Job Description: Director of Training & Leadership Development
The Director of Training & Leadership Development at Funders for Justice (FFJ) develops
and runs training and workshops for staff, member leaders, and general members, in order
to build strong funder-organizers across all bodies of the organization. They are committed
to the development of FFJ members across a spectrum of political learning and leadership
skills. They work closely with all staff and member leaders to constantly develop the most
needed and effective trainings and workshops; feedback, new ideas, evaluation, and
evolution are core practices. The Director of Training & Leadership Development
understands that effective leaders are strong organizers who work with others to make big
moves towards FFJ’s larger vision and impact goals.
The ideal candidate has extensive experience in racial and gender justice work, has experience
and understanding of local and national organizing landscapes, has deep knowledge of
community organizing efforts led by and for folks of color, and is unapologetically committed to
transformative social justice that is led by Black folks, Indigenus people, and other people of
Funders for Justice is a national network and organizing platform for grantmakers, donor
networks, and funder affinity groups to mobilize resources to grassroots organizing led by
and for people of color, at the intersections of racial justice, gender justice, ending
criminalization, and building models for community safety and justice.
FFJ was founded in 2014, and has grown from less than 100 members, mostly rapid
response programming, and part time staff, to over 500 members, seven areas of
programming, eleven formal member leadership roles, and two full time staff members.
Funders for Justice is led by three co-chairs and a set of member leaders across four
issue-based strategy groups, and staff. The staff work closely with the member leadership
and other members to design and implement the daily programming.
Currently, FFJ hosts an array of standing programming: divest/invest political education for
funders; a set of 15 movement advisors that provide political guidance and frame to the
work; four strategy groups: pre-trial detention, healing justice, ‘me too’ in philanthropy, and
eroding the power of police unions; the donor organizing committee for the Movement for
Black Lives; and a new fellowship for member leaders. FFJ also offers additional responsive
and collaborative programs throughout the year, including webinars and virtual institutes,
as well as in-person events and training institutes at philanthropic conferences (when it is
safe again to convene in person).
Funders for Justice transitioned out of its original organizational home in the fall of 2020 to
become an independent organization, with a new fiscal sponsor, in January 2021.
For more about FFJ, visit Funders for Justice. For more information about our fiscal sponsor,
SEE, please visit saveourplanet.org.
The Director of Training & Leadership Development works in close partnership with FFJ’s
executive director, fellows, member leadership, general members, and staff to cultivate
strong funder organizers. Using FFJ’s leadership development and organizing model, the
Director of Training will develop a host of curriculum to support staff and members in
working towards FFJ’s goals for supporting movements and impacting the field of
The Director of Training & Leadership Development will partner closely with the executive
director to co-develop/co-evolve and take on leadership of a funder organizing school for
staff; and the FFJ Fellowship, an annual organizing school for approximately 15-20 funders,
primarily people of color. The Director of Training & Leadership Development also
partners with the General Member Organizer to engage FFJ’s general membership in
monthly political education, with guest speakers from movement and philanthropy.
As with all FFJ staff members, the Director of Training & Leadership Development will hold
relationships with grassroots organizations, and will support them in connecting with
funders and raising resources. The Director of Training will work with FFJ’s Movement
Advisors and other organizations and leaders to amplify the work of movements and
create a community of accountable funders.
Develop a Leaderful Staff
Develop FFJ’s staff into effective funder organizers, using the FFJ power-generating
leadership development wheel as a foundation to all training and development. Model
sustainable leadership practice, and support annual goal-development, as well as the day-to-day
implementation of those goals, in a way that fosters growth and evolution rather than burnout
● Co-develop, with the Executive Director, the curriculum for and run a funder
organizing school for staff, in partnership with the executive director, so that staff
have the skills and tools they need to do their work
● Support staff members in their ongoing development, including skills for workshop
design and facilitation as well as daily member organizing for FFJ, to support their
growth in their ability to develop FFJ’s members as leaders and organizers
● Work with the executive director to evolve the FFJ staffing plan based on learning
and real-time evaluation as the organization grows and evolves.
