NFG Job Opening: Grantmakers for Southern Progress, Project Director

About Grantmakers for Southern Progress:
Founded in 2009, Grantmakers for Southern Progress (GSP) is a network of Southern and national funders who are committed to advancing progress in the outcomes, conditions, and opportunities for those who are least well off socially, economically, and politically in the South by supporting structural change in the region. GSP is one of four working groups of the Neighborhood Funders Group, a national network of local, regional and national philanthropic institutions with a focus on strengthening communities. GSP is led by two co-chairs and a steering committee, and its programmatic work is overseen by a larger Program Committee and smaller sub-committees.

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As GSP transitions from its start-up phase to its next level of development, we are in need of a dynamic thought leader and network weaver that can build on our success to date and engage Southern and National funders in our strategic vision for achieving progress for the benefit of those who are least well off socially, economically and politically in the South. Grantmakers for Southern Progress works with the Steering and other Committee members in advancing the mission of GSP and provides management, coordination, and support. The Project Director will be supervised by NFG’s Director of Programs and will work closely with GSP’s Co-Chairs and Executive Committee to develop, implement and evaluate GSP’s strategic direction, initiatives, and programmatic work. Additionally, the Project Director is responsible for ensuring that GSP has sufficient capacity to carry out its work and achieve its goals.

GSP is finalizing its strategic approach to engaging Southern and National funders for strategic, coordinated, substantial and long-term investment in structural change work to achieve “progress in the South”. The Project Director will be responsible for providing leadership and oversight as we implement this approach in 2014 and beyond. As relationship building is at the core of all our work, the Project Director must be skilled at fostering strong relationship among and between diverse funders, offering strategic support to GSP members as they engage in structural change work and facilitating opportunities for learning and collaborative action.

• Provide core leadership in the development and implementation of GSP’s programmatic priorities
• Recruiting and engaging partners and members in GSP programming.
• Manage the financial resources of GSP (with the assistance of NFG’s operations manager and accountant), including developing budget materials, paying bills, and producing financial reports.
• Work with the Executive Committee to raise GSP’s budget (at least $125,000), including cultivation of potential funders from within GSP and from new members or supporters, and writing proposals and grant reports
• Maintain relationships with current GSP funders, and build relationships with new ones. Ensure synergy and communications on fundraising with NFG.
• Hire and supervise consultants on an as-need basis.
• In partnership with Co-chairs and other Committee members, develop agendas for Steering or other Committee meetings. Produce background documents for meetings.
• As one of 4 NFG Working Groups (Working Group on Labor and Community Partnership, Working Group on Housing Justice and Community Partnerships, and Working Group on Place-Based Community Change), partner with NFG staff to identify opportunities for synergy and collaboration.
• Represent GSP (alongside Steering Committee members) with funders, colleagues and other funder networks, media, grantees, and others (includes responding to inquiries and strategically positioning GSP with various audiences).
• Help to develop and maintain strong relationships with NFG working groups and other partner organizations.
• Keep abreast of major developments and trends in structural change work in the South in the philanthropic, non-profit and policy sectors.

• Deep knowledge of and lived experience in the South, with a particular insight and background in the philanthropic and non-profit sector in the region
• Demonstrated leadership, group facilitation, analytical and strategic thinking skills
• Ability to think strategically about the interests of GSP and its membership.
• A skilled and proven relationship builder and network weaver
• Capacity to listen well, mediate, build bridges between diverse groups and perspectives represented by Southern and national funders.
• Demonstrated skill and success at foundation fundraising and good knowledge of the philanthropic landscape in and outside of the South.
• Commitment to and experience in implementing a range of structural change approaches to improve conditions and outcomes for those who are least well off socially, economically and politically in the South
• Strong writing, analytical, and organizational skills
• Experience in partnering with funders on projects.
• Demonstrated project, organizational and financial management expertise.
• Ability to work independently in a virtual environment.
• Ability to work under pressure, and to balance numerous priorities, including the roles described above

The salary range is from $60,000-$75,000, depending on experience. Benefits include generous leave, and for full-time employees health insurance and retirement contributions.

Please send a cover letter, resume and two references to by Friday, July 18, 2014.

NFG is an equal-opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.