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Initiative Associate


Location: New York City

Organization: NoVo Foundation

About the novo foundation

NoVo Foundation acts from the original meaning of philanthropy: the love of humanity. The Foundation is dedicated to catalyzing a global social transformation away from current cultures of domination and their reliance on hierarchy, violence, and the subordination of girls and women. 

NoVo believes a new code of behavior is possible, where we are all linked and not ranked. We envision a balanced world that’s governed by principles of mutual respect, collaboration, and civic participation, and that our contribution is to help create the conditions for that new code to arise, and inspire others to join them. We seek pivot points in society – such as adolescent girls and local economies – where support and resources can have long-lasting and wide-ranging positive impact. We see violence against girls and women as a fundamental enforcer of oppression and work to eradicate its presence. 

The scale of these ambitions guides our investment strategies. Ours is both risk capital and patient capital; experimentation and new thinking are critical paths forward. Seeing the world as it is, and as it could be, inspires our voice. Through all of our activities, we try to illuminate the possibility of a new paradigm, gather evidence of its existence, and establish pathways for its manifestation. We are humbled and honored to contribute to building a world based on peace, compassion, justice, and love. 

About the role

We are hiring for two Initiative Associates, one to work on our Initiative to Advance Adolescent Girls’ Rights and the the other to work on our Initiative to End Violence Against Girls and Women. We are recruiting for both roles at the same time and will consider candidates for both roles until the later stages of the hiring process.

Each Initiative Associate, reporting to the Director, will support the grant-making function of one Initiative as well as manage strategic projects, engage in the development and ongoing implementation of the NoVo portfolio, and provide administrative support.

Your responsibilities will include:


  • Supporting Program Officers and Director in the management of grants from solicitation through assessment, recommendation, and presentation to Grants Committee.
  • Organizing information relevant to grant recommendations, including writing proposal summaries and preparing accompanying materials for presentation at Grants Committee meetings.
  • Supporting and participating in monitoring designated approved grants through site visits and reporting on grantee progress.
  • Monitoring programmatic and budgetary goals.
  • Recording meetings with grantee partners and assisting with any necessary follow-up.

Research, strategy, and learning

  • Serving as a thought partner to the Director and Program Officers in strategic planning and monitoring of programmatic and budgetary progress.
  • Conducting research and remaining up-to-date on issues, strategies, and funding within the Initiative.
  • Participating in and reporting on meetings and telephone consultations with prospective and current grantee partners, other funders, and stakeholders in the field of women’s and girls’ rights.
  • Participating in and reporting on events and activities such as conferences and affinity group meetings that will help strengthen and promote the goals of the NoVo Foundation.
  • Developing and maintaining a filing system for the Initiative, including general information on current, past, and prospective grantee partners.


  • Drafting and proofreading correspondence for the Initiative, including declinations of funding requests.
  • Creating external and internal documents for the Initiative.
  • Preparing and managing the submission of expense reports for the Initiative team.
  • Assisting with meeting preparation, photocopying, filing, and other administrative responsibilities as necessary.

We’re looking for someone

who brings:

  • Familiarity, passion, and demonstrated commitment to the NoVo Foundation’s mission and vision, a dedication to girls’ and women’s rights, and an explicit racial justice lens.
  • 3-5 years of relevant professional experience working to advance the rights of women and girls or on related social justice issues.
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional analytical skills.
  • Comfort with quantitative data, budgets, and financial information.
  • Rigorous attention to detail, methodical, swift, and accurate.
  • A pro-active, collaborative attitude.

who is:

  • Emotionally intelligent and able to build strong relationships that inspire openness and trust.
  • Intellectually curious, insightful, and resourceful.
  • Able to take initiative and drive work with moderate supervision and guidance.
  • Intentional about creating order, ensuring deadlines are met, and planning ahead.
  • Able to handle confidential information with complete discretion.


How to apply:

Visit NoVo Foundation website to apply 

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, June 7th @ Midnight EST. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit yours right away.

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