LIFT Fund Director Wanted

The LIFT Fund is the first-of-its-kind partnership between the AFL-CIO and a set of philanthropic institutions created to support innovative local partnerships between worker centers and labor unions, aimed at protecting the rights of workers and improving their working conditions at the workplace/raising the standards on jobs.  Established in 2011, LIFT’s goals are (1) to identify, support, and highlight innovative partnerships and strategies that empower working people and advance the movement for economic justice and equity; and (2) to build synergy and better align the work of the labor movement and philanthropy in advancing economic justice and equity.
This job is for you if:
  • you have a strong personal commitment to economic justice, worker and immigrant rights, progressive policy, and the labor movement; 
  • you are a strategic thinker, intellectually curious, and a good communicator (written and verbal); 
  • you can plan and coordinate  engaging meetings and keep interesting streams of conversation alive between periodic face-to-face convenings; and
  • you are excited about the idea of continuing to position the LIFT Fund’s work into national conversations about the future of work, labor, and economic justice.
The Job
The Fund Director will work closely with a small Steering Committee comprised of representatives of the AFL-CIO and program officers from contributing foundations (Ford, Kellogg, Solidago, General Service).  The Solidago Foundation is the fiscal sponsor for the LIFT Fund and will be the employer of the Fund Director and provide administrative support for the Director. 
Working collectively with the Steering Committee, the Fund Director will:
  • Facilitate development and evaluation of the LIFT Fund’s overall strategy and vision;
  • Represent the LIFT Fund within philanthropic, labor and other relevant arenas with the goal of developing strategic partnerships and collaboration, including new funding, sharing lessons and insights of the Fund with other stakeholders, and ensuring LIFT’s strategy is informed by and connected to a broader field;
  • Lead and support a strategic communications effort to raise the visibility, share lessons and insights,  and highlight the accomplishments of the LIFT Fund;
  • Initiate and manage the development of research, toolkits, and other documents that showcase best practices, innovations and learnings across the field; and
  • Plan and facilitate two to three in-person Steering Committee meetings and one to two national convenings of grantees and other stakeholders. (The Fund Director will develop the agenda, content, budget and logistics for all of the meetings/convenings.)
The Fund Director will independently:
  • Carry out development related tasks of the fund, including writing and submitting grant proposals and financial and narrative reports;
  • Oversee grantmaking activities for the Fund, which will involve:
    • Helping the Steering Committee set priorities and make decisions for the annual process of grantmaking;
    • Overseeing the LOI and RFP processes, soliciting, reviewing, and prioritizing requests for funding;  
    • Developing and overseeing an assessment and decision-making process for the Steering Committee; and
    • Managing the grant award process, including signing and overseeing grant agreements, ensuring compliance with grant requirements, and monitoring progress and reporting.
    • Monitor developments in the field and in the media related to workers centers, the labor movement, and innovative practices and policies, and keep the Steering Committee and Fund grantees apprised of critical events and important issues;
    • Serve as the main point of contact with current, past, and potential grantees of the LIFT Fund and act as a liaison between grantees and the Steering Committee; and
    • Manage all financial information for the Fund, develop budgets, and work with the fiscal sponsor to track that information.
Requirements: Role is currently 40 hours a week with benefits. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Field, labor, and/or philanthropic experience, as well as organizing and/or policy experience is an asset. Prefer candidates who are located on the east coast and willing to travel frequently and sometimes on short notice. Spanish language is a plus.
Deadline: Please submit a cover letter and resume to by COB Monday, January 11th, 2016.