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Program Officer, LGBTQ Equality

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The mission of Laughing Gull Foundation (LGF), a progressive family foundation rooted in the US South and located in Durham, NC, is to honor our human family’s evolving identity while proactively addressing broken systems that have created inequality and harmed our planet.  LGF works towards its mission through grantmaking, funder organizing and impact investing, in support of three priorities:  LGBTQ equality, higher education in prison and environmental justice. 
 
LGF is excited to welcome the next leader of its groundbreaking LGBTQ Equality Program.  The Program supports advocacy, organizing, direct services and the work of changing hearts and minds. LGF prioritizes organizations that are intersectional and/or committed to building their racial equity analysis and practices.   Geographically, the LGBTQ Equality Program focuses specifically on Virginia and North Carolina, and also invests in work that supports the LGBTQ community across the South.  LGF is the largest Southern-based funder of LGBTQ issues and made grants totaling $1.9 million to 32 organizations supporting the LGBTQ community in the South in 2019. LGF played an instrumental role in creating and launching the Out in the South Initiative housed at Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and continues to serve as a leader in organizing support for LGBTQ issues among our philanthropic peers.
 
The Program Officer will manage the LGBTQ Equality Program and engage in philanthropic networking and organizing.  The Program Officer will engage current grantees, identify new grantees, and support the learning and networking of LGBTQ communities and movements in the South.  Given LGF’s plan to spend down in 16 years and its unique position as the largest Southern-based funder of LGBTQ issues, philanthropic organizing is integral to supporting LGBTQ communities and meeting LGF’s mission. The Program Officer will play a critical role in working with other funders, both in the South and nationally, to increase support for LGBTQ communities in the South.
 
The ideal candidate will have at least three years’ experience in a field-building role with a philanthropic, policy-focused, or intermediary organization; five years’ successful employment within a social change oriented nonprofit; content expertise in the grant program area, and lived experience in the South.  The ideal candidate will also have a deep commitment to social justice and will be a collaborative relationship builder and excellent communicator. 
 
For the complete position profile and application guidelines for the Program Officer please visit this link.