RFDC formed in 2016 as a philanthropic collaboration designed to
respond to a spate of attempts by state policymakers and the courts
to legalize the misuse of religious liberty claims in order to
discriminate against the LGBTQ community; limit reproductive
freedom; and impose a white Christian Nationalist worldview into
law under the guise of religious freedom. RFDC grantees lead
efforts to advance protections; disrupt and defeat repressive state
measures; rally stakeholders; accelerate faith organizing in
coordination with LGBTQ and reproductive justice movements;
maintain the separation of church and state; and develop a unifying
narrative that reclaims religious freedom as a progressive value.
To these ends, the RFDC supports state-based, cross-movement work
to combat religion’s weaponization and its harmful impact on LGBTQ
equality, reproductive justice, and other rights, all in service of
an inclusive, representative democracy.
Since 2008, RFDC has granted over $4 million and further supports
its grantees as well as dozens of other groups and advocates
through non-grantmaking programming. Our annual grantmaking budget
is approximately $2.25 million.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Program Director reports to the Proteus Fund Vice
President of Programs (VPP). Critically, they work
with funding partners, both foundations and individual donors,
to rally philanthropic support for the cutting-edge issues
addressed by the Collaborative. They are responsible for
working closely with RFDC grantees and potential grantees as well
as the broader field to support a wide range of innovative and
effective work to advance RFDC’s objectives. They work closely with
funder partners as a group to keep them updated on key issues in
the field; as well as on key philanthropic developments relating to
the work; and work collaboratively with them to shape strategy for
the work of the collaborative.
They also manage and provide strategic vision, direction, and
management for the RFDC team, which includes a development
consultant and a program consultant. They are a part of the Senior
Program Team which includes among others the Program Directors of
Proteus Fund’s other donor collaboratives who meet regularly to
develop strong grant making and field support practices, and
exchange ideas on advancing social justice in their respective
fields. They also work regularly with all of the departments and
units at Proteus Fund, including Grants Management, Donor Services,
Finance, and Operations.
The ideal candidate is an inclusive, self-motivated leader and doer
who is rooted in movement building, deeply passionate about
reproductive justice, queer rights, and religious freedom, and a
stellar fundraiser. Critically, they will have real
enthusiasm for organizing donors to understand and support RFDC’s
cutting edge work. They understand state-based community organizing
and coalitions and are driven by meaningful, trusting, and
authentic relationships. They thrive in an intersectional space,
building bridges, and bringing diverse coalitions together. They
enjoy the external work, being out in the field interacting with
community organizers, philanthropic leaders, and peer leaders in
Program Strategy and Implementation
Working with RFDC consultants, and Proteus
Fund’s Vice President of Programs, develop and implement a
philanthropic and grantmaking vision and strategy that supports
clear progress toward achievement of the program’s goals and
Craft non-grantmaking programming and technical
assistance opportunities to further bolster the work of grantees
and social justice field partners.
Represent RFDC in various philanthropic and
movement settings through public speaking, panel moderation,
conferences and meetings, media contacts, etc.
Oversee annual program and budget planning
process with RFDC team, Proteus Fund VPP, CFO and other key Proteus
Partner with and prepare Proteus’ President and
CEO to share RFDC’s work with key stakeholders including funders
and Proteus’ Board of Directors.
Build and maintain expertise on the substance,
dynamics, and priorities within the LBGTQ, reproductive justice,
and progressive faith movements.
Grantmaking Strategy and Management
- Create a dynamic grantmaking program to achieve the goals and
objectives of RFDC including maintaining expertise on trust based
grantmaking practices in c3 and c4 environments.
- With the Grants Management unit, manage entire grants process
from inquiry and application through to grant awards and post-award
communications with grantees.
- Evaluate proposals, including budgets, supporting materials and
viability and impact of proposed work. Make funding recommendations
to RFDC donor partners, Proteus Fund President and Proteus Fund
Board for regular docket, rapid response and convening grants.
