Department: Programs, Advocacy and Action (PAA department)
Reports to: Director of Programs, Research, and Partner Support
Position: Exempt, Full-Time (35 hrs/week)
Grade: 7 (bargaining unit)


The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a human rights organization that works to advance human rights and economic and environmental justice around the world with an eye-to-eye partnership model that works closely with grassroots organizations.

Guided by UU principles and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UUSC strives to advance human rights, dismantle systems of oppression, and uplift and affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We center the voices and experiences of those most affected and strengthen those grassroots groups and movements who are organizing themselves to advance these goals. In order to accomplish this, we offer: Justice Education and Leadership Development, Mobilizing for Advocacy and Action, and Grantmaking, Partnership Development, and Partner Support.

For the Senior Program Leader position, we are seeking an experienced human rights professional with expertise in grantmaking, strategic planning, and social change to lead UUSC’s response to human rights crises in the United States and around the world. The current focus of this position is on advancing the rights of the Rohingya, the protection of Central American migrants, and supporting refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East.


  • Manage a portfolio of grants and support partners in the development of compelling proposals, reviewing progress reports, and assessing impact.
  • Seek input from partners, colleagues, and outside experts to design and/or implement new and existing grantmaking and partner support strategies for each program focus area and work with the Associate Director for Programs and Partner Support to track and document impact.
  • Track emerging developments and policy changes related to your areas of focus on an on-going basis in order to inform UUSC’s advocacy, grantmaking, research, and justice education and work collaboratively with UUSC’s respective teams to identify and design projects and strategies that align with your programmatic area(s) of focus.
  • Build meaningful and trusting relationships with grantee partners and, as appropriate, follow their lead.
  • Develop a network of coalitions, individuals, donors, and stakeholders for each focus area in order to deeply engage the issues and provide meaningful support to partners.
  • If requested, assist in the response to natural and man-made disasters by tracking crises, preparing assessments, and drafting recommendations for rapid and long-term response.
  • Provide information on partners, stories of change, and impact to enhance the communications and institutional advancement strategies of UUSC, including the drafting, review, and editing of internal and external written communication pieces.
  • Represent UUSC at conferences and events as well as with board, donors, stakeholders, and before the United Nations (as appropriate).
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required by supervisors.
  • Contribute to the overall learning and development of the organization, and support inter-departmental communication and collaboration.


The Senior Program Leader plays a central role in advancing UUSC’s work and should have the following skills, attributes, and experience:

  • Eight or more years working on human rights and social justice issues in the non-profit or social sector. Experience working for or in partnership with grassroots organizations preferred.
  • Strong working knowledge of the current trends and issues surrounding human rights, response to crises, civil and political rights, and related issues.
  • Policy expertise related to refugees, migration, Burma and/or Central America, preferred.
  • Experience managing a grant portfolio and working with grants management software, preferred.
  • Demonstrated skills in strategy formulation and program development.
  • A strong racial and social justice lens and enthusiasm about working for a values-driven organization.
  • Proven ability to be a strong team player.
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills.
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking.
  • Solid problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to manage a demanding work load, including multiple tasks and priorities concurrently.
  • Cross-cultural and international work experience preferred.
  • Advanced proficiency in Spanish and/or Rohingya strongly desired.
  • Domestic and international travel required.

Starting Annual Salary: Competitive salary based on experience (between $80,000 to $86,993).

Non-Discrimination and Equal Employment opportunity: UUSC is highly committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment. People with disabilities, people of color, and people from minority communities are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates may email a cover letter and résumé in confidence preferably to:  or mail to: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (Attn: Director of Human Resources), 689 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139.