Portfolio Manager, Peacebuilding

ABOUT HUMANITY UNITED

Humanity United (HU) is a foundation dedicated to cultivating the conditions for enduring freedom and peace. We support and build efforts to transform the systems that contribute to human exploitation and violent conflict. HU is part of The Omidyar Group, a diverse collection of organizations, each guided by its own approach, but united by a common desire to catalyze social impact.

Position Summary:

Humanity United (HU) is seeking a process-oriented, collaborative and high energy Portfolio Manager (PM) to join the Peacebuilding Team! The PM will drive crucial team communication, budget and grantmaking processes within the Peacebuilding team and ensure integration acrossHU. The PM will work closely with Peacebuilding’s 360 team, made up of the Managing Director, two Senior Directors, and Director. This role will help cultivate the “team of teams” structure to its highest potential so that the Peacebuilding team and its partners can live into their core values and mission.

The PM will ensure that the Peacebuilding team operates in a clear, coordinated and effective way, across a wide variety of programs and in service of a multidimensional portfolio strategy. The PM will also serve as a key liaison with the HU Operations team and will maintain relationships across the organization with key partners. The PM will support the Peacebuilding team in articulating best grantmaking practices as HU engages more deeply in the trust-based philanthropy movement and critically reflects on its own role in shifting power toward local actors in the global system.

The successful candidate will be an engaging teammate who can move efficiently between teams to build effective processes, help develop a collaborative and transparent team culture, and orchestrate the co-creation of decision-making processes. Ideally, the candidate will have outstanding attention to detail and be a self-confident, creative and independent self-starter.

This is a full-time, exempt role, reporting to the Director, Peacebuilding. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all HU staff are working from home. As our offices reopen, returns are on an opt-in and gradual basis. During 2021, this role can be based anywhere in the US. From January 2022 onwards, this position will be part of our Washington, DC team.

Core Job Responsibilities:

Peacebuilding Team Management

  • Manage the Peacebuilding grant database and together with the PB team members produce learning on a quarterly and annual basis, thinking strategically about how to communicate this information to various audiences inside and outside HU.
  • Build and revise budget and grantmaking resources and other internally mandated materials to support the team to take part in emergent learning and operational action in their program and portfolio work; lead team members through the participatory budget process on a quarterly basis.
  • Plan and communicate team rhythms, meetings, retreats, and collect knowledge for the team; plan the arc of team conversations and communicate across the team on a variety of issues. Ensure that the design and implementation of team processes will make these activities possible.
  • Create communication channels for use by the team to engage other HU departments, to allow for maximum alignment on goals, policies, team processes, and learning.
  • Develop and handle core Peacebuilding Portfolio contracts for strategy and learning and collaborate closely with HU Operations team.

Cross HU and External Leadership

  • Support critical grantee and partner relationships. Work with grants and grantees (at times as the key grantmaker, holding relationships, and at others supporting other PB team members), shepherding grants through HU’s grants management system, Smart Simple.
  • Act as liaison with the Operations team to ensure grant processes, learning, and budget information on the operational side of the work are communicated with the right partners within HU.
  • Lead intricate departmental/portfolio-wide projects and schedules of vital meetings, coordinating the planning and execution of portfolio-wide events.

Communication and Learning

  • Compose board documents, presentations, and agendas for the Peacebuilding team sections of board meetings and other internal HU meetings; ensure the team is ahead of the curve in all internal processes required by HU and team deliverables.
  • Help curate and communicate information from program teams as part of “holding the whole” across the entire portfolio and manage the grant database, and budget database.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Must-have requirements:

  • Dedication to HU’s mission and core values (including Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice)
  • “Roll up the sleeves” approach, deep sense of curiosity, and a willingness to listen and learn
  • High tolerance for ambiguity and balancing multiple changing priorities, strategic frameworks and definitions of success across a dynamic portfolio
  • Experience facilitating conversations around complex issues to help drive them toward a decision
  • Ability to communicate with a range of partners inside and outside HU, both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to create appropriate meeting rhythms for sophisticated teams (including board conversations), and to capture most important elements of team meetings in writing
  • Strong experience with financial, legal, and grantmaking (or similar) systems, and the ability to learn these systems
  • An approach to problem-solving that is proactive and capable of adapting and building consensus
  • The right to work in the United States

It’s a bonus if you bring:

  • Direct lived experience of the issues we work on
  • Experience working with a remote and distributed team
  • Prior work in a non-profit or philanthropic environment
  • Language fluency: French, and/or Spanish
  • We encourage qualified candidates lacking formal or direct experience to describe how their background has served as preparation for this role.