Pillars Fund

Now Hiring: Program Manager, Culture Change

Posted By Pillars Staff  /   July 6, 2021

About Pillars

Pillars Fund is a national nonprofit organization that amplifies the leadership, narratives, and talents of Muslims in the United States to advance opportunity and justice for all. Since our founding in 2010, Pillars has distributed more than $6 million in grants to Muslim organizations and leaders who advance social good. We invest in community-focused initiatives, push back against harmful narratives, uplift Muslim stories, and give collectively to generate resources within Muslim communities for Muslim communities.

Job Description: Program Manager, Culture Change

The Program Manager supports the design, implementation, and evaluation of Pillars culture change programs (recently featured in Variety) as well as the development of new Pillars initiatives. This involves day-to-day project oversight and management of administrative systems that support program work. The Program Manager reports to the Managing Director of Culture Change and works closely with the President and the rest of the Pillars team. This is an exciting time to work with the small team at Pillars and create opportunities for individual and organizational growth.

The ideal candidate combines exceptional relationship management skills with stellar project management, written communication, and problem-solving skills and will be able to handle competing—and shifting—priorities. This position is ideal for a highly organized, detail-oriented individual with a strong interest in Muslim representation in the entertainment industry.

Primary Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Program Manager fall into three main categories:

  • Project Management
  • Programming, Strategy and Communications
  • Learning and Leadership

Project Management

  • Manage a complex fellowship serving our Pillars Artist Fellows, including curriculum design, event planning, assessment of grant activity progress, and making recommendations to the Managing Director of Culture Change and President.
  • Manage execution of Pillars programming, such as the Black List x Muslim List competition and Muslim Narrative Change cohort.
  • Serve as the primary contact for grant seekers and manage communications with existing partners.
  • Implement and manage Pillars Artist Fellowship application assessment process, coordinating communication and timeline with fellowship jury.
  • Learn from and provide feedback to organizational leaders representing a wide range of backgrounds, identities, organizational structures, and approaches.
  • Manage the program evaluation process and participate in assessments of program strategies.
  • Draft, proofread and edit culture change recommendation materials for Pillars staff and board of trustees.

Programming, Strategy, and Communications

  • Collaborate with the Managing Director of Culture Change, President, and staff to design and implement strategies that primarily advance culture change program goals and, secondarily, support broader Pillars programming.
  • Conduct outreach to identify and build relationships with community members and potential partners to learn about culture change work as it relates to Pillars and to serve as a liaison for and representative of Pillars.
  • Contribute to the creation, revision, and publication of content that supports the advancement of culture change strategies and Pillars programming, more broadly.
  • Advance Pillars’ public voice and hone an individual public voice by drafting and publishing op-eds, letters to the editor, essays and through public speaking at conferences and community events.
  • Draft, proofread and edit communications with stakeholders, including grantseekers, trustees, donors, institutional funders, and partners.

Learning and Leadership

  • Participate fully as a member of the Pillars team, collaborating with other staff members and supporting team-wide activities.
  • Review and research field-wide best practices related to institutional support of artists, Muslim representation in media, and the entertainment industry.
  • Compile data/information and develop appropriate materials for dissemination of program outputs and outcomes.
  • Participate in relevant professional development opportunities, as appropriate.
  • Represent Pillars at appropriate external meetings, conferences, and site visits.

Attributes of the Program Manager

  • Embodiment of Pillars values and commitment to amplifying the leadership, talents, and voices of Muslims in the United States and Britain
  • Ability and willingness to develop a deep(er) understanding of U.S. and U.K. Muslim communities and the social justice nonprofit sector
  • Strong critical thinking/analytical skills and an ability to be resourceful and creative
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and ability to synthesize concepts for multiple audiences
  • Excellent time management and project management skills; ability to manage multiple priorities, work independently and autonomously, and set and meet deadlines
  • Experience planning and executing dynamic, engaging group experiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to demonstrate discretion, empathy, cultural competency, and joy to effectively relate to and work with diverse partners and stakeholders
  • Familiarity, comfort, understanding, and fluency with and of the entertainment industry
  • Ability to participate as part of a team and contribute to a collaborative work environment
  • Familiarity with the culture change/narrative change space (preferred)


While this position can be made remote for the right candidate, Chicago and Los Angeles are preferred locations.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this role is $65,000–$72,000, commensurate with experience.

Pillars Fund offers a competitive total compensation package including health, employer-subsidized dental and vision, basic life insurance, short- and long-term disability and generous time off. Pillars believes in investing in talent and providing them opportunities to grow professionally. We offer professional development such as training, conferences, and other opportunities to grow one’s leadership.

To Be Considered

Pillars ​is ​committed ​to ​building ​​an ​organization ​that ​seeks ​and ​embraces ​diversity, actively pursues equity, ​and ​fosters ​an environment ​of inclusion. The Pillars Fund actively seeks diversity across multiple dimensions and does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, socioeconomic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy, marital status, family responsibilities, or any other protected characteristic as established under law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, termination, promotion, transfer, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Those wishing to be considered should submit a cover letter, résumé or CV, one writing sample, and one project management sample to info@pillarsfund.org. In your cover letter, please explain why you are interested in this role and how your experience and skills are relevant to the responsibilities and attributes outlined above. Pillars will keep all inquiries and submissions confidential. Candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please apply by July 15, 2021 for priority consideration.



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