Foundation Administrator

The Rowboat Foundation is a newly established private foundation based in Western New York that is dedicated to economic and social justice and shared, sustainable prosperity. The Foundation’s charitable activities will focus on organizing and supporting national academic conferences and educational events that bring together scholars, activists, professionals, and educators engaged in understanding and transforming legal and economic systems of inequality, corruption, and austerity. Its activities will also include support for collaboration and communication among academic and policy groups with similar goals and with the public. In addition, it will support capacity-building and outreach for some existing academic networks. The Foundation may also engage in some grantmaking in the local region and beyond.

This new foundation is seeking a part-time staff member to provide critical administrative support for foundation operations and communications. We hope to find someone whose personal and professional goals align well with working part-time and independently, as the foundation builds up its operations. The position will start early 2017, and will work in close collaboration with the foundation’s founder, a local professor. We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds and identities.



  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, ideally in the humanities, social sciences, or related field
  • Embraces the values espoused by the Foundation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Highly self-motivated and adaptable
  • Self-directed and accountable
  • Creative thinker and problem-solver
  • Administrative and project management experience
  • Effective in fostering diversity and inclusion
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Comfortable with technical and academically-oriented literature
  • Database management experience (preferred)
  • Experience in coordinating conferences or managing events (preferred)
  • Flexible schedule


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Implement and manage a database system to organize the Foundation’s contact lists, for mailings, interest groups, conference participants, grantees, etc.
  • Contribute to the development of branding and written materials that represent and promote the Foundation and its initiatives
  • Establish and manage a Foundation website (in conjunction with a web development service), that can accommodate conference registrations, host online teaching materials, and promote discussion and sharing of resources by teachers, professionals, and scholars engaged in advancing new approaches to law and economics
  • Process development and creative input into efficient operational strategies
  • Support the logistics of local and national conferences and events hosted, initiated by, or in collaboration with the Foundation, including travel to attend these events
  • Collection and entry of registration and evaluation data
  • Liaison with outsourced accounting firm to ensure proper records and bookkeeping
  • Support the future development of grantmaking processes through the Foundation
  • Manage the Foundation’s communication, press, and dissemination needs
  • Field inquires made to the Foundation
  • Engage in collaborative outreach and support partnerships with regional and national academic and legal institutions, under the founder’s direction
  • General operating support as needed
  • Evolving responsibilities as the Foundation scales its operations


Compensation includes hourly pay, travel reimbursement, and professional development funds.


Submit resume and letter of intent to:

The Rowboat Foundation at [email protected]



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