Employment

Are you interested in being part of a dynamic, fearless team that is a leader, catalyst, and agenda-setter in the march toward equality? Occasionally, we have openings for really great people.

 

  • Program Officer

    Founded in 1994, the Gill Foundation is one of the nation’s largest funders of efforts to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. For more information, please visit www.gillfoundation.org.

    Position
    With an annual budget of approximately $15 million and a Denver-based team of 18 people, the Gill Foundation seeks a mission-driven, campaign-oriented, and metrics-minded Program Officer who will lead the development and execution of our work in select states by developing and managing a portfolio of grants and consulting contracts.

    The ideal candidate will embody the following values of the foundation:

    • Tolerance for risk and willingness to engage unlikely allies.
    • Nimble, reacting quickly to new ideas, information, and events.
    • Innovative, eschewing a business-as-usual approach.
    • Iterative, learning quickly from mistakes and pivoting to new approaches.
    • Daring and creative, embracing failure as an opportunity to learn and improve.

     

    Reporting to the Vice President of Programs, the Program Officer will identify and act on opportunities to make tangible progress toward achieving equal treatment of LGBT people, supporting LGBT youth and families, and building a prosperous Colorado.

     

    Expectations

    • Turn an idea into an action plan, be persistent, and iterate until we reach the desired outcome.
    • Develop and execute grant-making strategies that achieve measurable results.
    • Model an obsession with attention to detail, research and learning; and maintain high-level subject matter expertise in LGBT issues and your specific portfolio areas.
    • Thrive in a team-centered environment, setting high expectations for yourself and your colleagues, sharing responsibility in both successes and failures, and placing a premium on learning and continual improvement.
    • Exercise independent judgment and initiative to ensure the foundation’s mission is carried out, information flows quickly and effectively to the rest of the team, deadlines are met, and actions receive rigorous and honest evaluation.

     

    Deliverables
    Portfolio Management – 40%

    • Develop a portfolio of high-impact grants, key consulting contracts, and pivotal relationships with influential partners in order to advance equality.
    • Rigorously monitor the issue, media, and policy landscapes to identify emerging opportunities for new investments and partnerships.
    • Ensure grants include measurable benchmarks and outcomes, and are in full compliance with laws governing private foundations.

     

    Communications – 30%

    • Work with the Communications team and grantees to develop and launch paid, earned, and digital media initiatives to complement public education and field campaigns.
    • Ensure that partners engage in public discourse in a constructive and high-profile way when opinion leaders support or thwart efforts to secure full equality for LGBT people.
    • Work with the Communications team to identify and fill research needs, which may include identifying and vetting research partners, interrogating the data, and publicizing results.

     

    Measurement and Reporting – 15%

    • Establish clear annual outcomes and metrics of success that measure the impact of your portfolio investments.
    • Provide regular reports to senior leadership that evaluate grantees’ progress toward their outcomes and recommend any necessary pivots in strategy.
    • Compile and evaluate the efficacy of materials created with foundation support and document how foundation technical support, tools, and grant-making transformed the dialogue around LGBT issues.
    • Participate in staff trainings and evaluations of grantees and consultants.

     

    Donor Resources – 15%

    • Work with our Donor Resources team to leverage Gill Foundation investments by partnering with institutional and individual donors.
    • Provide real-time updates to the Donor Resources and Communications teams that connect donors to the urgent work being done by grantees.

     

    Key Qualifications

    • 7+ years’ experience designing and managing complex advocacy or public education campaigns and/or programs, particularly in the states.
    • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
    • Extensive experience working on issue-based campaigns.
    • Working knowledge or considerable interest in earned, paid, and social media tactics.
    • Working knowledge of current non-partisan, nonprofit civic engagement tactics and/or considerable interest in the field.
    • Creative, outside-the-box thinker who can quickly turn ideas into action.
    • Self-starter who is able to deliver against timelines, remain focused under pressure, and manage multiple tasks.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and capacity to defend or debate ideas without ego interfering.
    • High personal and professional integrity and ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in organizational settings.

     

    COMPENSATION
    This is an outstanding opportunity to work with strong leaders across the Gill Foundation and LGBT movement. The Gill Foundation offers competitive compensation packages including base salary and health, retirement, and vacation benefits.

