District of Columbia
The Nexus Fund, an organization dedicated to building and strengthening the global community to end mass atrocities, has been working with partners around the world since 2012 to address and counter Dangerous Speech (inflammatory or hateful rhetoric that has the power to inspire violence). We are seeking a Coordinator to implement our new program to combat hate and division in the United States.
In the United States, a recent rise in hateful rhetoric targeting racial, ethnic, sexual, and religious minorities has emboldened many to follow suit, with public expressions of bias and hatred in the forms of violence, vandalism and harassment. Our goal is to coordinate with, and provide assistance to, U.S.-based organizations and individuals working to effectively prevent and/or counteract identity-based violence. Having worked on this issue in a variety of countries, our aim is to provide U.S.-based organizations already working in this space with resources that can make their work even more effective, and to provide needed resources to activists and organizations new to this kind of work.
The primary purpose of this role is to implement The Nexus Fund’s US grantmaking and program priorities and to assist us in improving and expanding our work domestically. This position reports to the Managing Director of The Nexus Fund who oversees our international and domestic programs.
Specific duties include:
Strategy Development & Thought Partnership
- Help to develop a multi-year US program strategy
- Lead on the implementation of the new US program’s key priorities and initiatives
- Provide thought partnership on ways to effectively apply conflict and atrocity prevention tools to the US context
- Undertake research to inform the program’s work as needed
- Research opportunities for funding and draft fundraising proposals as needed
Connecting & Convening
- Identify, cultivate relationships and communicate regularly with local partners who can inform our work and benefit from our programs.
- Stay up to date on existing efforts, gaps, most pressing needs and current events in the field
- Find, add and build relationships with new efforts/organizations
- Gather, assess and compile information from these organizations in order to facilitate connections across the field.
- Participate in and help coordinate meetings for the Working Group to Combat Hate in the U.S.
Workshops & Trainings
- Design, curate and facilitate training workshops for civil society across the country
- Plan and implement all components of the workshops from identifying the most effective training resources to planning all the logistics.
- Build effective relationships with diverse partners and allies to identify the participants for the workshops
- Develop regional and state level capacity building strategies
- Solicit and review proposals for small grants, make recommendations for funding
- Support the grantees through all steps of the grantmaking process
- Build a relationship with and maintain open communication with grantees through project life-cycle and after
- Monitor and evaluate learnings and progress
- Assist the Managing Director with the Pooled Fund, including strategy meetings and coordination with funders
- Create a monitoring and evaluation framework to track progress across the US initiatives
- Design opportunities for shared learning between grantees, practitioners and funders
- Help identify opportunities for Nexus senior leadership to distribute and elevate our learnings
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to complete each essential duty and task independently and satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
- Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience
- Familiarity with hate speech, violence prevention, communications strategies, behavioral sciences, advocacy or relevant issues strongly preferred
- Experience coordinating events, projects, trainings and/or workshops
- Forward thinking and flexibility in the face of rapid growth
- Experience managing shifting priorities and delivering results
- Experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
- Attention to detail
- Effective verbal and written communication skills
- High energy level and ability to multi-task
- Passion for working with diverse constituencies to prevent violence and hatred in the U.S.
- Positive, “no task too small or too large” attitude
- Comfortable working both in highly collaborative settings and independently
- Able to demonstrate a strong sense of initiative
- Sense of humor and compassion are helpful qualities given the nature of the work
- Willingness to travel
This position can be based anywhere in the U.S.
About The Nexus Fund
The Nexus Fund is a project of New Venture Fund, which is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions.
Benefits include health care coverage and 4 weeks of vacation each year + Christmas Eve through New Years Day.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis (so don't wait to apply!) Desired start date is as soon as possible. Last date to apply is Friday, March 16.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with Coordinator to Combat Hate in the subject line.