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Temporary Grantmaking Associate (Maternity Cover)

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Cypress Fund
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Durham, NC
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Published 26 days ago

Background

The ​Cypress Fund supports social justice organizing in North and South Carolina, with a focus on donor organizing and making strategic investments in movement building. Cypress Fund was created by individuals rooted in ​North and South Carolina who deeply believe that the best solutions for our communities are homegrown and led by southern folks impacted by the conditions on the ground. Grassroots community organizers and social justice leaders in the Carolinas direct the long-term vision and grantmaking within Cypress Fund because these movement leaders are the experts in the issues our communities face. Cypress Fund believes that everyone has a vital role to play in building power for marginalized communities across the US South, including everyday people and donors.

The Role

Cypress Fund is looking for a temporary full time grantmaking associate to provide support to Cypress’s grantmaking team over the course of 6 months. During the contract period, the grantmaking associate will support general grantmaking activities, maintaining relationships with grantees and other philanthropic partners in the region, and implementing strategic programs focused on our 4 strategic areas. The grantmaking associate will also support the execution of various program components for the WATO fund, a local violence intervention fund in Durham, North Carolina. A strong preference for candidates with experiential knowledge of organizations and Black and Indigenous-led organizing efforts in the U.S. South.

This is a full-time temporary non-exempt role, with an initial period of 6 months and a possibility of extension beyond that date. The starting salary is $27,500 and is reporting to the Grantmaking and Learning Manager. Please submit a resume, well-thought-out cover letter, and a list of 3 references, including contact information with your cover letter.​ This position will be open until filled.


General Responsibilities Include (But Are Not Limited To): 

Grants Management, Learning & Evaluation (40%)

  • Help with the development and implementation of grant databases, portals and conduct regular quantitative analyses on proposals and grants to assist in decision-making on key priority areas.
  • Review and prepare an analysis of progress and final reports from grantee partners to highlight achievements and lessons learned, prepare internal status reports, and contribute to programmatic analysis for the Cypress Fund Team.
  • Manage grant evaluation for  various funds  (spreadsheet and database
  • management, setting up meetings, note-taking)
  • Hold learning and landscaping calls with potential grantees in order to develop the fund’s understanding of the movement landscape in the Carolinas
  • Support the administrative aspects of the various programmatic grants 

Movement Building (30%)

  • Conduct outreach to and respond to inquiries from movement leaders to improve their understanding of Cypress programs and grant-making processes.
  • Plan and conduct outreach visits that are relevant for the portfolio
  • Gather information and resources, and keep abreast of movement trends, players, and innovations
  • Attend meetings and events to represent Cypress Fund  in movement and donor spaces
  • Support movement organizations by understanding their technical assistance needs 

Supporting Abolition Programmatic Work (30%)

  • Support the coordination of the WATO committee through bi-monthly meetings and one to one Design Partners 
  • Co-design the  WATO fellowship for BIPIOC youth in collaboration with Design Partners 
  • Support evaluation of existing WATO grantees and prepare internal status reports, and contribute to programmatic analysis for the Cypress Fund Team

Requirements & Expectations:

  • Based in North Carolina
  • Experience with and trust in collegial decision-making, coupled with the ability to work independently, flexibly, and with good humor;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to communicate warmly and clearly;
  • Knowledge of social justice philanthropy with a commitment to values of humility, solidarity, and justice; 
  • Proven experience in program and strategy development
  • Ability to manage and follow-through on multiple tasks on a timeline and maintain confidentiality;
  • Prior experience managing and facilitating a fellowship program is a plus
  • Experience building relationships and fostering alliances to accomplish goals;
  • Ability to imagine and build new systems that foster a more equitable, liberated world;
  • An understanding of methods of change and strong belief in community organizing as a strategic approach to systems change; 
  • Strong competency and high engagement in a fully virtual delivery. 
  • Strong understanding of anti-Black racism, white supremacy culture, colonialism, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression.

Background

The ​Cypress Fund supports social justice organizing in North and South Carolina, with a focus on donor organizing and making strategic investments in movement building. Cypress Fund was created by individuals rooted in ​North…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Temporary
  • Start Date
    October 18, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    October 1, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Salary

At least USD 27,500

Benefits

We offer a competitive and holistic total benefits package including substantial vacation days and time off and professional development. 

We offer a competitive and holistic total benefits package including substantial vacation days and time off and professional development. 

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
Durham, NC, USA

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To apply, please share a thoughtful cover letter and resume answering the following questions:

  1. What is your relationship to social justice organizing in North or South Carolina?
  2. What is your understanding of Black Liberation and abolition in a southern context?
  3. What unique skills or experiences will you bring to this role?
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