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Job Title: Program Officer, Reproductive Justice, Social Change Portfolio
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Organization: The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
Posted: 4/3/2024
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Remote,     
Compensation: $164,000
Position Description: The Program Officer, Reproductive Justice, contributes significantly to the development and management of work plans aimed at expanding and sustaining Reproductive Justice (RJ) grantmaking. The ideal candidate will hold a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a deep understanding of intersectionality and a commitment to centering the voices and experiences of marginalized communities.

The Program Officer will bring strong relationship-building skills to their role as a grant maker, developing trust-based and collaborative partnerships with portfolio grantees. The Program Officer will co-develop and then take responsibility for implementation of workplans that serve STBF’s goals, including identifying gaps or liabilities in movement work, securing internal or external stakeholder buy-in, seeking out new grantees, and shepherding new and existing grants through the proposal and reporting processes. They will uphold high standards for stewarding the Foundation’s resources, including budgeting, grant monitoring, and compliance. Managing goal- oriented work plans may additionally entail setting learning agendas, preparing grants for approval by Senior Program Officers, making budget recommendations, and communicating grantee progress or challenges to others. Additionally, in keeping with the values of STBF, they will collaborate across colleagues and join a diverse team of people deeply committed to equitable practices and reducing disparities in the workplace as well as in the field. This position reports to a Senior Program Officer in the Social Change portfolio.

The Program Officer will approach the position of grant maker with a profound sense of humility, integrity, and cooperation. They will be capable of establishing relationships with their grantees that are expert, responsive, conscientious, and collaborative in their thinking. They will participate in site visits to remain informed about the progress of the portfolio grantees and convene meetings, if required, to contribute supplementary knowledge that guides the work of USP. They shall provide input for the STBF Board reports and establish or sustain connections with other funders involved in the movement.

Qualifications: 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:

Attributes for Success in this Role • Seeks input from and value the uniqueness of people from different groups and identities. Works effectively with individuals of diverse cultures, interpersonal styles, abilities, motivations, or backgrounds. Challenges practices or policies that may be exclusionary. Demonstrates a proven commitment to race equity and identifies ways to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts internally and programmatically and commit to your own ongoing learning about inclusive behaviors and work cultures. • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with team members, internal and external partners and others using strong interpersonal skills. Works effectively with people outside formal authority to accomplish goals. Practices kindness, authenticity, and optimism when working with others. • Demonstrates expansive knowledge of tools, methods, and resources in the area of reproductive health access, advocacy, or policy development in the context of the movement systems and politics. • Asks good questions and probes all sources for answers; sees underlying or hidden patterns; looks beyond the obvious and does not stop at the first answers. Uses rigorous logic and methods to learn, analyze and understand why problems occur; generates and implements creative, cost effective and realistic solutions. • Looks for new or alternative ideas from a wide range of sources. Considers future consequences and trends while considering future possibilities. • Communicates effectively both in writing and verbally. Listens carefully and seeks mutual understanding in daily interactions. • Demonstrates comfort and skill in situations of conflict. Executes an ability to say “no” when necessary and appropriate and have the confidence to choose the correct answer over the popular one. Shows tolerance for ambiguity and is very comfortable with constant change brought on by internal and external pressures or expectations. Understands the value of flexibility and adaptability.

Background and Experience Qualifications • Strong knowledge and experience in RJ strategies to protect and/or expand access to abortion and contraception. • Demonstrated knowledge in one or more of the following areas: National, state, and/or local policy; legal and litigation; movement building, organizing, and power building; strategic communications; administrative and regulatory policy; cross-movement alignment; reproductive justice; organizational health and development; and leadership development. • Experience navigating coalition dynamics and building relationships with partners to identify needs and gaps. • Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (e.g., healthcare, political science, public health, gender studies, public administration, social work, law, advocacy etc.) OR • Professional experience in excess of 7 years with increasing responsibility directly related to the role will be considered. • Minimum 5 years of experience related to abortion and/or contraceptive advocacy including some program management responsibilities. • Preferred: Experience working in a remote environment with colleagues across multiple locations.

Travel Requirements If working remotely, travel is expected up to 20% of the time, including travel to Omaha 3-5 times per year.

Hiring Requirements As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Compensation Compensation for the Program Officer role starts at $164,000. The Foundation also provides comprehensive benefits.


This search is being led by Cara Pearsall and Tyra Gravesande of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, and addressing the following question: What are the current gaps and opportunities facing the RJ movement in the United States? How can STBF leverage identified opportunities to achieve abortion access and reproductive dignity for all people? Please submit along with resume via NPAG’s website ( It is encouraged that applicants submit their application by April 26, 2024.

Accommodations: If a candidate needs accommodations, please let NPAG know.

We are committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. This includes not only creating a diverse team where everyone feels represented, respected, and included, but also embedding these values across our work and practices. All applicants who are drawn to serve our mission will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and prior protected activity.

Organization Description: The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation (STBF) is now seeking nominations and applications for a Program Officer, Reproductive Justice, in its US Programs, Social Change portfolio. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation (STBF) is a private grant-making Foundation with a U.S. home office in Omaha, Nebraska, and a global office in Kigali, Rwanda. With annual spending in excess of $800 million, it is one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. The Foundation is unusual for donors of such size as it has only two main areas of grant making: 1) supporting efforts to reduce unintended pregnancy and ensure access to safe abortion in the U.S. and around the world and 2) to enable low-income students in Nebraska to attend and succeed in college. The Foundation currently employs over 70 staff across the U.S. and Kigali, Rwanda. The Foundation will not exist in perpetuity. After Mr. Buffett passes away (he is currently 93 years old), the Foundation’s grantmaking will grow substantially, then eventually sunset after 15 years.

Closing Date: 7/3/2024
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Contact Name: Morgan Spillan,  Program Officer, Reproductive Justice, Social Change Portfolio
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