Program Director: Leeway Foundation

Posted December 15th, 2015 at 9:50 am.


The Leeway Foundation supports women and trans* artists and cultural producers working in communities at the intersection of art, culture, and social change. Through the Foundation’s grantmaking and other programs, we promote artistic expression that amplifies the voices of those on the margins, promotes sustainable and healthy communities, and works in the service of movements for economic and social justice. For more information, visit:


The Program Director is responsible for managing and promoting the Foundation’s grant and artist development programming. The ideal candidate is a relationship builder, with a track record of deep community involvement, a passion for Leeway’s mission, and a desire to contribute their energy, creativity, and leadership to the team. The Program Director reports to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with staff, board, and volunteers.

  • Oversee and monitor all elements of grant program, including but not limited to:
  1. Applications and guidelines – changes/revisions to existing materials and developing new materials as needed.
  2. Application processing and applicant support, including maintenance of grantee records, hard copy files and database records
  3. Planning and management of grant review cycles and panel processes, including identifying and recruiting panelists and facilitating policy discussions.
  4. Participatory program evaluation, assessment and modification.
  5. Developing program-related training materials, e.g. trans-inclusion information packet.
  • Supervise grants program support staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Work with staff and other stakeholders to support the design and implementation of program evaluation framework.
  • Identify potential community partner organizations in the region working with constituencies important to the Foundation to help support the achievement of community engagement goals.
  • Work closely with the Communications Director to maintain visible public presence of Leeway and its grantees, including effective representation and dissemination of information about Leeway’s grants programs and mission.
  • Contribute to organizational learning by keeping up with current trends, emerging issues and practices, political landscape, influential leaders/practitioners, and best practices within the local, regional, national, and international arts and cultural landscape.
  • Develop relationships with key individuals and peer organizations locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Represent and serve as an advocate for art and change in key philanthropic and other networks to support the strategic goals of the foundation.
  • Develop annual operations plan for grants program.
  • Participate in organizational planning, board committee work and staff retreats, as appropriate.
  • Prepare reports and presentations for the Board of Directors and other audiences as needed.


  • Mission driven with demonstrated commitment to social justice, art and culture as a vehicle for social change and a belief in the core values of Leeway.
  • Minimum of two years experience in managing programs and people in the fields of cultural or community organizing, philanthropy, or arts and social justice.
  • Successful record of collaborative leadership including a demonstrated ability for effectively managing people, building consensus, and integrating team efforts to achieve shared goals.
  • Strong communication skills, with experience writing for publication and presenting enthusiastically to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal integrity, striving for excellence, and collaborating with others to achieve new levels of effectiveness and impact.
  • Proven facilitation skills, including an enthusiastic and collaborative approach, the ability to communicate well across cultures, and a curiosity and openness to learning and engaging with new ideas.
  • Strong project and time management skills; an ability to thrive working under deadlines and handling multiple tasks without sacrificing attention to detail.
  • Solid technology skills including proficiency with MS Office Suite and database management.

COMPENSATION: Comprehensive benefits package. Starting salary is commensurate with experience.

HOURS: 40 hours per week (On average; may work more hours around events, application deadlines and panel meetings. Some evenings and weekends.)

Position based in Philadelphia, but candidate must be willing to travel throughout the six-county Philadelphia region.

Interested candidates should send:

  • A 1-page letter indicating why they are interested and qualified for the position;
  • A resume;
  • A 1-2 page writing sample (maximum 1500 words) that tells us more about their experience with and/or interest in art and social change; and
  • Names of 3 professional references with contact information

Please submit your materials on or before Monday January 11, 2016 at 6PM EST via regular mail or email to:

Leeway Foundation

Attn: Program Director Search

The Philadelphia Building

1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832

Philadelphia, PA 19107


No phone calls please. All letters will be acknowledged.

The Leeway Foundation is committed to the principles of equal opportunity employment at every level without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity characteristics or expression, age, non-job related disability, or political affiliation.

*Leeway has a commitment to trans inclusion and gender self-determination and we use the term “trans” in its most inclusive sense, as an umbrella term encompassing: transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, Two-Spirit people, and more generally, anyone whose gender identity or gender expression is non-conforming and/or different from their gender assigned at birth.

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