New York, NY or Remote

Program Director, School Food FOCUS

The Organization
School Food FOCUS, a project of the Tides Center, is a national collaborative that leverages the knowledge and procurement power of over 40 large school districts that collectively represent over 5 million school-age children and their families. FOCUS’ mission is to make school meals across the country more healthful, regionally sourced and sustainably produced, while transforming food systems to support students’ academic achievement and lifelong health.

Position Overview
The Program Director will provide day-to-day oversight to all FOCUS programs including its regional and national Learning Labs and provide supervision to a growing staff, including some who work virtually, as well as a team of consultants during a growth period for the organization. S/he will work closely with senior management to help ensure a collaborative working atmosphere and that activities carried out are aligned with FOCUS’ vision, mission and strategic plan. S/he will also work in a timely manner with the team of senior and operational staff responsible for contract management, budget work related to program needs and proposal development. The successful candidate will have:

  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, and public speaking skills and significant experience in coalition-building;
  • At least ten years of experience in launching and overseeing large-scale projects including responsibility for administrative functions;
  • Significant experience in providing direct supervision to staff and consultants; including staff in remote locations;
  • Masters degree, preferably in areas that address public health, school food and/or food systems.
  • Willingness and ability to travel

Tides Center offers excellent health insurance and retirement benefits along with flexible holiday/vacation schedules. Tides Center is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. FOCUS is dedicated to cultivating a staff and leadership structure that reflects the full spectrum of diversity represented in the large, urban school districts we work with; people of color are encouraged to apply.

School Food Focus, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

How To Apply
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to  The subject line should read: Program Director Application: (Your Full Name)

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Spartanburg, SC

Program Specialist, Early Childhood Development, Mary Black Foundation

The Organization
The Mary Black Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking organization located in Spartanburg, SC.  Its mission is to invest in people and communities for improved health, wellness, and success in Spartanburg County, SC.  For more information, visit

Position Overview
The Program Specialist in Early Childhood Development is a full-time position that will serve as an integral part of the Foundation’s program team that includes the Vice President of Programs, Program Specialists, and the Grants Manager.   The Program Specialist in Early Childhood Development will be responsible for implementing the Foundation’s Early Childhood Development grantmaking, including: responding to grant-related inquiries; providing technical assistance to applicants and grantees; conducting site visits; reviewing grant applications; evaluating impact; managing internal grantmaking processes, procedures, and systems; and developing relationships with local nonprofit organizations, community leaders, and other funders.

How To Apply
Resumes will be accepted until October 5, 2015.  Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:
Mary Black Foundation
Attn: Human Resources
349 East Main Street, Suite 100
Spartanburg, SC 29302

Durham, NC

Director of Advancement, Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill

The Organization
Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill is an independent Christian school in Durham, North Carolina that welcomes 524 students in grades TK–12 and their families. In line with the classical tradition, Trinity aims to teach students to value and appreciate truth, goodness, and beauty. In a short twenty-year history, the results and blessings of many prayers and strong leadership by founding headmaster Dr. Chip Denton are numerous: consistent enrollment growth, careful facility expansion, and stellar achievements by Trinity students.

Position Overview
As the school continues to grow, Trinity is looking for a strategic partner on the administrative team to champion our mission and encourage continued investment in the school. The Director of Advancement will be a significant member of the senior staff and a key contributor to the fulfillment of the mission.

How To Apply
To view an introductory video and download the Opportunity Profile, see

Minneapolis, MN

Program Officer - Midwest Climate and Energy, The McKnight Foundation

The Organization
Background: Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Minnesota based family foundation has assets of approximately $2 billion and granted about $88 million in 2014. McKnight concentrates resources in the arts; early literacy; the environment; the region and communities; neuroscience and crop research; and select efforts in Southeast Asia and East Africa. McKnight subscribes to the Minnesota Council on Foundations’ “Principles for Minnesota Grantmakers.”

