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Senior Program Officer, Gender and Reproductive Equity Grantmaking


Washington, DC

Employer:  Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies
Category:  Professional Services
Nonprofit - Social Services
Job Type:  Full Time


The Senior Program Officer (SPO) will serve as the “connective tissue” within the GRE team, and between the GRE team, cross-functional organizational teams and external consultants. Through grantmaking and other support, GRE works to increase women’s and gender-expansive people’s: 1) political power and leadership; 2) knowledge, freedom and power to determine their reproductive lives; 3) economic power; and 4) safety and security from violence. The SPO will hold GRE’s work to intentionally strengthen both our team’s processes and a culture that reflects our values. They will advance GRE’s strategies by ensuring cross-initiative tools and supports – including capacity building and evaluation – are well-conceived, helpful and delivered with both efficiency and care. The SPO will join a team of six, and be based in Schusterman’s Washington, DC or New York, NY office.


Team Culture & Workflow Management (50%)

▪    Direct and ensure effective implementation of our team’s operations and processes, including equitable and efficient workflow and grantmaking.

▪    Nurture our team culture, including conceptualizing and project managing both our multi-day annual team-building retreat and two shorter retreats that prepare us for our board meetings; and developing a vision for our weekly team meetings and directing their execution.

▪    Connect our team’s cross-strategy capacity building and evaluation work to team building.

▪    Promote collaboration and learning between our team and other internal teams and colleagues.

▪    Perform additional duties as needed including, but not limited to, grantmaking and managing special projects, initiatives and convenings.


Cross-Team Liaison (30%)

Impact and Operations

▪    Cultivate relationships with the foundation’s Impact and Operations team and make sure the GRE team’s framework for evaluation and capacity building is in alignment with and nourishes foundation-wide assessments of our work.

▪    Together with the foundation’s Impact and Operations team, develop learning products (updates, briefs, journal articles, webinars, panels, etc.) that share out evaluation findings with grantee partners, foundation colleagues and the gender, reproductive and racial equity field at large.


▪    Provide input into our annual communications plan to prioritize how our work and strategies should be highlighted internally to the organization and externally to broader audiences.

▪    Triage requests between the Communications and GRE teams to move work forward efficiently and intentionally.


Evaluation & Capacity Building Strategy Implementation (20%)

▪    Guide and manage implementation of our evaluation and capacity building functions, including holding our relationships with our evaluation and capacity building consultants, and working to ensure our framework and metrics continue to be relevant to us, our grantee partners and foundation-wide efforts to assess impact.

▪    In collaboration with consultants and program staff, supervise data collection for our team.

▪    Alongside the grantmaking team, build and cultivate relationships with our grantee partners to fully understand evaluation and capacity needs, approaches, successes and challenges, and how these evolve as organizations develop.

▪    Drawing on grantee partners’ experience and needs, articulate a vision for foundation supports that focus on capacity and leadership building, and advocate for these within the foundation and among peer foundation colleagues.



▪    7-10 years of experience in the social justice sector. Philanthropic experience preferred, but not required.

▪    Knowledge of the gender, reproductive and/or racial equity fields and alacrity in analyzing and communicating the intersections of race, gender and power.

▪    Experience devising and managing productive cross-team/department work and processes, including agenda design and facilitation.

▪    Extensive experience facilitating multi-stakeholder processes, especially overseeing work implemented by partners (consultants, vendors, etc.) who do not report to you.

▪    A vision of capacity building rooted in assets, a broad definition and frontline expertise; experience with capacity building as a provider or recipient.

▪    Demonstrated capacity to make connections, strategize and learn across program functions, and to ensure learning is shared and useful.

▪    Experience managing multiple complex projects across multiple teams and stakeholders.



Competitive hiring range of $135,000- $163,000 based on experience and on Schusterman’s commitment tointernal equity. A strong benefits package is also offered. Schusterman encourages ongoing professionaldevelopment and supports activities aligned with one’s individual career growth plan. Schusterman will not cover relocation expenses for this position.


Please share with us your resume along with a cover letter that articulates 1) your vision of how capacity building and evaluation can work together to strengthen social justice organizations, and 2) your team-building secret weapon. Your application materials should be submitted by Friday, February 10, 2023.


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