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Program Officer, Central America
Foundation for a Just Society in New York, New York
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Date Posted 07/27/2017
Philanthropy-Program Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


Foundation for a Just Society advances the human rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI people globally, with an emphasis on those experiencing the greatest levels of injustice and discrimination. We do so through supporting organizations that use innovative, intersectional, locally-rooted strategies that meet immediate needs while igniting long-term, structural change in communities and regions that have been overlooked by philanthropy. We seek to strengthen movements that create a world where all people are valued and lead self-determined lives.




The Program Officer for Central America, will serve as the key point of contact for organizations in Central America (priority countries are currently El Salvador and Guatemala), review grant requests, conduct due diligence, make grant recommendations, manage a diverse portfolio of grants, carry out and evaluate regional grantmaking strategies, and manage consultants. In addition, the Program Officer will contribute to the implementation of the other elements of FJS’ Theory of Change (capacity building, strategic communications, and leadership in philanthropy).


The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker, analytical, highly adaptive, technologically savvy, an independent problem solver, meticulous, collegial, and thrives in a dynamic environment. The candidate has strong working knowledge of relevant movements in Central America. This position requires international and domestic travel and is based out of New York City.






  • Update and revise portfolio strategy as needed; contribute to the development of in-depth knowledge and strategic analysis of assigned countries and region, including current trends, threats and opportunities, and key resource people and

  • Implement grantmaking priorities for the

  • Oversee all stages of grantmaking in regional portfolio(s), including solicitation, due diligence, assessment and evaluation, recommendations for funding, docket writing, and presentation to the CEO and Board of

  • Monitor grant implementation and evaluate performance, including following up on grantee inquiries and site


  • Review and prepare analysis of progress and final reports from grantee partners to highlight achievements and lessons learned; prepare internal status reports and contribute to programmatic analysis for the Program Team and Board of

  • Attend Board meetings to present recommendations and provide information and updates; interact with the Board of Directors throughout the

  • Recruit and manage external consultant

  • Adhere to foundation grant management system and grantmaking procedures, including preparation of all relevant

  • Conduct outreach to countries and areas that are relevant for the


Capacity Building

  • Field emergent capacity building requests from current grantee

  • Work closely with individual grantee partners to build their organizational

  • Develop a field-level capacity building approach for regional portfolio as


Strategic Communications

  • Contribute to the advancement of our communications strategy, as guided by the Communications

  • Collaborate with the Communications Team to build the communications capacities of grantee partners and the women’s and LGBTQI rights

  • Serve as an ambassador for the foundation’s mission to external

  • Articulate trends and grantmaking priorities for the portfolio to outside


Leadership in Philanthropy

  • Contribute to developing knowledge products for funder audiences that are grounded in FJS analysis and learning from our grantmaking practice and

  • Engage in relevant funder affinity groups and funder collaborations and focus on leveraging new and appropriate resources for women’s, girls’ and LGBTQI

  • Develop partnerships with other institutions to extend the impact of our

  • Represent the foundation professionally at relevant meetings and




  • Demonstrated commitment to the foundation’s vision and deep alignment with its

  • Sophisticated understanding of global and grassroots, intersectional justice movements, with an emphasis on the leadership of women, girls, and LGBTQI people from marginalized communities.

  • Understanding of the role of philanthropy in effecting transformative

  • At least five years of professional experience in women’s rights and LGBTQI rights work in Central America, ideally within the philanthropic

  • Substantive knowledge of and familiarity with relevant movements, grassroots groups, networks, and NGOs in the

  • Knowledge and familiarity with grantmaking processes and procedures


  • Significant experience writing and talking about social justice using an intersectional lens; ability to convey the depth and complexity of issues in a way that remains accessible to broad

  • Demonstrated ability to engage in strategic and analytical

  • Understanding of programmatic monitoring and

  • Exceptional written and oral communications

  • Spanish and English language

  • Eligibility to work in the United




  • Ability to adeptly manage multiple projects simultaneously and

  • Effectively manages competing priorities and can reprioritize tasks as

  • Excellent interpersonal skills that includes sensitivity to and respect for colleagues’ time, work styles, and

  • Willingness to embrace critical feedback with a positive

  • Takes initiative, is self-motivated, and has a desire to learn and improve

  • Shows discretion and ability to effectively manage confidentiality

  • Strong attention to




The phases outlined below are intended to aid planning and ensure applicants are able to gain sufficient insight into the foundation from a cross-section of staff during the hiring process. It will also reveal candidates who will be most successful in this role and at the foundation.


Phase 1: Send your applications materials (outlined below) by the end of business on August 31.


Phase 2: Applications will be reviewed and candidates invited for an interview by September 8.


Phase 3: First round interviews will take place via Skype or in person in mid-September.


Phase 4: Second round interviews will take place in our office the first week of October.


Phase 5: Our aim is to make an offer soon after the final interview with a start date no later than December 1.




FJS offers relocation support, a competitive salary, excellent benefits, generous vacation, and a collegial working environment. We employ a small staff and are dedicated to promoting an environment of collaboration and work-life balance.


FJS deeply values equity and inclusion and is committed to the recruitment and retention of individuals of underrepresented backgrounds, including gender identity and expression, race, religion, and sexual orientation.




Email a concise and compelling cover letter, two relevant writing samples, and your resume in one PDF to jobs@fjs.org by end of business on August 31, 2017. Please include “Central America Program Officer – YOUR NAME” in the subject line.


All applications must be received via email. No phone inquiries please.

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