WHO WE ARE
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies (Schusterman) is a global organization that seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities and advance equity. Our philanthropic vision is grounded in a commitment to pursue justice, repair the world and treat all people with dignity and civility. We invest in efforts to improve public education in the United States, strengthen the Jewish people and Israel, and address the needs of marginalized individuals and communities. www.schusterman.org
Our culture is built on a foundation of principles that guide our attitudes, behaviors and interactions in the workplace. We look for people to join our team who are trustworthy, excellent, risk-takers – and who are committed to equity. Team members who are trustworthy look to build connections with others, are open to feedback and cultivate a culture of caring and respect. We strive for excellence by driving toward measurable results and consistently growing our knowledge and skills for maximum impact. We look to take risks by demonstrating curiosity and finding new, innovative ways of working. We strive to create a work environment rooted in equity where all members of our team feel a sense of belonging, are treated fairly and have the ability to have to use their voices to effectively advance our mission.
The Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy (Senior Director) is a new cross-team role leading policy and advocacy work, based in Schusterman’s Washington, DC or New York City offices. As each of our grantmaking teams are increasingly working to change policies and laws as part of their impact goals, we seek to add relevant expertise and experience to our internal capabilities. The Senior Director is responsible for working with our grantmaking teams to identify, evaluate and partner with grantees involved in policy and advocacy activities. The Senior Director will also identify influential state and national partners and build a strategic approach to managing relationships with key stakeholders that amplify the work of our teams to achieve the larger mission of Schusterman Philanthropies.
The Senior Director reports to the Co-President who coordinates all the policy and advocacy work across the Schusterman Philanthropies teams.
• Provide policy and advocacy expertise and experience to partner with portfolio grantmaking teams on evaluating c4 grantmaking opportunities and engage with grantees on ongoing strategic approach.
• Work with grantmaking portfolio teams to map all the Schusterman supported policy and advocacy activities, identify areas for collaboration or additional investment, and prioritize areas for impact/wins. Identify gaps and opportunities to maximize probability of success on specific legislative goals.
• Work with grantees to develop strategic campaign plans, establish performance metrics, and evaluate success and challenges.
• Coordinate with outside consultants to align their electoral and voting rights work with the policy and advocacy goals of Schusterman grantmaking teams.
• Build relationships in priority states with key grassroots organizations and grass top leaders to maximize impact of Schusterman investments. Build tactical plans to achieve policy wins with wider state coalitions.
• Direct a federal policy agenda and associated grantmaking portfolio, including grants to create long term policy solutions for Schusterman portfolio objectives.
• Attract and work with other funders to support aligned policy and advocacy grantmaking.
COMPETENCIES NEEDED TO BE SUCCESSFUL
• Strategic and leadership skills, including the ability to design and implement a strategic plan.
• Action-oriented with a track record of achieving goals and objectives.
• Experience operating in a matrixed environment with a track record of building relationships, being viewed as a trusted partner and collaborator, and leading through diplomatic influence rather than formal authority.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to adapt communication styles across multiple stakeholders and facilitate productive conversations.
• Demonstrating a commitment to valuing equity and diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
The following qualifications are representative of the high level of demonstrated skills, maturity, judgment and ability to work with a wide range of constituencies required of Schusterman employees:
• 10+ years of professional experience working on policy and advocacy activities and campaigns or related grantmaking activities.
• A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
• Proven commitment to working for social change, preferably in areas related to Schusterman priorities.
• PC skills (with proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint), as well as a thorough knowledge and comfort of basic web skills required.
• Ability to travel domestically up to 25%.
Competitive salary band of $200,000+ based on experience and Schusterman’s commitment to internal equity. A strong benefits package is also included. Schusterman encourages ongoing professional development and supports activities aligned with one’s individual career growth plan. Schusterman does not cover relocation expenses for this position.
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Schusterman promotes diversity and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religious creed, disability, genetic information, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.