Overview: Groundswell Fund is a public foundation that resources intersectional, solidarity-based grassroots organizing work that centers Black women, Indigenous women and other women of color including Transgender women of color. We fund within many social justice movements and are the largest funder of the U.S. Reproductive Justice (RJ) movement. For more than a decade, we have enabled foundations and individual donors to increase the impact of their giving by offering a different kind of philanthropic model. Different in who we are: A program staff of women of color, transgender people of color, and gender nonconforming people of color who come directly out of community and labor organizing and have a combined 70+ years of grassroots organizing and civic engagement experience within communities of color; a board comprised of grassroots leaders shaping strategy alongside funders and donors. Different in who we support: primarily Black and Brown women, including transgender women of color who are organizing at the grassroots. Different in how we support the field: not just through grants, but also through capacity-building support focused on boosting grassroots power, and funder organizing that lifts up our grantees to a larger audience of funders and donors who can move resources to their work, whether or not these resources come through our doors. Groundswell moves at least 80 percent of the dollars that come in our doors back out to the field.
Since 2003, Groundswell has moved more than $100 million to the field in grants and capacity building support; increased the giving of dozens of national and local foundations; and helped bring thousands of new individual donors into the RJ movement. Our grantees have been instrumental in the passage of more than 345 pro-RJ policies at the state and local level and in blocking many regressive policies, and they have built a growing grassroots base of support for RJ across the U.S. In 2017, we expanded our funding to support multi-issue organizing led by WOC and transgender people of color across other social justice movement sectors, from environmental and economic justice, to immigrant and LGBTQ rights, and on. We also launched a 501(c)(4), Groundswell Action Fund, now the largest c4 fund in the country centering WOC-led c4 work.
Position Summary: Groundswell Fund is seeking a temporary Executive Assistant (EA) to serve as the dedicated support staff to the Executive Director (ED). The EA works independently, performing a wide range of complex and confidential administrative and clerical support duties including managing the ED’s calendar and travel logistics, preparing expense reports, coordinating logistics for board meetings, and serving as an initial point of contact for a range of external partners. Requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as impeccable organizational, time management and problem-solving skills.
Meeting Logistics and Support
Experience and Education
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Travel: Due to COVID-19, staff are not required to travel or participate in any in-person gatherings at this time. Any in-person activities that might happen are optional.
Work Schedule: Groundswell is a completely virtual organization, allowing for flexibility in work schedules for our staff across differing U.S. time zones. While work can usually be completed during standard business hours of the applicant's time zone, there may be times where early morning, evening, and weekend work may be needed to ensure organization-wide collaboration, to staff or attend events, and/or to meet organization workload needs during busy times of the year. When travel is possible again, staff whose jobs require travel can expect longer hours, as travel may happen outside of business hours and on weekends.
Compensation/Benefits: The hourly wage is $32.50/hour with overtime available (non-exempt). This position is a 5-month temporary assignment and does not qualify for health benefits. Vacation balances will be accrued on a per pay period basis and sick leave will be provided upon hire, prorated based on the length of the assignment. Groundswell has a generous holiday schedule including a two-week paid break during the winter holiday season.
To Apply: Please complete the form at the following link, https://airtable.com/shrnNSUxLYgOnaspX, and upload a cover letter, resume, and three professional references (preferably as a multi-page, single PDF). Applications received by October 8, 2021 will be given preference but applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Due to the high volume of applications, only those selected for further discussion will be contacted. Please, no phone calls.