Position Overview
Position Purpose:   The newly created program officer position for the Midwest Climate and Energy program reports directly to the program director. This is an exciting opportunity to have a meaningful impact on efforts to advance a low-carbon economy in the Midwest, and to work in close partnership with the Foundation’s other grantmaking and impact investment programs to promote climate and clean energy goals as a coordinated, organization-wide strategy. Please see The McKnight Foundation website for information on the program.

Key to the position is the ability to link strategic program vision to effective grantmaking and to leverage opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Good communication and project management skills are essential. The position participates in the assessment of grantee capacity for success and fit with funding criteria, including in the letters of inquiry, proposal review and reporting processes. Key to this work is strong analytical skills and the ability to manage and maintain effective working relationships with grantees, key stakeholders, and other members of the Foundation staff.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide expertise internally and externally related to the Midwest Climate and Energy program
  • Work with the Program Director to implement the mission and program priorities established by The McKnight Foundation board.
  • Review letters of inquiry and grant requests within program area.
  • Prepare grant- and program-related documents for quarterly board meetings and other communications needs.
  • Develop and manage outcomes and evaluation plans for key investments and projects.
  • Collaborate with McKnight’s Impact Investment program to find and assess potential investments that advance the Foundation’s climate and clean energy goals.
  • Collaborate with program intermediary partners: the Energy Foundation, and the RE-AMP network of grantees and funders focused on clean energy and climate advocacy in the Midwest.
  • Through close collaboration with program director, coordinate use of data and information for learning and use in written reports, website, and presentations.
  • Stay current on information about local, national and international activities related to the Foundation’s grantmaking interests and areas of intersection with other program areas.
  • Foster and nurture relationships with community, business, and intermediary partners Foster working relationships with leaders in the public and private sectors working on climate and clean energy issues.
  • Model behavior that ensures that grantmaking principles and program practices align with Foundation values and operating principles.
  • Present information about McKnight’s Midwest Climate and Energy Program at selected gatherings that will advance the goals and objectives of the program.
  • Manage and participate in program-related workshops and meetings.
  • Manage and participate in other program-related activities including: convenings, participation in grantee and funder networks, special events, and the commissioning of reports and publications.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred, and a minimum of 7 years of related full-time professional work experience in the private sector, nonprofit, or government field applied to clean energy or climate solutions.
  • The ideal candidate will have applicable private sector, regulatory, and/or advocacy experience.
  • Experience working with a family foundation is desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Knowledge of:

  • Utility business models and power markets;
  • Renewable energy policy;
  • The policy landscape of the Midwest;
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively across organizational functions.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with a variety of people and groups, particularly nonprofit organizations, public and private sector leaders, government agencies, and research institutions or universities.
  • Ability to analyze, question, and identify key issues and use data to support conclusions.
  • Ability to view issues and challenges from multiple dimensions and apply intellectual energy and creativity.
  • Ability to prepare clearly written summaries and analysis.
  • Ability to engage others and influence outcomes.
  • Knowledge of governance and operations of nonprofit organizations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively interpersonally and in group presentations.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office components including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook with skill and proficiency.
  • Ability to handle heavy workload and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to skillfully juggle multiple projects simultaneously and manage unexpected events smoothly.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • Work is normally performed in an office work environment with very little physical effort required.
  • There are frequent off-site meetings required.
  • There are frequent evening meetings or events required.
  • Regional and national travel is required.
  • Regular operation of normal office machines (computer, copier, and fax) is required.
  • Individuals must be able to demonstrate that they are legally eligible to work in the United States.
How To Apply
If you are interested in this opportunity please go to on The McKnight Foundation website and submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume.
Competitive salary with excellent benefits.
Apply via The McKnight Foundation website Applications accepted through October 15, 2015.

