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Director of Capacity Building
Reports to: Deputy Director
Supervises: IVE Program Manager, GOI Program Manager, Capacity Building Trainer,
This is an Exempt, Full-time telecommuting position.
Overview: Groundswell Fund is the largest funder of the U.S. Reproductive Justice (RJ) movement. For more than a decade, we have enabled foundations and individual donors to increase the impact of their giving by offering a different kind of philanthropic model. Different in who we are: A program staff of women of color who come directly out of community and labor organizing and have a combined 70 years + of grassroots organizing and civic engagement experience within communities of color; a board comprised of grassroots leaders shaping strategy alongside funders and donors. Different in who we support: Women of color (WOC), low income women, and transgender people who are organizing at the grassroots. Different in how we support the field: not just through grants, but also through capacity-building support focused on boosting grassroots power, and funder organizing that lifts up our grantees to a larger audience of funders and donors who can move resources to their work, whether or not these resources come through our doors. And Groundswell moves at least 80 percent of the dollars that come in our doors back out to the field.
Since 2003, Groundswell has moved more than $50 million to the RJ movement in grants and capacity building support to RJ organizations; increased the giving of dozens of national and local foundations; and helped bring thousands of new individual donors into the RJ movement. Today, we support more RJ organizations than any other foundation in the country. Our grantees have moved from trepidation about participating in the political process to mobilizing thousands of voters and even seeing their own members run for office. They have been instrumental in the passage of more than 250 pro-RJ policies at the state and local level and in blocking many regressive policies, and they have built a growing grassroots base of support for RJ across the U.S. In 2017 we expanded our funding to support multi-issue organizing led by WOC and transgender people of color across other social justice movement sectors, from environmental and economic justice, to immigrant and LGBTQ rights, and on. We also launched a 501c4, Groundswell Action Fund, now the largest c4 fund in the country centering WOC-led c4 work.
Position Summary: The Director of Capacity Building is responsible for leading Groundswell’s
capacity-building department, which supports grassroots organizations to build grassroots power
and improve conditions for their communities. The department resources two cohorts of grantees
focused on deepening their voter engagement capacity (the Integrated Voter Engagement program)
and sharpening their grassroots organizing skills (the Grassroots Organizing Institute). It also offers a
newer and expanding body of work providing political education around theories of social change
and intersectional organizing and as well as resources for healing justice to sustain leaders and
organizations. The Director of Capacity Building will develop and manage the annual departmental
work plan and budget and supervise Program Managers and others to ensure high quality program
delivery and effective relationships with grantees. They will work closely with Program Managers to
co-manage a team of more than 20 coaches and consultants. They will work closely with the Deputy
Director and Director of Grantmaking to ensure that Groundswell’s capacity building programs are
meeting our Blueprint plan targets, are responsive to the needs of our grantees and the field, and
that our grantees are supported holistically by all field-facing staff at Groundswell. They will serve as
a public representative of Groundswell and the department with funders and other audiences.
Integrated Voter Engagement Program: Groundswell’s Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE) Program
supports organizations with a deep investment of resources to engage under-represented
constituencies in policy, systems change, and the democratic process in an ongoing, non-partisan
way; within and beyond election cycles. Currently, the IVE program supports 20 organizations to
build sustainable infrastructure to increase voter participation among underrepresented
constituencies, while helping organizations scale up the core power-building components of their
work. Organizations in the IVE Program expand their grassroots base of leaders and volunteers;
forge and deepen organizational alliances that increase their reach and influence; and strengthen
relationships with public officials. This model integrates a year-round organizing approach to achieve
policy wins and systems change.
Grassroots Organizing Institute: The Grassroots Organizing Institute (GOI) supports organizations to
build power, win campaigns for policy and systems change, and achieve sustainability for the long
haul. The GOI provides organizing fundamentals along with tailored coaching support for each
participating organization. Through the GOI, Groundswell supports skills development around the
nuts and bolts of organizing and the fundamentals of advocacy, while grounding the work in a racial
and gender justice framework and organizing theory and, ultimately, putting it all together through
strategic campaign design and implementation.
