We're Hiring! BEA Fund Program Manager

June 3, 2022

BEA is searching for a Program Manager (PM) who will be responsible for the overall management of the BEA Fund.  They will be the key point of contact and support for grantees and administer the Fund’s new technical assistance program. In this role, the PM will also work closely with Steering Committee members, Grant Review Committee members, and staff to ensure that resources reach historically under resourced environmental justice grassroots groups.  

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Title: BEA Fund Program Manager 
Location: remote, anywhere in the U.S. 

Building Equity and Alignment for Environmental Justice (BEA) seeks an experienced individual to serve as Program Manager for the BEA Fund. 
ABOUT BEA
BEA’s mission is to foster authentic cross-sector relationships to advance the progress of the environmental movement towards a just transition. We shift power and resources from institutions to grassroots leadership to transform the environmental movement. BEA generates courageous collaborations and open communication by bringing together grassroots organizations, national organizations, and philanthropy. 
ABOUT THE BEA FUND 
Rooted in the Jemez Principles, the BEA Fund emerged from a shared recognition that in order for the environmental movement to be successful, it must support and resource grassroots groups to institutionalize community-based solutions to the ecological crisis. The BEA Fund promotes four interlinked elements: 1) Support Community Organizing at the Forefront of Change; 2) Build Partnerships Across Sectors and Geographies; 3) Advance a Just Transition; and 4) Build the Capacity of the Grassroots Sector. The BEA Fund uses a participatory grantmaking process in which its review committee is made up of representatives from the three sectors. 

To learn about the BEA Fund, visit: https://bea4impact.org/fund 
ABOUT THE POSITION 
The Program Manager (PM) will be responsible for the overall management of the BEA Fund.  This person will be the key point of contact and support for grantee partners and administer the Fund’s new technical assistance program. In this role, the PM will also work closely with Steering Committee members, Grant Review Committee members and staff to ensure that resources reach historically under resourced environmental justice grassroots groups.  The PM will become the fifth full-time member of our staff and will support other programmatic work where needed. 

The ideal candidate is an excellent project manager with a good understanding of participatory grantmaking and a commitment to the leadership of grassroots groups. They are a strategic and creative thinker who is skilled at building relationships and have strong experience working directly with grassroots groups. Strong candidates may be hired at the Senior Program Manager level. 
WHAT YOU’LL DO 
  • Manage all stages of the participatory grantmaking process, including: 
 Development of a comprehensive Request for Proposals (RFPs).
○ Targeted outreach to organizations engaged in the focus areas of the grants program.
○ Fielding calls and inquiries from interested potential applicants.
○ Screening all applications to ensure that potential candidates meet the initial criteria set forth by the BEA Fund Committee and meet all legal obligations for granting. 
○ Development of an evaluation rubric for review and assessment of applicants.
○  Convening and staffing of BEA Grant Review Committee to engage in a multi-day review process. 
○  Approval and customized declination notices sent to applicants and feedback calls with declined applicants when requested. 
○ Administration of grants and progress reports.
○ Development of grants list, including grantee profiles and increased visibility of grantee work through webinars and other communications throughout the year. 
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with BEA Fund grantees.
  • Participate in the  development and ongoing management  of an online grants database to increase visibility of grantee partners. 
  • Identify opportunities to strengthen strategic grantmaking.
  • Implement the BEA Fund’s inaugural technical assistance program.
  • Support monitoring and evaluation of BEA Fund grantmaking.
  • Collaborate with other staff to develop grant proposals and reports, and to highlight grantee work through BEA webinars and other external communications.
  • Stay up-to-date on trends and new developments in philanthropy, environmental justice, and other social justice movements. 
  • Act as an effective spokesperson for BEA and the BEA Fund. 
  • Conduct special projects or other research as requested.
ABOUT YOU
The ideal candidate will have the following experience and skills:
  • Black, Brown, Indigenous, and people of color with first hand experience of environmental racism and what it does to frontline communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • At least three to four years of experience managing participatory grantmaking processes, technical assistance programs, or other similar work.
  • Experience with program development and experience or familiarity with monitoring, evaluation, and organizational learning practices.   
  • Ability to take ownership over the Fund and hold oneself accountable for results. 
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to creatively problem solve. 
  • High level of self-organization, detail-oriented, and ability to manage competing deadlines 
  • Ability to work independently, ask questions and seek support when needed.  
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work flexibly as part of a team in a mission-driven organization. 
  • Strong initiative and a desire to learn and improve skills.
  • Experience overseeing the work of consultants preferred.
  • Experience in grassroots social justice organizing is preferred. 
  • Understanding and commitment for environmental justice, social justice, and advancing grassroots leadership
  • Spanish language fluency is highly desirable, other language proficiency a plus. 
DETAILS AT A GLANCE 

This is a full-time, remote position with a flexible schedule with a salary of $80,000 - $90,000. Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, 4 weeks of vacation, retirement, and reimbursement for home office expenses. This job may require travel to meetings a few times a year when it is safe to do so.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a priority deadline of June 27, 2022. First round interviews will likely take place between July 5th to July 15th. The anticipated start date for this position is early September 2022. 

How to Apply: Please email a cover letter and CV to @email with the subject “Program Manager BEA Fund (Applicant Name)” 

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BEA strives to integrate values of equity and fairness into our work, which includes bringing an intentional racial justice analysis to our programmatic work and organizational structure. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage in this ongoing process and work with us to create a just and inclusive work environment and world. BEA provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities while also staying committed to providing accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. We strongly encourage applicants of color, in all their diversity, to apply for this position.