Develop Member Leaders
Develop FFJ’s members into powerful leaders in philanthropy, using the FFJ
power-generating leadership development wheel as a foundation to all training and
development. Trainings offered will include how to organize other funders, and how to
change culture and practice in philanthropy, and will work in partnership with issue-based
trainings led by other staff and colleagues.
● Lead FFJ’s Fellowship program, in partnership with FFJ’s Executive Director. This role
will eventually take on full leadership of the fellowship, including curriculum
development and engaging any external trainers, managing the growing network of
fellowship alumni, and ongoing reflection, evaluation, and evolution of the program
● Develop the curriculum and lead funder organizing and facilitation workshops and
trainings for FFJ’s strategy group co-leads and other key member leaders, nurturing
a leaderful membership
● Additional trainings, coaching, and consulting with FFJ’s members as requested - this
is part of FFJ’s fee-for-service trainings
Collaboration, Team Members, and Staff Supervision
● Supervise the General Member Organizer, who coordinates monthly trainings for
members on FFJ’s core issue areas
● Work collaboratively with the Director of the Divest/Invest Program
● Partner with the Communications Director to develop the internal training visuals,
and to co-design the external messaging about FFJ’s leadership practice
Fundraising & Budget Management
● The fundraising aspect of this role is the fee-for-service trainings and the fee for the
fellowship, as part of a larger array of offerings
● Oversee the training team budget, and lead the training team in the annual budget
● At least 10 years of experience in racial and gender justice work, work to end
criminalization, and building models for community safety and justice; experience
should be primarily as as a staff member of an organization
● At least 5 years of experience with philanthropy, including foundations,
intermediaries, collaborative funds, affinity groups; experience should be as a staff
member of a foundation, donor network, and/or funder affinity group, and may also
include experience as a grantee partner and/or movement partner
● Strong demonstrated experience in developing trainings on organizing members,
leadership development, racial and gender justice, ending criminalization, models
for community safety & Justice.
● Demonstrated experience and success with organizing philanthropy professionals
from a range of values, to move towards social justice values and best practices for
● Demonstrated success in developing leaders who engage and are accountable to
multiple stakeholders and leadership bodies
● Demonstrated success working in a leadership role in a social justice organization
● Strong demonstrated ability to collaborate in a leaderful organization, with multiple
teams and stakeholders
● Strong demonstrated ability to successfully supervise and coach staff members with
various roles and levels of experience
● Strong writing skills
● Strong personal drive and initiative
● Solid interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills
● Facility with technology and comfort with a virtual office
● Flexibility and comfort with overlapping projects, competing deadlines, and multiple
● Ability to travel for regularly for staff retreats, FFJ convenings, philanthropy
convenings, and other events when it is truly safe to do so, given current global
● You believe in respect of self and others as a core value and work ethic.
● You believe in responsibility/ accountability as a practice and value that is not only
about completing tasks and obligations.
● Values a healthy organizational culture and community, which you build consciously with
● You practice and value kindness, effectiveness, and collaboration.
● You come up with creative solutions to problems based on your own experience.
● You are emotionally aware and practice self/community care to make your ability to
work and fulfill your responsibilities sustainable.
● You are aware of your own limits, discern, and have a practice of asking for support
and collaboration to meet your goals.
● You have great attention to detail
● You see the big picture and can make connections and develop needed
organizational infrastructure, as you have access to a bird’s eye view of all the
programs and operations.
● You have excellent verbal and written communication skills, which allow you to
interface easily with others to agree on plans of action, problem-solve, or
● You are able to manage time effectively, allowing you to prioritize, follow-up on, and
finalize tasks in order of relevance.
● Demonstrated experience and comfort with with leadership role at a non-profit
FFJ/SEE is an equal-opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, people
with disabilities, and others most impacted by the carceral system are strongly encouraged
Salary for this position begins at $90,000. Benefits include generous leave, and, for full-time
employees, health insurance and retirement contributions.
Anywhere in the United States. The successful candidate is comfortable and able to work
remotely full-time, and able to travel for staff retreats, occasional FFJ in-person events, and
occasional conferences when it is safe to do so, after the pandemic ends.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to [email protected].
Interviews are rolling, and are expected to begin in May 2021. Our goal is for the role to be filled
in June, and work to begin by July.