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Director of Fiscal Sponsorship

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New York, NY, USA


Proteus Fund connects philanthropy to the frontlines of social justice. We strive to advance the interconnected goals of racial, gender, queer and disability justice, and an inclusive, fully representative democracy. To do our work effectively and with significant impact, Proteus Fund creates dynamic relationships between progressive philanthropists, movement leaders, and other allies that go far beyond transactional grantmaking. Our trusted position among funders and field actors enables us to support, both through collaborative grantmaking and other efforts, a broad array of strategies to achieve social justice victories. Our donor collaboratives are best-in-class models for bridging responsive philanthropy and cutting-edge social justice movements for deeper impact, aligning resources to address critical needs, and shaping strategy alongside our partners. Through our fiscal sponsorship program, Proteus Fund partners with initiatives which play a powerful role in the larger ecosystem for social change, providing them with tailored and comprehensive organizational support.

To date, Proteus Fund, and its affiliated 501c4 organization, the Proteus Action League, have distributed $280 million in grants, and provided other essential tools to support activists, advocates, networks, coalitions, and issue-specific campaigns at the local, state, and national level. Proteus Fund is headquartered in New York City, with staff based across the entire United States.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Supporting and advancing the work of unincorporated initiatives is a critical element of creating and sustaining three-dimensional, flexible, and robust social justice movements. Through fiscal sponsorship, Proteus Fund partners with emerging initiatives and innovative movement leaders as part of a powerful ecosystem for change. We view fiscal sponsorship as an essential strategy in achieving our mission. Our partnership with these strategic initiatives supports growth and collaboration that accelerates our collective impact and important wins for racial, gender, queer, and disability justice and inclusive democracy.

Our fiscal sponsorship practice is rooted in operational expertise covering all aspects of organizational infrastructure. We develop a deep understanding of projects’ needs in order to provide tailored, holistic, and comprehensive support. We are committed to continuous learning and collaboration to meet the evolving needs of our fiscally sponsored project partners.

The Director of Fiscal Sponsorship directs Proteus Fund’s fiscal sponsorship practice. They lead the day-to-day work of implementing strategy, business development, service coordination, stewardship, and compliance for a program supporting a complex and diverse portfolio of 16 social justice initiatives. In this role, the Director of Fiscal Sponsorship is the lead relationship manager with Proteus Fund’s fiscally sponsored projects, developing a good understanding of the work and needs of each project and coordinating with the team of core staff that provide the operational infrastructure to support projects’ work. They serve as an expert on fiscal sponsorship for Proteus Fund and a thought partner and advisor for project leadership.

They represent Proteus Fund at conferences and events and works with a variety of internal departments including Donor Services, Finance, Grants Management, Human Resources, and Operations to ensure mission-aligned, high-quality programming in this area.

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) remote position for an individual located in the U.S., with a preference for someone based in Eastern and Central time zones. The position requires at least 5% and up to 15% travel for internal meetings and retreats as well as conferences and other events.

Proteus Fund welcomes everyone to our team. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ, women, non-binary people, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

Key Responsibilities

  • Direct Proteus Fund’s fiscal sponsorship program, including implementing strategy, business development plans, day-to-day service coordination, compliance, and overall stewardship for a complex and diverse portfolio of initiatives.
  • Cultivate, build, and direct the ongoing relationships with fiscally sponsored projects.
  • Direct new business development efforts, including responding to inquiries for new fiscal sponsorships, cultivating potential new partnerships, conducting due diligence, and presenting potential new fiscally sponsored projects to Executive Leadership.
  • With President, COO, and VP for Programs, identify synergies and facilitate potential connections among and between fiscally sponsored projects and Proteus Fund donor collaboratives, and create opportunities for cross-program learning.
  • Direct coordination of services provided a cross-functional team of finance, human resources, donor services, grants management, and operations colleagues, ensuring Proteus Fund provides consistent, multi-faceted client support that fosters and deepens relationships with fiscally sponsored projects.
  • Ensure compliance with IRS and other state and federal regulations for public foundations in serving as a fiscal sponsor.
  • Support strategic discussion with board and staff on fiscal sponsorship, including analyzing, recommending updates to, and managing a comprehensive structure for the fiscal sponsorship program.
  • Provide analysis and reporting on fiscal sponsorship portfolio.
  • Collaborate with President, COO, and others to communicate with a broader external audience about Proteus Fund’s fiscal sponsorship program, including generating website and newsletter content.
  • Coordinate possible organization-wide events engaging FSPs.
  • Provide the President, COO, and other staff with FSP data for organizational management and the creation and submission of proposals to a variety of donors and funders.

The Director of Fiscal Sponsorship will have a bachelor’s degree and at least seven years of experience in a relevant philanthropic or nonprofit setting or at least ten years of experience in a relevant philanthropic or nonprofit setting. They have a demonstrated ability to link program vision and goals to the design and implementation of effective systems and processes. They are collaborative and look forward to managing and maintaining effective relationships with FSP partners, funders, and other stakeholders. Finally, they will use creative problem-solving tactics and analytical and decision-making skills with solution-oriented approaches.

Additional requirements and experience include:

  • Knowledge of and experience in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
  • Experience in the identification and application of best practices in social justice fiscal sponsorship.
  • Skillful, culturally competent communication and ability to manage communications tactfully and professionally with customer service mindset.
  • Emotional intelligence to navigate sensitive and sometimes difficult subjects impacting a diverse set of communities.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to adapt and be versatile in a team-focused, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with team that is diverse and inclusive with accountability and responsibility.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to manage a fast-paced work environment and work efficiently in a remote/virtual organization.
  • Ability to lead and coach a cross-functional team.

Alignment to Culture and Values

  • Commitment to vision and mission of Proteus Fund as a progressive social justice organization
  • Cultural responsiveness and an alignment with our values and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Strong relationship building skills, high ethical standards, discretion, and tact
  • Personal qualities of humility and empathy


The starting salary for this role is $110,000 to $135,000 and is based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, geographic location, skill set level, years of previous/applicable experience, and Proteus Fund's commitment to ensuring pay equity within the organization. The recruiting team will share more details regarding salary bands based on the candidate's specific geographic location as well as the other factors noted above. Salary is one part of the total compensation that Proteus Fund provides to employees.


Proteus Fund is committed to ensuring that its employees are supported holistically, from compensation, benefits and resources to an enriching work environment and collaborative culture. Proteus Fund leads the market in a number of its offerings, including a sector-leading retirement plan contribution and robust benefits package. The recruiting team will share more information regarding this commitment and offerings. 

  • Medical and dental benefits for employee and eligible dependents available on first day of work
  • Retirement savings account (401k) with an organization contribution of 10% of annual salary
  • Three weeks’ paid vacation in first year of work; four weeks in subsequent years
  • Fifteen sick days per year
  • Three personal days per year
  • Fifteen paid holidays
  • Professional development initiatives for growth
  • Life insurance
  • Paid family leave, short-term, and long-term disability
How to Apply: 

For consideration, please submit cover letter and resume by February 21, 2023 to:

A cover letter indicating your interest in Proteus Fund must be included. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

Proteus Fund believes that one of the greatest strengths of an organization is the rich diversity of its staff and board and is committed to providing equal employment and promotional opportunities based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, ethnicity, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under the law. Proteus Fund’s policies and practices are to reflect Proteus Fund’s commitment to nondiscrimination in all areas of employment.

Proteus Fund is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Proteus will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Human Resources at [email protected] or 413-256-0349 option 3. Additionally, throughout this document, use of the pronoun “they” is intended to be inclusive of humans who identify as non-binary as well as those of gender expansive identities and experiences.

Additional Information: 


Please note, in an effort to maintain and safeguard staff's health, well-being, and safety, Proteus Fund requires all employees to be vaccinated prior to their employment and adhere to the regular upkeep of COVID-19 vaccination requirements as per CDC recommendations while employed. Proof of the CDC-recommended level of COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment with Proteus Fund.

Organization Info

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Feb 2 2023
Active Until: 
Mar 2 2023
Hiring Organization: 
Proteus Fund