Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Vice President of Operations
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI+ human rights around the globe. Astraea supports brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. The Foundation’s founders —a cross-class, multi-racial group of women activists—dreamed of social justice movements that centered the leadership of lesbians and women of color. For 45 years, Astraea has uniquely supported women’s rights and LBTQI+ movements working at the crossroads of gender justice, racial justice, bodily autonomy, sexual rights, and self-determination because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.
The first grantmaker to hundreds of organizations, Astraea plays a catalytic role for LGBTQI+ groups around the world - particularly those led by lesbian, bisexual and queer women, trans and gender nonconforming folks, intersex people, and people of color. Astraea’s grantmaking, capacity building, media and communications, and philanthropic advocacy programs support work to build powerful movements for justice. A proud public foundation and one of the first women’s funds in the world, Astraea granted $5.1 million USD to 242 organizations in 2021.
To learn more, please visit: https://www.astraeafoundation.org/
The Vice President of Operations (VPO) is a newly created position reporting to the Executive Director. In collaboration with the Executive and Operations team, the VPO serves as the chief architect of Astraea’s operational infrastructure. They are tasked with developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining strategic and transformative initiatives for Astraea with the objective of managing operational alignment with organizational values and managing sustainability. The VPO works closely with the Executive Director and the executive leadership team and is responsible for aligning Astraea’s strategies, capabilities, systems and resources to its vision and mission.
The VPO continuously informs Astraea’s programs, practices, and partnerships and works to answer critical questions to align strategic initiatives at all levels. The VPO serves as a thought partner to the Executive Director and serves on the Executive Team, empowering and educating them to engage at their highest potential. The VPO leads a team of eight staff and three consultants. The staff include three direct reports: Director of People & Culture, Executive & Operations Manager, and IT Specialist.
The ideal candidate has the ability to balance aspirational goals with pragmatic problem-solving; the skills and experience required to meet the operational needs of an organization that works and has staff based in multiple regions around the world; and commitment to fostering a collaborative, values-aligned, creative, and vibrant work environment.
The core responsibilities of the VPO position are centered on the following:
Reinvention and Continuous Improvement for Internal Operations
Leadership and Staff Management
Operations and Organizational Development
Collaboration and Communication
Required Skills and Experience
Astraea determines staff salaries and benefits based on the organization's internal philosophy and pay equity. In keeping with this practice, the salary for this position will be determined based on these principles and the level of education, knowledge, skills, and experience the incumbent for this role possesses. In the executive tier in which this position sits, the annual compensation range is $160,000 - $170,000 depending on experience. U.S. work authorization is required. Astraea’s competitive benefits package includes resources for professional development.
For candidates who prefer to work on-site, Astraea’s primary office is located in New York City. Remote work is supported for those who do not live in the NYC metro area.
Please submit a comprehensive résumé and compelling cover letter that describes your interest in Astraea’s mission and qualifications for the position through our online application portal or via e-mail to:
Michelle Kristel, Managing Partner
McCormack + Kristel
1740 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212.531.5003 | Fax: 212.203.9599
Email: [email protected] | Website www.mccormackkristel.com
All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. Please note that your education, dates of employment and other information will be verified prior to an offer.
The Astraea Foundation seeks to actively and affirmatively build a qualified pool of applicants that includes representation from groups who have traditionally been excluded, underrepresented, or discriminated against.
The Astraea Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Their policy is to select, place, train and promote the best qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude and experience to provide equal opportunity for all our staff members in compliance with applicable local, state and federal law, and without regard to non-work related factors such as sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, economic status, personal appearance including height and weight, HIV serostatus, sex characteristics, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.
If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the application and interview process, please express that with your cover letter and resume submission