Ford Foundation’s Creativity and Free Expression (CFE) team is hiring a Program Officer (PO) for its work in global documentary film and emerging media practices as part of its JustFilms initiative. Reporting to the CFE director, this PO works alongside another JustFilms PO and collaboratively with other CFE team members to develop and implement program strategies to achieve significant and scalable impact.
The PO helps shape and advance the Foundation’s work at the intersection of non-fiction media and social justice. They assess and analyze the field to identify its key ecosystems, and work with various actors to shape and influence agendas to address strategic problems and opportunities. They also serve as a ‘connector’ of grantees and work with practitioners, government officials, scholars, NGO and business leaders in addition to other donors to leverage positive impact toward strategic goals.
An ideal candidate is dedicated to social justice, and will be able to thrive within a large institution with internal demands in addition to the external job responsibilities. They will have strong relationship management and organizational processing skills to manage a large volume of grants and constituent correspondence and advocacy, and the ability to project manage, prioritize, write and communicate clearly. They will also have strong strategy development and implementation skills and substantive knowledge of the health and conditions impacting the documentary and moving image sectors.