Director, Membership and Outreach
The Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) is a global network of public, private and family foundations, and individual philanthropists who make grants or expenditures that contribute to peace and global security. PSFG maintains an informed, engaged and collegial community of funders, whose numbers and investments in the field are steadily increasing. The organization is dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy that’s focused on peace and security issues. To this end,
PSFG facilitates the exchange of information and ideas; fosters collaboration; and provides educational opportunities for its members. PSFG also encourages new funders to join the field.
Currently, PSFG has sixty-eight members (both foundations and individuals) who support a range of peace/security issues, including (but not limited to) conflict, genocide and atrocities prevention; nuclear nonproliferation, security and disarmament; women’s leadership in peacebuilding; and cybersecurity, drones and other trending national security issues. Members fund various types of strategies – like advocacy and grassroots, think tanks and research-oriented institutions, and visual arts and storytelling.
The Peace and Security Funders Group is seeking a full-time Director for Membership and Outreach to be based in their Washington, D.C., office. Reporting to and working with the Executive Director, the incumbent will be responsible for outreach to and engagement with current – and prospective – PSFG members. This is a unique opportunity to increase funding and donor participation in this important filed. The ideal candidate must be able to function independently with minimal supervision, handle multiple projects simultaneously, and have the ability to serve as a reliable and flexible member of a small team.
The Director for Membership and Outreach will have the opportunity to gain substantive experience in the dynamic field of peace and security philanthropy and will benefit from close collaboration with a diverse group of funders, philanthropic networks, advocacy organizations, and policymakers.
Through our work, PSFG staff gain a deeper understanding of the strategies employed within peace and security philanthropy, the critical stakeholders in this field (both within the United States and abroad), relationships between donors and non-governmental organizations, and pressing issues faced by peace/security practitioners.
Because PSFG develops close relationships with its members, the incumbent will play a critical liaison role, helping PSFG better understand the strengths, interests and learning needs of its members. In
close collaboration with PSFG’s Program Associate, Executive Director, and Steering Committee, the specific responsibilities of this position include (but are not limited to)
Managing membership programs and internal communications
Manage and maintain relationships with existing PSFG members, including managing the member database; onboarding new members; and tracking dues
• Serve as a resource for members and PSFG stakeholders who require information or assistance in grantmaking, or networking with others working on related issues
• With Executive Director, develop and implement an outreach and communications plan, including by using social media (website, Twitter, LinkedIn)
• In collaboration with other PSFG staff, provide support to Working Groups through conference calls, listservs, and meetings, producing minutes and reports
• With the Executive Director, determine communications priorities and forecast resource needs
Managing external communications
• Participate in and represent PSFG at relevant meetings and conferences, both of funder and non-funder PSFG stakeholders (e.g., policymakers, NGOs)
• In order to increase the number of funders in the field and the level of resources available, work with Executive Director to identify and reach out to potential funders through events, other funder networks, one-on-one meetings, publications, and by pursuing speaking
engagements for PSFG members and staff
• Develop and maintain relationships with mainstream and philanthropic press outlets
• Produce online and print publications and other outreach and informational materials, including for PSFG presentations at conferences
• Maintain PSFG’s website and online media presence, and explore other online communications strategies
Managing administrative and organizational support
• Assist in the development and submission of grant and financial reports
• Support program development and organizing efforts for the annual conference, funder convenings, and other initiatives
• Coordinate with consultants and vendors to ensure that contracts and payments are executed promptly and appropriately
• Oversee and execute general administrative and organizing responsibilities as needed and determined with PSFG Executive Director
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Excellent written and verbal skills, including demonstrated and strong public speaking skills;facilitation skills a plus
• Ability to take initiative, balance multiple tasks and learn quickly, as well as work effectively with a small team
• Meticulously detail-oriented, highly organized and resourceful
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to be consistently diplomatic, tactful, and professional, and to interact effectively
• Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, Internet-based tools, databases and spreadsheets
• Ability to travel regularly, including internationally
• Sense of humor a must!
Education and Experience
• Three or more years relevant work experience in a foundation, grantmaking institution, network, or non-profit
• Undergraduate degree in relevant issue area desired (graduate-level degree a plus)
• Experience working in or with a network/coalition preferred
• Demonstrated interest in or knowledge of peace and security and/or philanthropy
• Experience using social media and online platforms
Competitive salary, based on experience, which includes healthcare benefits.
Send a resume and cover letter to info(at)peaceandsecurity.org by September 30, 2014. Early submissions appreciated. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
PSFG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. U.S. work authorization is required. For more information about the Peace and Security Funders Group visit www.peaceandsecurity.org.