- Oversee all formal funding recommendations to RFDC donor
members for semiannual docket meetings, as well as out of cycle
- Oversee all aspects of bi-annual RFDC donor partner meetings,
including educational as well as docket components.
- Advise aligned funders to help inform them about needs and
investments in new areas that emerge, especially in ways consistent
with and supportive of RFDC strategies and tactics.
Development – Donor Stewardship and Partner
- With oversight from the VPP and support from the fundraising
consultant, develop and execute RFDC’s annual fundraising plan to
maintain RFDC’s financial viability and enhance RFDC growth and
- Take a visible leadership role in all fundraising and donor
mobilization efforts, including executing high level donor meetings
as well as other development-oriented speaking and presentation
- Develop and execute strategy for donor cultivation, including
gatherings of prospective donors, periodic funder briefings, etc.
in order to share highlights of the RFDC’s work and that of the
fields it supports.
- With support of the fundraising consultant, provide written and
verbal evaluations and reports on grantmaking and other
programmatic work to RFDC donors
- Attend relevant convenings of the philanthropic community to
develop and strengthen relationships with other grantmakers, and to
educate, and engage the larger funding community around RFDC’s
In conjunction with the RFDC team and Proteus
Fund teams, work to increase RFDC visibility, “voice” and
leadership both in the philanthropy world and more generally via
appropriate communications channels, such as op-eds, blogs, social
media, alerts, updates, conferences, and other events.
With VPP and Proteus Fund Communications team,
develop and regularly update RFDC materials, including the website,
Proteus Fund newsletters and grantmaking reports, engagement tools,
In conjunction with Proteus Fund Senior program
team, integrate RFDC communications goals, objectives, and
messaging into Proteus-wide communications and vice versa.
- In collaboration with the Vice President of Programs and the
Chief Financial Officer, create and monitor the annual budget for
RFDC, including monitoring and evaluating grantmaking budgets, all
other program and operating expenses, and cash flow.
- Mentor, and provide direction to the RFDC team, including
managing workload, problem resolution, and consulting performance.
Retain, orient and train new RFDC consultants.
- Build and maintain an effective RFDC team that that is
connected and committed to the work of RFDC and Proteus Fund.
- Commitment to the mission and values of Proteus Fund as a
progressive social justice organization, including our commitment
to diversity, equity, inclusiveness, and belonging.
- Significant knowledge of movements to promote and advance a
representative democracy in the United States and democratic
institutions. High level of knowledge of racial, gender, queer, and
- Senior level management experience, including overseeing
external consultants and supervising staff.
- Very strong development experience and enthusiasm working with
foundations and high net worth individual donors.
- Strong written, verbal, and related presentation and advocacy
- Demonstrated skills in building and managing an effective team
in a fast-paced and sometimes stressful environment.
- High professional, performance, and ethical standards
- Good problem-solving instincts.
- Attention to detail and a high degree of personal
- Knowledge and understanding of program budget creation and
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and other applications of
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Ten + years of experience in a relevant nonprofit setting.
- Senior level management experience specifically with program
development and/or grantmaking.
- Significant development experience and very high level of
comfort working with foundations and individual donors.
- Significant experience creating and managing budgets, cash
- Experience in program evaluation.
- We value candidates who can demonstrate capability and
articulate how prior experiences will help them transition into
The Program Director manages RFDC consultants.
POSITION TYPE & EXPECTED WORK
This is a full-time 40 hours per week position, and hours of work
and days are Monday through Friday. Proteus business hours are 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Some weekend and evening hours may
occasionally be required.
20% domestic travel
Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are
fundamental principles at Proteus Fund, where employment and
promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities
and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender,
pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national
origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or
any other protected characteristic as established under law.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
Proteus requires its colleagues who are working in an office
setting or who will be required to travel as part of their key
responsibilities to be fully (3 shots) vaccinated against COVID-19.
Where an employee has a medical or bona fide religious reason which
prevents them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, Proteus will
consider accommodations which may allow employees to safely perform
the essential functions of their job.