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Job Opportunity: Ford Foundation Program Officer, LGBT Rights

The Ford foundation is recruiting a program officer, LGBT rights, to be based in New York.

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27th June 2012 12:17

Alessia Valenza

Position: Program Officer, LGBT Rights
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Location: New York, USA

Summary Description
The Program Officer will manage a portfolio of grants and other activities for the Advancing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (“LGBT”) Rights initiative. While the LGBT movement has made crucial gains in recent years with increased public support for equal treatment under the law, LGBT persons continue to be denied basic rights and protections around the world, from employment discrimination and hate crimes to criminalization and death. Building on prior Foundation work in this area, the initiative focuses on advancing the civil and human rights of LGBT people. The Program Officer, will work closely with the Director of Gender Rights and Equality and the program Vice President in achieving the goals for this portfolio.

Informed by significant expertise in LGBT rights issues and advocacy in the U.S., the Program Officer will develop grantmaking strategies encompassing a broad range of approaches, including research, legal and policy advocacy, public education, and grassroots organizing; collaborate with colleagues in the Foundation to address challenges facing LGBT communities; work to strengthen the participation of diverse voices in the LGBT rights movement; identify opportunities to secure LGBT human rights utilizing international legal instruments; and devise strategies for ensuring that advances in LGBT rights are consolidated and preserved.

The Program Officer will review existing work; manage a current portfolio of grantees; identify potential grantees; formulate grant making strategies; solicit, review and respond to grant proposals; monitor grants and other developments in the field; and prepare recommendations for Foundation funding. S/he is expected to develop and maintain close working relationships with existing and potential grantees, and with relevant leaders in government and civil society, and to promote coordination and cumulative learning among key stakeholders.

The LGBT Rights initiative is part of the Foundation’s worldwide Democracy Rights and Justice program, which currently includes initiatives in the areas of Racial Justice & Minority Rights, Women’s Rights, Immigrant & Migrant Rights, Civil & Criminal Justice Reform, HIV/AIDS Rights, Civic Participation, Economic & Social Rights, and Human Rights Worldwide. Joining a dynamic human rights staff working on a range of issues around the world, the Program Officer will also collaborate closely with staff in other program areas of the Foundation in New York and overseas.

Substantial professional experience working on LGBT rights issues in the U.S., and knowledge of the international context; experience working with a range of individuals in civil society, government and the private sector; familiarity with utilizing international legal instruments; advanced training in law or public policy, or other relevant field; demonstrated experience working effectively as part of a team and with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and perspectives; fluency in English; and excellent analytical, oral presentation, writing and interpersonal skills. Also desirable are fluency in a second language and familiarity with philanthropy and nonprofit sector issues in the U.S. and developing countries.

is based on experience and on the Foundation’s commitment to internal equity. A generous benefits package is provided.

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