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NoVo is hiring: Interim Program Officer, Initiative to End Violence Against Girls and Women


NoVo Foundation acts from the original meaning of philanthropy: the love of humanity. The Foundation is dedicated to catalyzing a global social transformation away from current cultures of domination and their reliance on hierarchy, violence, and the subordination of girls and women.

NoVo believes a new code of behavior is possible, where we are all linked and not ranked. We envision a balanced world that’s governed by principles of mutual respect, collaboration, and civic participation, and that our contribution is to help create the conditions for that new code to arise and inspire others to join them. We seek pivot points in society – such as adolescent girls and local economies – where support and resources can have long-lasting and wide-ranging positive impact. We see violence against girls and women as a fundamental enforcer of oppression, and work to eradicate its presence.

The scale of these ambitions guides our investment strategies. Ours is both risk capital and patient capital; experimentation and new thinking are critical paths forward. Seeing the world as it is, and as it could be, inspires our voice. Through all of our activities we try to illuminate the possibility of a new paradigm, gather evidence of its existence, and establish pathways for its manifestation. As our website states, we “are humbled and honored to contribute to building a world based on peace, compassion, justice, and love.”

Jennifer and Peter Buffett are the founders and co-presidents of the Foundation and have articulated the vision and values that guide its work.


Position Overview

The Interim Program Officer, in the Initiative to End Violence Against Girls and Women, is an 8-month position at 80% time to provide coverage for the initiative, and other foundation efforts, during parental leave. This interim position will be based in either our Brooklyn office or in our remote Seattle office and start mid/late-February 2019.

The Interim Program Officer will support the ongoing implementation of NoVo Foundation’s Initiative to End Violence Against Girls and Women strategy, under the direction of the Initiative Director. The Interim Program Officer will specifically focus on grants in the US and Global South Movement Building portfolios. S/he will also work closely with other program staff and the Director of Grants Administration. This role demands significant knowledge of the field of ending violence against girls and women as well as passion for NoVo Foundation’s mission to empower girls and women.


Key Responsibilities

The Interim Program Officer will work under the guidance and direction of the Director, Initiative to End Violence against Girls and Women, on the following:

  • Manage and monitor current portfolio of grants, including review of annual reports, important grantee developments, and renewal processes. Report on grantee progress to Initiative Director and NoVo Foundation Board of Directors as needed;
  • On a more limited basis, manage any new grantmaking opportunities, from solicitation through assessment, recommendation, and presentation to Grants Committee, as assigned by the Initiative Director;
  • Remain up-to-date on issues, strategies, and funding partners and patterns within the women’s and girls’ rights community, nationally and internationally;
  • Participate in, and report back from, events and activities such as conferences and affinity group meetings as assigned by Initiative Director or other senior staff;
  • Participate in monthly Ending Violence team meetings and monthly all-staff NoVo Foundation meetings;
  • Participate in meetings and telephone consultations with prospective and current grantee partners, other funders, and stakeholders in the field of women’s and girls’ rights, and report back to the Initiative Director;
  • Draft and proof-read initiative-related correspondence, including emails, letters and memoranda;
  • Interface with Director of Grants Administration on docket preparation and other grants management matters; and
  • Support other Initiative and NoVo-wide work as needed and requested by Director, such as research, writing, and short-term project management.

Note: This description is a guide to the primary duties and functions of the job, not an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, qualifications, physical demands and working conditions. Position descriptions are reviewed and may be revised to meet the changing needs of NoVo foundation at the sole discretion of management.




  • BA/BS required, Master’s or professional degree strongly preferred.


  • 5+ years professional experience working on women’s and girls’ rights issues, at least some of which must involve work globally.
  • Demonstrated commitment to NoVo’s mission and an alignment with our organizational values.

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrated research, writing and grant review experience;
  • Close attention to follow-up and detail and ability to manage several tasks simultaneously;
  • Experience working on social change strategies from multiple perspectives (policy reform, litigation, counseling, community organizing);
  • Strong awareness and understanding of the intersection of race, class and gender;
  • Knowledge of philanthropy, with an emphasis on women’s rights funders and NGOs; direct experience with philanthropy preferred;
  • Excellent judgment, resourcefulness, and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to work as part of a team, and to transfer this quality into the building of relationships with grantees and fellow funders;
  • Demonstrated initiative and strategic thinking;
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office, Mac OS, and databases. Experience with Salesforce a plus.
  • Proactive work style, self-motivated, detail oriented with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required (in person, via e-mail, and on telephone), and ability to compose effective, thoughtful correspondence.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion.

Compensation and Culture

NoVo offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, generous vacation, and a pleasant working environment. The Foundation employs a small staff and is dedicated to promoting an environment of collaboration and workplace flexibility.

NoVo deeply values diversity and is committed to the recruitment and retention of individuals of underrepresented backgrounds, including gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation.


Application Process

  • All applications will be received via email. No phone calls or snail mail. E-mail applications to jobs@novofoundation.org with subject line: EVAGW Interim PO /YOUR NAME
  • Applications must include a thoughtful cover letter and resume in .pdf format. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.
  • Application Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting immediately. However, the deadline to submit an application is Feb. 8th.