Chicago, IL

Education Program Officer, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

The Organization
Our Mission: The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation supports organizations with the strength and commitment to address persistent problems of urban Chicago resulting from poverty, violence, ignorance, and despair. We seek to build the capacity of individuals and the systems that serve them. Our vision is a Chicago that offers education, prosperity, and hope for all.Our MissionThe Lloyd A. Fry Foundation supports organizations with the strength and commitment to address persistent problems of urban Chicago resulting from poverty, violence, ignorance, and despair. We seek to build the capacity of individuals and the systems that serve them. Our vision is a Chicago that offers education, prosperity, and hope for all.

OUR ROOTS: In 1933, Lloyd A. Fry founded the Lloyd A. Fry Roofing Company on the Southwest Side of Chicago. During the next five decades, the company grew to become the world’s largest manufacturer of asphalt roofing and allied products, with nearly 5,000 dedicated employees in manufacturing facilities nationwide. The company was sold to Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation in 1977. In large part, the proceeds from the sale of the company now serve as the endowment of the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. The Foundation has been addressing the needs of the Chicago community since 1983.

Position Overview
The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation seeks a Program Officer to develop and lead the Foundation’s Education grantmaking.  Based in Chicago, our Education funding is committed to increasing the academic achievement of low-income students in Chicago public schools. Our interests focus on developing highly effective principals and improving the quality and effectiveness of teaching. We also support a limited number of rigorous academic enrichment programs for students. We are seeking candidates who can lead the Foundation’s exploration of grantmaking strategies that support high quality teaching in schools and align with best practices in school leadership and adult learning. The Foundation is especially interested in innovative approaches and knowledge which can help to advance practice in the field.  To achieve this, we seek a candidate who is able to: identify trends and common challenges across organizations; investigate new topics quickly; synthesize a wide range of information; and adapt and apply ideas across new contexts.

The Program Officer has the following responsibilities:

•        Oversee the education grant portfolio, work with colleagues and the board of directors to identify programmatic goals and strategies, and manage and plan the program grant budget;
•        Actively identify challenges that can be addressed through the Foundation’s grantmaking and opportunities that have the potential to advance program goals;
•        Solicit and review proposals and letters of inquiry, arrange and manage site visits, prepare proposals for board review, and present written and verbal recommendations to the board of directors. Prepare decline letters and work to communicate clearly with grantees as well as with organizations that do not receive support from the Fry Foundation;
•        Work with grantees to support collaborative work; help organizations advance knowledge and practice in the field; and provide guidance and assistance on program strategy, assessments, and other aspects of building capacity and program development.Program Officer Qualifications:
•    Five or more years work experience in the education field;
•    Bachelor’s degree is required; Advanced degree is preferred;
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills along with strong analytic and research abilities;
•    Welcomes and actively contributes to intellectual give and take — asks thoughtful questions, is open-minded, is comfortable challenging ideas and benefits from being challenged;
•    Experience in the nonprofit sector is preferred.

The Program Officer will be a full-time employee of the Foundation with competitive compensation and benefits.  The Program Officer will report to the President. The Foundation seeks to fill this position as soon as possible and will work actively to build a highly diverse pool of candidates.

How To Apply
Application Process: Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter which articulates how their skills and experience meet the responsibilities and requirements noted above via email to:

Subject line should read: Application Process:Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter which articulates how their skills and experience meet the responsibilities and requirements noted above via email to:

Subject line should read: Applicant’s Name Education

Washington, DC

Program Officer, Eugene and Agnes E Meyer Foundation

The Organization
Founded in 1944 by Washington Post publisher Eugene Meyer and his wife, author and social activist Agnes Ernst Meyer, the Meyer Foundation identifies and invests in visionary leaders and effective community-based nonprofit organizations that are working to create lasting improvements in the lives of low-income people in the Washington, DC metropolitan region, and works to strengthen the region’s nonprofit sector as a vital and respected partner in meeting community needs. Learn more at

Position Overview
Reporting to the Senior Program Officer, the Program Officers will play a central role in implementing the Foundation’s new strategic plan, which calls for Meyer to work more visibly and collaboratively toward shared community goals in the interconnected areas of educational attainment, employment, affordable housing, and financial stability for low-income individuals and families.As members of an integrated program and communications team, the Program Officers will actively engage in assigned regions—Northern Virginia or Suburban Maryland, respectively—to deepen the Foundation’s understanding of community needs in those geographic areas and expand our network of partners working toward solutions. The Program Officers will also serve as the primary relationship managers with grantees and other partners within their assigned areas—communicating the Foundation’s goals and strategy, reviewing and recommending action on grant applications, and strengthening connections among organizations with shared goals.

