The Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP) is an innovative and thought-provoking network that shares an underlying conviction that all people deserve a voice in our democratic process. The organization serves leaders in the philanthropic community working to further this vision with heightened attention to issues of equity and historically disenfranchised and underrepresented communities. Its members support non-partisan efforts to engage voters, eliminate structural barriers to voting, advance reforms to improve government and electoral systems, and inspire public involvement in civic life.
For nearly thirty-five years, FCCP has been a driving force in civic engagement grantmaking. In the 1980s, it advanced effective voter registration philanthropy; in the 90s, it supported campaign finance reform efforts; and by the 2000s, it shifted to explore new voting technologies, voter engagement strategies, and election administration reforms. This decade, FCCP has increased its internal capacity in order to better engage and serve its members in new and innovative ways.
The organization marked a new era when it brought on a new executive director in January 2015. Since then, FCCP has undergone a significant transition to become a more modern affinity group equipped to meet the growing needs of its members and the civic engagement sector as a whole. These changes have resulted in historic growth for the organization, which currently has 85 members representing over $700 million in annual grantmaking to the field.
FCCP is staffed by a team working primarily from Austin and Washington, DC. We are fiscally sponsored by NEO Philanthropy, a 501(c)(3) public charity that operates grantmaking, technical assistance and strategic planning programs for institutional and individual donors interested in social justice and human rights issues.
FCCP is looking for an experienced professional with a strong understanding of the importance of a healthy democracy to become its Program Manager. This position will work with the Program Director to manage FCCP’s external programming to expand and inform the field of civic engagement grantmaking and create the space for dynamic strategy discussions. The person who will thrive in this
position will be a mission-driven individual with the proven ability to create and implement strategic program plans, manage projects, build and sustain successful relationships, write persuasively and listen effectively. They will be an exceptionally well-organized team player who knows how to think big yet is not above managing the day-to-day logistical and administrative details needed to make this position a success. Strong program or organizing experience in a social-justice setting and/or within the philanthropic community is essential to this mid-level position, as is the ability to work efficiently as a member of a small close-knit (and sometimes virtual) team. The Program Manager will report directly to the Program Director, and collaborate with operations and membership and development staff, the Advisory Board, and FCCP members.
The Program Manager will fulfill the following responsibilities by working closely with FCCP’s Program Director, the Executive Director and the FCCP Advisory Board.
- Manage FCCP’s webinars + conference calls including:
- Coordinate the development of the series calendar, discussion goals and agendas
- Coordinate speaker preparation
- Manage the participant registration process and follow-up
- Outreach and communications to market the discussion
- Facilitate virtual meeting logistics
- Support FCCP’s convening agenda development and execution, including the planning of specific sessions and events
- Manage FCCP’s Money in Politics Working Group, including:
- Work with staff + working group leadership to create and implement working group work plans
- Facilitate communications, virtual meeting logistics and materials in coordination with working group leadership and consultants
- Track and brief FCCP staff on relevant developments in the field
- Work with FCCP staff and working group leadership to provide integration and connection between working group and other FCCP programs
- Manage FCCP’s communications in coordination with the Operations team, including:
- Research, write and design content for the FCCP newsletter and other special communications
- Update and maintain programmatic aspects of the FCCP website, database and email lists
- Provide logistical support to all of FCCP’s programming
- Supports the Program Team in implementing its annual work plan
- Additional projects as assigned
Skills and Experience
- Three to six years of related experience in philanthropy or on civic engagement, public policy, democracy and/or social justice issues
- Experience implementing innovative programs, organizing and managing events and cultivating relationships with key stakeholders
- Strong leadership skills with the ability to interact with various constituents such as philanthropic colleagues, community organizations and high-profile individuals
- Proven experience working with leaders and organizations from communities of color and other historically marginalized communities
- Knowledge of how to develop processes and protocols that monitor timeliness, efficiency and outcomes of multiple projects according to a plan
- Strong meeting + webinar facilitation skills
- Event coordination experience
- Experience supervising staff, consultants, and/or interns
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong editorial skills
- Proficiency with online meeting/event tools (Adobe Connect, Zoom, etc), e-newsletter tools (MailChimp), CRM databases, Wordpress web platform and desktop publishing software a plus
- Demonstrated commitment to the principles of a vibrant, equitable and inclusive democracy
- Strategic thinker with outstanding interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen effectively
- Team player with high standards of excellence and a willingness to do what it takes to get the job done
- Excellent judgment, tact and Emotionally mature with a sense of humor and grace under pressure
- Demonstrated capacity for effective teamwork with ability to work virtually across multiple time zones
- Proven ability to manage multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines while maintaining excellent attention to detail
- Ability and willingness to travel occasionally
COMPENSATION AND LOCATION
Salary for this position will be set at $70,000. FCCP offers an excellent benefits package that includes medical insurance, paid time off and employer-paid contribution to retirement. This position will be located in Washington DC.
Please send a one-page cover letter and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Program Manager” in the subject line. Your cover letter should address your qualifications and state why you are interested in working at FCCP. An application document that is bundled into one PDF and does not exceed four pages is preferred.
Dates to know:
- Applications are due by 10pm Eastern Time on Thursday, October 18th
- Interviews will be held between October 23rd – November 9th
- Preferred start date is Monday, November 26th
To learn more about FCCP, please visit us online at www.funderscommittee.org.
FCCP is an equal opportunity employer.
We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.