FCYO is Hiring a Climate Fund Program Manager
Reporting to the Director of Special Projects, the Climate Fund Program Manager will help launch a new grant making and capacity building program supporting youth organizing at the intersection of climate and racial justice. This will include selection of grant partners, creation of a dynamic peer learning community, and development of funder learning opportunities.
The ideal candidate brings a strong commitment to social justice, knowledge of youth organizing, and an understanding of the climate and environmental justice movement. Additionally, the position will require experience with program coordination, and an ability to plan and coordinate convenings and strengthen the capacity of individual organizations and leaders in the field. Strong facilitation and communication skills are a plus. FCYO is a dynamic, fluid, and fully remote organization workplace; the Program Manager can be located anywhere in the US. Some travel is required.
Grantmaking (25%): FCYO strives to create grantmaking processes that challenge the power imbalances of traditional philanthropy. The Climate Fund Program Manager will be supporting the implementation of a new Climate Fund for grassroots and primarily youth of color-led organizations. This includes developing requests for proposals (RFPs) and creating systems for reviewing grants and selecting organizations. This will also require working closely with the Operations Team to ensure grants are dispersed in a timely manner with all necessary documentation in place to execute a grant agreement. The Program Manager will also support the creation of a communications plan for the grant program announcement and communicate with interested organizations and applicants.
Program Development and Implementation (65%): FCYO completes its grantmaking through cohort-based initiatives that provide funding along with peer learning, capacity building, and convening opportunities. The Program Manager will play a key role in designing and implementing these programs. Foundational to the program will be creating a peer learning community rooted in honesty, vulnerability, rigor, and joy.
This will include:
- Coordinating cohort convenings either in person or virtual depending on travel considerations in the US due to COVID-19
- Leading the process to develop the peer-learning community, which might include political education sessions, organizing trainings and capacity building opportunities for grantees
- Supporting the program evaluation process
- Maintaining regular communications with other organizations in the climate justice movement and regularly assessing conditions that will impact our program
- Building relationships with participating organizations to understand and support their work
- Working with communications and research and development staff to uplift the program externally
- Managing progress on projects from consultants as needed
- Working with the Funder Organizing Team to develop funder learning sessions
Building a Strong Organization 10%: The Program Manager will also support other FCYO activities in service of our mission. The Program Manager will need to build trusting partnerships to ensure our strategy is grounded in current conditions and a vision that strengthens multigenerational, social justice movements in the United States. Additionally, the position will require supporting organizational activities including other grantee convenings, board meetings, and funder briefings as needed.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in social justice work with a clear understanding of the youth organizing field and the climate justice and environmental justice movement.
- Strong racial, gender, and economic justice analysis and understanding of movement building strategy.
- Experience creating and facilitating dynamic learning and community building spaces for social justice leaders.
- Strong oral communication skills; comfortable presenting information at meetings and conferences and representing FCYO in the broader community.
- Strong program coordination skills with attention to detail, deadlines, and holding overall goals.
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse range of people.
- Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects effectively.
- Outstanding creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Must be flexible to work some evenings and weekends around convenings and conferences.
- Experience in philanthropy is preferred.
Work Environment and Physical Demands
The person in this position frequently interacts and communicates with staff and stakeholders, both remotely and potentially in person once travel resumes. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, video conferencing tools, and phones. Candidates must have the ability to communicate via voice telephone and teleconference, read and understand written communication, and generate written communication manually and using a computer. Candidates must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
All staff members support organizational activities that involve national travel by airplane, handling on-the-ground logistics for convenings, traveling and meeting with multiple vendors, and transporting meeting materials. Candidates must be able to remain in a stationary position for 2-3 hours at a time; move documents and supplies weighing up to 25 lbs; and position themselves to file and retrieve documents.
Travel Requirements: 2-5 days of national travel per month. FCYO has resumed travel, however frequency continues to depend on the status of the COVID-19 virus.
Location: Remote, U.S. Based
Job Type: Full-Time, exempt.
Start Date: February 21, 2022
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a full-time, exempt position. The annual salary range is $70,000-$80,000, commensurate with experience, and includes a comprehensive benefits package:
- Medical, dental and vision benefits fully paid for by Bend the Arc for individual coverage and employer contribution of 80% toward monthly premiums for dependent and family coverage;
- Long and short term disability benefits fully paid for by Bend the Arc;
- 401K with employer contribution of 2% after your first year;
- Paid time off including:
- 15 vacation days during your first three years with an increase to 20 vacation days in your fourth year
- 12 sick days per year
- 23 paid holidays each year
- Caregiving / Personal Leave of Absence policy with a Paid Leave Benefit that covers 3 weeks of paid leave for each year of employment, up to 12 paid weeks after four years on staff
- Fully paid sabbatical of up to 12 weeks for long-term employees;
- Adoption Assistance Program providing reimbursement of up to $1,500 for qualified adoption expenses;
- Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account;
- Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account for eligible health related expenses
- Commuter Benefits;
- Employee Assistance Program;
- Life Insurance fully paid for by FCYO
- And more!
FCYO is a project of and fiscally sponsored by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. FCYO and Bend the Arc value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture and provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other legally protected status. Women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter (in Word or PDF file) that describes your experience, commitment, and any relevant personal background to https://fcyo.smapply.io/. Questions should be addressed to Mónica Córdova at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Climate Fund Program Manager” in the subject line of your message. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through January 14, 2022, and interviews will take place in January 2022.