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Position: Date Posted 27 December 2012
Program Officer, Racial Justice & Minority Rights Application Deadline Until Filled
Location New York, USA

Summary Description

The Program Officer will develop and manage a portfolio of grants and related activities focusing on racial justice, civil rights, and equality in the United States, as part of the Foundation’s worldwide initiative on Advancing Racial Justice and Minority Rights. With work throughout the Americas, our Advancing Racial Justice and Minority Rights initiative seeks to advance the rights of a diverse racial and ethnic community, including Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans in the U.S., and Afro-descendants and indigenous peoples in Brazil and the Andean Region and Southern Cone.

The portfolio will focus on consolidating the progress achieved in combating inequality and on dismantling institutional discrimination and other barriers to full participation that racial and ethnic minorities and indigenous people continue to experience in society. Programming will address both traditional areas of exclusion, such as education, employment, and political participation, and new challenges facing these communities. Building on prior Foundation work, this portfolio supports efforts in the U.S., coordinating with teams working on racial justice, indigenous rights, and other related issues globally. The Program Officer, working closely with the Director of Equality and Justice and the Vice President for Democracy Rights and Justice, will have the opportunity to further refine the current grant making strategy to ensure that the strategy is at the cutting edge of racial justice work in the twenty-first century.

Along with expertise in civil rights and racial justice issues, the Program Officer will bring an understanding of broader human rights concerns and of the intersection of race with gender, poverty, immigrant status, and other social dynamics. S/he will consider the role of domestic laws and policies, as well as international human rights laws and mechanisms, in enforcing anti-discrimination and equal opportunity principles. Our efforts emphasize strengthening civil and human rights organizations, and supporting legal and policy advocacy efforts to protect rights and achieve equality. In addition, the Program Officer will consider opportunities presented by non-legal approaches such as communications strategies, organizing, and research to advance racial justice.

The Program Officer will review existing work; manage a current portfolio of grantees; identify potential grantees; formulate grant making strategies; solicit, review and respond to grant proposals; monitor grants and other developments in the field; prepare recommendations for Foundation funding; and effectively communicate results. S/he is expected to develop and maintain close working relationships with existing and potential grantees, and with relevant leaders in government and civil society, and to promote coordination and cumulative learning among key stakeholders.

The Advancing Racial Justice and Minority Rights initiative is part of the Foundation’s worldwide Democracy Rights and Justice program, which also includes initiatives in the areas of Immigrant & Migrant Rights, Civil & Criminal Justice Reform, Women’s Rights, LGBT Rights, HIV/AIDS Rights, Human Rights Worldwide, Civic and Political Participation, Strengthening Civil Society, Electoral Reform and Democratic Participation, and Transparent Effective and Accountable Government. Joining a dynamic human rights staff working on a range of issues around the world, the Program Officer will also work closely and in coordination with staff in other relevant program areas of the Foundation in New York and overseas.



  • Minimum 7 years professional experience working on racial justice issues in the U.S.; advanced training in law or public policy, or other relevant field; experience working with a range of individuals in civil society, government and the private sector; familiarity with international legal instruments, demonstrated experience working effectively as part of a team and with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and perspectives; fluency in English; and excellent analytical, oral presentation, writing, and interpersonal skills. Also desirable are fluency in Spanish and familiarity with philanthropy and nonprofit sector issues in the U.S. and developing countries.
  • Please submit a 5-20 page sole-authored writing sample in English with your application materials.

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