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Director of Operations and Development

Families and Workers Fund
District of Columbia, United States
$140,000.00 - $160,000.00
Closing date
Feb 19, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Grant Seeking, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events, Programs, Grant Administration, Administrative, Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, Public Relations and Communications
Community Development, Community Foundations, For-Profit Companies, Health, Other Fields, Philanthropic Advisors, Social Services, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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About the role

The Families and Workers Fund is seeking a Director of Operations and Development to join our team. This important role will report to the Executive Director (ED) and manage the organization’s overall operations, with backend administrative functions performed by our fiscal sponsor Amalgamated Charitable Foundation. Key responsibilities include development/fundraising operations, overseeing administration of grants to the nonprofit organizations we support, contributing to talent development, and ensuring overall smooth, effective operations that are aligned with our value of equity. 


About the Families and Workers Fund 

The Families and Workers Fund (FWF) is a new, rapidly growing collaborative philanthropy, housed within the Amalgamated Charitable Foundation (ACF), that works to build a more equitable economy that uplifts all. Launched in April 2020 as the first national, pooled fund dedicated to the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impacts, today FWF is a $51 million and growing coalition of more than 20 leading philanthropies co-chaired by Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, and Eric Braverman, CEO of Schmidt Futures.


FWF was founded on the belief that the United States is experiencing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to advance economic security, opportunity, and mobility—especially for those who have been most locked out of the country’s prosperity. FWF deploys strategic and nimble grants, as well as targeted programs, community engagement, and partnerships, to leverage the possibility of this moment toward two longer-term impact goals:


    21st Century Benefits: help build a more equitable and effective public benefits system that enables families to stay afloat (current focus on unemployment insurance) Recover Up: deliver jobs that enable economic security and mobility for struggling workers, leveraging the unique openings of the recovery period


Across all of FWF’s work, the priority is on equity and scale. In grantmaking, this means supporting organizations that work not just for but with the most impacted communities, and center their voices and leadership. FWF’s grantees are ambitious about scale, and an example of their growth is noted in how they’ve expanded from a few promising demonstration projects to a much larger-scale intervention. In 2020, over 80% of FWF’s grants went to organizations led by Black, Indigenous, or other people or color (BIPOC); immigrants or the children of immigrants; women; and/or LGBTQ people. The largest share of FWF’s grants went to women of color-led organizations. 


Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

The Director will serve as a key partner to the ED, leading our operations and also contributing to our organizational growth. We are looking for someone who is highly proactive and adept at anticipating future needs and planning for them, as well as someone who has a proven track record in delivering results. Responsibilities include:


    Development, fundraising, and engagement: manage fundraising, development, and engagement operations, working closely with the ED to ensure processes for effective outreach and follow-ups with current and prospective donors. Weigh in on fundraising strategy and prospects, and propose and implement strategies to engage new prospective donors, such as through our newsletters and/or key events. Oversee the drafting of proposals for prospective funders, and ensure the completion of required donor reports. Manage the development of our annual, organizational program and financial report.  Grants and contract management: lead on administering grants (out of the fund and into the Fund), as well as contracts, working closely with our fiscal sponsor the Amalgamated Charitable Foundation, which handles all backend administrative tasks associated with grants and contracts (e.g., making payments, handling legal compliance, etc). Manage vendor and consultant relationships, including drafting RFPs, interviewing candidates, making recommendations, and managing scopes of work.  Event management: oversee key events (all virtual for now), including Advisory Board meetings. Oversee event design and agenda preparation, and ensure smooth logistics.  Talent: our fiscal sponsor is responsible for administering human resources and employee benefits, and this role will coordinate closely with them to ensure smooth operations. This person will also lead in hiring for our growing startup and contribute to team-building and talent development with the ED. Organizational strategy and operations: working closely with the ED, develop and manage FWF’s strategic plan, growth, and operational processes, including proposing when to make key decisions and when/how to engage the Board, Executive Committee, and other partners. Help to proactively identify and plan for periods of high activity for FWF. Ensure standard operating procedures across the organization and proactively identify areas of opportunity. Budget and financial management (minor workstream): our fiscal sponsor is responsible for tracking the money that comes into and out of the Fund and has overall fiduciary responsibility. This role will be responsible for coordinating with them and also maintaining an up-to-date budget with the support of a qualified finance consultant.


The Director will manage a team of two (a Communications and Engagement Associate and a Project Assistant) as well as a finance consultant. Another source of support is our fiscal sponsor the Amalgamated Charitable Foundation, whose staff handles financial and human resource administration, legal due diligence, and other organizational administrative tasks (e.g., transmitting payments).



    Leadership experience in at least two of the five key areas of responsibility and some exposure to the others.  Demonstrated experience in helping to manage or improve the impact and effectiveness of an organization, department, or team. Experience in philanthropy, donor engagement, and/or development at a nonprofit organization.   Experience managing and tracking a budget. Comfort working in a startup environment. Ability to work effectively and build relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders from different industries and backgrounds. Adept at delivering actionable feedback upwards and downwards. Excellent communication skills (listening, verbal, and written). Team player, highly collaborative, and strong interpersonal skills. Values and seeks to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace Strong skills in PowerPoint, Excel, and Word and/or the Google Suite equivalents. Comfort learning and utilizing new technology that may help the team better collaborate or streamline our work. Knowledge of Google Apps, SurveyMonkey, and virtual meeting tools is also desirable.


Salary, benefits, location, and eligibility

    8+ years of experience. Benefits, including 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision plan , generous paid time off, remote work stipend, and matching retirement plans , This position is  housed within the Amalgamated Charitable Foundation, the sister philanthropy to Amalgamated Bank and headquartered in Washington, DC. This opportunity is a remote position open to all candidates eligible to work in the United States and able to work in the US Eastern Time Zone.  Salary range: $140,000-160,000.


Travel requirements

Once it is safe to do so, this role will require some domestic travel (estimate: four to eight trips per year) as well as frequent, in-person meetings with our co-funders and key partners.


To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to by February 3rd, 2022. We will review applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.


The Amalgamated Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Amalgamated Foundation recruits, hires, and trains employees without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, ethnic identity, national origin, citizenship status, age, creed, religion, disability, socio-economic status, marital status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people from working-class backgrounds or with lived experiences with the issues that the Families and Workers Fund works on are especially encouraged to apply.

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