Department: Programs, Advocacy and Action
(PAA Department) / Partner Support and Grantmaking Unit
Reports to: Director for Partnership Support
Grade: 7 (bargaining unit)
Job Description Summary:
Guided by Unitarian Universalist principles and the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, UUSC is a human rights organization
that strives to advance human rights, dismantle systems of
oppression, and uplift and affirm the inherent dignity and power of
all people. We focus our work in three intersectional areas of
justice: Migration, Climate Change, and Crisis Response. We center
the voices and experiences of those most affected and strengthen
those grassroots groups and movements who are organizing themselves
to advance these goals. To accomplish this, we offer Justice
Education and Leadership Development, Engagement and Mobilization
for Advocacy, and Grantmaking and Partner Support.
The Senior Partnership Officer for Climate & Disaster
Justice (SPO) will help inform and advance a strategic plan for
UUSC’s initiative on climate forced displacement. As part of the
partner support and grantmaking team, the SPO will cultivate and
maintain a portfolio of grants and build deep and trusting
relationships with partners, primarily from affected communities.
Based on the needs of the communities, the SPO will implement a
range of support beyond grants that may include providing technical
assistance, organizing convenings, helping to identify additional
financial support for partners, and more. To create deep and
meaningful impact, the SPO will work closely with an intersectional
team including advocacy, member engagement, communications, justice
education, and research to inform and advance a joint strategy. As
an expert on climate justice, the SPO will represent UUSC
externally with key stakeholders, government officials, the
international community, donors, and UUSC board and members.
Essential duties and responsibilities may include but
are not limited to:
- Develop and maintain meaningful and trusting relationships with
grantee partners and members of affected communities and center
- Conduct site visits and scoping trips to understand the issues
and build relationships with partners and key stakeholders.
- Work with an intersectional team to inform and advance a joint
strategy, with a focus on partner support and grantmaking. Research
and analyze human rights issues and solicit input from partners and
key stakeholders to inform the joint strategy.
- Manage a portfolio of grants and support partners in the
development of compelling proposals, reviewing reports, and
- Perform due diligence in developing proposals, including
reviewing financial documents; assessing organizational health,
sustainability, and reputation; and ensuring alignment with the
- Inform the strategic allocation of the grant budget by helping
to identify the right partnerships.
- Identify and implement a wide range of support for partners
(beyond grantmaking) that is welcomed by the partners and will
deepen our collective impact.
- Work closely with the Director for Partner Support &
Grantmaking and the Advocacy, Research and Communications teams to
track and document impact related to our climate forced
- Work closely with the Director of Advocacy to track and develop
policy related to climate forced displacement on an on-going basis
to help inform UUSC’s advocacy, member engagement, grantmaking,
research, and justice education.
- Work with the Advocacy team to engage with a diverse network in
the human rights, philanthropy, disaster justice, climate justice,
and climate forced displacement fields, comprised of partners,
coalition members, grassroots groups, individuals, donors,
researchers, government officials, and other stakeholders to
inform, learn, advocate, and collaborate on behalf of the affected
- Lead UUSC’s response to ecological disasters by tracking
crises, preparing assessments, drafting recommendations for rapid
and long-term responses, and overseeing grants.
- Provide information on partners, stories of change, and impact
to enhance the advocacy, communications, and institutional
advancement strategies of UUSC, including the research, drafting,
review, and editing of internal and external written communication
- Contribute to the overall learning and development of the
organization and support inter-departmental communication and
- Perform other duties as assigned or required by
The ideal candidate will have:
- Eight or more years working on human rights and social justice
issues in the non-profit or social sector.
- Experience working for or in partnership with grassroots
organizations and/or movements.
- Strong working knowledge of the current trends and issues
surrounding climate change, migration, human rights, resource
rights, food sovereignty, and related climate and disaster justice
- Experience managing a grant portfolio and working with grants
management software, preferred.
- Be a strategic and creative thinker; have the ability to
understand UUSC’s power and place in the movement(s) and how UUSC
can use that to advance the interests of our partners.
- Track record of and commitment to applying a strong racial,
gender, and social justice lens to the work.
- Demonstrated experience in establishing and working toward the
creation of trusting partnerships with grassroots organizations and
- Strong analytical and listening skills.
- Proven ability to be a strong team player.
- Demonstrated cross-cultural and international work
- Advanced proficiency in a second language desired.
- Extensive travel, both domestically and internationally, is
required 25% of time (COVID-permitting).
- Ability to operate autonomously within area of focus under the
guidance of Director of PS&G.
- Bachelor’s Degree or 5+ years of related work or lived
Compensation and Benefits
- Target base annual salary range $80,000 – $90,000, based on
- UUSC offers a generous benefits package including health,
dental, and life insurance, STD/LTD, 403(b) option and retirement
plan; tax saving Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) for medical and
dependent care, commuter allowance, and generous paid time
Non-Discrimination and Equal Employment
UUSC’s mission affirms and celebrates the inherent dignity and
power of every person. We are committed to creating a diverse and
talented team to achieve that mission. UUSC is an Equal Opportunity
Employer and is committed to the full inclusion of all. UUSC is
deeply committed to ensuring that our organizational culture,
policies, and employment practices embody equity and justice.
Interested candidates may email a cover letter and résumé in
confidence to: email@example.com