Following the tragic shooting of 19 people in Tucson, Arizona, five funders, led by The Joyce Foundation, created the Fund for a Safer Future. FSF is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. Since its inception, more than 30 funders have contributed and collectively disbursed more than $15 million to gun violence prevention (GVP) work nationwide. In addition, funders have contributed $107 million in aligned grantmaking in the field outside of the Fund. Grantees include Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy, Cities United, Duke University School of Medicine, Yale Law School, the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, and the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform.
Fund for a Safer Future (FSF or the Fund), a national donor collaborative with a vision of a country where everyone is safe from gun violence, seeks applications and nominations for Executive Director. Launched in 2011 and housed at the New Venture Fund, the Fund’s mission is to strengthen the gun violence prevention community’s capacity to develop and implement smart policy, mobilize supporters, summon the best available research, expand the capacity of community violence intervention programs, advance Second Amendment litigation strategies, and resist the gun lobby’s opposition to common sense reform. More than 30 members strong, FSF is working to reduce gun violence by supporting community-based solutions, research, and state and federal policy change. After ten successful years, FSF seeks to engage its first fulltime Executive Director to more actively manage grantmaking, donor engagement, and fundraising objectives. With a strong track record in raising funds and impacting gun violence prevention policy and practice, the Executive Director will be well-positioned to build on success and forward momentum. This is a unique opportunity to coalesce and support philanthropy’s growing investment in gun violence prevention to achieve even greater strategic impact.
Strong candidates will bring experience and leadership in gun violence prevention and/or a related social justice field and demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the integration of philanthropy, civic engagement, and policy reform, with experience in managing these relationships effectively. They will be responsible for all fundraising, including recruiting new donor members and retention of existing members, in partnership with the FSF executive committee. Reporting to the President of the New Venture Fund, the ED will manage all aspects of the Fund’s grantmaking, and ensure proactive and coordinated communications to members, the field, and the public.
THE SKILLS YOU’LL NEED
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
• Passion for gun violence prevention and experience working in a related social justice and/or public health field.
• Experience managing collaborative initiatives and innovative programs that advance shared values and goals; vision to drive an idea from concept to reality and commitment to developing timely, responsive, and field-relevant programs and initiatives.
• Highly relational with capacity to develop effective, engaging messages for diverse audiences in context.
• Exceptional writing skills to convey key messages, interpretations, and action steps accurately, clearly, succinctly, and quickly to ensure respectful engagement.
• Five years or more experience in leadership position and/or deep expertise in a related field, with progressively greater responsibilities.
• Experience driving fundraising and effectively engaging donors to build and sustain movements.
• Comprehensive knowledge of the integration of philanthropy, civic engagement, and policy reform, with effective experience in managing these relationships. Experience building grassroots movements and/or community organizing is highly valued.
• Demonstrated effectiveness as a convener, facilitator, and collaborator, including professionally managing sensitive topics and information.
• Strong planning and organizational skills, with the ability to think creatively and strategically, in both the design and execution of programs.
• Experience collaborating with persons and communities of diverse cultural, economic, social, and ethnic backgrounds; proven capacity for centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of organizational management.
• The ability to work in a complex environment with many partners, and to maintain confidence when working with sensitive and proprietary information.
• Budgeting and financial acumen, sufficient to organize and manage project and sub-grant budgets.
• Willing to continuously acquire new skills and knowledge and share with partners and colleagues.
• Ability to prioritize and manage multiple deadlines effectively, while working with limited direct supervision and without the benefit of support staff.
• Bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred.
How To Apply
More information about the Fund for a Safer Future may be found at: www.fundforasaferfuture.org
This search is being led by Allison Kupfer Poteet and Britni Russell Bianchi of NPAG. Candidates are welcome to submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.
Fund for a Safer Future is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.