Program Officer, SHE

Ms. Foundation
December 17, 2020
12 Metrotech Center, 26, Brooklyn, New York
Job Type


Position Overview

The Program Officer, Safety, Health and Economic Justice (SHE) will bring a broad understanding of racial and gender justice, with a particular focus on the issues and challenges facing women and girls of color and indigenous women and girls, including queer and trans women, immigrant and low income communities.  In addition, they will have some knowledge of understanding of movement building, grassroots advocacy, policy advocacy and community organizing within women of color communities, and will have knowledge of social justice philanthropy. The Program Officer will have expertise in feminism, gender justice, racial justice and LGBTQ justice movements, and an intersectional, cross-movement analysis.


The Program Officer will be part of the Ms. Program Team working to carry out a unified program strategy to advance safety, health and economic justice for women and girls of color. In this role, they will identify strategic opportunities and priorities in the field; determine potential grantees and partner organizations; manage grantmaking, capacity building, and programmatic initiatives; and collaborate with grantees, funders, colleagues and other partners to advance programmatic goals and outcomes.

Specific Responsibilities/Duties


  • Identify strategic priorities, gaps and opportunities to advance safety, health and economic justice for women and girls of color;
  • Build and manage a grants portfolio, including identifying new grantees and making recommendations regarding renewals to advance Ms.’ program strategy;
  • Manage grantmaking process for SHE program areas, including writing requests for proposals, reviewing proposals, docket write-ups, and facilitating review meetings;
  • Monitor grantee progress and outcomes;
  • Cultivate relationships with grantees, funders, and other movement partners;
  • Conduct site visits;
  • Stay abreast of trends and new developments in philanthropy and social justice movements.

Philanthropic Advocacy

  • Plan, facilitate and participate in external meetings and follow-up as appropriate;
  • Actively engage in external philanthropic organizations and networks to promote a gender and racial justice lens in the philanthropic sector, highlight grantees, and increase resources for work led by and for women and girls of color;
  • Organize or assist in the organization of donor and external stakeholder activities to create connections across related issues and fields;
  • Represent the Foundation at external program-related meetings and conferences;
  • Present at conference panels and workshops.

Capacity Building

  • Collaborate with the Director of Capacity Building and Learning and other Ms. team members to develop and implement technical assistance, capacity-building, and field-building strategies as needed;
  • Coordinate technical assistance to grantees in areas of community organizing, advocacy and organizational development.

Learning and Collaboration

  • Participate as active member in cross-department and foundation wide activities;
  • Collaborate across various teams as needed;
  • Special projects or research on key issues related to position as directed.



Technical and Functional Requirements

  • Demonstrated understanding of gender justice, racial justice and LGBTQ justice movements, grassroots advocacy, and community organizing
  • Strong gender and racial justice or equity lens, with an understanding of historic and systemic oppression
  • Highly proficient with Internet and Windows-based technology (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Experience with grassroots organizations and grassroots leadership development.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

Skills and Competencies

  • Strong project management skills, ability to manage time efficiently, problem-solve, meet deadlines, work autonomously, and ask questions and seek assistance as needed.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, and able to quickly gather, synthesize and summarize information in a clear and jargon-free manner.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, resourcefulness, and ability to take ownership of a project and hold oneself accountable for results

Institutional and Values Alignment

  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and vision and to working with diverse communities toward women’s safety, health and economic justice
  • Demonstrated commitment to, and accountability around actively living the Foundation’s values of integrity, trust and respect, interconnectedness, and social justice – throughout internal and external communications and relationships, work, and decision-making
  • Ability to build collegial, productive relationships with team members, grantees, donors, peer funders, volunteers, and institutional partners, through the lens of our organizational values

[Preferred qualifications and background]

  • Be mindful to exclude vague or highly subjective criteria (e.g. “sense of humor,” “professional,” “team player”)
  • Be conscious of overuse of dominant narrative terms (dominant narrative refers to the way society or history is talked about from the perspective of the dominant culture – usually mainstream white culture. Examples in job descriptions can include words or phrases like “sense of urgency,” or “closure-oriented” as not all cultures have the same relationship with, or definition of time/urgency or closure.
  • Ensure qualifications are accessible by diverse candidates
  • Ensure qualifications include experiences that can be learned on a job (vs. exclusively via education)

Compensation - Up to 100k