Reports To: Director of Programs
Status: At Will, Full Time Exempt
Location: The Presidio, San Francisco, CA
Closing Date: August 5, 2022
SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER, ENVIRONMENTAL & CLIMATE JUSTICE
The Libra Foundation is a family foundation committed to the
belief that all people have the right to live in a healthy
environment and in peaceful, just, and equitable societies. Libra’s
values are Humility, Honesty, Trust, Community, and Love. Libra
focuses its grantmaking on three program areas: gender justice;
environmental and climate justice; and community safety and
justice. Libra’s grantees fight against systemic inequities,
organize communities most impacted by injustice, and innovate new
models of formations and organizations serving our common good.
Libra’s guiding principle is that those who are the closest to the
problem are the best equipped to design and implement the
Libra’s reimagining of traditional philanthropy centers
grantmaking grounded in:
• Relationship – We foster meaningful engagement in a
relationship-first approach with grantee partners. We learn about
new grantees from our existing grantee partners, and we do not
require organizations to submit written applications or reports.
This allows grantee partners to spend less time on administrative
processes and more time on their critical work.
• Boldness – We make firm commitments that go beyond philanthropy
as usual to promote justice, deepen the commitment to
intersectionality in our work, and shift more resources to
frontline communities. We encourage other funders to join us.
• Frontline Communities – We focus on community-led organizations
transforming systems and advancing justice including Black,
Indigenous, people of color, women (cis and trans) and gender
nonconforming people, low income, formerly incarcerated,
undocumented, survivors, LGBTQIA+, and other identities visible and
• Open-Minded Inquiry – We listen deeply to grassroots
organizations giving voice to the priorities of communities to
shape our supports to be responsive to emerging needs.
• Power-Building – We support grassroots social justice
organizations that are building progressive power to meet this
moment and creating a better future for us all. We provide
multi-year commitments and general operating support to fuel
grantee organizing and long-term power-building.
• Transparency – We look at and share relevant data for
accountability. For example, 91 percent of Libra’s U.S.-based
grants to organizations that work on environmental and climate
justice now go to BIPOC-led groups.
The Libra Foundation seeks a strategic, relationship-oriented, and
values-aligned Senior Program Officer (SPO) to lead grantmaking for
the Environmental & Climate Justice program area, identifying
and building community power of grantee partners, strengthening
movement ecosystems, and organizing philanthropy to shift resources
to frontline communities. The SPO, working closely with the
Director of Programs and other team members, advances Libra’s
mission and embodies its commitment to practices that disrupt
philanthropy as usual and build new, holistic systems that
influence our field and advance justice. The SPO will be based at
the Foundation’s offices in The Presidio of San Francisco and must
be aligned to Libra’s commitment to honor and respect grantees,
listen to them and follow their lead, and use our privilege and
access to help bring resources and attention to their work.
The vision of the Environmental & Climate Justice (E&CJ)
program area is based on the principles of Just Transition,
building political and economic power to shift from an extractive
economy to a regenerative economy. Our E&CJ work acknowledges
the root causes of climate change and the systems that create
unequal burdens for communities on the frontlines of the climate
crisis and systemic and environmental racism. We support frontline
organizations to build power and organize locally, trans-locally,
and nationally for environmental and climate justice. We have a
specific focus on the formations that uplift and advance this work
as well as movement infrastructure and culture change organizations
as part of the movement ecosystem. A key opportunity to enhance our
E&CJ work will be growing our support for environmental and
climate justice organizations in the U.S. South.
The SPO will work closely with the Director of Programs to
create, execute, and manage strategies that amplify grantee voices
and solutions and build community. To thrive in this role at Libra
within the context of the E&CJ program area, the SPO should
• Belief in Libra’s guiding principle that those who are the
closest to the problem are the best equipped to design and
implement the solutions.
• Sound analysis of systemic inequities, intersectionality, and
social justice issues.
• Deep passion for E&CJ and the removal of barriers that create
unequal burdens for frontline communities.
• Strong relationship-orientation with existing ties and
programmatic experience relevant to E&CJ movements and funders,
including within frontline communities – primarily BIPOC and
low-income communities who experience disproportionate impacts of
systemic and environmental racism and the climate crisis – and
allied funders and movement partners.
• Creative thinking about how to collaboratively spark social
• Willingness to bear the administrative load for grantees to
minimize the burden around
the grantmaking process. • Capacity to ensure strong execution
across grantee information gathering and relationship building and
the grantmaking process.
• Desire to organize other funders by calling them in and showing
them the way.
• Good judgment and an ability to hold discretion about matters of
Duties and Responsibilities
● Collaborate with the Director of Programs to shape and refine
Libra’s strategic approach in the E&CJ program area, developing
and applying grantmaking strategies reflective of the foundation’s
● Partner with other Program team members to ensure that Libra’s
grantmaking responds to the needs of social movements across its
three program areas.
● Leverage more creative and less burdensome ways to get to know
prospective grantee partners, develop deeper understanding of
current grantee partners through information and conversation, and
make compelling grant recommendations.
● Maintain trusting relationships with grantees and act as a
resource and partner, including supporting their development and
making introductions to allied funders and partners.