SUMMARY: As a member of the program and communications team, represents the Meyer Foundation in the community as we strive to be a partner and leader in driving social change; proactively develops knowledge of community needs and those working toward solutions; stewards relationships with applicants and grantees; provides input on programmatic strategy within assigned issue and geographic areas to achieve the goals in the Foundation’s strategic plan; communicates the Foundation’s goals and strategy to potential applicants, current grantees, and other partners; reviews and recommends action on grant applications; connects and convenes grantees and other partners with shared goals and strengthens existing networks; builds partnerships with external colleagues.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following, although other duties may be assigned:

  • Represent the Foundation in the Community
  • Within designated geographic areas, build relationships with potential partners across all sectors— including philanthropy, government and business—that share the Foundation’s goals
  • Participate in and work to strengthen and expand networks, collaborative approaches, and collective impact efforts that advance shared community goals
  • Be responsive and accessible to current and prospective grantees and other partners within designated geographic and issue area(s), effectively communicating the Foundation’s goals, strategies, and funding priorities
  • Understand and continue to learn about community needs within assigned geographic area(s), including nonprofit organizations active in meeting those needs, effective or promising approaches, and unmet or emerging needs
  • Seek opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, and build partnerships with colleagues in other grantmaking organizations
  • Conduct Excellent Grantmaking
  • Review and assess funding requests (including budgets and financial statements) from current and prospective grantees
  • Meet with current and prospective grantees to observe programs and gather information about organizational capacity and other factors relevant to funding decisions
  • Provide guidance to applicants and grantees to help them strengthen their organizations and programs
  • Summarize findings and recommendations in writing for review by the grantmaking team and the Foundation’s board of directors
  • Build Knowledge and Share Expertise
  • Actively participate in the Foundation’s planning, strategy development, and learning processes
  • Develop knowledge and expertise within assigned areas and share knowledge with the program and communications team and with external colleagues
  • Support and contribute to efforts to measure progress against community goals, and to understand and communicate the Meyer Foundation’s impact
  • Identify knowledge resources that should be shared with internal and external audiences
  • Contribute to the Foundation’s website and social media
  • Learn from the experience of other grantmakers, both in the Greater Washington region and nationally, in developing successful strategies

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Manages administrative support staff and occasional interns.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Meyer Foundation policies and applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training program assistants; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; providing timely feedback; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and five (5) to ten (10) years’ of senior level management experience, preferably in a locally-focused grant-seeking organization that works in the field of education or workforce development.
  • Experience working on racial equity issues and an understanding of the history of inequality in the DC region and its impact on communities of color.
  • Understanding of community-based nonprofits, particularly those working in Northern Virginia or suburban Maryland.
  • Experience developing and submitting grant applications and serving on or working closely with a nonprofit board of directors.
  • Familiarity with budgets, nonprofit financial statements, and IRS Form 990.

Other Qualifications

  • Ability and desire to work within a team environment and to work collegially with other funders and partners.
  • Ability to travel within the region at least 25 percent of the time, and ability to travel nationally two to three times per year.
  • Flexibility to attend occasional evening and weekend events.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, with an understanding of nonprofit budget and finance and an ability to interpret and communicate data and statistics.
  • Excellent writing, public speaking, and interpersonal communications skills, with the capacity to adapt writing and communications styles for a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent organizational skills and an ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Ability to work flexibly with competing demands in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to effectively manage and resolve conflicts and exercise tact and diplomacy in both internal and external settings.

