Posted on November 18, 2011
Senior Program Officer
Private Family Foundation
Private Family Foundation - Senior Program Officer
The Senior Program Officer will be working for a recently formed private foundation with $50MM in assets. The Foundation anticipates a global program portfolio of approximately $2.5-3.0MM in grant making to advance social justice, especially for discriminated populations. The Foundation’s initial interests include women’s rights and social justice, reducing discrimination, protecting and promoting the rights of lesbians, bi-sexuals, gays, and transgendered persons (LBGT), and improving public education.
The Senior Program Officer will work closely with the VP of Family Giving and the Board of the Foundation to develop and manage the Foundation’s grant making strategies and programs. S/he will administer the grants program by identifying and counseling grant applicants, conducting research, summarizing and reporting research findings in writing, presenting grant proposal and local office information at meetings of the Board of Directors, representing the Foundation in the community, conducting long-term planning activities, communicating the Foundation's grant program to the community and evaluating grants and the effectiveness of the grant making program.
During this start-up phase, the SPO will administer diverse grant making and programmatic initiatives that include: women’s rights and social justice; public health and education, both locally and globally; preventing and ending gender based violence including trafficking; ending discrimination and reducing stigma for specific constituencies. S/he will actively engage in building the Board’s knowledge and experiences in mission-related grant-making. The SPO will bring a broad understanding and expertise on women’s rights and social justice, gender based violence, reproductive rights and gender justice while also making connections to other social justice issues.
She/he will assist with developing programmatic areas of focus, manage initiatives for grant making, including preparing requests for proposals, proposal review, docket write-up, and monitoring grantee progress and outcomes. S/he will design and organize technical assistance, advocacy, and field building strategies, including convening grantees. S/he will develop and manage annual program plans and project budgets and create and manage program publications, dissemination and outreach strategies. She will actively engage in philanthropic venues, organize funders briefings and other donor activities to create connections across related issues and fields and present at conferences, panels and workshops. Travel 10-20% of the time.
The ideal candidate will have 15 years experience in a relevant not for profit organization or foundation, with five years in a grant making position. Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree highly desirable. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to working with diverse communities on social justice issues including women’s rights, gender-based violence, gender justice; proven skills and experience in providing technical assistance to community-based organizations and evaluating program outcomes and impacts; strong analytic skills and understanding of progressive movement organizing; ability to build working relationships with donors, institutional partners, peers and colleagues; successful track record in advancing social justice issues. Ideal candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to express oneself clearly to both expert and larger public audiences; proven leadership ability evidence
d though the supervision and fostering of professional development of support staff as well as strong planning, administrative, and organizational skills. Proficient with Windows, spreadsheets, databases and the internet.
Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org or register at www.nonprofitstaffing.com and apply to job number 6695