Overview of the Position
The Grants Program Director (GPD) is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of all MRG’s activist-led grantmaking programs and serves as a bridge between the grassroots social and racial justice organizations and philanthropic communities. The GPD is the primary organizer for the grants committees of MRG. As MRG enters strategic planning there will be assessment, evaluation and opportunity to refine MRG’s portfolio of programs.
Full-time, 40 hrs/week with some seasonal fluctuation of hours. Exempt. Based in Portland, Oregon. Requires evening and weekend work and regular in-state travel. Reports to Executive Director.
Strategic Grantmaking (50%)
- Lead MRG’s overall grantmaking strategies, goals, activities, and budgets in partnership with executive director, MRG Grantmaking committees, and support staff.
- Recruit, develop, and support volunteer leaders to maintain strong grantmaking committees.
- Review grant requests and support grant decision-making processes with Grants committees and board. Assure grant contracts, reports and legal obligations are fulfilled in a timely manner.
- Work with Executive Director and development staff to create strategy, cultivate, and manage donor-advised fund grantmaking.
- Integrate grantmaking activities across MRG work, including fundraising, communications and finance.
- Participate in Board meetings and planning sessions as needed to assist the Board in making policy decisions related to MRG’s grant programs.
- Oversee the ongoing development, maintenance, and evaluation of MRG’s grants database. Ensure data integration and coordination across MRG data systems.
Capacity Building and Training (30%)
- Work with prospective and current grantees to understand MRG’s grant making process and rationale; support applicants in understanding how MRG’s criteria is similar or different from other foundations to support their own organizational development
- Outreach, development and maintenance of strong relationships with prospective, current and former grantees and other social change organizations, particularly groups based in communities historically excluded from power and resources to further MRG’s mission.
- Help design and support activist/grantee convenings using both existing opportunities such as presentation day and unique events that respond to specific needs as determined by the organization.
- Develop, refine, and deliver workshops, trainings, written resources, and other TA opportunities as needed, which increase the power and effectiveness of Oregon’s social justice movement as requested.
Mobilizing Resources / Funder Advocacy (10%)
- Develop relationships with other funders and cultivate opportunities to increase their support of social justice work and communities of color in Oregon.
- Engage in funder networks to advocate for greater commitment to social change in philanthropy and to strengthen social change philanthropy.
- Help to identify, prioritize, and engage in MRG development opportunities as needed and as time allows.
Communications and other duties (10%)
- Develop effective & timely communications about MRG’s grantees and grantmaking programs.
- Create materials, tools, and events to demystify MRG’s grantmaking process for potential applicants.
- Support MRG’s major events, such as Justice Within Reach, and other programs that advance the profile of the organization as requested
- Track and review legal issues relevant to MRG’s grantmaking. Stay current on advancements in the fields of philanthropy and social justice organizing.
- Other duties as assigned
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