Program Director, Crisis

Programs · San Francisco, California
Department Programs
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Title: Program Director, Crisis

Status: Full time

Classification: Exempt

Job Level: Director

Supervisor: VP, Programs


At Global Fund for Women our vision is a world where movements for gender justice have transformed power and privilege for a few into equity and equality for all. We fund bold, ambitious, and expansive gender justice movements to create meaningful change that will last beyond our lifetimes. The Program Director, Crisis develops strategy, implements strategic grantmaking and movement strengthening, and engages in philanthropic advocacy with a focus on Crisis.

Global Fund for Women’s feminist crisis work seeks to intentionally empower localized, grassroots gender-transformative crisis response, rebuilding and resilience. Our crisis funding of six months to two years compliments our multi-year general operating and short-term travel and events grantmaking to provide not only immediate relief, but support for mid-term and long-term strategies for feminist futures. Our model is in direct contrast to top-down international humanitarian aid where only 0.4 percent of humanitarian assistance goes directly to locally run organizations.

Our overall crisis work focuses on three distinct areas:

  1. Along with 13 other Feminist Funds and the Prospera Network, we are co-leading an innovative Community of Practice to support the crisis preparedness and response ecosystem of Feminist Funds through deepened relationships, enhanced collaboration, mutual learning and advocacy.
  2. We provide grants to regional and national Feminist Funds that can then be re-granted to local feminist groups and networks that need crisis funding.  
  3. We provide crisis grants directly to local feminist groups and networks where regional and national Feminist Funds do not currently exist or where they are unable to respond directly.  



The Program Director, Crisis will manage our global Community of Practice open to all Feminist Funds but co-led by 13 Feminist Funds, including a $3.5M project budget and donor requirements which could grow; expand partnerships with Feminist Funds to respond effectively to crises impacting their region; and work with other members of the Programs team on our direct crisis grantmaking. This requires working knowledge of the feminist fund ecosystem, and an ability to navigate complex dynamics and relationships, strong grantmaking experience, coordination of deliverables to donors, presentation, advocacy and influencing skills. In addition, the role requires global expertise, feminist analysis and thought leadership to guide global crisis grantmaking priorities and strategies, with a focus on intersecting political, climate, and health crises.


Strategy, Thought Leadership and Advocacy

  • Further develop our global crisis grantmaking strategy, priorities, and processes in alignment with our new strategic plan and vision through consultations with relevant team members across the organization, in-country advisors, and grantee partners
  • Manage, maintain, and build our Feminist Funds’ Community of Practice by facilitating deep relationship-building and collaborative processes, setting-up and maintaining the necessary ‘scaffolding’ and responding to the practical needs of the funds involved for deep peer learning and impact, and by providing high-level thought leadership on strategic influence and advocacy work
  • Manage and implement our crisis grantmaking to feminist funds and local feminist groups and networks
  • Provide support and supervision to external consultants (i.e., qualitative researcher) and advisors, as needed
  • Serve on funder and/or collaboratives as needed, i.e., Feminist Humanitarian Network, manage critical partnerships, and act as a Global Fund for Women spokesperson on crisis when needed


Grantmaking, Learning, and Communications

  • Develop and manage crisis grantmaking, including reviewing profiles, grant proposals and reports, assessing and selecting grantees, and carrying out grantee check-in calls
  • Engage proactively with cross-term colleagues to ensure the successful management, delivery and tracking of grants and grantee reports
  • Provide input to produce high quality qualitative and quantitative information on grantmaking, movement building and advocacy impact
  • Consult with grantees and advisors to ensure high-quality participation in major Global Fund for Women initiatives, campaigns, advocacy efforts and ‘breaking news’ stories
  • When recommended and feasible, implement “grants plus” strategies to support grantees including thematic, cross-cutting and/or in- country/regional convenings
  • Undertake other projects and initiatives – including initiatives relating to other themes as needed
  • With the support of cross-team colleagues, develop personal visibility, presence and contribution i.e., social media, blogging and/or op-eds

Fundraising and Resource Mobilization

  • Support development strategies aligned with organizational efforts to accelerate revenue, such as specific crisis campaigns
  • Participate in meetings, pitches and presentations to current and prospective donors
  • Ensure the timely and high-quality completion of all donor deliverables, proposals and reports including reviewing written content and writing original content
  • Consult with grantees and advisors to gather relevant information for specific proposals and reports or facilitate communication with cross-team colleagues


Internal Culture and Team Development:

  • Act as a mentor within the Programs team, encouraging the development of an integrated, cohesive, values-driven and nimble team culture, and fostering the development of talent, new ideas and leadership across the team
  • Play an active role in team meetings and in team planning
  • Participate in cross-functional work teams and projects, in negotiation with supervisor
  • Ensure compliance with Global Fund for Women policies and procedures


Internal: Constructive, effective daily working relationships with Programs Team colleagues, with Grants Operations staff and across other teams (Learning, Effectiveness and Impact, Communications and Engagement, Development and Finance). Significant interaction on strategy and management with Vice President of Programs.


External: Strategic, dynamic relationships with grantee partners, advisors, feminist funds, institutional and individual major donors, peer organizations, foundations, think tanks, networks, international agencies and organizations, and media.



  • Intersectional feminist and Feminist Funds’ perspective
  • Proven ability to be a grantmaking strategist, thought leader and spokesperson on global gender justice issues
  • Solid experience, knowledge and understanding of gender justice, including the role of movements in advancing rights
  • In depth knowledge of at least one (and ideally several) of Global Fund for Women’s operating regions (Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Excellent project management Ability to deliver projects and activities on deadline in a fast-paced environment with many competing demands and priorities, and without administrative support
  • Proven ability to recognize opportunities and suggest, secure and raise funds for new programmatic initiatives and collaborations
  • Proven ability to generate compelling fundraising and advocacy content inclusive of experience writing content for successful grant awards
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • Proven ability to manage team, including external consultants and advisors
  • Highly competent ICT and information management skills
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of work time
  • Excellent written and verbal communications and influencing skills
  • Spoken and written fluency in English, and at least one other language in French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic or Portuguese



  • Humanitarian, emergency and relief aid sector knowledge and/or experience
  • Knowledge and connections in the international funder landscapes for gender justice
  • Direct fundraising experience – ideally with major donors, governments and institutions
  • Experience in advocacy activities such online campaigns, policy/ international advocacy, social media activism, media relations, op-ed writing and digital story-telling



  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in gender justice ideally in a philanthropic, social change or rights-based setting
  • At least 3 years’ experience in both grant-making and program design and implementation



  • Degree in a related field

The Global Fund for Women is an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law.  Women, people of color, and LGBTQI candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 

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