Technology Skills

Proficient in use of technology, including Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Familiarity with relational databases, such as Microedge GIFTS, Raiser’s Edge, or Salesforce, and proficiency in social media are highly desirable.

How To Apply
The Program Officer search is being managed by an external firm. To apply, submit resume and cover letter to The application period will close on October 2, 2015. No telephone inquiries, please.

San Francisco, CA

Director, Finance & Operations, Skoll Global Threats Fund

The Organization
Founded in 2009 by philanthropist and social entrepreneur Jeff Skoll, the Skoll Global Threats Fund (SGTF) is one of the philanthropic and commercial enterprises of the Jeff Skoll Group. The organization’s mission is to confront global threats imperiling humanity by seeking solutions, strengthening alliances, and spurring actions needed to safeguard the future. Led by President Annie Maxwell, the Fund brings world-renowned content expertise to its primary focus areas of climate change, pandemics, nuclear proliferation, and water insecurity in order to drive large-scale global change.

Position Overview
The Skoll Global Threats Fund (SGTF) seeks a dynamic, strategic Director of Finance and Operations to provide business management for this entrepreneurial, growing organization. With oversight of day-to-day operations, the Director will design team-focused structures, processes, and accountability that align to strategy and enable the staff to work efficiently. The Director of Finance & Operations RoleThe Director will work closely with and report to the President, with responsibility for building and managing operational capacity and administrative needs as the organization grows. A member of the senior leadership team, the Director will also work with the issue area directors, providing leadership and support on operational issues to ensure the team can work efficiently and productively toward tangible impacts.

Broad Areas of Accountability:
1. Day-to-day business management of the organization including management of business policies, financial and grants management, contracts, IT, risk management, and coordination of administrative activities with partner organizations and external vendors. The Director will implement infrastructure improvements as the organization grows and define effective processes for annual planning, budgeting, workflow, and performance management across the organization.
2. Staff management and resources, HR policies, team building, and professional development; exercise effective change management as the organization grows and preserve the supportive, positive, collaborative organizational culture.
3. Thought partnership and leadership of initiatives around emerging issues and evolving needs of the organization such as adapting partnership structures, funding models, and new projects.

Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates should have a minimum of 10 years of experience in progressively responsible, hands-on executive leadership roles.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.
Prior financial management experience is required.
Experience managing high performing teams, organizational change, and growth of small, entrepreneurial organizations is particularly important.
A bachelor’s degree is required.
A related graduate degree is preferred.
Diverse experience is valued and may include the private sector, business strategy consulting, successful startups, social entrepreneur-led enterprises, and/ or senior operational roles within foundations, NGOs, or nonprofits.

How To Apply
Skoll Global Threats Fund is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. To be considered, please go to and submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your passion for the mission and fit for the role.

Flint, MI

Associate Program Officer - Civil Society Program, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

The Organization
The Mott Foundation, established in 1926 by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society.  It supports nonprofit programs throughout the United States and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally.  Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area, and Pathways to Opportunity.  In addition to Flint, Michigan, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg, and London.   In 2014, the Foundation made more than 400 grants totaling approximately $99 million.  For more information, visit

Position Overview
The associate program officer (APO) will report to the program officer overseeing the Civil Society Program’s United States grantmaking. This program area focuses on philanthropy and nonprofit sector infrastructure as well as on community philanthropy. The APO will manage grants under the supervision of a program officer and be responsible for all aspects of the grantmaking process, including program research, planning and development; project initiation; proposal evaluation; grant administration and monitoring; and post-grant evaluation. The APO also will participate fully in the work of the Civil Society team, helping to shape and adjust the team’s program goals, priorities, and objectives.


