Program Associate - Fund for Trans Generations (BP)

About Borealis Philanthropy

Borealis Philanthropy was started in 2014 with the vision of changing how philanthropy works by being the change we want to see in the field. By operating with high respect for our staff, consultants, and grantees, we help donors be more effective with their resources—both human and financial. We are a different type of intermediary and our values include the following:

  • Responsiveness: We proactively monitor the rapidly changing nature of the work we fund and allocate resources accordingly.
  • Transparency: We make information about our services and our knowledge publicly available and accessible to philanthropy.
  • Complexity: We recognize the complexity of issues and support organizations working at the intersections of a wide variety of societal challenges.
  • Philanthropic advocacy: We seek to educate non-profits and grantmakers on the critical role that intermediaries play within philanthropy.
  • Expertise: We bring a deep level of knowledge and experience in grantmaking and the respective fields in which we fund.
  • Diversity: Our staff and board demonstrate the lived experiences we fund.

It is our belief that above and beyond the work of each of our collaborative funds, Borealis’ vision and values are equally important and that the sum of our work should be greater than the parts.

Overview of the Position

The Program Associate position provides support to the Fund for Trans Generations, a collaborative fund based at Borealis Philanthropy. The Fund for Trans Generations (FTG) was created by a diverse group of funders to ensure that frontline trans activists and organizations have the financial resources and engagement needed to advance the safety, security and rights of trans people. The Fund’s grantmaking is informed by and responsive to trans communities and movements.

Reports to: Program Officer FTG

Major Responsibilities

  • Grantmaking: Provide administrative support for Fund activities including:
    • Assist in the design of the Request for Proposals (RFP) sent to prospective applicants.
    • Assist with inquiries from applicants, including providing translation and interpretation assistance as needed.
    • Provide support and feedback during the grantee selection process
    • Assist with review of proposals submitted by grant applicants; make site visits, as appropriate.
    • Assist with the preparation of written summaries for recommendations docket to donors.
    • Provide support to the organizational development and leadership development components of grantmaking.
    • Assist with grantee notifications and ongoing communications
    • Provide translation and interpretation assistance as needed to support applicants throughout the grant making and reporting process
  • Peer Learning: Provide support in the development of grantee peer-learning (including grantee convenings) activities.
  • Meeting coordination: Support the coordination of meetings for the FTG:
    • Provide support for donor meetings, forums, community briefings, grantee gatherings, and webinars.
      • Specific tasks include: meeting planning, creation of meeting materials, preparation and distribution of minutes and meeting materials, creation and management of mailing lists, meeting follow-up work, hosting of webinars, etc.
    • Fundraising: provide staff support as necessary around funder research, assistance with proposal and report writing, preparation and distribution.
    • Budgeting: assist with tracking of FTG expenses.
    • General administrative support: generate payment requests and invoice processing, compile reimbursement requests, provide travel and meeting logistical support, update the FTG webpages as necessary, schedule internal and external meetings and organize and maintain program files.


  • Strong interest in philanthropy or nonprofit sector/community work.
  • Experience with and strong interest in trans-led, intersectional organizing and advocacy.
  • Bi-lingual, Spanish/English strongly preferred
  • Experience working in a nonprofit organization, preferably with some experience in dealing with foundations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with a range of groups, including donors, consultants and community leaders.
  • Experience working with diverse communities.
  • Sensitivity to confidentiality needs.
  • Strong administrative skills, including accurate and timely preparation of reports, time management and organization.
  • Strong communications skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong ability and desire to work in a team environment.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities and provide administrative and programmatic support to several different people.
  • Expertise with Microsoft Windows Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook) and familiarity with or comfortability learning how to use grant management software such as Foundant GLM.
  • Ability to work remotely with a staff team located in different parts of the country.

Compensation and Benefits

Status: Full-time, Regular, Exempt, benefits eligible

Salary Range: $60-75k

Benefits include: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Medical and Dependent Care Flex Spending Account, Trans Health Benefit program, 401k plan, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance, Life and AD&D Insurance, 12 paid holidays plus the days between Christmas and New Year’s, paid parental leave, and a generous PTO program.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Borealis is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff team. We strongly encourage applicants who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color; transgender, gender non-conforming, nonbinary people; immigrants; women/femmes; people with disabilities; and/or formerly incarcerated people.

How to Apply

Position open until filled. We encourage applications on or before February 15, 2019.

Please email the following materials to [email protected] and indicate:    “FTG Program Associate – Name” in subject line of email and attach:

  • Cover letter detailing your experience and qualifications
  • Resume
  • Links to 2 – 3 articles, videos, and/or resources about trans activism that speak to your interests on this issue and/or that you have written

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