• Work collaboratively with the Deputy Director and program staff to develop and
oversee the implementation of the departmental annual work plan, calendar and
• Work with external evaluators to implement data-based evaluation to assess the
efficacy of the programs and compile data from coaches and external evaluators to
produce comprehensive reports on program impact.
• Work with Program Managers to ensure that grantee impact data is accurate and used
to inform program planning.
• Support Program Managers to manage relationships with a large team of coaches and
• Work with Program Managers and Capacity Building Trainer to plan and execute
grantee convenings, webinars, trainings, and site visits; including working with staff
and coaches to design content and curriculum that will advance participant’s
understanding of, capacities and skills in organizing strategies and tactics.
Leadership of the Capacity Building Team
• Team with staff to implement well-designed departmental retreats and regular
• Ensure each staffer has a detailed annual work plan in place.
• Foster strong communication, cohesion and morale within the department and with
• Ensure that all team members have a tailored staff development plan in place.
• Keep department on track to meeting annual Blueprint (strategic plan) goals.
• Serve as program spokesperson at philanthropic affinity group convenings and funder
• Prepare materials such as power point slides, one-pagers, and graphs for key funder
• Develop accurate and timely grant report content including program related data and
impact stories from the field.
• Minimum of seven years of experience working in social justice movements
• Minimum of ten years of political, electoral, civic engagement experience, or integrated voter
• Extensive experience supporting women, LGBTQ, people of color-led, organizations to
successfully implement integrated voter engagement campaigns and strategies
• Program management and/or campaign development experience
• High proficiency in rigorous tracking and analysis of impact data, for organizing and voter
• Proficiency utilizing voter file databases such as Voter Activation Network (VAN) and/or PDI
• Ability to lead and motivate a team.
• Excellent meeting planning and facilitation skills
• Ability to take direction and feedback
• Ability to work harmoniously with teammates and staff; excellent team player
• Ability to be solutions oriented and work collaboratively to advance program
• Self starter, able to work well independently
• Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
• Ability to develop and deliver compelling presentations to diverse audiences
• Excellent interpersonal skills including active listening, problem solving and compromising
• Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously
• Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
• Ability to develop and manage an annual departmental and individual workplans
• Commitment to working in an organization rooted in reproductive justice
• Experience with and knowledge of 501(c)(3) lobbying rules.
• Bi-lingual Spanish/English
• Familiarity with Reproductive Justice/Gender Justice
Computer Skills: Experience with Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) databases. To
perform this job successfully, an individual should have proficiency with Microsoft Office suite of
programs including Excel, the ability to work within social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and basic
web platforms, database software, web browsers, and the basics of conferencing software.
Experience with Slack and project management tools also desired.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Supervises Program Managers, Capacity Building Trainer, and Program
Travel: Ability to travel up to 12 times/year, often cross-country, including overnight travel for events,
staff and Board meetings. Ability to drive. Valid driver’s license where employee is a resident.
The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the
position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as
assigned by their supervisor.
Benefits: Generous benefits include fully paid for employee and family health, dental, vision, matching 401K plan, as well as additional employer-provided reimbursements for fertility expenses, transgender health care costs
and midwifery/doula expenses that are not covered by insurance. Three weeks of vacation upon hire
and a generous holiday schedule including the last week of December, as well as a flexible work
To Apply: Please email a resume, three professional references, two writing samples, and a cover
letter that includes your salary expectations and describes why you feel you are a strong candidate
for this position to: email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.
No phone calls, please. Due to the high volume of applications, only those selected for further
discussion will be contacted.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The Groundswell Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and that enables each of us to realize our potential. Our work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, beliefs, religions, faiths and ideologies, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and levels of physical ability.
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