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Inaugural Executive Director

Employer
Fund to Build Grassroots Power
Location
District of Columbia, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Feb 16, 2024

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Position Type
Executive
Fields
Environment
Employment Type
Full Time

Inaugural Executive Director

Fund to Build Grassroots Power
Remote


ABOUT THE FUND TO BUILD GRASSROOTS POWER

The Fund to Build Grassroots Power ("FBGP" or "The Fund") is a national frontline-serving and accountable intermediary fund that works to strengthen, grow, and support the members and affiliates of four national grassroots networks and alliances:

Climate Justice Alliance
Environmental Justice Forum (coordinated by WE ACT for Environmental Justice)
People's Action Institute
PowerSwitch Action


The FBGP works to advance environmental and climate justice in the United States through the awarding of general operating support grants to organizations within these specified networks.

The Fund specifically aims to support organizations that are led by constituencies who have been historically suppressed and who work on a variety of issues, such as environmental and climate justice, farmworker rights, and economic justice, to name a few. The FBGP also prioritizes communities and regions that have historically lacked adequate investment, like the Southeast and the Midwest. Since its inception in 2019, the FBGP has granted $25.3 million to 136 organizations across the United States.

Intermediary Funds & Theory of Change
Intermediary funds like the FBGP play an essential role in the environmental and climate justice movement by providing flexible funding to frontline organizations. As an intermediary fund, the FBGP expects the organizations it supports to articulate how they will use the funds to build their power, whether by increasing the financial stability of their organization, hiring more organizing staff, or improving digital infrastructure.

The Fund's theory of change states that if grassroots organizations that have ties to national networks have enough capacity and resources, they will be better equipped to effectively engage with these networks, which in turn will strengthen the networks themselves. A stronger set of networks means a stronger infrastructure for the environmental justice movement, allowing all participants in the movement to wield more power at the local, state, and federal levels.

To read more about intermediary funds, review The JPB Foundation's memo on the topic, linked here.

Organizational Structure
As a participatory fund, the FBGP relies on two groups to provide strategic guidance:

The Advisory Board is made up of staff leaders from the national networks the FBGP supports, as well as a representative of The JPB Foundation. This body provides strategic guidance and makes grant recommendations to the Steering Committee to ensure the fund's resources respond to the member organizations' needs.

The Steering Committee is made up of three leaders in the environmental philanthropy field. These leaders guide the Fund's overall grantmaking strategy and process and recommend grant awards to the Fund's fiscal sponsor, the Windward Fund.

In addition to the Advisory Board and Steering Committee, the FBGP engages additional groups to fulfill its mission.

• The Fund was founded by The JPB Foundation.
The Windward Fund offers fiscal sponsorship to the fund – meaning that Windward is able to accept donations into a restricted fund and grant them to organizations. Any staff of FBGP would be employees of the Windward Fund.
• Historically, a team at Arabella Advisors, a philanthropy consulting firm, has provided implementation and management support for the FBGP, and they will continue to do so at least through 2024, with an option to continue beyond that timeframe.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE FUND TO BUILD GRASSROOTS POWER WEBSITE.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The FBGP's governing bodies recently outlined an ambitious shared vision for the Fund's future: a scaling goal over the next two years to become an organization capable of attracting and disbursing $10-25 million annually to grassroots organizations advancing environmental and climate justice, up from $5-7 million in FBGP's recent years. The success of this bold vision hinges in large part on the skills, capabilities, competencies, and qualities of a leader who will play a pivotal role in charting the Fund's course to scale.

As the FBGP aims to expand its reach and deepen its impact in the years ahead, the addition of its first Executive Director (ED) to advance the strategy, vision, and growth goals is significant and marks a pivotal moment in the FBGP's trajectory.

Over the upcoming two years, a significant focus for the FBGP's will be developing and launching an ambitious fundraising strategy, aimed at strategically enhancing the Fund's resource pool. Concurrently, there will be an ongoing commitment to oversee existing grants, understand the fund's impact, and distribute new resources as they become available, ensuring just distribution of resources to grassroots environmental and climate justice organizations nationwide.

Reporting to the FBGP Steering Committee, and working collaboratively with the Advisory Board, the Executive Director will cultivate and steward current and existing relationships with the Fund's stakeholders, lead fundraising efforts to amplify the FBGP's impact, communicate the FBGP's and its grantees' unique value-add in addressing some of our country's most pressing issues, and serve as a dynamic, visionary leader to elevate the Fund's positive influence and field prominence. The Executive Director may hire consultants and/or staff who can support and grow these areas of work.

Specific responsibilities for the Executive Director include:

Craft and implement a fundraising strategy: Develop an ambitious plan to attract new funders to contribute in significant and sustained ways to the FBGP. Showcase the fund's unique value to the environmental and climate justice field and its track record and potential for impact.

Manage current and potential donor relationships: Manage relationships with current and prospective new donors and, as needed, coordinate with the teams at Arabella Advisors and Windward Fund to complete FBGP application and reporting requirements for contributing donors.

Lead external communications: Take the lead in external communications efforts, representing the fund at conferences, reviewing and approving website content, and developing impactful collateral with consultants as needed.

Provide strategic leadership: Support decision-making, in collaboration with the Advisory Board and Steering Committee, to implement and refine the fund's strategic priorities and grant and reporting processes, and determine hiring or contracting needs as relevant to advance the FBGP's goals.

Track industry insights: Stay informed about developments in the field, subgrantees' progress, and collective priorities, fostering connections that support the FBGP's broader goals.

