Grassroots International seeks an experienced individual to work as an active member of its Program Team. The Grants Administrator/Solidarity Program Officer will provide administrative and other support to the team, while also serving as a main point of contact with organizational partners and providing programmatic expertise in particular geographic regions (Guatemala and Nicaragua to start). The position is full-time and will be based in Boston.
Grassroots International works in partnership with social movements to create a just and sustainable world by advancing the human rights to land, water, and food through global grantmaking, building solidarity across organizations and movements, and advocacy in the US. We envision a world in which a universal commitment to the health and well-being of the earth and all its peoples, fueled by successful global movements for economic and climate justice, has transformed production practices, consumption patterns, and economic and social relations to ones based on sustainability, equity, and the rights to land, food, and water. Our partnerships recognize that change is successful only when people in their own communities organize to confront the root causes of their problems.
Key responsibilities include:
- Implementing overall Grantmaking Management and Documentation systems, including:
- Developing and maintaining document system and reporting mechanisms that record the history and status of various program/projects in a manner which provides ready access to other Grassroots International staff, senior management or the board.
- Implementing grants management tools, files, due diligence policies, reporting procedures, and/or other tools for the assessment and evaluation of activities for the organization’s global grantmaking program.
- Following all due diligence requirements from vetting of grantees through final disbursement of grants.
- Coordinating between Administrative and Program teams to ensure smooth process around grant disbursements.
- Conducting internal audit of grant files.
- Supporting the Program Team with communications to grantees and other due diligence steps, as needed;
- Working in partnership with all staff and especially with the Solidarity Program Officer for Latin America and the Director of Grantmaking and Advocacy to ensure that Grassroots International programs in the regions for which s/he is responsible are operating as they should; including:
- Maintaining and deepening organizational relationships with partners and grantees in the regions for which s/he is responsible.
- Following all steps in the grantmaking process, from initial conversations to reporting, monitoring and evaluation.
- Making progress towards program/project objectives, while staying within budget.
- Staying informed of current concepts, best practices, and trends related to international social movements and human rights, as well as issues specific to the program/project theme/region.
- Develop mechanisms and strategies for using and sharing this information in a manner which informs, supports and strengthens the work of Grassroots International as a whole (such as fundraising, education, advocacy).
- Sharing information on recent grants and relevant programmatic developments through written communications for external audiences; and
- Participating in team and overall organizational activities.
- Excellent administrative skills, with grantmaking administration experience highly desirable
- Bilingual English/Spanish, with fluency and verbal/written proficiency
- Demonstrated commitment to the global justice mission of Grassroots International, including understanding of social movements, expertise around geopolitical issues and familiarity with challenges of the specific program region
- Background on international issues – especially rights to land, territory, water, food sovereignty, and climate justice – highly desirable
- Strong writing skills in English and command of MS Office and G Suite computer applications
- Communications skills needed for effective communication with partners and colleagues in Spanish, and to provide English/Spanish interpretation and/or translation as needed.
- Well organized, able to multi-task
- Strong interpersonal skills, able to work well in a team
- Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of relevant work experience preferred
Starting salary $52,000-57,000 depending on experience, excellent benefits
We aim to fill the position quickly and are accepting applications on a rolling basis. We encourage interested applicants to submit a resume and a cover letter detailing interest and relevant experience to: email@example.com with YOUR NAME in the subject line.