The Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) is a global network of foundations and individual philanthropists who invest in peace and global security. PSFG is dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas; fostering collaboration; and providing educational opportunities for its members. PSFG also encourages new funders to join the field. Finally, PSFG sustains positive working relationships between the philanthropic sector and a variety of players in the U.S. Government around shared priorities.
The Peace and Security Funders Group is seeking a full-time Program Associate reporting to our Executive Director in the Washington, D.C. office. The incumbent will support our team across all programs and activities. The ideal candidate must be able to function independently with minimal supervision, handle multiple projects simultaneously, and have the ability to serve as a reliable and flexible member of a small team. The ideal candidate will also have an appreciation for philanthropy’s role and importance in the policymaking process.
In executing his/her responsibilities, the Program Associate will have the opportunity to gain substantive experience in the dynamic field of peace and security philanthropy and will benefit from close collaboration with a diverse group of funders, philanthropic networks, advocacy organizations, and policymakers. Through our work, PSFG staff gain a deeper understanding of the strategies employed within peace and security philanthropy, the critical stakeholders in this field (both within the United States and abroad), relationships between donors and non-governmental organizations, and pressing issues faced by peace and security practitioners.
Administrative Duties (~45%)
- Coordinate logistics for all PSFG meetings, including by collecting and organizing documentation, taking notes and producing report-backs, following up with participants, and arranging meetings spaces.
- Support PSFG staff in their programmatic duties, including the six Working Groups, webinars, Annual Meeting and Federal Policy Briefing, and Index.
- Manage Executive Director’s calendar by scheduling meetings, conference calls, other appointments, and travel as required.
- Prepare expense reimbursement reports and monthly credit card reconciliations.
- Assist with other administrative tasks, including data entry and proofreading of all public and internal PSFG materials.
- Other duties as assigned. Programmatic Duties (~55%)
- Produce PSFG’s quarterly newsletter and biannual Membership Directory; manage webinars, website, mailing list and Twitter handle.
- Support Program Director in drafting and tracking deadlines for grant reports and submissions.
- Support Program Director in various tasks related to the Peace and Security Funding Index.
- Conduct background research on prospective PSFG members.
- Represent PSFG at meetings and conferences and report back to staff.
- Respond to requests for information.
- Assist in recruiting and managing the PSFG Fellow.
- Assist in research projects for PSFG staff, as requested.
- Draft speeches, op-eds, and presentations for PSFG staff, as requested.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Very strong attention to detail and organizational skills absolutely necessary, including a strong ability to time manage and coordinate schedules.
- Can-do, problem solving attitude and interest in working on a small team.
- Passion for the PSFG vision and mission.
- Excellent research and writing skills.
- Adaptability and ability to re-prioritize according to a changing context.
- Able to work effectively and creatively, both independently and within a team.
- Demonstrated ability to establish positive relationships with all types of stakeholders and personalities. Education and experience
- 1-2 years of work experience in an office environment, preferably at an NGO.
- Bachelor’s Degree in international relations, foreign policy, global affairs, conflict resolution, or a related field required.
- Experience managing a website desired; comfort with social media necessary.
- Comfort in working with numbers and with Microsoft Suite programs, especially Excel.
- U.S. work authorization is required.
Please submit your application, with the subject line “PSFG Program Associate Position” to Catherine Thompson by April 15. The application package should include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (no longer than 750 words), and the names and contact information of two professional references. While not required, sending the package in a single PDF file is preferred.
The start date for this position is June 1, 2017.
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