Job Description: Grants and Education Program Manager

ABOUT THE INITIATIVE

The Jews of Color Field Building Initiative is a U.S.-based, and centered effort focused on building and advancing the professional, organizational and communal field for Jews of Color.

The Initiative focuses on grantmaking, research and field building, and community education, and hosts the nation’s first-ever philanthropic and capacity building fund expressly dedicated to responding to racial injustice through helping further establish, fortify and building-out the field of support for Jews of Color.

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Jews of Color Field Building Initiative hosts the nation’s first and only philanthropic fund expressly dedicated to fortifying and building-out the field of support for Jews of Color. We are poised to make lasting contributions to the Jewish communal eco-system for Jews of Color with plans to annually increase our grantmaking activity focused on supporting fellowships, grassroots networking, organizational and professional development, knowledge-making and sharing.

The Initiative also has a robust Education focus, working with the nation’s finest fellowships, Jewish communal organizations, and educational institutions. Focused on community leadership and influencers, the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative currently works with frameworks and data at the paradigm-shifting and strategy level and wishes to both extend that work and add to its capacities.

The Jews of Color Field Building Initiative is looking for a full-time Grants and Education Program Manager to help grow and advance our Grants and Education Programs. The Jews of Color Field Building Initiative is a small, growing, and mighty operation. All staff is expected to have a collective, can-do approach to their work in specific and the work of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative in general.

This position is based in our Berkeley, CA office, but other candidates in remote locations are also possible. The role is exempt, full-time, 40 hours per week. This position reports to the Director.

The Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, formally launched in 2018 is doing groundbreaking work at the intersection of Jews of Color and Jewish Community. We need a Grants and Education Program Manager who thrives at the nexus of strategy/operations/project management/details/excellence. With a positive attitude, dedication to the work that facilitates success, and authentic passion for the Initiative’s work and mission, the right fit is bursting with excitement about this opportunity to be part of the team building the Field for Jews of Color.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manage and support the growth of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative’s Grant Program
    • In partnership with the Director consider the Field being built through the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative grantmaking program
    • Scan the country for potential grantees, make connections, nurture and coach potential grantees through the grant application process, support proposal submission
    • Prepare grant proposals for approval consideration, help lead grant advisory group, prepare materials and present to Stewards Group for affirmation
    • Work with Grants Specialist to produce grant agreement letters and grant checks
    • Support and steward grant and grantee for life of the grant
    • Review grant reports supporting grantees and advance learnings
    • Manage grant budget
    • Create related presentations and reports
    • Support related programs, workshops, and events
  • Manage and support the growth of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative’s Education Program
    • Identify and build relationships or extend current relationships with national Jewish organizational leaders and influencer.
    • Engage leadership audiences, and bring them paradigm-shifting conversations about amplifying and centering the voices and experiences of Jews of Color, the importance of building the field for Jews of Color, and the importance of Jewish communal organizations and leaders understating the community as multiracial rather than Ashkenormative
    • Develop new educational programs to add to our suite of offerings
    • Create related presentations and reports
    • Support related programs, workshops, and events
  • Advance the profile and reputation of the Initiative
  • Hold and treat the Initiative’s work with intentionality, care, and absolute discretion
  • Support all aspects of planning and implementing a new, national Initiative, as needed
  • Collaborate with other staff when appropriate

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • At least 5 years of professional experience, including launching and managing projects.
  • Verifiable track record of achieving successful outcomes within complex environments
  • Experience networking disparate groups and cohort building
  • Experience with presenting and leading groups
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Highly developed strategic thinking and execution skills.
  • Exceptional written, editing, and text-based skills. Superior attention to detail.
  • Organized and self-directed.
  • Ability to set priorities, work independently, multi-task with regular interruptions, problem-solve, and coordinate projects successfully.
  • Refined ability to anticipate, intuit, prioritize and take the initiative.
  • Fluency and adaptive approach to technology including Outlook, Google Drive and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Positive experience as part of and ability to thrive in and navigate complex multiracial environments.
  • Experience with and passion for understanding U.S. Jewish communities, politics and policies.
  • Knowledge of and passion for U.S. History, and contemporary social/political affairs.
  • Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with all members of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative community and network including community leaders, clergy, funders, organizational leaders, and colleagues.
  • Ability to hold diverse/complex/sometimes conflicting views about Jewish communal pain-points is essential (ex. Israel and Palestine, is anti-Zionism anti-Semitism? The Women’s March).
  • Ability to work in both in-person and virtual environments.
  • Ability to work across time zones. While our work generally occurs in Pacific Standard Time, this position will interface with colleagues across the U.S., in Israel, and in other countries.
  • There will be infrequent evening/weekend hours.

 

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

$65,000 – $72,000 commensurate with experience.

TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS

The Grants and Education Program Manager will work inside an office environment, as well as indoor and outdoor venues on occasion.

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL TASKS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Continual sitting, standing, typing, and repetitive computer use. Occasional walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, pushing, pulling, lifting, kneeling, and twisting. Frequently communicates with others and must be able to exchanges accurate information.

TO APPLY

Please send a resume (no longer than two pages) and cover letter of one page outlining the following:

  • What about this opportunity interests you?
  • What about you and this role are a great fit?
  • Relevant experience that suggests you’ll be successful in this role?
  • List of three references

Please send resume and cover letter via email to info@jewsofcolorfieldbuilding.org and include “Grants and Education Program Manager” in the subject line.