Voice of Witness (VOW) is an award-winning, San Francisco-based nonprofit that advances human rights by amplifying unheard voices. Through our oral history book series and education program, we center the voices of people impacted by injustice, teach our ethics-driven oral history methodology, and partner with human rights advocates to:

  • build agency within marginalized communities,
  • foster thoughtful, empathy-based critical inquiry and understanding of the issues faced by marginalized peoples, and
  • inform efforts to protect and advance human rights.

For over ten years, VOW has illuminated human rights issues in the U.S. and globally. Our oral history book series amplifies the voices of people impacted by the criminal justice system, migration, and displacement. Our education program serves over 20,000 people annually, and we provide oral history training to other nonprofits as well as to educators, advocates, writers, and journalists.

Voice of Witness was cofounded by author Dave Eggers, writer & educator Mimi Lok, and physician Lola Vollen.

Available Positions:

Full-time, exempt, salaried position

Salary: $80k – $90k DOE 

Medical, Vision, Dental and generous vacation time

Start Date: January 2nd, 2020

Voice of Witness is looking for an innovative and strategic development leader to build upon years of growth from current institutional funders, and expand upon new opportunities with private and public foundations, corporations, and consultancy prospects. 

The Director of Institutional Partnerships & Strategy will develop overarching strategy for foundation partnerships in collaboration with the Executive Director and Education Program Director, while also driving a research and development initiative to explore earned income models and opportunities. They will be responsible for researching, recruiting, and securing continuing and new institutional giving sources for unrestricted and programmatic needs, which represent the largest source of philanthropic income for Voice of Witness. 

This position is based in San Francisco and reports to the Executive Director. They will also help provide strategic guidance and work in collaboration with the current individual-giving focused development team composed of a Donor Relationship Manager and Development Assistant. 


Key Roles

35% Grant Writing 

  • Collaborates on developing long- and short-term private and public fundraising strategies with executive team for both unrestricted and programmatic needs.
  • Leads the research, organization, and writing of compelling proposals to solicit funding from institutional partners.
  • Authors letters of intent and inquiry and other required proposal-related materials. 
  • Writes interim and final reports for funded programs. 


45% Prospect Research & Institutional Partnership Management

  • Builds and manages the current portfolio of  institutional foundations; closes $2.5 million in institutional giving by 2022, with a goal of adding 5 – 7 viable prospects to the institutional portfolio. 
  • Broadens Voice of Witness’s base of support from foundations, corporations, and other institutions by preparing prospect lists, in-depth profiles, and briefings to assist in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies. 
  • Works to develop social justice-oriented alignment protocols to drive VOW’s partnerships with corporations in a way that honors our mission and the communities we work with.
  • Works with the Board of Directors and other key partners and donors to make connections with prospective institutional funders.


20% Research and Development Initiative – Business Development

  • Collaborates closely with the Education Program Director, Education Associate, and Community Partnerships Coordinator to gain a thorough understanding of the work and align potential consultancy partners with specific projects.  
  • Researches, identifies, and pursues earned income opportunities with nonprofits, universities, PR firms, ad agencies and corporate social responsibility prospective clients for oral history methodology trainings. 
  • Manages a modest  existing consultancy portfolio, maintaining and growing at least $210,000 in consultancy revenue by 2022. 



  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field such as English, Communications, Economics, Business Administration, etc. Master’s in Business Administration or Non-Profit Management a plus. 
  • 7+ years total in fund development experience, with at least 5 years of successful researching, writing, and securing funds from institutions. 
  • An innovative and strategic approach – you’re not only a skilled grant writer, but a leader capable of thinking outside of the box and generating new opportunities. 
  • Demonstrated ability to steward and maintain strong relationships with institutional funders and program officers.
  • Excellent writing, organization, and project management skills.
  • Proficiency with relational databases, word processing, spreadsheets, and online resources and research tools. 
  • Excellent working knowledge of the institutional giving landscape in the Bay Area.  


How to Apply

Qualified applicants may apply by emailing the following by December 3rd, 2019, 5pm PST:

Please write “Director of Institutional Partnerships & Strategy – (YOUR LAST NAME)” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls or follow up emails. Only candidates whose qualifications best meet the needs of the job will be contacted.

Voice of Witness Curriculum Specialist Position

Voice of Witness (VOW) is a nonprofit that advances human rights by amplifying the voices of people impacted by injustice. Our work is driven by the transformative power of the story, and by a strong belief that an understanding of crucial issues is incomplete without deep listening and learning from people who have experienced injustice firsthand. Through our oral history book series and education program, we amplify the voices of people impacted by injustice, teach ethics-driven storytelling, and partner with human rights advocates to:

  • build agency within marginalized communities
  • raise awareness and foster thoughtful, empathy-based critical inquiry and understanding of the crises they face
  • inform long-term efforts to protect and advance human rights

VOW has two key programs, the VOW Book Series, which depicts human rights issues through the edited oral histories of people who are most closely affected by them, and the VOW Education Program, which brings the human rights narratives and issues portrayed in the book series into the curricula of schools and universities throughout the United States.


  • Part time: 0.25 (10 hours per week)
  • Salary Range: $30-35 per hour, depending on experience
  • Contract Term: March through October 2020
  • Remote work

We are seeking a Curriculum Specialist to collaborate with VOW education staff on developing, writing, and creating curriculum for our upcoming book: How We Go Home: Voices from Indigenous North America.

The stories in How We Go Home aim to open readers’ eyes to the myriad human rights violations experienced in Indian Country today. Narrators provide insight into reservation life: the connection between people and their ancestral lands; the collective heritage of displacement and forced assimilation carried in the people’s collective memory; and the on-going human rights violations rampant in Indian country. The interviews also illuminate the continuous, constant efforts made to sustain language, culture and traditional life ways and Native society’s incredible capacity for resistance, for healing, and for survival.

All books in the VOW series include Common Core-aligned curricular resources available for free download on our website. These lesson plans focus on the human rights and social justice issues featured in each book, and the activities foster empathy, inquiry, and critical thinking.

The Curriculum Specialist will create a curricular unit that includes five to seven lesson plans targeting older middle school through high school classrooms, with additional resources for college students. Successful candidates must be committed to equity and inclusion, and be skilled in creating curriculum that can be adapted for a diverse range of language levels and life experiences.

Applicants will possess excellent written and oral communication skills, be highly collaborative, and ideally have at least three years of experience in teaching and/or curriculum-writing for humanities-based subjects. Experience teaching or working with Indigenous populations is highly preferred.

This position can be fulfilled remotely, with regular phone and/or video call meetings with VOW education staff. This is a contract position with a deadline to produce a complete unit by October 1, 2020. If you have experience creating curriculum, have a passion for storytelling, and would like to help our dynamic, award-winning organization support more public schools and communities around the country, please consider joining our small, dedicated team.

We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Candidates who identify as being from underrepresented groups and have nontraditional career paths, work skills, and community-based work experience are strongly encouraged to apply.


Qualified applicants may apply by emailing a one-page cover letter, a brief resume, and two sample lesson plans. Samples should focus on social justice and/or storytelling in a humanities-based subject.

Please send materials to Education Program Director Cliff Mayotte: Please write “CURRICULUM SPECIALIST (YOUR LAST NAME)” in the subject line. Applications are due January 15, 2020.

We will contact qualified applicants, please no phone calls or follow-up emails.