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
    The Gill Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity in full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws. The foundation’s policy applies to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, military status, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

    TO APPLY
    This position is based in Denver, CO. To apply please send a resume, cover letter, and applicant cover sheet to resumes@gillfoundation.org.

    Please, no phone calls.

  • Grant and Program Assistant

    Founded in 1994, the Gill Foundation is one of the nation’s largest funders of efforts to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. For more information, please visit www.gillfoundation.org.

    Position
    With an annual budget of approximately $15 million and a Denver-based team of 18 people, the Gill Foundation seeks a mission-driven and detail-oriented Grant and Program Assistant. This position will facilitate the foundation’s grant-making operations through all stages of the process, provide administrative support to foundation staff through database management and technical assistance, and act as project support for grant-making staff. This position reports to the Program Director.

     

    Expectations

    • Model an obsession with attention to detail, research, and learning; and seek out data and strategies that could inform our approach.
    • Thrive in a team-centered environment, setting high expectations for yourself and your colleagues, sharing responsibility in both successes and failures, and placing a premium on learning and continual improvement.
    • Exercise independent judgment and initiative to ensure the foundation’s mission is carried out, information flows quickly and effectively to the rest of the team, deadlines are met, and actions receive rigorous and honest evaluation.

     

    Deliverables
    Grants Management – 50%

    • Ensure grants are efficiently and effectively executed by helping to maintain accurate records and confirm that grant files meet IRS, legal, audit, and Gill Foundation requirements and standards.
    • Receive, track, and process grant applications, award letters, invoices, and grant reports.
    • Oversee the monthly process for grant-making, which includes screening grant applications and write-ups; tracking workflow and holding staff to deadlines; and preparing and processing the monthly grant docket.
    • Take the lead in training and supporting staff in utilizing the contact and grants database, create forms and templates, and maintain user manuals to provide clear guidance to staff on the grant-making process.
    • Vet and respond to external inquiries and direct to appropriate staff.
    • Coordinate with accounting staff for grant payments and monthly reconciliation.
    • Administer the employee gift match program.

     

    Data Integrity and Maintenance – 25%

    • Manage the Microsoft Dynamics CRM system and ensure data integrity and accuracy, including regular screens to confirm that data maintained in the system is legally compliant.
    • Take the lead in training and supporting staff in utilizing the contact and grants database, create forms and templates, and maintain user manuals to provide clear guidance to staff on the grant-making process.
    • Manage and execute projects to change or upgrade the systems.
    • Provide timely responses to evolving data needs and ad hoc requests, including research and reporting.

     

    Project Support – 25%

    • Work across departments to provide support for key projects, including setting timelines, copy editing, and other duties as needed.
    • Support the grant-making team through research, data entry, and tracking of key metrics and statistics.
    • Plan and coordinate meetings with grantees.
    • Gather and analyze data from a variety of sources and synthesize the data into easily understood formats.
    • Create and manage databases and other tracking systems.
    • Assist in the preparation of board meeting materials.
    • Keep abreast of current events and issues related to LGBT equality.

     

    Key Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent work experience, 2-4 years.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Tech savvy and able to quickly learn new software. Experience with Microsoft CRM and SQL reporting a plus.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects at once and accomplish short-term tasks and long-term goals.
    • Strong work ethic and ability to function independently and in a team environment.
    • Detail-oriented and analytical with skill in time management, prioritization, and organization.
    • Commitment to the mission of the Gill Foundation.

     

    COMPENSATION
    This is an outstanding opportunity to work with strong leaders across the Gill Foundation and LGBT movement. The Gill Foundation offers competitive compensation packages including base salary and health, retirement, and vacation benefits.

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
    The Gill Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity in full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws. The foundation’s policy applies to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, military status, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

    TO APPLY
    This position is based in Denver, CO. To apply please send a resume, cover letter, and applicant cover sheet to resumes@gillfoundation.org.

    Please, no phone calls.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Gill Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.  It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity in full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws.  The foundation’s policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment and provides equal employment opportunity regarding race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, or military status and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.