The Arabella team will remain in place to support the Executive Director at least through 2024 in implementing the Fund's priorities and continuing to manage the grant processes, governance, and evaluation of the FBGP, in partnership with the Windward Fund. The Executive Director, in partnership with the Advisory Board and Steering Committee, will have discretion to continue, change, or remove Arabella's support in future years.

Specifically, Arabella Advisors will continue to manage the following responsibilities, with input and oversight from the Executive Director:

Grant distribution and reporting: Oversee grant decision-making and distribution process for the upcoming docket in 2024, guided by the leadership and decisions of the Advisory Board and Steering Committee, and monitor ongoing grant reporting.

Fund evaluation: Continue to refine the fund's evaluation framework and implement the evaluation process, informed by the evolving learning goals the Executive Director, Steering Committee and Advisory Board identify, to assess both the fund's process and impact and to help share the story of the FBGP.

Fund governance: Provide input into goals and planning of Steering Committee and Advisory Board meetings, fostering open communication and collaboration across governance bodies.

Operations: Review learning and feedback from governing bodies and grantees and inform adjustments to operational elements like grant processes and fund governance.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

FBGP is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages expressions of interest from Black, Indigenous and People of Color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQI+ applicants.

A Strong Relationship Builder & Collaborative Leader

This leader will:
• Excel at developing and maintaining relationships with a diverse range of constituents.
• Bring an understanding of collaborative decision-making and governance practices, as well as equitable grant processes.
• Have a genuine approach, with a strong desire and natural ability to build trust-based relationships with internal and external constituents, including the Advisory Board & Steering Committee, constituents of supported networks, donors, foundation leaders, and team members of the Windward Fund & Arabella Advisors.
• Possess an understanding of how to balance collaborative decision-making effectively by navigating conflict, maintaining relationships and advancing decisions in a timely way.

An Expert in Fundraising with A Knowledge of Philanthropy

This leader will:
• Possess a proven track record of successfully securing multi-year, multi-million-dollar funding commitments from various sources.
• Bring an understanding of the philanthropic landscape and equitable philanthropic principles, such as trust-based philanthropy and participatory grantmaking.
• Bring an ability to identify new prospects and tap into different funding streams including institutional philanthropy, ultra-high-net-worth-individuals and families, and other donors.
• Be adept at leveraging communications and storytelling to convey organizational impact to diverse audiences.

A Strategic, Innovative, & Forward-Thinking Builder

This leader will:
• Bring a demonstrated ability to conceptualize, plan, and lead strategic initiatives in alignment with the mission and vision of the Fund, and in coordination with its various constituents.
• Be a proven achiever with experience scaling initiatives, programs, or organizations.
• Possess an understanding of grassroots movement building, ideally in the environmental and climate justice movements.
• Be an innovative thinker who is comfortable shaping a new role and a new pathway, while taking calculated risks and exploring new avenues for growth.
• Bring experience scaling ambitious initiatives that have yielded tangible positive outcomes.

A Commitment to & Passion for the Mission

This leader will:
• Have an authentic and deep commitment to the Fund's theory of change, and a deep belief in its future and impact.
• Bring a demonstrated commitment to advancing racial and social justice through professional experience and personal values.
• Understand the value and power of grassroots community organizing.
• Demonstrate excitement about the prospect of helping to advance the climate and environmental justice movements.
• Lead with sincerity, empathy, honesty, and credibility, and the highest levels of personal and professional ethics.
• Preferably have an understanding of the environmental justice and/or related fields such as the broader environmental movement; public health; climate justice; etc.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

This position is remote and the successful candidate may be based anywhere in the U.S. The Executive Director will be an employee of the Windward Fund, the fiscal sponsor of the Fund to Build Grassroots Power.

The salary range for this position is $200,000–$250,000, and it is offered along with a comprehensive benefits package from the Windward Fund, which includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, and employer-paid life insurance, among other benefits. In line with the Fund's commitment to this work, and to identifying the strongest candidate for the role, the Search Committee is open to considering candidates outside of this compensation range. To that end, we encourage expressions of interest from all. Retirement benefits include a 3% automatic employer contribution, with up to a 3% match.

Beyond vacation time, staff also have 2 weeks of health leave, 2 days of casual leave, 9 standard holidays and 4 floating days, and 20 paid volunteer hours. After 90 days, staff are eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave.

CONTACT

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Chartise Clark, Cheryl Stevens, Claire Hunt, and Bryn Siberski of Koya Partners are leading the search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials by filling out our Talent Profile. To make recommendations or submit an inquiry, please email fundtobuildgrassrootspower_ed@koyapartners.com. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. Photo courtesy of UPROSE If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email nonprofitsearchops@divsearch.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

ABOUT KOYA PARTNERS | DIVERSIFIED SEARCH GROUP

Koya Partners, a Diversified Search Group company, is the nation's premier search firm dedicated to mission-driven leadership. Since its founding in 2004, Koya has had an exclusive focus on mission-driven clients and was founded on the belief that the right leader can transform an organization and have a deep and measurable impact on our world. Koya works with nonprofits & NGOs, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

Diversified Search Group is consistently recognized by Forbes on its top 10 list of "America's Best Executive Recruiting Firms" and is an industry leader in recruiting transformational leaders for a changing world. The firm is deliberately different in its approach, with best-in-class teams who have decades of experience in cultivating inclusive leaders, understanding the dimensions of diversity, and building equitable teams.

Learn more about Koya Partners l Diversified Search Group via the firm's website.


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