Reports to: Executive Director (ED) Direct Reports: Consultants, future Operations hires Compensation: $100,000 annually Benefits: Unlimited vacation days, monthly phone stipend, full healthcare, dental, and vision covering the full cost of an independently-found insurance plan Note: NYAAF is working on developing a comprehensive benefits plan to be available for all full-time staff in the near future. Time commitment: NYAAF observes a 32-hour, 4-day work week (Monday – Thursday) for full-time staff. Our general operating hours are 9-5 pm ET. This position may require some additional evenings or weekend work as needed. Location: Remote within New York State (applicants in surrounding states, particularly New Jersey, will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
Position Overview Reporting to the Executive Director, the newly-created role of Operations and Finance Manager will join the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF) team during a critical time of organizational growth and will provide necessary expertise and guidance as we build sustainable systems and operational functions. The Operations and Finance Manager will oversee the financial health, operational functions, and sustainability of the organization while developing the associated systems. They will be responsible for financial management and budget/forecast planning, operational planning and priority setting, oversight of technology and information services, contracts and vendor relationships, human resource compliance, and internal policy development. Working closely with the Executive Director, part-time Operations Coordinator, contracted bookkeeper, and various consultants, they will have a key leadership role and support the co-creation of organizational systems and culture. This unique position is poised for growth & potential promotion, as the organization continues to grow rapidly. The ideal candidate will be a strategic leader with a passion for finance and operations, deeply committed to the reproductive justice movement, and a flexible self-starter who is willing to tackle new projects and develop new systems, as necessitated by the evolving needs of our callers and growing team.
To Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter to email@example.com by March 15, 2024.
Chelsea Williams-Diggs on Revolutions Per Minute Podcast – Jan 17, 2024
We are in a nationwide crisis of abortion access. New Yorkers must not become complacent while economic, social, racial, and logistical factors are blocking patients from receiving necessary care. @NYAAF and @NYCLU on the Repro Freedom and Equity Fund:
NYAAF’s office and helpline will be completely closed from December 24, 2023, to January 6, 2024. During this time, emails and phone calls will not be monitored and we will not be able to support any callers or new requests. We will begin taking new calls and funding abortions again starting the week of January 7. If you have any issues or questions during our closure, we will respond after January 7.
This is a bold first at NYAAF — before now we have never closed the helpline for such a break. We take inspiration from and honor the many funds in our network who lead by example and teach us that rest is indeed resistance. As we grow and adapt to this increasingly difficult landscape of abortion access, we are working to more intentionally live out the liberatory values of radical rest and community care.
Need support during our break? Find a list of helpful resources below.
“The New York Abortion Access Fund, which pays clinics directly for low-income patients’ abortions, ‘immediately saw an influx of out-of-state callers’ after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization last June, said Chelsea Williams-Diggs, the organization’s interim executive director….
The majority of people seeking help from the fund are New Yorkers, Ms. Williams-Diggs said. But since the Supreme Court ruling, the fund has helped people from 29 states and Washington, D.C., as well as six other countries.
Right after the ruling, the majority of out-of-state callers phoned in from Ohio, which had a ban at the time (it was later blocked by a judge). Now, the majority of out-of-state callers are from Texas, Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania, where abortion remains legal but where certain restrictions are in place, Ms. Williams-Diggs said….
Ms. Williams-Diggs said she was proud that officials were “passionate and committed to making New York an access state,” but she noted that the fund was struggling to keep up with the surging demand.
Last year, the fund spent $1.2 million to help 1,800 callers, compared to just over $500,000 in 2021, Ms. Williams-Diggs said. This year, the organization is on track to spend more than $2 million, a figure she said was concerning because “we just simply don’t have that money in the bank.”
Trivia party and community celebration of abortion access
You’re invited! NYAAF is participating in Fund-a-Thon, an annual grassroots fundraising campaign and celebration, where people like you gather your loved ones, have heartfelt conversations about why abortion access matters, and raise money for their local abortion fund!
By joining Fund-a-Thon, you participate in organizing your own communities, undoing abortion stigma, building relationships with fellow advocates, and mobilizing resources where they’re most needed to help people get abortions. To meet an unprecedented surge of funding requests within our home state and the rise in people traveling to NY from out of state, we have set the ambitious goal of raising $250,000, and to get there, we need the full support of you and our entire community!
