Organization: Foundation for a Just Society

Location: New York, NY

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About Foundation for a Just Society:

In 2011, Audrey Cappell brought together a group of women to achieve a simple yet ambitious vision: a world without discrimination. Under her leadership, Foundation for a Just Society (FJS) was established and began making grants to advance the human rights of marginalized women, girls, and LGBTQI people globally. To date, FJS has awarded more than $76 million in grants to visionary leaders who are creating a more just world through transforming their communities and countries.

FJS supports innovative, intersectional, grassroots strategies that meet immediate needs while igniting long-term, structural change in communities and regions that have been overlooked by philanthropy. FJS seeks to strengthen movements that create a world where all people are valued and lead self-determined lives. These regions include: Francophone West Africa, Central America, the U.S. Southeast, South and Southeast Asia, and New York City.

In addition, FJS maintains a global portfolio that has a broad reach. Through this work, FJS supports the entire ecosystem of transformative movements — across issues and regions — by following the lead of marginalized women, girls, and LGBTQI people who catalyze change every day in their communities and countries. The Foundation invests in multi-year and general operating support as a reflection of long-term, collaborative partnerships with their grantees and is looking enthusiastically towards growth in the coming years. A staff of 19 people manages grantmaking from the Foundation headquarters in New York City.

For more information about the Foundation for a Just Society, please visit

The Opportunity:

FJS seeks a creative and dynamic person to serve as its first Director of Programs. Working in collaboration with the CEO, Board of Directors, and Program Team, the Director of Programs will play a critical role in developing, implementing, and articulating the vision and direction of FJS’ program and learning, monitoring, and evaluation strategies. The Director of Programs will provide strong leadership, strategic direction, and management for the Program Team in the areas of grantmaking and capacity building support. The Director of Programs also promotes innovation to respond to changing trends in the landscape of movements that advance the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI people; develops strategic alliances with peers in philanthropy; and is a thought leader on human rights and feminist social change.

The Director of Programs will also contribute to shaping and participating in activities related to FJS’ strategic communications and philanthropic advocacy strategies. The Director of Programs reports to the CEO and works closely with the CEO and the CFO on overall leadership of FJS. This position requires international and domestic travel for approximately 20% of the work schedule.

This is a full-time position located in New York, NY.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide strategic leadership, vision, and oversight of all programmatic strategies and the annual grantmaking (2018 budget is approximately $30 million) to organizations in the US and internationally that advance the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI people.
  • Manage a growing team (currently six staff); directly supervise four Program Officers.
  • Inspire and motivate team members through good example, personal involvement, and targeted feedback.
  • Lead recruitment, training, and professional development of Program Team members.
  • Develop, adopt, and monitor concrete and realistic Program Team objectives that align with FJS’ mission, vision, values, and strategies.
  • Develop Program Team budgets and work plans and monitor progress.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and fine-tune grantmaking processes and procedures to ensure effectiveness.
  • Review grant summaries and facilitate the process to select which grants are recommended for approval.
  • Manage a portfolio of global grants.
  • Oversee ongoing development and implementation of FJS’ learning, monitoring, and evaluation framework; work to ensure achievement of objectives and document lessons learned.
  • Contribute to FJS’ philanthropic advocacy by sharing analysis on women’s, girls’ and LGBTQI rights movements within key NGO and funder spaces.
  • Build effective collaborations and alliances with peers and other stakeholders to advance FJS’ program priorities and represent FJS to external audiences.
  • Contribute to the advancement of FJS’ communications strategy to amplify the work of FJS and grantee partners, as guided by the Communications staff.
  • Represent the Program Team with the Board of Directors; produce program updates on grantmaking trends and developments.
  • Consult regularly with grantee partners, donors, and other key stakeholders in order to stay current with domestic and international trends and ensure that FJS’ programmatic work is responsive to these.
  • Actively participate in the overall management of FJS as a key part of the Leadership Team.

Candidate Profile:

The ideal candidate will bring the following skills, experiences, and characteristics:

  • A passionate belief in and deep alignment with the Foundation’s mission, vision, and values.
  • At least seven years of professional experience in the area of women’s/LGBTQI rights or social justice with progressively increasing management responsibility; preference for experience in philanthropy and with groups in the Global South.
  • Minimum five years of experience managing staff from diverse backgrounds, with strong experience in supporting staff development.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in relevant field (e.g., international human rights, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, political science).
  • Sophisticated understanding of women’s/LGBTQI rights or social justice movements, with an emphasis on the leadership of women, girls, and LGBTQI people from marginalized communities.
  • Exceptional leadership, management, and supervisory skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in strategic, analytical, and critical thinking.
  • Strong political analysis and understanding of intersectionality in movements and organizational practice.
  • Determined commitment to and competence in working with diverse staff and building inclusivity among staff.
  • Ability to adeptly manage multiple projects and priorities, simultaneously and precisely.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills (e.g., facilitation, public speaking).
  • Working knowledge of grantmaking processes and procedures.
  • Robust knowledge of budgeting and learning, monitoring, and evaluation processes.
  • Strong ability to maintain tact and confidentiality at all times.
  • Eligibility to work in the United States.

Preferred Assets

  • Fluency in Spanish and/or French (preferred).
  • Experience in international grantmaking.
  • Long-term commitment to or involvement in international women’s/LGBTQI rights movements.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to manage a wide variety of internal and external relationships.

About Foundation for a Just Society Culture:

FJS offers relocation support, a competitive salary, excellent benefits, generous vacation, and a collegial working environment. FJS employs a small staff that are dedicated to promoting an environment of collaboration and work-life balance.

FJS deeply values equity and inclusion and is committed to the recruitment and retention of individuals of underrepresented backgrounds, including (but not limited to) gender identity and expression, race, religion, and sexual orientation.


Melissa Madzel of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role, please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education, and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visit