Now Hiring a New Full-Time Program Officer!

by Swift Foundation on January 19, 2016

Job Description

The Program Officer, based in the San Francisco Bay Area or greater region, manages relationships with grantee-partners within Swift’s international grant portfolio, assists the Executive Director with strategy, board support, and special projects. S/he will work both independently and in coordination with the Executive Director, board members, external consultants, and the family office.

Role Summary
Approximately 70% to manage and develop Swift’s grant program, 20% to create and manage communications and special projects, and 10% to support the impact investing portfolio for the foundation.

Grant Program

  • Manage Swift’s grantee-partner portfolio
  • Nurture, facilitate and strengthen Swift’s relationships with grantee-partner organizations through feedback, support, and site visits
  • Organize learning opportunities for grantee-partners and donors on key issues of interest for the Foundation
  • Prepare written materials for board review
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to develop organizational effectiveness tools, manage grant databases and develop program strategy
  • Collaborate with peer foundations and institutions to enhance the effectiveness and reach of Swift programs and grantee-partners
  • Identify opportunities for Program-Related Investments for grantee-partners
  • Monitor issues and trends in the Foundation’s focus areas and countries

Impact Investing Program

  • Work with the Impact Investing Committee, peer foundations and investors to identify and summarize relevant investment opportunities
  • Summarize impact investment opportunities for board consideration
  • Attend and participate in conference calls, meetings, webinars and conferences to identify impact investing opportunities

Communications & Special Projects

  • Work with executive director to elaborate relevant processes and policies
  • Synthesize program updates for the board and participate in board meetings
  • Analyze lessons learned from the grants program
  • Read relevant reports and updates on trends and opportunities to summarize for board, partners and website
  • Represent Swift’s mission and vision to the philanthropic community
  • Support Swift’s communications through the website and other media
  • Conduct periodic scans of the landscape to identify funds and trends in areas of interest as identified by the board, such as: agroecology, Indigenous Peoples, microcredit and alternative energy

Supervision

This position is full-time and reports to the Executive Director. Compensation is in the range of $55,000 to $70,000. We offer a flexible work environment and the potential for job sharing. Swift also has a strong benefits package including medical insurance, employer retirement contribution, professional development, and vacation/sick time.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with and/or supporting community-led social justice organizations
  • Commitment to cultural and biological diversity
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience
  • Excellent written, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Fluency in Spanish desirable

Organization Description

Swift Foundation www.swiftfoundation.org is a private family foundation that uses all of its assets (grants, investments and leadership) to support regenerative land stewards and their allies who are dedicated to biological and cultural diversity. Swift funds in five programmatic areas that include: Global Networks and Collaboration, Land Stewardship, Cultural Diversity and Biological Diversity, Local Resilient Economies, and Visionaries and Innovations. With assets of over $55 million and an annual grant portfolio of $2 million, Swift is committed to invest in values-aligned companies.

To Apply: Send your cover letter, resume and references to info@swiftfoundation.org, Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with preference given to those received by February 21, 2016. Cover letters can be addressed to Jennifer Astone, Executive Director.

 
Swift Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women, people of color including bilingual and bicultural individuals as well as members of the Native American, indigenous, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities, to apply. We do not discriminate against persons based on age, color, race, religion, ability, gender, gender identify, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status, marital status, or medical condition (cancer-related) or the conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS Related Conditions (ARC). U.S. work authorization is required.

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Agroecology – the bold future for Africa

by Swift Foundation on November 24, 2015

IMG_2851African Civil Society Statement: FAO Regional Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, Dakar, 2015

It’s time for us to recognize that agroecology is the future of farming in Africa!

Industrial agriculture is a dead end. It claims to have raised yields in places but it has done so at great cost, with extensive soil damage, huge biodiversity loss and negative impacts on nutrition, food sovereignty and natural resources. Read more.

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English  cover web_0A new tool to assist developing countries in designing a “custom made” plant variety protection suitable for the seed and agricultural systems that prevail in developing countries has been published by an international group of NGOs. Members of the World Trade Organization with the exception of least developed countries are required to make available some form of intellectual property protection for plant varieties. They have ample flexibility to design a sui generis (unique) system that is appropriate for their agricultural systems.  Read more here. Review the working paper here

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A Tale of Two Food Prizes

by Swift Foundation on November 24, 2015

domestic-2-300x225On October 14, in Des Moines, Iowa, the Food Sovereignty Prize will be awarded to the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, run by African-American farmers of the southern United States and to OFRANEH – the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras. The next day, hundreds of distinguished international guests will also gather in Des Moines, Iowa as Sir Fazle Hasan Abed accepts the World Food Prize in the name of BRAC – the world’s largest non-governmental rural development agency. Both prizes are awarded in recognition of the fight against hunger. That’s where the similarity ends and the lesson begins. Click here to read this interesting article by Eric Holt-Giménez published on Truth-Out.org.

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Agroecology Case Studies

by Swift Foundation on November 24, 2015

sweet-potato-vadThe thirty-three case studies shed light on the tremendous success of agroecological agriculture across the African continent. They demonstrate with facts and figures how an agricultural transformation respectful of the farmers and their environment can yield immense economic, social, and food security benefits while also fighting climate change and restoring soils and the environment. Click here to read the case studies.

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Together, we can cool the planet

by Swift Foundation on October 22, 2015

GRAIN videoThis new video by La Vía Campesina and GRAIN gives you the information you need to understand how the agroindustrial food system is impacting our climate, and at the same time what we can do to change course and start cooling the planet. Click here to watch this interesting 15-minute video.

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Agroecology: Voices from Social Movements

by Swift Foundation on October 22, 2015

International Forum for AgroecologyThis video explores the different perspectives of food providers on agroecology and the calls from social movements to embed agroecoogy in the struggle for food sovereignty. It focuses on the International Declaration for Food Sovereignty which has been advanced by social movements to claim agroecology as a bottom up practice, science and movement and the most important pathway towards a most just, sustainable and viable food and agriculture system. Click here to watch this 7-minute video.

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Tharaka women strive to bring back indigenous seeds

by Swift Foundation on October 22, 2015

Tharaka WomanA captivating story of seeds in one of the communities in Kenya working with African Biodiversity Network (ABN) partner, the Institute for Culture and Ecology. The seed story emerged during a recent Tharaka Annual Cultural Festival which ABN supported to take the communities to showcase their work on seed and related stuff like maps and calendars. The story appeared in one of the national newspaper; The Star Newspaper. Click here to read the story.

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UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

by Swift Foundation on October 22, 2015

UN Declaration - Cultural SurvivalSunday marks eight years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).  In a historic vote on September 13, 2007, 144 countries voted for the Declaration, only 11 abstained, and only four (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States) voted against it. Since 2007, all four countries, including theUnited States, have reversed their positions and now officially endorse it. Click here to continue reading this report by Cultural Survival.

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Beyond Food Philosophy: A Response to the Washington Post

by Swift Foundation on October 22, 2015

Peter-Gubbels-Groundswell-International-268x284The following post, written by Peter Gubbels, is a response to the recent Washington Post article: “Why everyone who is sure about a food philosophy is wrong”. Peter is Groundswell International’s Director of Action Learning and Advocacy in West Africa.  Read article by clicking here.

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