About the Role (remote)
The LIFT Fund seeks a Director to manage the strategic,
programmatic and operational aspects of the
Southern Workers Opportunity Fund, a new initiative that
aims to build worker power in the US South. The ideal
candidate would be someone who shares LIFT’s deep commitment to
equity and worker power, and is both a strategic thinker and
operator. The Director will report to LIFT’s Executive Director and
serve as a part of a growing team. A key part of this role is
leading SWO’s strategy and learning activities, along with the
Executive Director, and supporting the grantees in increasing their
influence, resources, and impact, requiring the Director to be
gifted at building and maintaining trusting relationships with
grantees. The Director would ideally feel equally at home analyzing
grantee data in relation to current developments in the field or
managing a community meeting with directly impacted workers and
leaders. As a growing initiative, all staff members must be
comfortable with change and actively seek to support each
About the LIFT Fund
The LIFT Fund, or Labor
Innovations for the 21st Century Fund (LIFT) Fund, is a unique
collaborative fund dedicated to supporting new forms of worker
organizing and coalition building between philanthropy and the
labor movement. By pooling scarce resources to build a common
agenda and investing those resources into new forms of organizing,
LIFT supports unconventional approaches that energize
community-labor alliances to meet the challenges of the future.
While LIFT has historically funded partnerships on a national
level, it recently launched a new funding opportunity, called the
Southern Workers Opportunity Fund, that will focus specifically in
the U.S. South. The LIFT Fund is fiscally-sponsored by Neighborhood
Funders Group, which employs LIFT Fund staff.
Southern Workers Opportunity Fund
The Southern Workers Opportunity Fund aims to be a
first-of-its-kind fund dedicated to: (1) increasing philanthropic
and labor investment and understanding of workers’ rights in the US
South and to helping funders better coordinate, share information,
and elevate key organizations, labor partners and networks in the
american South, and (2) supporting game-changing strategies,
capacities, and campaigns that build on labor, community, and
worker center collaboration and fortify community and worker
infrastructure, increase worker power, and improve the lives of
workers and their families in the South. With a goal of raising a
total of $20 million and initial contributions from both
philanthropy and labor organizations, the Fund has already raised
more than half of its fundraising goal.
Co-lead the formation and ongoing
evaluation of the SWO Fund’s strategy and theory of change along
with the Executive Director and co-funders.
Manage the SWO Fund grants program.
Working with the 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.
Serve as the LIFT Fund’s internal
thought leader on the worker and labor movement in the South,
stewarding continued strategy and partnership development and
staying current on the latest developments. This may include
opportunities for external thought leadership as well.
Co-design and manage an internal
program to engage leaders and other directly impacted workers
ensuring that their voices and lived experiences influence our
grantmaking and the field, and that the participation is meaningful
and useful for them—and never tokenizing.
Present program updates and results
at Steering Committee meetings. Work closely with our co-funders
and engage them in the learning and grant making
Represent the SWO Fund, as part of
the LIFT Fund, at external events and meetings, including
occasionally speaking on panels or making
At least five years of experience in
a relevant field, including at least one leading your own portfolio
or large-scale project on worker and labor issues.
Subject matter knowledge in one or
multiple of these issue areas: worker voice and power; economic
opportunity and/or justice; racial and gender equity and justice;
Experience managing multi-stakeholder
partnerships; it’s a plus if that experience includes philanthropic
and labor partners.
Experienced in and committed to
bringing an equity lens to your work, including racial and gender
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.
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: lived
experience in the US South.
Salary, Benefits, Location, and Eligibility
$100,000-125,000, depending on
Generous benefits, including health
insurance, vacation days, and retirement options, comparable to
large nonprofit organizations and philanthropies. This position is
employed by Neighborhood Funders Group, which is the LIFT Fund’s
Start date in April 2022.
Remote job open to all candidates
eligible to work in the United States and who reside anywhere in
the United States, tribal nations, and U.S. territories.
Preferences for those residing in the US South, where the work will
be focused, or the East Coast, where most funders and staff are
Once it is safe and feasible to do
so, staff members will aim to work together in-person at least once
per month in Washington DC or New York City.
Anticipated Travel Requirements
Once it is safe and feasible to do so, the Director will travel
roughly ten times per year to visit grantees and other partners
and/or represent the SWO Fund, as part of the LIFT 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.
NFG is an equal opportunity employer that does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief,
disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including
pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender
identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status
protected by law. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+
community, and people from working-class backgrounds or with lived
experiences with the issues that the SWO Fund works on are
especially encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter
by February 23, 2022. We will review applications on a