Respond to letters, e-mails, and telephone calls requesting general information about the Foundation’s grantmaking and/or the status of a proposal’s review.
Draft responses to letters of inquiry and proposals that describe projects outside of the Foundation’s interests.
Interact with grant seekers and grantees to ensure consistency of grant proposals and reports with the Foundation’s requirements, procedures, and program objectives.
Keep abreast of pertinent developments, emerging issues and trends in assigned program area(s).
Prepare written materials pertaining to specific grants for management and Trustee review.
Make recommendations for future grantmaking.
Help develop program objectives; grantmaking strategies; and monitoring, evaluation, and learning approaches.
Participate in Civil Society team discussions concerning program planning, management, and evaluation.
Conduct research to contribute to program planning and monitoring, which may include attending conferences, workshops, and grantee site visits.
Assist in the preparation of team documents for senior management and Foundation Trustees.
Develop a general awareness of all the Foundation’s programs and objectives and work collaboratively with other staff program staff as appropriate.

Qualifications and Requirements
Minimum three years prior experience in the nonprofit sector, with a preference to having worked for a foundation and/or a philanthropy or nonprofit sector-wide association.
Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred.
Knowledge of issues of public policy, research, and effective practice in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

You may be the ideal candidate if you have the following attributes:

You are an excellent writer.You have outstanding verbal communications skills.
You are a solid analytical thinker.
You pay close attention to detail.
You are insatiably curious but able to focus on tasks and meet deadlines.
You are a self-starter.
You are a critical and integrative thinker, able to see both the forest and the trees.
You work collaboratively, building relationships, trust, and credibility with members of a team.
You are able to manage a diverse workload.
You welcome feedback from interested parties as a way to improve the effectiveness of your work and strengthen the Mott Foundation’s impact.
You have a good sense of humor.

How To Apply
Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, references, and two writing samples.
Submissions to:
Submission Deadline:  September 30, 2015
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Charleston, SC

President and CEO, Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina

The Organization
Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina (the Foundation or CCF) seeks a passionate candidate with extensive leadership and managerial experience to serve as its next President and CEO (President). Established in 1974, CCF now serves nine counties of the Lowcountry with the mission of fostering philanthropy for the lasting good of the community. With $230 million in resources, the Foundation is very successful in fundraising, has established a strong presence, and is highly respected in the communities it serves. In 2014, the Foundation received $21 million in gifts and awarded $18.5 million in grants.The Foundation is on a growth trajectory and, with increasing geographic reach and scale, CCF has demonstrated the capacity to have impact beyond its dollars. Board members, staff, and donors are engaged in an ongoing conversation about the opportunities for deeper work on the part of the Foundation in the area of community leadership. As the Foundation looks to the future, it seeks a dynamic President who can blend vision with industry best practices to realize this goal. The next President will work closely with the board and staff to create and execute a strategy for future growth and impact that pays close attention to the wishes of donors and needs of the communities served. The President will unite the staff behind this plan and cohesively lead them forward, ensuring milestones are reached along the way. Acting as the spokesperson for CCF, the President will be expected to build relationships with key external constituents from all nine counties, including current and potential donors as well as public, corporate, and nonprofit leaders in the region. The President will inherit a talented staff and dedicated board to support the Foundation through this exciting process.

Position Overview
Candidates may come out of a non-profit, public sector or for-profit background. Those from the region and beyond are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of the region and an appreciation for its people, assets, challenges and opportunities are important. An understanding of how non-profits operate and the purpose, role, and operation of community foundations is vital. The President should be passionate about the opportunity to build philanthropic resources to address critical issues in the community. Additionally, the next President should be experienced in working with, or answering to, an engaged and ambitious governing board; must be able to set and manage priorities; provide clear direction in partnership with board and staff while maximizing available internal resources; understand investment practices and have the skills to effectively oversee complex business operations.

