Director of Programs (BP)

Overview of the Position

The role of program staff in a philanthropic intermediary like Borealis Philanthropy is different than that in an endowed foundation.  While program staff are deeply involved in grantmaking, they also have a role in fundraising and donor relations

Report to:  Vice President of Strategy and Programs

Major Responsibilities

Staff Supervision

  • Supervise the lead staff of designated funds (Black-led Movement Fund, Transforming Movements Fund, Communities Transforming Policing Fund, Fund for Trans Generations & Community Advocacy for Bail Reform) and senior grants manager, including provision of regular, on-going feedback and check-in with direct reports.
  • Support professional development and training of direct reports.
  • Conduct annual performance evaluation of all direct reports.

Grantmaking and Grants Management

  • Manage off-cycle grantmaking procedures, including grant write-ups recommendations for board online approval.
  • Coordinate board participation and board approval for grantmaking meetings.
  • Attend and provide support for all fund meetings with direct reports.
  • Work with Senior Grants Manager and finance team to oversee grants administration and due diligence procedures.

Evaluation and Capacity-Building

  • Work with VP of Strategy and Programs and Director of Impact and Learning to oversee grantee evaluation and capacity-building programs.

Organizational/Programmatic Planning and Systems

  • Work with VP of Strategy and Programs to develop annual work plans for funds and projects and coordinate monthly program staff meetings to increase coordination, collaboration, and peer learning.
  • Work with VP of Strategy and Programs on both the process and implementation of the strategic plan.
  • Work with President and VP of Strategy and Programs to plan and implement annual staff and board retreat activities.

Borealis Donor Relations and Field Building

  • Work with the President and each of the respective Fund’s program officers to strategically identify and cultivate new donors.
  • Ensure coordination among donor outreach between different Borealis funds.
  • Provide presentations to current and prospective donors as needed.
  • Serve as an effective public spokesperson for Borealis and raise the visibility of the organization’s work by presenting and writing in diverse forums.
  • Build and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with funder colleagues, grantees, and other key partners.

Communications and Development

  • Work with Communications Officer and VP of Strategy & Programs to implement communications plans for the organization and for each fund.
  • Provide content and feedback to RFPs, donor proposals/reports, and other fundraising-related communications. 

Other duties

  • Work with Borealis team to address organization-wide needs.
  • Provide support for additional Borealis Philanthropy activities.


Director should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • 10 or more years’ experience in philanthropic and/or nonprofit management.
  • A deep commitment to the core values and principles of Borealis.
  • Depth and breadth of knowledge of grantmaking and capacity-building approaches
  • Strong familiarity with the issues, communities, and movements we support through our collaborative funds.
  • Significant experience working in or with, philanthropy serving organizations. Experience managing donor collaboratives is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to involve and work collaboratively and effectively with peers in joint and shared efforts
  • Organization savvy and strong interpersonal and facilitation skills.
  • Highly developed and demonstrated personnel and project management skills.
  • Experience with grants management systems a plus.
  • An ability to perform effectively under pressure and to practice strong organizational skills when faced with multiple time-sensitive priorities.
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills.
  • The highest level of personal and professional integrity and quality standards.
  • Ability to work remotely, within a virtual organization, with staff members throughout the country.

Borealis is committed to building a diverse team and ensuring nondiscrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws.

Compensation and Benefits

Status:                        Full-time, Regular, Exempt, benefits eligible
Salary Range:            $135-150k 

How to Apply

Position open until filled. The first review of applications and scheduling of interviews will begin in mid December, so we encourage applications on or before December 10, 2018. Please email [email protected] and indicate “Director of Programs – Name” in subject line of email and attach:

  • Cover letter detailing your experience and qualifications
  • Resume
  • Two to three writing samples that demonstrate your ability to develop content relevant to non-profit and philanthropy settings. This could include: training curriculum, research, article or blog post, etc.

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