Date: November 2021
Reports to: President and CEO
People Manager: No
Manages: N/A
Level of Compensation Information: The annual salary range for this position is $90,000 to $100,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. We also offer a generous and comprehensive range of benefits.


The Programs Officer will handle a broad and diverse range of responsibilities and assignments to support the President’s leadership, both internally and externally, and to advance various dimensions of the Foundation’s work. As a newly-created position to provide support to the President, the Program Officer will embrace attributes of adaptability and flexibility as the specific duties and responsibilities will evolve based on both the skills of the incumbent and the changing circumstances at the foundation. The Program Officer will have experience in organizational development, capacity building, feminism, gender justice, racial justice and movement building, and an intersectional, cross-movement analysis.

Key working relationships for the Program Officer include close work with the Executive Assistant to the President, and leadership team to ensure institutional cross-collaboration and interconnectedness.

  • Lead the President’s Building Connections Initiative and grantmaking and build out inter-departmental and institutional Philanthropic Advocacy strategies. These are central projects of the Strategic Plan and are led by the President’s Office and implementation of these project areas will include coordinating convenings, strategy development and docket documentation.
  • Conduct background research and analysis and prepare briefing and advance materials to support the President’s broad range of activities and engagements, both internally and externally. Projects and assignments will vary, and the capacity to be proactive, diligent and thorough will be essential.
  • Represent the Foundation and its work through meetings, updates, speeches, blogposts, briefings and interviews, with guidance from the President.
  • Promote and participate in fostering open-mindedness and a culture of learning – seeking to continually ask hard questions, gather independent and rigorous data and evidence about effectiveness of the foundation.
  • Work collaboratively with other team members to develop, define and implement organizational strategies.
  • Efficiently manage new or unplanned projects with agility and flexibility as they arise.
  • Help to manage the President’s stakeholder engagement plan. This will include helping to create and maintain a list of leaders to engage periodically, research on organizations and leaders, and support in meeting messaging and follow up.
  • Assist with the drafting of key communication products, especially those authored by the President.  Work closely with the communications department on preparation for speeches, presentations and other public materials. Support the President’s engagement with communications planning and strategy development and draft selected materials.
  • Remain abreast of key trends and developments relevant to the foundation, nonprofit sector and in the philanthropic sector to share key reports, articles and sources with the President or other relevant foundation staff. At times, prepare summaries of key reports.
  • Serve as a liaison between the President and key staff to ensure clear lines of communication, sharing of resources and information, and assisting with joint projects and initiatives as needed.
  • Assist with other duties and projects as assigned by the President.

The position calls for a highly organized individual with excellent project management, communications and organizational skills. The role requires an entrepreneurial leadership style, self-direction combined with flexibility and a capacity to give and receive feedback graciously. Attention to detail and a level of curiosity is important for this position. The Foundation seeks to recruit an individual with exceptional interpersonal skills, a commitment to the mission and vision of the Foundation, and a demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team. The Program Officer should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • A minimum of eight years leading social justice strategies and/or programmatic experience, including significant experience with demonstrable impact in communities of color
  • Solid understanding of Philanthropy and the nonprofit sector
  • A strong sense of how to apply racial and gender justice analyses
  • Exceptional leadership presence—internally and externally, but with a flexible, collaborative, team orientation
Technical and Functional Requirements
  • 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).
  • 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 its program areas, and the ability/willingness to adapt as goals shift and evolve;
  • 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.


The Ms. Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status, or sexual orientation.

MSF has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy for all employees who will work at one of our physical locations, attend any of our in-person events or travel on behalf of the Institute. Staff unable to be vaccinated may request an exemption under certain circumstance.