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Maine Initiatives seeks a part-time program officer to design and implement a new grantmaking initiative to fund and strengthen immigrant-led organizations in Maine.

Program Officer, Immigrant-Led Organizations Grantmaking Initiative

Maine Initiatives seeks a part-time program officer to design and implement a new grantmaking initiative to fund and strengthen immigrant-led organizations in Maine. Through this new initiative, Maine Initiatives will make approximately $100,000 in grants to community-based immigrant-led organizations in Maine each year over the next three years and will provide capacity-building and organizational development support to the grantees, both individually and as a cohort.

Background

Maine Initiatives is a progressive, public, community-based foundation working to advance social, economic, and environmental justice in Maine through informed, intentional, and collective philanthropy. We raise money from the community and use that money to fund and strengthen grassroots and community-based organizations working on issues of justice and equity in our state. With support from the Broad Reach Fund at the Maine Community Foundation, Maine Initiatives has established a new grantmaking fund that will support immigrant-led organizations. Maine Initiatives seeks a part-time program officer to coordinate and manage this work.

The Immigrant-Led Organizations Grantmaking Initiative will make approximately $100,000 in grants per year over the next three years through a competitive grantmaking process to organizations that meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Are Maine-based: Operating exclusively or primarily in Maine communities.
  • Are Immigrant-Led: The organization’s leadership (board, staff, and/or membership) must be predominantly individuals from the immigrant, refugee, and/or asylee community.
  • Have Nonprofit Status: 501(c)3 non-profit organization or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
  • Have an organizational budget under $100,000.

In addition to the annual grantmaking, Maine Initiatives will strengthen the grantees through programmatic support that may include cohort-based capacity-building activities, individual site visits and technical assistance provision, and other activities designed to support the organizational development of the grantee organizations.

Responsibilities

Maine Initiatives seeks a part-time (up to fifty percent full-time equivalent) Program Officer to coordinate and manage this new initiative. The primary responsibilities of this person will include, but not be limited to:

  • Write and disseminate the Request for Proposals for the new grantmaking initiative.
  • Conduct community outreach to ensure that eligible organizations are aware of this funding opportunity.
  • Provide technical assistance, as necessary, to eligible organizations in the application process.
  • Coordinate the grantmaking process, including the make-up of the grantmaking committee, the design and implementation of the grant review and evaluation process, and the facilitation of the in-person committee meetings.
  • Make a minimum of two (2) site visits to each grantee during the grant period to identify organizational development needs and priorities for each grantee.
  • Review and analyze the organizational development priorities and needs of each grantee in order to identify opportunities for relevant capacity-building and technical assistance content relevant to the full cohort (or a significant subset thereof).
  • Design and implement a minimum of one full-day facilitated peer-learning workshop per year for the full grantee cohort.
  • Meet on a regular basis (i.e. weekly or bi-weekly) with a representative of Maine Initiatives’ leadership team to discuss program progress.
  • Coordinate and liaise with other funders, as appropriate.
  • Other responsibilities, as assigned.

 Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the issues affecting immigrant-led organizations in Maine, as well as a keen understanding of issues affecting refugees, asylees and other immigrants.
  • Experience with community-based grantmaking.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the unique challenges and barriers to successful grant seeking that immigrant-led organizations in Maine face.
  • Experience and demonstrated success providing training and technical assistance to immigrant-led organizations in Maine or in a related context.
  • Strong administrative skills and at least four years of relevant experience.
  • Ability to navigate complex and potentially sensitive relationships among funders, community leaders, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Ability to work independently and thrive in a highly collaborative work environment.
  • Commitment to a spirit of equity and inclusion.

Logistics

The Program Officer will be hired as a part-time employee and will be expected to work an average of 20 hours per week. Compensation will be commensurate with the successful applicant’s level of experience and expertise.

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Please send a resume and cover letter that summarizes qualifications to Andrea Berry, Director of Communications and Community Engagement, (andrea@maineinitiatives.org) by December 15, 2017.

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