Black Led Movement Fund Program Officer

Borealis Philanthropy
March 25, 2021
126 N 3RD ST STE 500, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Job Type


Program Officer

Reports to (Title): Program Director

Department: Programs

Full-Time and Remote

Salary : $86,000-$107,000

About Borealis Philanthropy 

As a philanthropic intermediary, Borealis Philanthropy builds bridges between funders and organizers by creating opportunities for impact-driven investment in movements building a future that serves all of us.  We connect Grantmakers to organizations that share their mission. We team with philanthropy to conceive, develop, and implement grantmaking initiatives that resource the many innovative organizations within each of our respective grantmaking funds. Through our collaborative funds, we create opportunities for donors to learn from the organizers on the ground and provide resources to leaders, organizations, and movements pursuing transformational change. In partnering with philanthropy, we remove barriers to funding for grassroots organizations and invest in intersectional movement work across communities so that they have the resources they need to thrive.

About Black Led Movement Fund 

For generations, Black-led social justice institutions have been under-resourced and their leaders have not received the support to develop professionally and personally. As a new generation of leaders shapes the conversation about race, criminalization, and gender-based violence in America, the Black-led Movement Fund (BLMF) has developed a coalition of donors and grant partners to transform systems of oppression by supporting intersectional Black-led organizing and institutions to build and activate bases of power within local communities. This work is facilitated through direct grantmaking, capacity building, movement-wide support, donor development and education, and coordination with other philanthropic partners to help resource the movement.?

Unique and Preferred Capacities for the Black Lead Movement Fund Program Officer 

  • Has resourced, supported or worked (volunteer or in a professional capacity) within BIPOC and LGBTQ movements
  • Existing relationships throughout Black-led and/or other grassroots movement organizations
  • Training and meeting/ group facilitation experience
  • Understanding of organizational development practices and capacity building strategies especially for historically under-resourced Black-led organizations

Our Values 

Responsiveness, Racial Equity, Trust, People-Centered, Curiosity, Boldness


The Program Officer works with the Program Director in the overall design and implementation of programming, grantmaking and other program/project activities for the program fund. The Program Officer provides day-to-day oversight of key program and project activities from start to finish.

Under minimal oversight and within overall objectives, the Program Officer resolves complex problems and assess different strategies to enhance program process and systems for consideration.


  • In partnership with the Fund Director, plan, design, and implement program(s), including managing day-to-day grantmaking, grantee capacity building, and program operations
  • Supervises senior program associates and or program associate(s)
  • Create and execute program work plans
  • Advise constituents on issues affecting programs and maximize impact of programs to ensure strategy goals are achieved
  • Assist with identifying opportunities internally and externally to strengthen partnerships, collaborate to refine program related processes and systems to best support program objectives.
  • Manage the grantmaking process for the fund including design of LOI/RFPs, reviewing proposals, reports, and participating in grantmaking decision conversations.
  • Partner with program associates to implement grantmaking processes
  • Serve as principal contact and communicator to grant partners
  • Work in partnership with the Fund Director to prepare proposals, written summaries, reporting, and other communication materials to donors or prospective donors.
  • Facilitate at program related events and co-facilitate at donor related events
  • Gather data, perform analysis, and prepare reports on program/project information and activities for stakeholder audiences including donors and grant partners.
  • Research and track updates on emerging trends in philanthropy, advocacy, policy, and other relevant program topics
  • Collaborate with team members and external constituents to support program objectives
  • Be an ambassador for Borealis’ culture and values; align outcomes, practices, and communications within the organization’s culture
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High school diploma with nine years of related experience; Bachelor’s degree in related field with five years (5) of experience preferred; or a combination of education and experience
  • Five (5) years of grantmaking experience preferred
  • Experience using systems and tools such as Salesforce, Google Suite, Slack
  • Demonstrated project management skills and a successful track record of leading multiple projects including planning, organizing, directing, supervising and accomplishing the goals of a program(s)/project(s) requirements and activities to meet objectives within schedules and budgets.

COMPETENCIES (Knowledge, Skills & Personal/Behavioral Attributes)

  • Excellent communications skills and experience designing/developing communications products in a variety of formats
  • Demonstrated problem-solving, solution development, and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated experience working and building relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to quality
  • Ability to interact and network effectively with all levels of staff, including senior leadership
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptable, and to think conceptually, strategically, and learn quickly
  • Ability to meet deadlines, adhere to project plans, and work on several projects simultaneously
  • Ability to identify and mitigate risks to the program


This job operates in a virtual office environment with frequent national travel.  This role routinely uses standard office equipment, and the employee is generally subjected to long periods of sitting, typing, and working at a computer. May require the ability to occasionally lift and transport items.

Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion:  Borealis is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact [[email protected]]. Borealis is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff team. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women, trans and gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities; and/or formerly incarcerated people.