About the Veatch Program
The Veatch Program is the national philanthropic giving program of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock (UUCSR) in Manhasset, New York. The Veatch Program works toward fulfilling UUCSR’s congregational mission to build a more just and joyful world. We provide funding for social change organizations led by people who are directly impacted by injustice, as well as core denominational institutions. Veatch has been a leader in progressive philanthropy since 1959.
Veatch prioritizes community organizing, base building, and leadership development. Veatch grantees create their own solutions, fight for more equitable social policies and hold industries accountable. They make a better world for everyone through organizing and building a strong democracy. Our professional staff members are known for their partnership and leadership in philanthropy, engaging in strategic initiatives that serve Veatch grantees and our mission.
The Program Officer will engage with our long-term, multi-issue grantees across the country, as well as prospective grantees. This position requires and maintains a base of knowledge and relationships in the social justice and community change fields, represents Veatch and the UUCSR congregation in philanthropy, contributes to grantmaking strategy and implementation, and supports learning and engagement within the institution. This full-time position reports to the Executive Director of the Veatch Program.
Maintain relationships with current grantees to monitor and assess the progress of long-term grants as part of a $13 million/200 grantees funding program, ensuring smooth processing of each grant cycle.
Maintain a pipeline of potential grantees by identifying primarily grassroots, regional and national organizations in low-income, Black, Latinx, Indigenous and other people of color communities that engage in base building and organizing for progressive social change and related social change efforts.
Evaluate grant requests to make recommendations to the Veatch Executive Director and Program Team and prepare written recommendations for the Veatch Board of Governors.
Develop and present programming to the Veatch Board of Governors approximately monthly, and to the Shelter Rock congregation periodically, to raise awareness regarding grantee impact and to provide on-the-ground insights into efforts within social justice movements.
Collaborate within the team to make recommendations on overall grantmaking strategy.
Collaborate with other grantmakers to ensure the strength of the grantee field, Veatch grantees, and our partners in philanthropy.
Take active roles representing Veatch priorities in funder affinity groups and social justice organizations.
Qualifications and Desired Experience:
The ideal candidate for this position will have at least 5-8 years progressive experience within an organizing context. Grantmaking experience is strongly preferred, though not required. We are seeking candidates who have a solid understanding of grant funding within the nonprofit world, breadth of expertise and hands-on experience in social issues, policies, and change strategies, and a demonstrated commitment to working for social change. Experience working as part of a distributed/remote team is preferred. Veatch maintains clear expectations and practices for collaboration and accountability in our remote/hybrid work.
Ideal candidates will also have:
Passion for the mission and work of the Veatch program and a genuine interest in engaging energetically with our grantees.
Ability and commitment to working with individuals and organizations representing a mix of racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.
Hands-on experience in the kinds of programs we support, such as grassroots community organizing, advocacy, labor organizing, or civic engagement is required.
Understanding and acceptance of the philosophy and values of Unitarian Universalism and the program priorities of the UUCSR Veatch Program.
Excellent writing and verbal communications skills.
Capacity for taking initiative and working both independently and collaboratively.
Able to manage and meet competing deadlines and at a fast pace.
Team approach, strong collaboration skills, high social and relational capacity, and positive attitude.
Highly organized and able to multitask.
Ability to work remotely and in hybrid settings, maintaining accountability and adhering to hybrid work practices.
Experience using grantmaking technology systems such as Foundant and customer relationship management software such as Salesforce.
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.
This role can be based from anywhere in the United States. A dedicated location for working remotely is required. UUCSR provides office equipment, supplies, and cell phone reimbursement. Occasional in-person attendance at site visits and meetings throughout the U.S, and periodic meetings at UUCSR’s location in Manhasset, New York, will be required.
The general salary range for this position is $73,440 - $91,800. Within this range, individual pay is indexed by the location of the candidate. Applicants who advance to the interview stage will receive specific salary information for their location. In addition, the actual starting salary of the candidate is commensurate with the amount, breadth, and depth of relevant experience, as well as education, additional professional training and certifications, and other factors relevant to the position.
UUCSR offers a strong benefits package highlighted by outstanding healthcare benefits (with a generous employer premium contribution) and an excellent employer-contributed retirement plan after one year of employment.
How To Apply / Selection Process
For consideration, please send your resume and a cover letter that clearly explains your fit for and interest in this role. Send your materials to email@example.com and indicate "Program Officer” in the subject line. This job is open until filled, although we encourage interested candidates to submit their materials as soon as possible to be considered for an early 2024 start date.
UUCSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the Americans with Disability Act. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual identity, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions.