We're Hiring:
Advancement Coordinator

Movement Strategy Center seeks an Advancement Coordinator to support our Advancement Department in the development of our impactful growth, fundraising, and communications strategy for the organization. 

Job Details
Movement Strategy Center – Oakland, CA
Remote Type: Fully Remote
Position Type: Full-time
Salary Range: $50,000–$65,000
Job Shift: Day

POSITION OVERVIEW

About Movement Strategy Center (MSC)

Movement Strategy Center is seeking an Advancement Coordinator to support our Advancement Department in the development of our impactful growth, fundraising and communications strategy for the organization. The success of this team relies on partnership and this role will require collaboration with and coordination of fellow Advancement Team members, including the Communications Director, Director of Institutional Giving, Director of Community Investment Initiatives and the Grants and Contracts Specialist, under the guidance and leadership of the Chief Advancement Officer.

This position reports to the Chief Advancement Officer and supports MSC’s goals to strengthen and expand the organization’s equitable philanthropic efforts to deepen and accelerate the transition from a world of domination and extraction to a world of resilience, regeneration, and interdependence.

Position Overview

Movement Strategy Center is seeking an Advancement Coordinator to support our Advancement Department in the development of our impactful growth, fundraising and communications strategy for the organization. The success of this team relies on partnership and this role will require collaboration with and coordination of fellow Advancement Team members, including the Communications Director, Director of Institutional Giving, Director of Community Investment Initiatives and the Grants and Contracts Specialist, under the guidance and leadership of the Chief Advancement Officer.

This position reports to the Chief Advancement Officer and supports MSC’s goals to strengthen and expand the organization’s equitable philanthropic efforts to deepen and accelerate the transition from a world of domination and extraction to a world of resilience, regeneration, and interdependence.

Core Responsibilities

The Advancement Coordinator is responsible for managing the day-to-day coordination, organization, and project management of the Advancement team, providing ongoing support to the Chief Advancement Officer while contributing to advancement strategy, communications support and overall fundraising and grantmaking functions and activities of the team. Your experience in being a strong and proactive liaison and project manager will be put to good use, as will your tech savvy, copy editing and organizational skills..

ADMINISTRATIVE WORK (50%)

  • Coordinate and schedule meetings / events

  • Keep organized notes / minutes of Advancement Team meetings and Chief Advancement Officer’s meetings as needed.

  • Project management, including deliverables / deadline tracking

  • Research / identification of relevant webinars, conferences, trainings, opportunities for Advancement team participation

  • Create key documents and maintain the organization of team Google Drive to ensure quick and easy access to info for entire team

COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT (30%)

  • Take the lead on all copy-editing/ proofreading

  • Support presentation and content creation for all internal and external communications including email blasts, newsletter, campaigns, webpage updates/creation, blogs and presentations

  • Liaise with HR, FSP Program Team and other relevant departments on staff wellness program and other projects requiring communications support/ content creation

  • Assist in research as needed

DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT (15%)

  • Provide support with creation of grant proposals, reports, and other grant solicitation materials

  • Manage grants portals and other online accounts

  • Maintain organized tracking of information for grant life cycle

  • Generate reports and documentation for team members as needed

  • Assist in research as needed

OTHER (5%)

  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibility

This position does not supervise other employees.

Expected hours of work

Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Travel

No significant travel expected.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Relevant work experience in project management, team coordination, and administrative support.

  • Dedication to social justice and Movement Strategy Center mission, vision, and values.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written

  • Acute attention to detail, proven data input accuracy, proactive and commitment to high standards.

  • Strong critical thinking and judgment.

  • Excellent note taking skills ability to extract key into conversations and summarize/recap succinctly.

  • Keen eye for visual presentation/ content.

  • Ability to nimbly adjust priorities, positively receive feedback, and manage multiple projects simultaneously while working collaboratively.

  • Ability to handle diverse challenges with a calm demeanor and positive outlook and be oriented towards excellence in service.

  • An orientation towards learning and development; willing to learn from mistakes, receive feedback, and give feedback to others.

  • Familiarity with Google Suite, Microsoft Office.

  • Ability/willingness to learn Fluxx, Airtable, CoSchedule, Canva, Mailchimp, Wordpress, and social media platforms (FB/IG).

Position Type and COMPENSATION

  • This is a 100% FTE, exempt position. Annual compensation $50,000- $65,000
  • MSCs 100% FTE benefits package includes:
  • 20 vacation days leave accrual per year (15 days in the first year of employment due to a mandatory 3 month waiting period before accrual begins)
  • 13 standard holidays, and 2 personal days per year (Personal days are designated as your birthday and hire date anniversary, and need to be used on these dates as required by CA time off laws)
  • 12 sick days leave accrual per year
  • 1-week paid MSC family and medical leave after one year of service (to be integrated with available state benefits); an additional week of paid leave for each additional year of service, up to 4 weeks.
  • Medical, vision, dental, life and disability insurance coverage for employees and their dependents (the enrollment eligible date is first of the month following 30 days of employment). Employee contribution is required and further details will be provided upon hire
  • Access to FSA and Commuter Benefits
  • Opportunity to participate in an employer sponsored 403b retirement plan

Movement Strategy Center is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. People of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apply here.


We're Hiring:
Director of Community Investment Initiatives

Movement Strategy Center seeks a Director of Community Investment Initiatives with a strong customer service mentality and understanding of intermediary work with foundations to join our team. The Director will report to the Chief Advancement Officer and will be the lead staff for the administration of philanthropic re-granting partnership services.

Job Details
Movement Strategy Center – Oakland, CA

POSITION OVERVIEW

MSC seeks a Director of Community Investment Initiatives with a strong customer service mentality and understanding of intermediary work with foundations, to join our Advancement team. The Director will report to the Chief Advancement Officer and will be the lead staff for the administration of philanthropic re-granting partnership services.The Director will also offer high-quality, proactive, and responsive support to the philanthropic interests of MSCs current and prospective partners in this regard; partners include private philanthropic, corporate and individual supporters as well as community based organizations.

This is a full time and remote-based (US-only) role that has room for professional growth in an evolving organization.

ABOUT MOVEMENT STRATEGY CENTER

Founded in 2001, Movement Strategy Center over the last two decades has been a social and environmental justice incubator, serving as a movement hub for both housing visionaries and emergent networks, and providing core intermediary functions to advance ecosystem-wide impact: resourcing a robust and maturing ecosystem of leaders, networks, and projects, and offering core infrastructure support through fiscal sponsorship and philanthropic services.

In recent years, MSCs in-house incubation efforts have focused on cross-sector movement building to cultivate the power necessary to accelerate a just transition from a world of domination, extraction, and violence, where the few live at the expense of the many to a world of interdependence, liberation and resilience, where the many govern for the benefit of all. MSC centers Black, Indigenous, and people of color intergenerational systems leaders and networks that are committed to transformation and boldly leaning into the future and whose communities are most impacted by extraction, domination, and violence.

MSC understands that transformative movements change the way we think, our structures and systems, the way we live, and even who we are. We recognize that we are whole people, and whole communities, and because the issues and problems we face are interconnected, our systemic solutions and movements must be interconnected as well. The way we achieve our goals and with whom are just as important as our outcomes.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Design, create, manage and document robust philanthropic regranting and community investment initiatives
  • Lead donor education and engagement about best equitable practices in philanthropy and in areas of alignment with MSCs work.
  • Lead the development of strategies and appropriate systems and structures for new areas of philanthropic engagement, act as a thought partner to internal and external leaders and team members.
  • Act as the lead staff for the contracting phase of a service engagement, point of contact for MSCs legal and compliance teams during negotiations
  • Maintain awareness of the goals and strategies of MSCs established thematic programs, and exploring and nurturing synergies among and between the thematic programs, Advancement team, and the Executive team.
  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • 4 7 years of experience working in philanthropy and/or grant making.
  • 3+ years of experience supporting donor advised funds, individual philanthropists or high-net-worth donors
  • Understands and values social justice, including racial and gender equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to continued learning on issues related to race, gender, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Well-organized; a creative self-starter, capable of handling multiple tasks, establishing priorities, and meeting deadlines.
  • Passion for the organizations mission with a desire to be an ambassador
  • Proven leadership and team management skills
  • Expert written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to collaborate effectively
  • Comfort with remote work software and a tech-centric approach to work. We use Google Drive, Airtable, and Slack
  • Experience with database management
  • Experience with grant management and grant program design
  • Experience in or understanding of collaborative or participatory grant making is a plus.

POSITION TYPE & COMPENSATION 

  • Full-time, 100% FTE, exempt position.
  • Annual compensation is offered between $105,000 – $120,000
  • MSCs 100% FTE benefits package includes:
    • 20 days vacation leave per year (requires 90 day waiting period before accrual);
    • 13 standard holidays and 2 personal days per year;
    • 12 sick days per year;
    • 1 week paid MSC family and medical leave after one year of service; an additional week of paid leave for each additional year of service, up to 4 weeks;
    • Medical, vision, dental for employees and dependents (requires 30 day waiting period and a per paycheck employee contribution)
    • 100% employer sponsored basic life, short-term and long-term disability insurance coverage;
    • Access to a 403b retirement plan.
    • Access to FSA and Commuter Benefits.

Expected hours of work

Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm PST. Daily schedule is flexible within the proximity of this time frame, and will be decided in consultation with the supervisor.

Travel

Travel is not expected to be more than 5-10%, proximity to a major airport is desirable.

Movement Strategy Center is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. People of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apply here.


Everything You Need to Know About 988

Movement Strategy Center Chats with Tansy Hall McNulty, Founder and CEO of One Million Madly Motivated Moms (1M4), About the Launch of 988

On July 16, 2022, 988 is finally going live — a sort of sister service to 911, 988 will replace the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255, which will remain in service after July 16) as a nationwide number for individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts, mental health or substance abuse emergencies, or emotional distress. A first step in reimagining crisis support in the United States, this easy to remember, three-digit number (call, text, or chat) is confidential, free, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Callers will be connected to trained English and Spanish language crisis counselors with interpretation services in over 150 languages.

We (virtually) sat down with Tansy Hall McNulty, Founder and CEO of One Million Madly Motivated Moms (1M4), to discuss the launch of 988. As founder of 1M4, Tansy leads an ongoing effort to compile and share a comprehensive guide of local and regional Mobile Crisis Units all over the country — an often safer alternative to calling the police for Black families in need of mental health support. When 988 legislation was passed, in 2020, Tansy, 1M4, and their resource were in demand — this collection of crisis units and co-responders would be a jumping off point for 988’s network of operator-counselors and the mobile crisis units we all hope will follow, as 988 secures funding and expands.  

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

MSC: What is 988? 

THM: 988 is a federal mandate that was created back in December of 2020, that we would have a short, easy to remember, three digit number for suicidal thoughts, mental health emergencies, and behavioral health emergencies. Effective July 16th of this year, 2022, 988 will go live nationally. 

MSC: When should we call 988 instead of 911? 

THM: 911 is for criminal behavior or medical and physical emergencies … 988 is for those who are having suicidal ideations and those who are experiencing mental health emergencies, or emotional distress. So these are times that you need a counselor, someone to talk to, someone to de-escalate … The hope and the intention is for it to be a national dispatching center for mental health emergencies. That infrastructure is still being built, however … It will not be ready on July 16th in all places — so I want people to be aware that when you call 988 in these situations, depending on where you live, you may still have an interaction with a law enforcement officer.

MSC: How is 988 funded?

THM: 998 will be funded much like 911, in some states … Look at your cell phone bill, and look at the breakdown. On your bill you’ll see something that says 911. Everybody who has a cell phone is paying … 12 cents a month or 15 cents a month for 911. And that’s so it’s a fully funded organization and entity and that means it doesn’t run out of money. Well 988, ideally, would be funded the same way, but some states are running into issues with this additional fee, because it’s become politicized. So, some states are actually leaning towards a one-time grant opportunity to fund 988 and to fund the call-takers, those who will be servicing the 988 systems. The issue with having a one-time grant is it’s one time. And this is something that needs to be sustainable, so that it can continue, stay funded, stay helpful.

 "The issue can be that sometimes the states take over and they don’t want communities to drive solutions, when we know communities keep communities safe."

MSC: What are some gaps that 988 does not address? 

 

THM: The hope is for 988 to one day be fully fleshed out, to be able to release mobile crisis response teams, or mobile crisis units as well call it on our website — it’s just not there yet, they’re still building the infrastructure for that. And a big portion of that, too, is the need for funding — you have to be able to fund things for them to work, you have to be able to pay people … When you’re this close to someone going through rough times you need to be compensated well for that. So the funding is needed; and consistent, sustainable funding — not these one time things.

We also need community involvement — we have some community response teams on our website but there are so many others out there … I’m hoping they’re able to be funded through 988 too. The issue can be that sometimes the states take over and they don’t want communities to drive solutions, when we know communities keep communities safe.

 

MSC: How can we help make 988 better?

 

THM: Our involvement is needed, because a system that you are not a part of, you’re not considered. It’s very important to be a voice at the table; or just a voice on the other side of the phone. The opportunities to become a call-taker, to become someone who is the voice … Listening to what they need, what they’re saying, providing them the best outlet for help — and the outlet could just be you, listening. It’s amazing to me what happens when people just listen; when people actually feel heard. 

We need people on the other end of the phone who sound like the community that’s calling them. So if you’re someone who is empathetic to other people, who has a will to listen … Look up opportunities for employment, to be the voice someone hears when they’re upset … If you are someone who cares about people, who cares about solutions, who cares about public safety, the safety of individuals going through rough times, consider being a call-taker, consider going through the training to become one of those counselors … who are trained to de-escalate, to provide a soothing voice to hear you out in your darkest hour. 

"We need people on the other end of the phone who sound like the community that’s calling them."

MSC: What can we do until 988 launches and while it’s being developed?

 

THM: Right now you can go to our website and look up our mobile crisis units. Look at your state, look at your area, find who’s in your area who can respond to your needs. Particularly if you’re someone who has had or knows of someone who’s had suicidal ideations, or someone who has manic episodes — become familiar now with the guide and the people in your area, before you need them. It’s always best to build familiarity before you need that help. So you can know what their processes are and you know the group that’s going to answer the phone … I encourage you to call [their administrative phone numbers and] just talk — say, what can I expect? I have a family member or a friend who has these things that happen every now and then, what would happen? I don’t want to engage the police — will they be encountered? 

On our site it will tell you. We interview the people to ask them — will you include law enforcement? Some said yes, every time; some said only if a weapon is involved — ask them those questions, talk to them. [Save their] numbers now, so if … something happens with [a] loved one, or [you] see someone going through some distress, and it seems like they need help, [you] can call this number and know they have a better chance of surviving that interaction.        

You can all help us build out our guide. If you look at our list and you know there’s a mobile crisis response team that’s local to you [that isn’t listed] … Please share with us: go to our website or email [email protected], and send us the name of the organization. We will call them [and ask] them the same questions … just to make sure we understand how they respond.       

 

MSC: How do I know 988 is something safe that I can trust?

 

THM: We want … to [hear] what’s actually happening in the community. So, after you call 988 we would like to know what happened — so we can document it, we can keep up with it, we can actually report back to the implementation team.

Even for our mobile crisis guide: when you contact these different units, we would like to know what happened, did they get you the help they needed? 

I was in contact with a woman in New York … Her nephew was having back to back manic episodes, and when they happen back to back they increase in intensity. They put him on a list — it was a six month wait to get in with a psychiatrist. The family did not want to engage law enforcement, it’s a Black family. So they went to our guide, and they called their local mobile crisis unit, who put them in contact with resources. They ended up actually taking him to the ER, because at some ERs – it should be all but it’s some – there are psychiatrists on staff that you can get in with. So he was able to avoid having to interact with law enforcement by referencing our guide. 

And his aunt, the one who contacted me, was extremely grateful that she had that resource, that information. So we want to know from others: when you use our guide, what happens? We want to hear your stories, hear your experiences, we don’t want to share your name … We just want to know your experience so we can get better. We can let individuals know, who are in positions of power — you didn’t do what you were supposed to do, or you did, you did an excellent job, tell your colleagues [and share your knowledge in] keeping people safe and truly caring for people when they need us.  


We're Hiring:
Operations Assistant

Movement Strategy Center seeks a methodical thinker to work with managers and other staff members to ensure that administrative tasks are completed and function efficiently.

Full Job Description

This is a hybrid position. Remote and On-Site

Core Responsibilities

Admin and Office Support (70%)

  • Coordinate distribution of incoming mail and external mailing and shipping when needed
  • Answer and direct phone calls/voicemails from the main MSC phoneline
  • Enter Org invoices into Bill.com for payment
  • Research, identify and vet potential vendors; build and manage vendor relationships and operations contracts
  • Monitor General Info Google Suite inbox
  • Manage document retention and filing system for organization
  • Order general office supplies, and coordinate supply requests
  • Coordinate with Historic Central Building Management on office maintenance and equipment requests
  • Ensure integrity and efficiency of office functions

Finance Support (20%)

  • Manage Daily Mail Log
  • Reconciling PEX cards of the Executive Director, Chief of Staff & Admin Ops Manager
  • Send out Donor Acknowledgement letters monthly

Misc Projects (10%)

  • Provide other office and administrative support as needed
  • Work on special projects as assigned

Supervisory Responsibility:

Currently does not supervise other employees.

Expected hours of work:

Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Daily schedule is flexible within the proximity of this time frame, and will be decided in consultation with the supervisor.

Travel:

No significant travel is expected.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • A minimum of four years of experience in an administrative role;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written;
  • Ability to switch between detail-intensive data processing and relationship-based interaction with ease;
  • Ability to manage and make progress on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent computer skills with a strong understanding of Google Suite and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Dedication to social justice;
  • An orientation towards learning and development; willing to learn from mistakes, receive feedback, and give feedback to others.

Position Type and COMPENSATION

  • This is a 100% FTE hourly non-exempt position.
  • 100% FTE. Gross hourly pay, depending on experience.
  • MSC’s 100% FTE benefits package includes:

o 20 days vacation leave per year;

o 12 standard holidays and 2 personal days per year;

o 12 sick days per year;

o 1 week paid MSC family and medical leave after one year of service; an additional week of paid leave for each additional year of service, up to 4 weeks;

o Medical, vision, dental for employees and dependents (requires a 30-day waiting period and a per paycheck employee contribution);

o 100% employer-sponsored basic life, short-term and long-term disability insurance coverage;

o Access to a 403b retirement plan.

o Access to FSA and Commuter Benefits.

Please include a cover letter with your application. Applications missing a cover letter will not be considered.

Movement Strategy Center is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. People of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • 8-hour shift

Application Question(s):

  • This job requires you to submit a cover letter. Please attach your cover letter as an attachment when applying to this role.

Experience:

  • demonstrated: 4 years (Preferred)

Work Location: Hybrid. One on-site location & Remote

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $60,000.00 – $70,000.00 per year

Apply here.


We're Hiring:
Executive Assistant

Movement Strategy Center is seeking a dynamic professional to provide administrative support to MSC’s Executive Director (ED), Chief Operating Officer (COO) and executive leadership team along with support for special projects that the ED focuses on to advance the organizational mission and work.

Full Job Description

Position Overview

Reporting to the Executive Director, the primary role of the Executive Assistant is to provide administrative support to MSC’s Executive Director (ED), Chief Operating Officer (COO) and executive leadership team along with support for special projects that the ED focuses on to advance organizational mission and work.

Core Responsibilities

Executive Assistance (50%)

  • Support for ED, COO and Board of Directors Committees
  • Manage calendars, scheduling & executing meetings from start to finish; selecting a date, inviting appropriate attendees, supporting agenda clarification and follow-ups and next steps
  • Serve as principal administrative contact for ED and COO; answer and route: phone calls/phone messages, mail and email messages, and handle wide-range information dissemination
  • Special projects & project management as needed (e.g. Organizational Development projects)
  • Partner with Chief Advancement Officer and Advancement team to support executive voice, communications, development and relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Support MSC Executive Teams’ partnerships cultivation including initiating meetings and responding to requests from key partners
  • Scheduling and implementing the logistics for Board of Director meetings including Committee meetings
  • Support preparation of ED presentations and content for executive team and staff meetings
  • Manage and reconcile expense accounts for ED and COO
  • Schedule and book travel accommodations for the ED and COO
  • Provide file management for the ED and COO
  • Other administrative duties as assigned

Agency-wide Administrative Support (35%)

  • Under the direction of the COO, work in collaboration with MSC’s administrative team members to support agency-wide logistics, operational needs and other administrative duties as may be assigned

Organizational Change Initiatives, Community Stewardship & Emergent Projects (15%)

  • Support organizational change management initiatives and special projects at the direction of the ED and COO
  • Support Organizational Culture and Community Stewardship activities such as coordinating staff meetings, leadership team meetings, board meetings, retreats, and community building activities that may interface between staff, board members, the larger community and stakeholders in MSC’s network
  • Provide project management support to emergent projects that may arise from the Board Executive Committee and Executive Leadership Team

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Expected hours of work

Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily schedule is flexible within the proximity of this time frame, and will be decided in consultation with the supervisor.

Travel

No significant travel expected.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience in working with and supporting non-profit social justice organizations and leaders focused on transformative change to make the world more equitable and just;
  • Minimum of five years demonstrated experience with executive assistant or special assistant to C-Suite roles, and/or equivalent positions;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written;
  • Ability to switch between detail-intensive data processing and relationship-based interaction with ease;
  • Ability to manage and make progress on multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Experience in supporting change management and organizational development;
  • Ability to handle diverse challenges with a calm demeanor and positive outlook with service excellence;
  • Ability to hold confidentiality and discretion re: sensitive information to support Executive Team’s work;
  • Highly skilled in managing competing priorities;
  • Highly motivated and proficient problem solver who anticipates needs and proactively creates solutions in a timely manner in a fast-paced, emergent environment;
  • An orientation towards learning and development; willing to learn from mistakes, receive feedback, and know how to properly give feedback to others;
  • Ability to communicate and take initiative in asking for help and clarity, and to propose solutions/options. Adaptability and comfort with emergence (i.e. ideas and systems not yet fully developed that responds to dynamic situations) — to partner and pinch hit on emergent projects that arise for the Executive and Leadership Teams;
  • Proficiency and excellent computer skills in utilizing Apple and Mac operating systems and products, as well as virtual communication and meeting platforms, database management systems, expense reconciliation systems and other software applications including Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Canva and other design platforms; and
  • Experience with online services such as Egnyte, Docusign, Paycom, Airtable and Asana is preferred but not required

Position Type and Compensation

  • Full-time, 100% FTE, exempt position. Annual compensation is offered between $70-90K
  • MSC’s 100% FTE benefits package includes:
  • 20 vacation days leave accrual per year (15 days in the first year of employment due to a mandatory 3 month waiting period before accrual begins)
  • 12 standard holidays, and 2 personal days per year (Personal days are designated as your birthday and hire date anniversary, and need to be used on these dates as required by CA time off laws)
  • 12 sick days leave accrual per year
  • 1-week paid MSC family and medical leave after one year of service (to be integrated with available state benefits); an additional week of paid leave for each additional year of service, up to 4 weeks
  • Medical, vision, dental, life and disability insurance coverage for employees and their dependents (the enrollment eligible date is first of the month following 30 days of employment)

Employee contribution is required and further details will be provided upon hire

  • Access to FSA and Commuter Benefits
  • Opportunity to participate in an employer sponsored 403b retirement plan

Please include a cover letter with your application.

Movement Strategy Center is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. People of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Type: Full-time, Hybrid

Based in Oakland, CA

Pay: $70,000.00 – $90,000.00 per year

Apply here.


Navigating Tensions Within Capitalist Systems

Movement Strategy Center on Forging Authentic Relationships Between Funders and Movement Leaders

Movement Strategy Center (MSC) is values-aligned with the activist organizations we offer infrastructure to and thought partnership with; and dismantling white supremacy in philanthropy and intermediary services is fundamental to our goal and mission. But at the end of the day, we are a cog in the machine of capitalism; and capitalism is core to economic, racial, and environmental inequity we are fighting each and every day. 

It’s with this in mind that we cannot deny the obvious tensions between the philanthropic organizations that fund our works and the on-the-ground movement leaders we partner with.

 

 

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This thinking is by no means new or innovative — it’s ingrained enough within the greater philanthropic and activist ecosystems to warrant parody. There are dozens of social media accounts dedicated to poking holes in the nonprofit industrial complex. Two of our favorites, @nogodsnoprofts on Instagram and @philanthro_tea on Twitter, have amassed more than 4,000 followers thanks to a collection of memes and hot takes that are often humorous, honest, and entirely relatable.  

Dontay Wimberly, rapper and People’s Climate Innovation Center (formerly Climate Innovation) Young Black Climate Leader (YBCL), shared similar frustration in his Instagram stories. He noted that in 2020, $471 billion went to nonprofit organizations — nearly half a trillion dollars. “That’s how much money was given away — so imagine how much the ruling class has in the first place.” He continued, “capitalism is a zero-sum game … for the few to win, everyone else has to lose. That’s why nonprofits are so frustrating. They don’t really talk about capitalism … Then they would have to reconcile with the contradiction that nonprofits are a byproduct of capitalist exploitation.” 

And he’s right — without unfathomable wealth there would be no philanthropy. And without philanthropy, many of the activists behind crucial movement work would be hobbled. Wealth and philanthropy are essential — but that doesn’t mean there isn’t work to do.   

Carla Dartis, MSC’s executive director, wonders: “how many philanthropic organizations and family foundations have direct access to small grassroots organizers? How many have activist organizers on their boards? Their advisory councils?” Without those folks involved in decision making how are funders supposed to fully understand needs? Without a seat on the table, where is the community and partnership? And when the organizers on the ground are honest about their needs, “they are seen as weak — they can never be seen as a true partner.”

Candace Clark, the resource organizing director at HEAL Food Alliance, one of MSC’s fiscally sponsored projects, agrees: “No one can tell you how to fix a problem in the community they aren’t a part of.” 

 

 

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Problems between philanthropic organizations and activists are compounded by what Dartis describes as a “model of scarcity.” These foundations have good intentions but the funding is rarely enough; the timelines too defined; the relationships too “episodic.” It’s nearly impossible for activists to secure enough funding and — crucially — unrestricted funding to support ongoing efforts, growth, or infrastructure. And, she adds: those deadlines and restrictions, that manufactured urgency, is “the white supremacy piece.” All organizations, large and small, need to be able to adapt or shift as circumstances change and hot button issues arise and established funding can rarely be diverted to tackle these issues.

Jose Pienda, executive director for After Incarceration, an MSC fiscally sponsored project, understands this scarcity sentiment. Since his release from prison in 2020, Pienda has worked with the Restorative Center to pursue a personal restorative justice journey and provide restorative outlets for others. Pienda believes “if we replace competition with collaboration, we all have access to everything … At the end of the day, we are all working for each other.” But he doesn’t believe Big Philanthropy always works that way, referring to the status quo as “a competitive rat race mentality of how and where we get our resources.” 

Intermediaries can seem to complicate the situation by standing between one or more foundations and grantees. But MSC avoids this; and part of avoiding roadblocks is acknowledging that we exist in a sort of paradox between capitalism and liberation. We do not try to ignore the inherent capitalist hypocrisy that is the backbone of philanthropy.   

And we make mistakes — all of us do, big philanthropy and otherwise. But the key is accountability. Clark says, “accountability can feel like being reprimanded but that’s not the intention, it’s dialog, it’s sharing, it’s willingness.” Crucially, she adds that “accountability is transparency” and that means being “open to correcting mistakes.”

Terry Marshall, the cofounder of Intelligent Mischief — a member of MSC Movement Strategy Network (MSN), tells us, “anything that is real, started as imagination first.” MSC imagined a leader-full ecosystem of dynamic and strategic leaders, projects, teams, strategic initiatives, collaborations, and organizations working to advance BIPOC, LGBTQIA, and women and LGBTQIA+-led power building. We started as a group of organizers addressing the overlapping issues of our time collaboratively; who know the climate crisis is connected to the immigration crisis; and that racial justice can not be separated from gender justice. Our purpose is to strengthen projects on the ground and reshape collective futures while working towards equity and community — even with funders, large and small. 

 “Accountability can feel like being reprimanded but that’s not the intention, it’s dialog, it’s sharing, it’s willingness. Accountability is transparency and that means being open to correcting mistakes.”

It all comes down to being in a relationship with one another. Our fiscal sponsorship programs are based on a cohort system that builds on a nested network approach. The idea — which brings in classes of activist organizations — speaks to the concept of Beloved Community and to the need for power-building. Onboarding starts with goal and intention setting; and many goals include relationship building. It’s a crucial, foundational part of the work, and determines our resilience and ability to move forward together. In her book, Emergent Strategy, social movement facilitator adrienne maree brown reminisced about an offering of advice that MSC cofounder Taj James once shared: “don’t thingify, humanify! Shifting our way of being is our tangible outcome. Systems change comes from big groups making big shifts of being.”  

Anya de Marie, who helped develop this approach during her time as MSC’s chief fiscal sponsorship officer, said, “we created as much community as we could inside complicated and contradictory philanthropic and nonprofit cultures and constraints. Rather than an individualized focus on organizational development, we use a network-centered approach that is relational and trauma-responsive.” That rationale reflects MSC’s employee culture — it has been and continues to be a community and political home. And that sense of belonging can take the edge off the very difficult work and very difficult conversations that come with transformative movement building.

Movement building is relational work, and our relationships with our programs and partners allows us to be innovative and agile in our approaches. Mariame Kaba, author of We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice, tells us, “being intentionally in relation to one another, a part of a collective, helps to not only imagine new worlds but also to imagine ourselves differently.” While most intermediaries offer a black and white, client-based approach, our services are designed to address a community’s complete need for resources; and our infrastructure is focused on access and transparency. 

This process extends to many of MSC’s partners. Clark, who is new to the HEAL Food Alliance team, notes that when they are working and planning with their member organizations — a diverse group comprised of rural and urban farmers, fisherfolk, farm and food chain workers, rural and urban communities, scientists, public health advocates, environmentalists, and indigenous groups — they strive for safe spaces, open communication, and the encouragement of all voices from all backgrounds and all geographies to speak their minds and “craft their stories.”

“Don’t thingify, Humanify! Shifting our way of being is our tangible outcome. Systems change comes from big groups making big shifts of being.”

Moving forward, MSC envisions sharing our movement building expertise and ultimately expanding our intermediary model to other activist communities and intermediaries. This equitable service toolkit will be offered to other intermediaries as a guide to setting up their projects and their ecosystems up for success while collectively shifting the paradigm of philanthropy. Crucially, this system will actively engage activists and communities around the model — which will strengthen communities all over. 

MSC proudly focuses on projects that are most impacted by inequities; we don’t have minimum budgets; and we work hard to facilitate powerbuilding and education for our fiscally sponsored partners — with financial literacy, business acumen, and operational knowledge. This not only expands their mission’s impact and their role in systemic change but it helps them walk the walk and talk the talk when in conversation with potential funders, partners, and employers.

This strategic investment in professional development is crucial, as staff and leadership within grassroots organizations sometimes lack the operational literacy required to operate in philanthropic circles. Our focus on building skills and expertise is unique in the world of intermediaries — we believe strategic investment in staff and partner education builds capacity for the movement and the movement leaders, at MSC and beyond. MSC’s Movement Infrastructure Innovation Center (MIIC) project advisor Jamillah Renard‘s financial literacy coaching and resources has increased our organizational breadth while granting our activist partners transferable skills that will increase their income capabilities.

All of this requires funding. And sometimes to get the funding communities need, activists need to be open to partnering with foundations and funders that may not be completely aligned in terms of mission and vision. Per Clark, “it’s important to be strategic, and to look at alignment even if it’s indirect. Compromise is nuanced and sometimes there are still benefits.” It’s hard to know who or what else every philanthropist and foundation is involved with; but it’s safe to say that they don’t set out to be extractive. And here is where communication is again key: “you can walk them through and they may be willing to see things differently.” That said, there are differing opinions on this throughout the transformative movement ecosystem and activists will need to do what’s right for themselves and their communities on a case by case basis.


MSC's 73 Questions with Aisha Shillingford

Movement Strategy Center Chats with Aisha Shillingford of Intelligent Mischief in a 73 Questions-Style Interview

Movement Strategy Center and Intelligent Mischief present MSC’s 73 Questions with Aisha Shillingford, creative director of Intelligent Mischief. This is our take on Vogue’s iconic 73 questions and in it we discuss Afrofuturism, art and design, movement building, social justice, the Golden Girls — all for MSC’s first-ever #GivingTuesday and End of Year Giving campaigns.

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Videographer: Auden Barbour
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Essential Shifts in Funding Practices

Movement Strategy Center on How Philanthropy Must Evolve

To decolonize philanthropy, and support this crucial movement work, we must be open to the concept of Emergent Strategy policies and culture building. Emergent Strategy, a book and framework written by facilitator adrienne maree brown, suggests that western culture tends to work against the emergent strategies and processes that are realized over time as intended goals collide with the shifting realities at hand. The writer explains that “emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions.” By being cognizant of how needs and environments change — including a holistic focus on authentic relationships and the evolving needs of movement leaders — philanthropy can reshape their values and what they’re advocating for.

“When we are fueled with a scarcity mindset, as so many of our communities have been conditioned to be, organizations scramble to do as much as they can before the funds run out.”

Philanthropy for social movements must begin to level the playing field and move away from the current hierarchies that temporarily fund outcomes rather than sustainably funding relationships.


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“We need to create spaces and resource opportunities for leaders to experiment and collaborate and also make mistakes, learn, and try again, which is difficult with limited resources and strict project specifications and requirements.”

Our flexibility and willingness to think outside the box allows those receiving funds to “work around challenges and limitations rather than expecting them to work within systems that don’t support their circumstances.”