You can fundraise on your own or grab a group of friends and start a team. You can even organize your own fundraising event. Whichever route you choose, we will give you tools along the way to support your peer-to-peer fundraising! Check out our Fund-a-Thon Toolkit for a step-by-step guide to all things Fund-a-Thon. Start a team or sign up as an individual fundraiser!
We want to take a moment to share what NYAAF has been up to over the past year since we began a process of transformation. While we’ve continued our essential work of funding abortions, NYAAF has been quieter this year as we transition to become a smaller, more collectively-run, and women-of-color-led body.
Spurred by a long overdue internal reckoning with our disconnect from caller experience, NYAAF embarked on a transformation period in the spring of last year. While we continued to operate our helpline and fund abortions, we paused on other work — including external communications, recruiting new volunteers or board members, new advocacy campaigns, and hosting events unrelated to the call line.
We used this period as an opportunity to stop cycles of harm by investing in community building, restorative justice, values alignment, strategic planning, organizational restructuring, and the transfer of leadership to existing board members who more closely represent our callers. We approach this work humbly, with a shared commitment to growth. and recognition that there is still so much work to be done to better represent and serve the holistic needs of our callers and their communities, as well as to better be in line with our broader movement of abortion funds and reproductive justice organizers. Through our ongoing strategic planning, we hope to reimagine and rebuild NYAAF.
During this period we completed the following:
Relationship and trust building – meeting up in person for the first times since the beginning of the pandemic.
Restorative justice circles.
Co-authoring a harm response plan.
Enlisting a strategic planning consultant and initiating a strategic planning process, including a multi-day retreat.
Restructuring our leadership structure to be more collaborative and building trust as a smaller, multiracial group.
Changing our funding protocols to become more caller-centric — eliminating unnecessary screening questions and embodying deeper trust in callers.
Distributing the most funds in our history — more than $720,000 pledged in the past year to around one thousand callers. During this time, we were proud to meet 100% of caller need.
While necessary, this transformation period has not been easy. We have gone from more than 20 active board members to now only 6 — all volunteers, all with day jobs and other commitments. Additional harm has been done as we’ve struggled together to confront how anti-Blackness and abortion stigma show up in our work and the abortion access landscape, and we have had to address that as it has emerged. We know that this work requires ongoing dedication, and we are committed to doing it together.
Further, the state of abortion access across the nation has continued to shift. Caller need has grown as our lines have gotten busier and our pledges have gotten larger. But our relationship-centered work gives us the foundation to nimbly respond to this inflection point for our movement.
Because we have invested in building a stronger organization and building relationships with one another, we are in a stronger position to face the challenges of this moment. Our movement’s strength depends on a foundation of right relationship.
Questions? Feedback? We’re here to be in conversation with you. We hope to share more with you about our transformation work soon, including during our in-person Fund-a-Thon celebration at Cafe Erzulie in Brooklyn on Sunday, May 22. RSVP here. We deeply value this community and look forward to filling the backyard with fellow activists and supporters! Please join and spread the word.
Spring is abortion funding season across the National Network of Abortion Funds, and NYAAF is on our way to hitting our goal of $100,000 raised by peer-to-peer grassroots funders like you! There is still time to create a fundraising page and engage your friends, family, and community in conversations about the important work of abortion funding.
To fundraise with us, register online here! You can create a new team (teams can totally have just one person on them) or join an existing one. Your supporters can use the secure website to make donations to NYAAF. Fund-a-Thon goes through the end of May, so sign up now!
Fund-a-Thon is the main way NYAAF raises the money we need to fund ever caller who needs our help to cover the cost of their abortion. And further, by participating in Fund-a-Thon and talking to your loved ones about why abortion access matters, you not only raise the funds needed for abortion in your own community, but are also breaking down abortion stigma. If you’re not able to make a page and fundraise yourself, you can make a direct donation to NYAAF’s Fund-a-Thon campaign here.
We are also unbelievably excited that this year we are having an in-person Fund-a-Thon event for the first time in three years!
We invite you to join us at Cafe Erzulie in Brooklyn on Sunday May 22nd from 2-5 pm for an open bar, small bites, good music, and an amazing community of dedicated supporters and activists. Fund-a-Thon participants will get in free; others will be encouraged to make a $15 donation. (We will be checking vaccine cards at the entrance). We hope to see you there! Please RSVP here.
Despite growing attacks on abortion access, we are forging ahead with our essential work and taking time to celebrate the joy of abortion funding. Your support and efforts ensure that NYAAF can continue to provide abortion funding to every person who contacts us seeking care.