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Program Officer, Policy & Advocacy

Location: *Not in North Carolina
Position Type: Full-time
Closing Date: January 14, 2022

Perigee Fund is committed to advancing work in the fields of infant and early childhood mental health and maternal mental health and to intersectional approaches that connect advocacy and policy, community-based family supports, health systems, and workforce development.

Perigee Fund is a philanthropic organization established in 2018 to focus on the early relationships between babies and caregivers, which are the foundation of healthy early development and later life outcomes. Pregnancy and an infant’s first few years of life is a time of immense change, and all families experience new sources of stress during this time. Respect and resources are most essential for Black, Indigenous, and families of color who bear the additional weight of generational trauma, racism, and poverty. When supports and relationships wrap around families, they can more easily tap into the power of joy, strength, healing, and connection. Perigee Fund centers efforts on prenatal-to-age-three families affected by trauma and toxic stress, which are magnified by racial, economic, and gender injustice. With grantmaking and programmatic investments of $25M per year, Perigee Fund focuses on Washington State and national efforts.

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Perigee Fund is in search of a Program Officer with deep experience in advocacy and policy who is both a leader and a collaborator and able to work at the intersection of mental health, early childhood, and family economic security. This role cultivates and maintains a distinct portfolio of advocacy and policy grants. The role also engages colleagues inside the organization and across the fields in which the organization works, supporting others to pursue advocacy and policy change as vehicles for advancing Perigee Fund’s prenatal-to-age-three priorities.

Advocacy capacity building, power building and power sharing, and equity, diversity, and inclusion are core to the work. To date, Perigee Fund has chosen to resource partner organizations powered by families, those with lived experience, and those with subject matter/practice expertise to be the visible and vocal advocates. As a philanthropic organization, Perigee has chosen to resource advocates in the field rather than build capacity to be a visible and vocal advocate ourselves. The Program Officer will focus on advocacy and policy and has the latitude to further shape Perigee’s vision, priorities, and the role it plays as an organization.