Director of Racial Equity in Journalism Fund

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


Director of Racial Equity in Journalism Fund

Reports to (Title): Deputy Director of Programs

Department: Programs

Fulltime and Remote

Salary: $102,000-$127,000

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 the Racial Equity in Journalism Fund 

The Racial Equity in Journalism Fund (REJ) was launched in 2019 at Borealis with the goal to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of news organizations led by and for people of color to provide relevant, accurate information to increase civic engagement in the communities they serve. People of color-led news organizations, in particular those led by Black, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islanders, and Indigenous people, lack the capital and multiple streams of revenue to build infrastructure and resources that ensure their longevity in the field, as well as their ongoing growth and innovation. This donor collaborative fund seeks to address the gap in capital and resources faced by these organizations.  Recognizing organizational development and technology improvements are critical for the success of people of color-led media, the Racial Equity in Journalism Fund provides both general support and capacity building resources to invest in the long-term sustainability of its grantees.

Unique and preferred capacities for REJ Fund Director 

  • Experience in media/journalism as a funder, practitioner, capacity builder, particularly on the business and technology side
  • Networks in key communities (South, Latinx, Midwest, Native/Indigenous) with media and journalism
  • Strong communication skills as a presenter and facilitator

Our Values 

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


The Program Director provides leadership and strategy in all aspects of planning, executing, and tracking one or more programs/projects with multiple stakeholders both internally and externally. The Program Director develops and implements program strategies, including fundraising, donor engagement/relationship, grantmaking, and capacity building/technical assistance to grantees. This position leads, hires, coaches, and provides direction to staff to execute outcomes within budget and in a timely manner.

  • Provide program leadership, strategy and design regarding all aspects of program management, grantmaking process and activities, donor relations, and fundraising
  • Translate donor needs into effective strategies and action plans and monitor and evaluate operational effectiveness
  • Support cross-fund prospective fundraising conversations and opportunities in partnership with the Development Director
  • Drive program planning and execution in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders other team members
  • Manage financial and other resources, remove barriers, provide creative solutions to staff and external stakeholders to achieve program goals
  • Coach, manage performance, influence, and leverage staff to execute programs within parameters including quality, timelines, and budget.
  • Supervise the fund program officer
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with finance and other team members regarding grant and program review, budget and compliance
  • Review reports, analyze data, and evaluate information to mitigate risk, educate, and inform appropriately
  • Serve as principal point of contact for program(s), build and maintain relationships with prospective grantee partners, grantees, and other constituents
  • Manage all donor engagement including preparing and facilitating donor meetings, webinars and donor engagement events in partnership with the Development department.
  • Manage all fund related fundraising activities including writing proposals, reports, and meeting with donor prospects in partnership with the Development Director
  • Participate in public engagements and communication to represent the program including sector related conferences/events, blogging, media interviews, grantee learning and engagement events, external workshops etc.
  • Model Borealis’ culture and values through values-based behaviors, and aligned outcomes, practices and communication with all stakeholders internal and external.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Eight (8) years of experience in program management; five (5) years in philanthropy as a grantmaker in-field level or social movements preferred
  • Five (5) years of experience leading and supervising staff
  • Five (5) years of fundraising experience
  • Experience facilitating group conversations of varying sizes

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 clients and 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.