[act-ma] Grassroots International seeks Director of Grantmaking & Advocacy, Boston

Opal Mita opalmita at grassrootsonline.org
Mon Aug 30 07:37:29 PDT 2010

Grassroots International (GRI) is a dynamic, social justice-oriented,
human rights and international development organization and public
foundation that works to create a just and sustainable world by building
alliances with progressive movements through grantmaking and advocacy.
GRI's grantmaking and advocacy program is designed to provide critical
support to the most vital and effective social movements in the global
South (and key US allies), particularly rural movements that are
struggling for resource rights including the rights to land, water, and


Grassroots International is seeking a committed and talented individual
with a passion for social change to lead its grantmaking and advocacy


The Director of Grantmaking & Advocacy (DGA) is responsible for leading,
planning, and implementing GRI's strategic grantmaking and advocacy
programs. Grassroots' grantmaking program includes: creating and
managing the annual grants docket (FY10 $1.5 million); working closely
with 25 global partners and many additional grantees; reviewing current
programs, and developing new initiatives, within the context of an
organizational strategic plan. Its advocacy program includes:
collaborating with advocacy allies on strategic campaigns targeting U.S.
policies; representing and speaking for Grassroots at conferences and
other public venues; coordinating with other staff to produce targeted
e-advocacy actions; and producing compelling written material for
internal and external publication.


The DGA is a member of the Senior Management Team and reports to the
Executive Director. S/he leads a 3-member team, supervising the Program
Coordinators and the Program Assistant as well as a number of domestic
and overseas consultants and interns.

Competitive salary and benefits package. The position is based in
Boston, MA. Please send a resume and letter of interest to
jobs at grassrootsonline.org with "Director of Grantmaking & Advocacy" in
the subject line.


Application deadline: Rolling.


Qualifications include: 


*       5+ years of demonstrated success in a senior management capacity
in grantmaking and/or advocacy - in the context of international
development, human rights and social justice

*       Excellent oral and written communications skills including the
capacity to write clear and compelling program-related material and
speak publicly on program themes

*       Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team in a
mission-driven organization 

*       Experience as an effective supervisor with the ability to foster
teamwork, including a high level of self-organization with close
attention to detail and superior management skills

*       Demonstrated understanding of and ability to communicate program
matters central to organizational mission to a variety of internal and
external audiences; including on global issues and sustainable
development and human rights challenges

*       Experience in program management and evaluation

*       Ability to understand, develop, and manage financial information
and data such as budgets and dockets

*       Strong organizational skills and the ability to engage in
multiple tasks effectively

*       Relationships with global South social movements, and overseas
experience (especially in one of Grassroots' core program areas), is
highly desirable

*      Fluency in either Spanish, Portuguese, French, or other
Grassroots program languages such as Arabic and Kreyol



Opal Mita

Grassroots International

opalmita at GrassrootsOnline.org



Funding Global Movements for Social Change



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