The Ford Foundation seeks a dynamic, innovative Senior Program Officer to join the International Programs team to help drive and shape the foundation’s work around international cooperation and global governance. The Senior Program Officer should have proven experience and knowledge of global systems and institutions, U.S. foreign policy, international cooperation and a strong racial and gender justice perspective.
The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about topics at the intersection of international cooperation and social justice, and understand the roles that policy advocacy, organizing, research, narrative shifts and philanthropy play in advancing social change. They will build a grantmaking portfolio that seeks to define and help foster a more just, inclusive and sustainable international order.
The international systems of global governance clearly outlived their post-World War II origins and are in the midst of transition, grappling to meet the global challenges that include shifting power dynamics among countries and regions, dangerously high levels of inequality globally, crises of the commons (climate change, human migration, pandemics) and the need for wholly new global governance systems to manage 21st century issues such as technology.
The Ford Foundation’s unique aspiration in all its work is to disrupt inequality in all its forms not just as an economic problem but rather as a structural problem that impacts the political, social and cultural systems too. Therefore, we believe that a transformed system of global governance requires an integrated approach that breaks down the silos between geopolitics, geo-economics, technological and social and cultural forces that transcend national boundaries.
In practice, this means bringing together ideas, institutions, and individuals from varied disciplines to advance a shared vision. The foundation strives to achieve a just and inclusive global order as an antidote to inequality by working with critical stakeholders and partners in government, civil society, private sector and national and international philanthropies.
The grantmaking and professional work of the Senior Program Officer will support efforts to:
The Senior Program Officer will be based in Ford Foundation’s headquarters in New York City and report to Ford Foundation’s Program Vice President of International Programs.
Senior Program Officers are responsible for the development of grant portfolios and ensuring all related activities are designed to deliver on the international program goals and strategies. The Senior Program Officer assesses and analyzes the fields in which the program is focused; identifies key ecosystems and opportunities to work with various actors to shape and influence agendas to promote social justice; and plays a leading role in shaping specific grant activities. Senior Program Officers are network weavers and partnership builders--striving to share substantive knowledge with Foundation colleagues; collaborate broadly with Ford’s international and US programs; and serve as a ‘connector’ of grantees. The Senior Program Officer works with practitioners, government officials, scholars, NGOs, other donors and corporate sector leaders on issues of common concern to leverage positive impact toward common goals.
More specifically as part of a multi-disciplinary team, the Senior Program Officer will:
This position is primarily a sedentary role. However, the person in this position may need to occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with internal staff, access files, office machinery and a copy machine/printer. Additionally, domestic/international travel will be expected when it is safe to travel, approximately 20% of working time. Some travel is directly related to grantmaking, but also required to attend team conferences, retreats and meetings.
The Ford Foundation is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its programs, and operations. As part of this commitment, the Foundation will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, please contact, email@example.com or call (212) 573-4627.
Alignment to Culture and Values
The Ford Foundation seeks a dynamic, innovative Senior Program Officer to join the International Programs team to help drive and shape the foundation’s work around international cooperation and global governance…
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