Pillars Fund

We’re Hiring: Program Manager

Posted By Pillars Fund  /   June 21, 2022

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 $7 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 organize Muslim donors to give together strategically.

The Role

Pillars Fund seeks an exceptional, full-time Program Manager to support the design, implementation, and evaluation of the Catalyze Fund, Pillars’ signature grantmaking program for Muslim-led community organizations. The Program Manager is responsible for managing the pre-award grant cycle, building relationships with current grantee partners to design and implement support for them, and contributing to the expansion of the team’s understanding of the field and key issue areas. This is an opportunity to work directly with visionary Muslim civic leaders and to gain unique insights into the nonprofit and philanthropic landscape. The Program Manager is a part of a small team that reports directly to the Catalyze Fund Program Director and works with each member of Pillars’ enthusiastic, highly collaborative team.

Primary Responsibilities


  • Manage the Call for Ideas, Pillars’ annual grant review process for new applicants and renewal process for current grantee partners.
  • Provide support to plan and execute annual trustee and allocation meetings.
  • Draft, proofread, and edit grant recommendation materials, including written reports, presentations, and spoken remarks for Pillars staff, board, and trustees.
  • Make recommendations to Program Director and Senior Leadership about portfolio composition in alignment with Pillars’ strategic goals.
  • Apply existing evaluation practices to assess individual ideas, organizations, and applicant pools against broader field needs and trends.
  • Manage post-award assessments, check-ins and site visits with current grantee partners to better understand needs and provide appropriate capacity support.
  • Prioritize relationship building with new applicants and current grantees and oversee communication, information sessions, and site visits toward this end.

Programming and Communications

  • Manage programming designed to support grantee partners, including funder briefings, grantee convenings, donor engagement, and virtual events.
  • Support Program Director in the implementation of capacity and leadership support for grantee partners.
  • Coordinate closely with Communication, Digital, and Creative team to design and implement communications strategy to uplift grantee perspectives, highlight Catalyze Fund objectives, and educate audiences about core funding areas.

Strategy, Learning, and Leadership

  • Collaborate with Program Director to assess and refine processes to measure and improve grantmaking and programmatic support.
  • Seek opportunities to learn and develop expertise on Catalyze Fund priorities as they relate to systems change, mental health and wellness, civic power, access, and opportunity.
  • Serve as a resource and connector for Pillars staff, grantee partners, board, trustees, and other stakeholders.
Ideal Attributes of the Program Manager
  • Embodiment of Pillars’ values and commitment to amplifying the leadership and voices of Muslims in the United States
  • Deep familiarity with Muslim communities in the United States and the issues that impact us across multiple identities and willingness to continue learning
  • Three to five years of formal or informal experience in grantmaking, nonprofit management, or community leadership with experience developing and implementing strategies and programs with a social justice lens
  • Enthusiasm for relationship building with organization leaders, staff, and stakeholders
  • Excellent time management and project management skills, including an ability to demonstrate judgment and discretion when flexibility is required, manage concurrent workstreams, and work independently
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills and ability to clearly synthesize concepts for multiple audiences
  • Comfort with public speaking and ability to engage diverse virtual and in-person audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to demonstrate discretion, compassion, cultural competency, optimism, and joy to effectively relate to and work with diverse partners and stakeholders
  • Ability and willingness to travel (about 25% if based in Chicago; more if remote), including some out-of-state travel and attendance at events on nights and weekends
Compensation and Benefits

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

The salary range is $75,000–85,000, depending on experience.

Location and Travel

This is a full-time, U.S.-based remote position. Pillars has a physical office in Chicago, where most of the team is based, and staff have the option to work from the office if desired. This role includes about 25% travel if based in Chicago; more if remote to account for travel to Chicago. This includes some travel and attendance at events on nights and weekends.

To Be Considered

Pillars ​is ​committed ​to ​building ​​an ​organization ​that actively pursues equity ​and ​fosters ​an environment ​of inclusion. Pillars Fund embraces 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.
Pillars will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, in our hiring process and for our team. Please let us know at any stage of the process if you need any accommodations to fully participate. Some examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing written materials in different formats
  • Modifying application/assessment exercises
  • Adjusting the interview format (in most cases, interviews take place via Zoom)
  • Providing qualified readers or interpreters

Those wishing to be considered should submit a cover letter, résumé, one writing sample, and one project management sample using this form. 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 22, 2022, for priority consideration.

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Questions? Email us at careers@pillarsfund.org.



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