Community Update

Digital Empowerment Toolkit Now Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits aim to provide the resources you need to advance your social change work.

We are excited to introduce our Digital Empowerment Trainers’ Toolkit, a dynamic resource to help you bring the benefits of connecting online to women in your community. Check it out today! »

Offer: Job: Director, Equalty and Justice, Ford Foundation, New York

The Ford Foundation. New York, NY, USA.

Summary Description:

The Ford Foundation seeks to hire a dynamic, creative and innovative leader to serve as its Director of Equality and Justice. Building on Ford’s rich legacy and longstanding commitment to promoting human rights globally, the Director will oversee the programming of three major human rights initiatives. Together, these are among the most significant efforts in the Foundation’s history and comprise $35 million in annual grantmaking:

Advancing Racial Justice and Minority Rights
Protecting Immigrant & Migrant Rights
Reforming Civil and Criminal Justice Systems

The Focus of Our Work:

Our work is aimed at securing equal access to social, political and economic opportunities and a fair justice system for all people, including those most marginalized in society whether based on race, ethnicity, citizenship or socioeconomic status. Racial and ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples, and immigrant and migrant communities represent the core of this work. Throughout, our efforts emphasize strengthening civil and human rights organizations, and supporting research and legal and policy advocacy efforts to protect rights and achieve equality.

With work throughout the Americas, our Advancing Racial Justice and Minority Rights initiative seeks to advance the rights of a diverse racial and ethnic community, including Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans in the United States, and Afro-descendants and indigenous peoples in Brazil and the Andean Region and Southern Cone.
A transnational initiative focused on Mexico, Central America, and the United States, our work on Immigrant and Migrant Rights addresses the human rights violations experienced by immigrants and migrants in receiving countries and along their routes of travel.
The Reforming Civil and Criminal Justice Systems initiative, with efforts in the United States and China, engages key stakeholders in the justice system to promote systemic change to ensure fair and equal access to adequate legal representation, information about legal rights, and equal protection under the law.

Role and Responsibilities:

Reporting directly to the Vice President of the Foundation’s global Democracy, Rights & Justice program, the Director is a senior program leader of the Foundation, responsible for program development and grant making activities. As part of a matrix organization, the Director manages a set of thematic Initiatives with staff in New York and internationally. S/he supervises a unit that includes a team of program officers and administrative staff. The Director is responsible for fostering learning and evaluation within and across Initiatives, and collaboration and communication among US-based staff and with Representatives and program officers in the Foundation’s overseas offices. The Director represents the Foundation externally to a diverse set of stakeholders and communities. S/he will partner with other Directors to advance the Foundation’s mission and objectives.

Criteria for Success:

Demonstrated capacity to lead efforts to advance social change
An action oriented, entrepreneurial person who is a self starter and works well in teams
A proven ability to think strategically, analytically and critically with agility to translate ideas and insights into action through coherent and viable program work
Demonstrated people management skills and ability to lead a team of talented professionals
Ability to motivate staff through effective leadership, mentoring, coaching, development, facilitation, evaluation and rewards
Ability to manage complex relationships with private and public sector stakeholders
Strong convening and facilitation skills, and the ability to listen and learn from diverse perspectives
Exemplary communication skills, both oral and written
Demonstrated organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
Administrative skills, in particular an appreciation for the importance of strong fiscal management
Strong time management proficiency
Sound, mature judgment and integrity
Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection and a sense of humor
Commitment to the Foundation's mission and core values of equity and fairness, diversity, voice and participation, knowledge and creativity, humility and respect, and honesty and integrity


Substantial professional experience working on issues of civil and human rights, particularly in the United States;
Advanced graduate degree in law or public policy, or other relevant fields;
Record of leadership, planning, and management success;
Experience working with a range of individuals in civil society, government and the private sector;
Familiarity with the use of new technologies to promote social justice;
Demonstrated experience working effectively as part of a team and with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and perspectives;
Excellent analytical, oral presentation, writing and interpersonal skills;
Fluency in English.
Also desirable are fluency in a second language and familiarity with philanthropy and nonprofit sector issues in the U.S.

To Apply:

Please apply online at:

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

PAKISTAN: They Went to School and Never Came Back

PAKISTAN: They Went to School and Never Came Back

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Blog »

Read the latest from World Pulse headquarters

Announcing Our Prize Winners!

Announcing Our Prize Winners!

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative