Project Director

Position: 
Project Director
Employment: 
Full time
Location: 
Remote within the United States with some travel required
Organization Name: 
Moore Philanthropy
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, April 6, 2024
Job Description: 

About Moore Impact

Moore Impact, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is a Black-founded and woman-led institution. We provide fiscal sponsorship to community leaders and donors, helping them bring to life their vision for a more just world. We also serve as a sponsoring organization for Donor Advised Funds (DAF), which allows individuals, families, and institutions to create a structured and flexible giving fund from which they can manage all of their grantmaking in the U.S. and abroad.

Despite the altruistic nature of philanthropy, the field has consistently overlooked funding leaders of color who have the most lived experience in the problems the sector is trying to solve. In an industry that purports its commitment to serving the underserved, the lack of diverse leadership and low levels of funding for nonprofit leaders of color are clear indicators of the sector’s limitations. We established Moore Impact because we are committed to changing this norm. Unless more leaders who are intimately involved in navigating the challenges of systemic and structural racism are in positions of power, philanthropy will continue to perpetuate these inequities.

About the Opportunity

Moore Impact seeks a highly motivated, experienced, and flexible individual to serve as the Project Director (Director) to lead the work of one of its fiscally sponsored projects in support of a large private family foundation (the Foundation). This project (the Fund) will focus on designing a tangible vehicle for funders, establishing a transparent process for investment selection, and open decision-making. The Fund will pilot a new way of grantmaking, identifying and funding new approaches to philanthropic infrastructure that will have the potential to drive resources to advance racial equity. Additionally, it will serve as a catalyst and multiplier for additional philanthropic capital moving toward BIPOC nonprofit leaders and/or organizations that are traditionally overlooked.  

The Director will co-design, execute, and manage the Fund; developing all tools, methods, and resources that lead to a racial equity-focused, participatory grantmaking fund and its growth. The Director must be a self-starter and comfortable working with several stakeholders, such as large institutions, foundations, and organizations.

This role is multifaceted and requires agility, strategic thinking, grantmaking and fundraising experience, and an entrepreneurial mindset. Also, a strong communicator who has a passion for advancing philanthropy that purposefully centers racial equity and supporting ecosystems dedicated to social change. The Director will report to the Chief of Strategy and Innovation.

Key areas of responsibility include:

Project Management

  • Serve as the project lead, coordinating and managing all activities required to complete goals and deliverables for the Fund
  • Develop and maintain the Fund’s plans and timelines, tracking milestones, summarizing key progress, evaluating risk, managing issues, and providing status updates and presentations
  • Facilitate effective collaboration with Moore Impact team and the Foundation establishing clear lines of communication and monitoring team dynamics to ensure optimal execution
  • Support onboarding and management of consultants or community advisors
  • Schedule and conduct all meetings, oversee, and manage Fund communication, serving as main point of contact 

Fund Management

  • Oversee the development of the Fund’s grantmaking program, including leading the screening of potential grantees, preparing grantmaking dockets, and related communication
  • In partnership with the grants manager, facilitate due diligence and site visits and oversee the allocation and distribution of grants and honoraria payments
  • Monitoring and reporting on the performance of grantees to build deep and supportive relationships to ensure long-term impact
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and support to all stakeholders involved in grant activities

Fundraising

  • Engage in tactical fundraising efforts alongside a fundraising consultant and Moore Impact team to increase the Funds’ capital, which is crucial for expanding reach and impact.
  • Work with a fundraising consultant and other stakeholders to develop a pipeline of co-donors and contributors to determine giving potential and opportunities for engagement
  • Responsible for prospect identification, proposal development, and solicitation materials, including meetings, proposals, and executive summaries.
  • Plan consistent meetings with the Moore Impact team and stakeholders to discuss and track co-funder/contributor prospects, progress, and other deliverables 

Finance

  • Develop the Fund’s budget and plan for effective resource allocation
  • Coordinate with the finance department to approve, track, and code revenue and expenses
  • Monitor continuous improvement, program development costs, and project accounting

Qualifications

  • At least 10 years of professional experience, with at least five years leading or managing a philanthropic strategy, grantmaking, fundraising, and/or fund management program
  • A commitment to participatory approaches, equitable grantmaking, community-centered resolutions, and funding organizations that are traditionally overlooked
  • Excellent relationship-building and influencing skills, with the ability to develop trusting relationships at all levels and across identities
  • Working knowledge of inclusive/participatory grantmaking and racially equitable philanthropy
  • Effective communicator, blending active listening and engagement focusing on progress and issue resolution with diplomacy, honesty, and trust   
  • Superior ability to manage and keep projects on task
  • Analytic and problem-solving abilities with exceptional organizational skills
  • Able to distill large amounts of information into actionable and organized steps to develop compelling program deliverables
  • Collaborative approach to leadership and the ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams to meet goals and improve performance
  • Ability to manage up ensuring project stakeholders remain on task
  • Extremely agile and comfortable with ambiguity
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or a combination of education and experience

Moore Impact anticipates an annual salary range of $160,000 – $170,000 for the Project Director depending on experience. Moore Impact is committed to supporting staff with a benefits package that includes full medical, vacation, sick, and retirement. All benefits are subject to modification at any time.

Moore Impact’s Commitment to Equal Opportunity

We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We employ qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or breastfeeding, veteran or military status, marital status, civil union or domestic partnership status, arrest record; citizenship; genetic information; gender identity or expression; status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking; or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law