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Senior Program Officer, Gender & Reproductive Equity Grantmaking[Women's Political Power & Leadship]

Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies
Washington D.C. or New York NY
Competitive salary band of $120,000+ based on exp and on our commitment to internal equity.
Closing date
Oct 29, 2021

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Our culture is built on a foundation of principles that guide our attitudes, behaviors and interactions in the workplace. We look for people to join our team who are trustworthy, excellent, risk-takers – and who are committed to equity. Team members who are trustworthy look to build connections with others, are open to feedback and cultivate a culture of caring and respect. We strive for excellence by driving toward measurable results and consistently growing our knowledge and skills for maximum impact. We look to take risks by demonstrating curiosity and finding new, innovative ways of working. We strive to create a work environment rooted in equity where all members of our team feel a sense of belonging, are treated fairly and have the ability to have to use their voices to effectively advance our mission.


The Senior Program Officer (SPO) for Women’s Political Power and Leadership is a member of the Gender and Reproductive Equity (GRE) Portfolio and will be based in Schusterman’s Washington, DC or New York, NY office. This new role is part of a growing GRE team, working to increase women’s – particular Black women, women of color and non-binary people’s:

  • Political power and leadership
  • Knowledge, freedom and power to determine their reproductive lives
  • Economic power
  • Freedom from sexual harassment and violence

The SPO will have overall leadership for the GRE Portfolio’s Women’s Political Power and Leadership strategy. Working with the Senior Director and the GRE team, the SPO will build out national and state grantmaking strategies to advance our interconnected priorities:

  • Increasing the number of women and other legislators committed to gender and reproductive equity, as well as other Schusterman priorities, in state and federal political office; supporting  these decision makers once in office and removing structural barriers so that a more diverse group of people can choose to run, win and govern;
  • Strengthening the ecosystem of women-led and -centered civic engagement and organizing; and
  • Supporting the organizational sustainability and resiliency of leaders.

Because the entire GRE portfolio is relatively new, the SPO will also have opportunities to support the development of other strategies and grantmaking across the portfolio.

The GRE team’s grantmaking supports organizations that use a race and gender lens to forward: political leadership development; civic engagement and organizing; policy and political advocacy; and narrative and culture change.


  • Develop and refine the Portfolio’s Women’s Political Power and Leadership grantmaking strategy, including setting ambitious, sound goals and outcomes.
  • Lead strategy implementation by transforming the strategy into a grantmaking portfolio.
  • Manage a substantial grants portfolio from initial outreach through recommendation, together with grants management colleagues.
  • Design and execute plans for additional grantee supports, including capacity building, networking, convening, and leveraging other sources of funding.
  • Build and nurture relationships with field leaders, organizations and peer funders to spur program development, foster collaboration and contribute to the field.
  • Collaborate with the GRE team to effectively articulate the vision and work of the Women’s Political Power and Leadership strategy area to Schusterman leadership.
  • Represent Schusterman and the GRE team externally, at conferences, workshops, and other convenings.
  • Together with the GRE team and the entire Schusterman staff, help shape and support a culture of collaboration, care for colleagues, commitment to racial and gender equity in grantmaking practices, high caliber work that drives high impact in the field and taking risks and being bold.


Individuals from communities most affected by racial, political, economic and/or reproductive injustice and inequity are strongly encouraged to apply.

We are looking for a colleague who is:

  • A creative, visionary thinker who can translate that vision into effective grantmaking.
  • A collaborator who works closely internally with teammates and other colleagues; works in partnership with peer funders; builds trusting relationships with grantees; seeks input from others; and engages in active thought partnership and active listening as part of a reciprocal learning and sharing process with others.
  • A critical thinker who can synthesize large amounts of information; ask probing questions; conduct thoughtful analysis of strategic, programmatic and financial data; and craft clear, convincing and incisive arguments in written and verbal form.
  • Experienced in the field of gender and reproductive equity and its intersections with women’s political power and leadership.
  • Committed to racial and gender equity in the following ways: has knowledge of the way systemic inequities were built and sustained; has alacrity in talking about race; and can make strategy, program and process changes that drive toward equity.
  • Flexible and eager to contribute to a relatively new team and strategy area at Schusterman, with a growing staff and budget, with an “all hands on deck” approach as responsibilities continue to be developed and refined.
  • Aligned with Schusterman’s values of collaboration, humility, equity, impact and optimism, and a culture of trust, excellence and risk-taking.
  • Able to maintain the highest level of confidentiality with regard to business and personal matters of the organization.
  • Able to travel up to 25% domestically (when travel is determined to be safe again).
  • Experienced professional typically with 10+ years professional experience and at least 7+ years in the philanthropic, political and/or gender and reproductive equity sector, or related area preferred.


Competitive salary band of $120,000+ based on experience and on Schusterman’s commitment to internal equity. A strong benefits package is also included. Schusterman encourages ongoing professional development and supports activities aligned with one’s individual career growth plan. Schusterman does not cover relocation expenses for this position.

Interested candidates should visit

Interested candidates should visit to submit an application. Please include your resume and a cover letter that speaks directly to the responsibilities and qualifications described above.

The deadline to submit an application is October 22, 2021.

The GRE team is also searching for a Senior Program Officer for Reproductive Knowledge, Freedom and Power. You can see the vacancy announcement here. Candidates with qualifications for both roles are welcome to apply for both and are asked to submit application materials for each position.

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Schusterman promotes diversity and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identify, gender expression, religious creed, disability, genetic information, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. 


The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies is a global organization that seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities and advance equity. Our philanthropic vision is grounded in a commitment to pursue justice, repair the world and treat all people with dignity and civility. We invest in efforts to improve public education in the United States, strengthen the Jewish people and Israel, and address the needs of marginalized individuals and communities.

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