Administration, Foundations and Philanthropy, Nonprofit and Social Impact, Program Leadership, Social Justice and Advocacy

Program Officer, Regional Country Programs

  • Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
  • New York, NY

This position has been filled.

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About Wellspring

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund is a private grantmaking foundation dedicated to advancing the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people. With offices in Washington, DC and New York, NY, Wellspring’s work is rooted in respect for the dignity and worth of every human being and is informed by the following beliefs:

  • Social institutions and structures should promote the full realization of human rights and human potential, and should be accountable to these ends
  • The rights of all people are advanced when the rights of the most marginalized and vulnerable peoples are protected
  • Social justice movements should employ means that are consistent with their ideals, and should give agency to the people whose interests they seek to advance
  • As responsible stewards, we must strive to maximize the impact of our charitable investments

For more information on Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, please visit

The Opportunity

Wellspring is seeking a Program Officer to join the dynamic Regional and Country Programs team with a focus on advancing a locally rooted, inclusive vision of human rights and social justice in Latin America. The Program Officer will work in close collaboration with teammates to continue to build out an ambitious longer-term philanthropic strategy, implement the strategy by developing grantmaking recommendations, and root the program within Wellspring and the larger philanthropic sector.

Candidate Profile

The Program Officer’s responsibilities fall in three broad categories, each of which is central to the role:

Strategy and Grantmaking

The Program Officer will develop, refine, and implement grantmaking priorities and strategic approaches to advance the program’s theory of change, five-year goals, objectives, and outcomes. They will contribute to strategic learning, evaluation, and program adaptation, as well as strategic plan development processes during Wellspring strategic planning years. The Program Officer will solicit and develop funding proposals and internal funding recommendations and will be responsible for developing and deepening grantee and potential grantee relationships in Latin America, especially in Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil as well as regionally. This will include monitoring the use of grant funds, conducting site visits, and supporting learning and evaluation to influence decision making about strategy and grantmaking and to generate knowledge and evidence to share with the field.

The Program Officer will need to stay abreast of new developments and trends in the field to ensure that Wellspring’s resources are directed effectively to high-impact work. The Program Officer will also provide thought leadership to advance the portfolio and supervise consultants.

Organizational Engagement

The Program Officer will be a key contributor to the growing team, as well as to the broader Wellspring staff. The Program Officer will act as point person at Wellspring for international program collaboration and coordination in Latin America. The Program Officer will develop and advance a learning agenda within Wellspring focused on the Latin American region; identify and engage the appropriate expertise, resources, and support to Wellspring programs to strengthen their work; and support Spanish and Portuguese language use and translation. The Program Officer will also contribute to engaging and informing Wellspring’s donors, leadership, other staff members, and public audiences on issues and develop program communications materials, in collaboration with other WPF staff. This individual will support the continued evolution of the Program’s practices and infrastructure, and will be an active participant in internal meetings, task forces, and committees. The Program Officer will collaborate in learning and grantmaking with colleagues across Wellspring and mentor junior staff.

External Relations

The Program Officer will develop relationships with peer funders and external stakeholders working in relevant fields to advance program goals. They will engage in learning processes, conferences, convenings, and co-funding partnerships, to promote common and complementary grantmaking agendas and to advance learning in the philanthropic and advocacy sectors. Ideal candidates will be well-connected to key actors in the field and will understand what new and deepening opportunities exist to lift up and support communities on the ground.

Ideal candidates will possess the following knowledge, skills, and qualifications:

  • 10-15 years of experience with local, national, and/or regional social justice organizations or grantmaking organizations working in or focused on Latin America, in roles that enabled them to shape and implement strategy and learn how nonprofits operate.
  • Demonstrated experience building and sustaining relationships with diverse stakeholders in relevant program field, including but not limited to movement leaders, organizers, practitioners, policy advocates, lawyers, directly impacted communities, and funders.
  • Ability to think and work intersectionally, particularly regarding race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
  • Strong research, analytic, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, and the ability to synthesize information clearly and concisely.
  • A collaborator and team player; someone who is open, adaptable, has strong cross-cultural skills, and leads with humility.
  • A highly effective communicator in English and Spanish, both orally and in writing, with close attention to follow-up and detail.
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple priorities on different timelines
  • Ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion.
  • Willingness to travel extensively, up to 30-40% of the time, when safe to do so.
  • Understands and values social justice, including racial and gender equity, as an organizational operating principle – and committed to continued learning on issues related to race, gender, identity, disability, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience living and working and across multiple countries in Latin America strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with local human rights and social justice organizations in Mexico, Colombia, and/or Brazil a plus.
  • Fluency in Portuguese is a plus.
  • Experience with protection for human rights defenders, capacity building, organizational development, and/or advocacy.
  • Experience in evaluation and learning, especially philanthropic evaluation.
Compensation & Benefits

Salary range: $120,000 – $135,000 based on experience. Wellspring offers a generous benefits package including payment of 100% of the health insurance premiums for employees (and 80% of the premiums for spouses, domestic partners, and qualified family members). Wellspring also offers other benefits including life insurance, long term disability protection, a group 401(k) retirement plan (with an employer contribution), support for continuing education, up to $5,250 in annual student loan repayment OR college savings assistance for dependents, and is committed to providing transgender-inclusive healthcare.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Molly Brennan and Sarah Avendaño of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

Wellspring’s Institutional Culture of Respect, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund believes we are strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcomes such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and we strongly encourage people of color and persons with disabilities to apply. We actively cultivate an institutional culture that reflects the values of respect, equity and inclusion that we seek through our work to amplify in the larger world.

Wellspring hires, promotes, and retains employees based on their professional qualifications, demonstrated abilities and work performance, as well as the degree to which these qualities are required in the employment positions made available by the Foundations’ service needs and business requirements. All personnel decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge, are made without discrimination based on any protected characteristic as defined by law (e.g., race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, domestic partner status, veteran or military status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, and prior criminal convictions, as well as educational attainment.

Covid-19 Hiring Update

Wellspring’s Offices have returned to in-person work using a hybrid model. Staff are expected to be fully vaccinated and to work from the office Tuesday – Thursday and have the option to work remotely Monday and Friday. To ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

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