Head, Strategic Grantmaking & Movement Building, Global Fund for Women (San Francisco or NY)

Global Fund for Women
Head Of Strategic Grantmaking And Movement Building
Program and Integration – San Francisco, California

Global Fund for Women’s vision is a world where every woman and girl is strong safe, powerful, and heard. No exceptions. We are a global champion for the rights of women and girls.

Position Overview

Global Fund for Women seeks a dynamic and effective leader to help build and shape a key facet of its programmatic work. The Head of Strategic Grantmaking & Movement Building leads a grantmaking and movement building group, reporting to the Vice President of Programs & Integration. The position also has responsibility for managing a portfolio of initiatives and projects and for collaborating in fundraising efforts.

The position is located within Programs team, which unifies strategic grantmaking, movement-building, awareness-raising and campaigning activities to get money and attention where they will make the biggest difference in the fight for gender equality.

This role requires demonstrated team leadership and people management skills, substantial grantmaking experience, practical expertise in movement-building and credibility within the women’s human rights field. The successful candidate will be skilled at maintaining trust and building strategic partnerships, and will have solid skills in programmatic design.

This position is based in our San Francisco, CA, or New York, NY, USA office. Eligible candidates must be authorized to work in the United States and provide verification to that effect.


Strategic Grantmaking & Movement Building Management (40%)

In collaboration with, and regularly reporting to, the VP, Programs & Integration, lead, manage and optimize the organization’s strategic grantmaking and movement-building activities:
Contribute to overall Programs strategy and plan
Ensure alignment of grantmaking and movement building with Programs, thematic strategies, and with budgets
Manage a group of six to eight staff, providing clear direction, feedback and coaching in alignment with Global Fund for Women human resources and performance management practices
Lead the development, strategy and management of Global Fund for Women’s advisory network
Oversee Global Fund for Women strategic engagement at key women’s movements events and with priority peer and movements partners
Act as a speaker, contributor or participant at strategically-identified movements and sector conferences and events
Contribute to social media, author blogs or op-eds, and participate in media interviews

Initiatives and Grants Portfolio (30%)
Manage and lead a portfolio of key Initiatives in line with organizational priorities and funding:
Review profiles, grant proposals and reports, assess and select grantees, carry out check-in calls, undertake partner and grantee visits and interact with strategic partners
Oversee and manage the organization’s crisis grant-making liaising with VP of Programs & Integration on crisis issues and on crisis response activation

Fundraising Alignment & Support (30%)
Support Development efforts, ensuring that the team provides relevant, accurate and timely information, reports and analysis for Development
With VP of Programs & Integration, ensure the development of compelling themes, ideas and proposals to motivate donors, aligned with programmatic priorities and strategies.
Attend and present at key donor meetings as requested
Oversee and contribute to report generation and communication/ follow up to donors, especially for restricted funding projects

Additional responsibilities
Participate in occasional cross-functional work teams and projects
Ensure compliance with Global Fund for Women policies and procedures
Other duties and project as requested


Internal: Constructive daily working relationships with Programs Team (Movements and Advocacy), Grants Operations team and Development colleagues. Significant interaction on strategy and management with Vice President, Programs & Integration.

External: Strategic, dynamic relationships with Grantee partners, advisors, women’s movements, institutional and individual major donors, peer organizations, foundations, think tanks, networks, international agencies and organizations.


Excellent team leadership/ supervision skills, including the ability to manage teams through significant periods of change.
Resilience and optimism.
Highly collaborative working style
Recognized acumen as a grantmaker and grantmaking strategist working on global issues
Basic knowledge of all (and in-depth knowledge of several) of:
a) Global Fund for Women primary issues: Freedom from Violence; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; and Economic and Political Empowerment
b) Global Fund for Women operating regions: Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa.
Solid understanding of movement building strategies and approaches
Readiness to work in a team setting that integrates grantmaking and advocacy
Commitment to implementing a global, thematically-based strategy
Excellent written and verbal communications and influencing skills
Ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
Ability to function with credibility at a senior level within women’s movements’ spaces globally, inclusive of an understanding of power dynamics between the Global North and South as they relate to women’s movements-building and philanthropy
Highly competent in ICT and information management
Proven ability to manage external consultants, advisors and contractors
Spoken and written fluency in English, and at least one other of French, Spanish, Russian, or Arabic
Ability to travel domestically and internationally as required
Established credibility and connections in the women’s rights arena globally

Strongly Preferred:
Established public visibility credentials, media relations and spokesperson experience
Knowledge and connections in the international funder landscapes for women’s rights

Seven years’ grantmaking and programs design experience, ideally in a social change or rights-based setting
Proven track-record in programmatic design and implementation
Track-record as an exemplary collaborator
Proven fundraising experience, including proven experience building successful collaboratives and alliances
Degree in a related field

This position will be based in our San Francisco, CA, or New York, NY, USA office. Eligible candidates must be authorized to work in the United States and provide written verification to that effect. Applications and all supporting documents will be received until position is filled. All pages of the application should be typed and include the following:
Resume, including your contact information
Cover letter, including explanation of your suitability for the role as well as salary requirements and availability

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