● Partner with the Grants Management team to ensure that grant
processes are aligned with foundation values.
● Contribute to knowledge management by ensuring that grant files
● Monitor individual grant progress, the grant portfolio, and
movement ecosystems in ways that center grantee partner voice and
● Learn from implementation to refine Libra’s approach by
continually assessing program status; addressing ongoing
challenges; identifying promising practices and emerging needs; and
recommending ways to adapt grantmaking to be more responsive and
● Work closely with other Program team members to maximize
opportunities for cross- program learning.
Community Engagement & Funder Organizing
● Partner with grantees to identify ways to address their diverse
needs and build the capacity of their movements.
● Speak, write, facilitate, present, and plan and/or host events
with the goal of uplifting grantee partners and shifting
philanthropy; calling other funders in, not out, and providing
advice to show the way.
● Create specific goals and build relationships around funder
organizing, to move more resources to frontline communities.
● Actively represent the foundation in professional organizations,
philanthropic affinity groups, and other relevant associations and
entities in the broader environmental philanthropy field.
● Stay up to date on emerging issues, trends, and political
developments and deepen political education and connections with
allied funders and movement partners.
● Partner with peers generally, and in funder networks, to identify
opportunities to make our work even more intersectional and shift
more resources to frontline communities.
● Serve as a resource for the Director of Programs, Executive
Director, and Board, responding to requests for information and
insight as needed.
● Be a strategic partner to the Director of Programs and other
Program team members.
● Partner with the Communications and Engagement Manager to uplift
the work of grantee partners.
● Contribute to shaping a healthy workplace culture.
● Partner with the Grants Management team to manage and implement
special projects as needed.
Desired Core Values & Qualities
● Commitment to Libra’s program areas: Passionate about gender
justice; environmental and climate justice; and community safety
and justice with solid analysis about their evolution,
intersections, and cross-cultural perspectives.
● High EQ: Open-minded listener with high emotional intelligence
● No ego: Humble, service-oriented leader who treats fellow team
members and grantee partners with kindness and respect.
● Strong collaborative spirit: Delights in working in partnership
with others to create and execute strategic grantmaking that shifts
the practices and behaviors of our sector.
● Service orientation: Enjoys anticipating and meeting the needs of
● Flexibility and positivity: Comfortable wearing multiple hats,
with an adaptable work style and a positive attitude that
contributes to a healthy, vibrant team dynamic.
● Impeccable integrity and judgment: Models ethics and
trustworthiness in all actions.
● Courage: Pushes the team and field in ways that help reimagine
Desired Skills & Experiences
● Significant, progressively responsible work experience and a
strong network in fields relevant to E&CJ which could include
philanthropy, community organizing, with frontline BIPOC-led and/or
power-building organizations, or other allied sectors.
● Experience and comfort building trust and working collaboratively
with people from diverse backgrounds especially Black, Indigenous,
people of color, women (cis and trans) and gender nonconforming
people, low income, formerly incarcerated, undocumented, survivors,
LGBTQIA+, and other identities visible and invisible who have often
been most impacted by injustice.
● Capacity to develop strategic approaches to complex social
challenges in a complicated political environment and to synthesize
information into clear recommendations.
● Strong project management skills with the ability to self-start
and manage multiple simultaneous projects requiring attention to
detail and deadlines and responsiveness to changing
● Strong written and oral communications skills, interpersonal
awareness, and excellent listening and critical thinking
● Experience with or knowledge of E&CJ BIPOC-led power-building
organizations and movements in the U.S. South a plus.
● High proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
applications and third-party email clients; familiarity with Grants
Management Systems (particularly GivingData) a plus.
POSITION DETAILS, COMPENSATION, AND BENEFITS
This is a full-time position based at The Libra Foundation’s
office in The Presidio in San Francisco, California. The Libra
Foundation provides a comprehensive benefits package, including
medical, dental, and vision coverage (with 100% of the premium
covered by the employer), a 401k retirement plan, paid time off, a
transit subsidy, and an annual professional development budget.
The salary range is $160,000 - $180,000, commensurate with
experience. The Libra Foundation is committed to creating a
dynamic, diverse working environment, and is an equal opportunity
employer. We welcome applications from all, and strongly encourage
women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants,
refugees, and LGBTQ people to apply.
HOW TO APPLY
The Libra Foundation is partnering with Walker and Associates
Consulting – a Black woman owned and -led strategic management
consulting and search firm – for recruitment. To apply, email a
single PDF file containing a cover letter, resume and list of three
references (candidates will be notified in advance of any outreach
to your references) to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 5:00 p.m.
on August 5, 2022. Use the subject line: Senior Program Officer.
Resume review begins immediately.
Questions or Nominations? Contact Jeannine N. Walker, President
and CEO, at email@example.com.
The Libra Foundation is an “at-will” and equal opportunity
employer committed to human rights and supporting a peaceful, just,
and equitable society for all. Individuals of all races, religions,
national origins, ethnicities, ages, mental or physical
disabilities, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and
gender expression) identities, marital status, veteran status,
medical conditions, formerly incarcerated people, or any other
classification protected by federal, state, or local law or
ordinance, are welcome to apply.