Deputy Director

Groundswell Fund
Mission Statement: 

Groundswell Fund is the largest funder of the US Reproductive Justice (RJ) movement and a leading funder of grassroots organizing efforts led by women of color (WOC) and Transgender people of color across the US. For more than a decade, Groundswell has enabled foundations and individual donors to increase the impact of their giving by offering a different kind of philanthropic model.Different in who they are: A program staff of WOC and TGNC (Transgender and gender non-conforming) people of color who come directly out of community and labor organizing and have a combined 200 years of grassroots organizing and civic engagement experience within communities of color; a Board comprised of grassroots leaders shaping strategy alongside funders and donors.Different in who they support: Groundswell Fund strengthens US movements for reproductive and social justice by resourcing intersectional grassroots organizing and centering the leadership of WOC – particularly those who are Black, Indigenous, and Transgender.Different in how they support the field: Through grants and capacity-building resources focused on boosting grassroots power, and funder organizing that lifts up grantees with a larger audience of funders and donors who can move resources to their work, whether or not these resources come through Groundswell’s doors.Since 2003, Groundswell has moved more than $50M to the field, with 90% going to WOC-led organizations. Groundswell has been a leading force in increasing the number of dollars moving to WOC-led organizing in the US from a wide community of foundations and individual donors.The grantees at Groundswell have moved from trepidation about participating in the political process to mobilizing thousands of voters and even seeing their own members run for office. They have been instrumental in the passage of more than 250 pro-RJ policies at the state and local level and in blocking many regressive policies, and they have built a growing grassroots base of support for reproductive and social justice across the US. In 2017, Groundswell launched a 501c4, Groundswell Action Fund, now the largest c4 fund in the country centering WOC-led c4 work.To learn more about Groundswell Fund, please visit

Position Description: 

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Director will play a key role in supporting the ongoing growth and infrastructure-building of this high-impact, $16M organization.As a member of the Guidance Team (Groundswell’s executive leadership), the Deputy Director will be instrumental in overseeing day to day internal operations, including coordinating the activities of the Guidance Team and ensuring strong alignment, communication, and cohesion across the organization toward effective and timely implementation of the five-year Strategic Blueprint and Annual Operating Plan.The Deputy Director will be responsible for designing and implementing a range of organizational strengthening initiatives to support staff morale, retention, and efficient systems. These efforts include, but are not limited to, activities in the following areas: staff leadership development, team building, effective cross-team planning and coordination, organizational culture building, pacing to ensure the sustainability and well-being of staff, and leading organizational learning and scaling-up initiatives. The Deputy Director will directly supervise the Chief Financial Officer, Director of Special Initiatives, Director of Grantmaking, Director of Capacity Building, and a number of external consultants. This full-time position is location-flexible.


Ideal candidates for the Deputy Director will possess the following skills and attributes: 

  • Demonstrated personal/professional commitment to Groundswell’s mission and model; experience directly supporting WOC, low income women, and Transgender people highly preferred
  • Excellence in organizational management and facilitative leadership, with the ability to coach senior-level staff to manage and develop high-performance teams and create and implement programmatic strategies
  • Experience serving on an executive or other higher-level organizational leadership team, and leading organization transformation/culture change projects
  • Ability to build and use metrics to gain buy-in for critical initiatives; an understanding of financial materials and how to provide oversight on fiscal strategies
  • Creative, engaging others to think outside the box on leadership development and organization-wide innovation
  • An expert relationship-builder, with the EQ to support and coach staff at all levels
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with the ability to inspire and galvanize people to work collaboratively to achieve excellence
  • Impeccable judgment and discretion in dealing with sensitive information
  • A minimum of a master’s degree in organizational development, nonprofit management, organizational psychology, social work, or a related degree
  • At least seven years of organizational development and/or management experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Certification in leadership coaching and a variety of leadership, emotional intelligence, and team building assessments is preferred
  • Ability to travel up to 10 times/year, often cross-country, including overnight travel for events, donor meetings, and Board meetings
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Application Instructions: 

Molly Brennan and Melissa Madzel of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role, please submit your cover letter and resume here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.