Title: International Program Officer
Department: Executive Office
Reports to: Chief of Staff
SAGE is the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE offers supportive services and consumer resources for LGBT+ older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT+ older people, and provides cultural competency training for aging providers and LGBT+ organizations, largely through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging and its growing social enterprise SAGECare. SAGE has staff in ten states and the District of Columbia and coordinates a growing network of 30 SAGE affiliates in 22 states and Puerto Rico.
SAGE’s International Program Officer (IPO) reports to the Chief of Staff and is the dedicated staffer for SAGE’s LGBTI Elders Advancing (LEA) Initiative, a new federally funded initiative with two regional partners and country partners in four countries in Central America and South Asia. Across the globe, older adults are among the most marginalized and at-risk among LGBT+ persons, experiencing rampant human rights violations based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity and the stigma of ageism. The goal of this initiative, and for SAGE’s global LGBT+ aging work more broadly, is for LGBT+ elders to be secure in their rights and well-being and be included and prioritized within strengthened LGBT+ movements and organizations. Initial efforts in the LEA Initiative are focused on Nepal, the Philippines, Costa Rica, and El Salvador with the intention of eventually spreading learnings and advocacy efforts throughout both regions.
In addition, the IPO will serve as project lead on other international LGBT+ aging efforts led by SAGE such as the implementation of an online resource portal for LGBT+ aging advocates around the world to network with and learn from each other and the organization and implementation of SAGE’s efforts at international LGBT+ and/or aging conferences and webinars. The IPO’s responsibilities are performed with a high degree of individual initiative in managing the implementation of SAGE’s various international projects.
- Project manager on the LEA Initiative with responsibilities including but not limited to:
- In consultation with the regional partners and key SAGE staff, develop and execute plans and activities to meet the Initiative’s objectives and other funder requirements;
- Closely coordinate with regional partners to ensure timely and high-quality implementation of project activities;
- In consultation with regional partners and the evaluation consultants, create and disseminate quantitative and qualitative data collection templates;
- Collect, track and document data and documentation of project activities and deliverables;
- Coordinate and facilitate communications with and between Initiative partners, evaluation consultants, relevant SAGE staff and other stakeholders;
- In accordance with the Initiative’s grant agreement and in collaboration with the Initiative’s regional partners, plan and organize project learning activities;
- Support the external evaluator in executing the monitoring and evaluation plan;
- Coordinate Initiative logistics;
- Manage and monitor program expenditures including collection from partners of required financial documents for reporting and reimbursement;
- Track and analyze budgets for accuracy and alignment with approved budgets and work with partners on corrective action as necessary;
- Draft the initiative’s program reports, liaise with SAGE staff on all financial reporting, and ensure complete, accurate, and timely submission of grant reports;
- Liaise with staff from the Global Equality Fund at the U.S. State Department (the funder).
- Assisting in the development of, implementation, and promotion of an online resource portal for LGBT+ aging advocates around the world;
- Organize and implement SAGE’s presence and efforts at international LGBT+ and/or aging conferences, webinars, and other activities to raise the profile of and advocate for LGBT+ older adults;
- Develop and execute plans to meet all deliverables of SAGE’s other international projects and commitments
- Develop and execute communications strategy with support from SAGE’s Communications department and partners for SAGE’s international online resource portal, conference activities, and other international activities
- Be the day to day liaison with SAGE’s international partners and stakeholders;
- Lead and/or participate in other international projects as needed or assigned.
- Prepare reports on SAGE’s international activities and outcomes for funders, SAGE leadership, and other key stakeholders
Required Skills and Competencies
- A deep commitment to LGBT+ equality and equity;
- An ability to engage with diverse staff and partners to promote trust, collaboration, and partnership throughout SAGE’s international efforts;
- Excellent judgment, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to act collaboratively;
- An ability to create and maintain relationships with international LGBT+ and/or aging organizations and advocates;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and presentation skills;
- The ability to handle many details, focus on task completion, and meet deadlines;
- Excellent time management and follow up skills
- Ability to work independently
- Self-starter who has experience working remotely, good organizational skills, strong attention to detail, team player, and ability to successfully manage multiple simultaneous projects
- Proactive anticipation of team/partner needs, and creative problem-solving
- Excellent computer skills including MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) and Virtual meeting platforms (Zoom, Teams, and other third-party applications);
- Flexible and dependable – this position requires flexibility around scheduling, including periodic work during the evening and/or weekend hours to accommodate time zones of international partners and events as well as travel;
- Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience.
- Demonstrated experience in International Project or Program Management including work planning, scope and requirements management, budget tracking and management, and time management and in complex organizational project management with various stakeholders, a plus
- Experience managing projects funded by the US State Department, the US Agency for International Development or similar donors, a plus
- Bilingual language skills, especially Spanish, a plus
- An advanced degree or graduate studies in a relevant field, a plus
Full-time, exempt (35 hours/week)
Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary; SAGE offers a competitive benefits package as well as an exciting and unique work environment.
SAGE is headquartered in New York City. The position is remote but the candidate should be able to travel to New York City and to conferences elsewhere as needed.
How to Apply: Please email your cover letter and resume to: email@example.com with “International Program Officer” in the subject line. Resumes without a cover letter will not be reviewed. No phone calls, please.
Equal Employment Opportunity
SAGE is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, ethnicity, creed, color, religion, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, alienage or national origin, ancestry, age, citizenship status, marital or family status, family medical history or genetic information, veteran status, HIV serostatus, military or military discharge status, height, weight, disability or handicap, domestic violence victim status, employment status, socioeconomic status, criminal history or arrest record, sexual or other reproductive health decisions, natural hair or hairstyle, or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. SAGE is dedicated to this policy, with respect to all matters concerning employment.