor
grantmaking, and will facilitate learning opportunities such as
webinars, site visits, and panels related to gun violence
prevention. They will work closely with the Executive Committee to
develop and execute a fundraising and new donor outreach plan,
including a robust list of prospects and strategies for
solicitation, coordinated outreach and tailored materials for
donors and prospects, and determining new and renewed donor
commitment targets. The ED will regularly report on aligned
grantmaking among FSF members and work to expand the amounts and
durations of financial commitments from current and prospective
Fund Coordination and Communications. The ED
will plan and facilitate quarterly Advisory Committee meetings
including scheduling, planning agenda, meeting materials, and
coordinating speakers and presenters. They will also foster
effective communications between and among New Venture Fund staff
and the Advisory Committee, manage all external communications
related to the Fund including speaking engagements, op-eds, and
comments to the press, and establish and implement communication
mechanisms to keep FSF members informed and engaged between
quarterly meetings of the full Advisory Committee.
THE SKILLS YOU’LL NEED
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications
enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the
following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and
- Passion for gun violence prevention and experience working in a
related social justice and/or public health field.
- Experience managing collaborative initiatives and innovative
programs that advance shared values and goals; vision to drive an
idea from concept to reality and commitment to developing timely,
responsive, and field-relevant programs and initiatives.
- Highly relational with capacity to develop effective, engaging
messages for diverse audiences in context.
- Exceptional writing skills to convey key messages,
interpretations, and action steps accurately, clearly, succinctly,
and quickly to ensure respectful engagement.
- Five years or more experience in leadership position and/or
deep expertise in a related field, with progressively greater
- Experience driving fundraising and effectively engaging donors
to build and sustain movements.
- Comprehensive knowledge of the integration of philanthropy,
civic engagement, and policy reform, with effective experience in
managing these relationships. Experience building grassroots
movements and/or community organizing is highly valued.
- Demonstrated effectiveness as a convener, facilitator, and
collaborator, including professionally managing sensitive topics
- Strong planning and organizational skills, with the ability to
think creatively and strategically, in both the design and
execution of programs.
- Experience collaborating with persons and communities of
diverse cultural, economic, social, and ethnic backgrounds; proven
capacity for centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in all
facets of organizational management.
- The ability to work in a complex environment with many
partners, and to maintain confidence when working with sensitive
and proprietary information.
- Budgeting and financial acumen, sufficient to organize and
manage project and sub-grant budgets.
- Willing to continuously acquire new skills and knowledge and
share with partners and colleagues.
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple deadlines
effectively, while working with limited direct supervision and
without the benefit of support staff.
- Bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree in a relevant field is
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The target salary range is $130,000-$150,000. Comprehensive
benefits for this full-time exempt position include 100%
employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, 3% employer
match on 401k contributions, pre-tax transportation benefits, and
paid holidays, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off.
More information about the Fund for a Safer
Future may be found at: www.fundforasaferfuture.org
This search is being led by Allison
Kupfer Poteet and Britni Russell Bianchi
of NPAG. Candidates are welcome
to submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and
qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.