Philanthropy + Communications Specialist
The Collaborative for Gender + Reproductive Equity (CGRE) is an
active, learning community of donors and foundations uniting to
advance gender, reproductive, and racial equity. We focus on three
core areas: building power at the state level; advancing gender
equity through state courts; and uniting movement partners to
respond to and proactively counter attacks by the opposition. Since
our launch, we have provided over $139 million in funding to more
than 200 organizations, half of which are led by women of color.
CGRE is a fully virtual organization, fiscally-sponsored by
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA).
The Philanthropy + Communications Specialist will be deeply
committed to gender, reproductive, and racial equity, and eager to
learn how CGRE facilitates the power of philanthropy to fund and
strengthen social movements. Primary responsibilities include
funder relations, communications, and advancement.
This new role is part of a two-person Philanthropy +
Communications team at CGRE and the independent, aligned 501(c)(4),
Gender Equity Action Fund, and will report to the Chief
Philanthropy + Communications Officer (CPCO). The Specialist will
approach fundraising with creativity; a sense of urgency for this
moment in the fight for gender, reproductive, and racial equity;
optimism for the opportunity to engage funders new to this work;
and a commitment to true collaboration. They will play a
significant role in our current and prospective funder relations
work, supporting the CPCO and Executive Director as a strategic
thinker and effective implementer.
- Support the CPCO in all stages of stewardship to advance
current and prospective funder relationships, including scheduling
meetings, researching and drafting briefings and tailored reports,
and participating in moves management.
- Advance the design and build-out of a robust learning program
for current and prospective funders, and other partners.
- Conceptualize events around Advisory Committee meetings, both
virtual and in-person; play a key role in managing meetings and
dinners in coordination with the host funder and CGRE staff.
- In collaboration with the Program and Operations teams,
identify information and stories that showcase CGRE's strategy and
grantee partner successes; from these, craft communications for the
Advisory Committee, leadership, donors, and prospects.
- Identify and vet potential partnership networks and
- Assist CPCO in work with CGRE’s communications firm, including
tracking projects, identifying and pitching opportunities, and
ensuring timely follow-up.
- Draft thoughtful, compelling grant proposals, stewardship
communications, and other external-facing materials.
- Work with leadership to execute a strategic, forward-looking
advancement strategy that taps into the relationships and calendars
of the leadership team (Executive Director, CPCO, COO, and Program
- Ensure the leadership team is prepared for funder relations,
communications, and network opportunities as they arise.
- Work across team to contribute to a collaborative virtual
environment; provide back-up as needed.
- Serve as liaison between team members, prospective and current
funders, and consultants.
- At least five years of experience working for gender,
reproductive, and racial justice organizations, political
campaigns, or in higher education is required.
- Direct fundraising experience with foundations and high
net-worth donors is required; experience with funder collaboratives
would be a plus.
- Adept with, or demonstrated ability to quickly learn, prospect
research sources and techniques; fluency with public resources and
databases for identifying and vetting high net-worth
- Experience vetting and prioritizing development, advancement,
and communications opportunities for senior leadership.
- Experience supporting senior leadership, including advanced
scheduling, calendar walk-throughs, and note-taking, all with
discretion for sensitive and confidential information.
- Demonstrated discernment and mature judgment when balancing
when to consult and when to take action.
- Basic project management skills, including events and meeting
- Strong writing skills and ability to write compelling, swift,
and succinct emails, updates, and donor-facing communications;
ability to produce quick background briefs to inform
- Able to build trust with teammates and external partners in a
virtual work environment; poised and comfortable with colleagues
with different work styles and levels of formality.
- Aligned with, and experienced in, incorporating Justice,
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) principles into daily work
and partnerships; ability to understand power dynamics and how they
play out in society and the workplace.
Compensation + Benefits:
- Salary is up to $85,000, commensurate with experience.
- CGRE, through fiscal sponsorship by RPA, offers a competitive
benefits package including health, dental, and vision coverage;
401(k) with up to 9% employer contribution; four weeks of vacation;
and unlimited sick time.
- The Specialist will work remotely and come equipped with
virtual office tools, including computer, phone, and other
To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter that lifts
up a funder relations experience that reflects your strategic
abilities. Specifically, we invite you to share an example of how
you moved toward an important fundraising decision (identifying,
weighing, vetting opportunities) and then how you made the case
for, and built leadership’s trust in, your decision.
Application materials should be sent to email@example.com by Friday,
July 15, 2022.
RPA, as fiscal sponsor to CGRE, is an Equal Opportunity
Employer and committed to DEI.