How To Apply
The Coastal Community Foundation has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in strict confidence to:

New York

Program Officer – Andrus Family Fund and Andrus Family Philanthropy Program, Surdna Foundation

The Organization
The Andrus Family Fund (AFF) is seeking a Program Officer to join its team. AFF believes that every young person deserves more than one chance at a successful life. For over 30 million young people, their first chance was compromised by adults and systems that didn’t always serve their best interests. We partner with organizations across the country that connects young people to caring communities, proven services teach vital skills. Yet we know that for this work and to really have an impact it cannot happen just at the individual level – that’s why we also partner with local and national partners to make sure communities are equipped with the tools and knowledge that support eh well-being of our most vulnerable young people.

Our approach is straightforward and laser focused: We support organizations whose work directly connects youth to the people and services they need to become self-sustaining adults. We commission research that helps identify what works and what doesn’t when it comes to creating sustainable change in young people’s lives. We work closely with our grantees to advance and advocate for programs and policies that are proven to put youth on a path to a successful and sustainable future and we support organizations that utilize community organizing as a tool to remove barriers and create social change.

AFF is a path-breaking signature program of the broader Andrus Family Philanthropy program. The AFPP is a group of programs all with the goal to engage the more than 400 extended family members in philanthropy by promoting meaningful public service and civic engagement through organized philanthropic activities. The first and most robust of the programs is AFF and was established in 2000 to give Andrus family members between the ages of 25 and 45 an opportunity to learn about and participate in organized philanthropy. Though legally a sub-fund of the Surdna Foundation and subject to its oversight, AFF has always operated largely autonomously with a highly engaged Board and has an independent reputation for its grantmaking programs. And while AFF operates as an independent grant making arm of the Surdna Foundation, it actively collaborates with the teams at the Surdna. The fund has an annual grantmaking budget of $4 million. Please visit the AFF and Surdna websites to learn more about their programs.

Position Overview
The Program Officer will be part of a three-person team led by the Executive Director. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and has joint supervisory responsibilities of the Senior Program Associate. The Program Officer works closely with the Executive Director on all aspects of the programs, including both day-to-day operations as well as broader program strategy development and thought partnership.

The Program Officer will contribute to programmatic ideas and participate actively in grantmaking by seeking, developing, and recommending grants and administering the Fund’s projects. In addition, the Program Officer is expected to have expertise and knowledge in one or more of the substantive elements of AFF grantmaking program to help build networks among funders, as well as grantees, around issues that need attention, communicate and advocate for social change and develop partnership to multiply the impact of the Fund’s grantmaking investments. Though most of the Program Officer’s time will be dedicated the work of the Andrus Family Fund, there might be a small amount of time dedicated to the Andrus Family Philanthropy Program/s work in youth philanthropy.

First Year’s Priorities:
During the first year of employment, the Program Officer for the Andrus Family Fund will be expected to:
• Become familiar with the Fund’s grantmaking strategies, grant guidelines and theories of change.

• Immerse her/himself in the Andrus Family Fund and the Surdna Foundation – their respective missions, programs, staff, grantee partners, structure, operations, and organizational culture.

• Participate and contribute to the planning, execution and operationalizing the Fund’s theory of change and approach to grantmaking and partnership.

• Contribute and apply current subject matter and field expertise to an ongoing analysis of the Andrus Family Fund lines of work; develop the ability to communicate about the portfolio well.

• Strengthen AFF’s ability to measure, assess, and learn from the results of its work and that of its grantees.

• Begin to understand the present finances, leadership and challenges of the current grantees

• Begin to develop and leverage relationship with key internal and external colleagues, individual and institutional in order to bring forth their best ideas and efforts to inform the work of the Andrus Family Fund’s program areas.

Further responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Maintaining a breadth of knowledge, including research, about current trends, emerging issues, policy interventions, and innovations in the program’s areas of focus to enhance the effectiveness of program strategy and understanding of staff and board.

• Monitoring and tracking ongoing grants and initiatives, including evaluating and reporting to staff, Board, and external colleagues on performance.

• Works with Program Associate in following up with grantees to return paperwork for payment and reporting. Tracking and reviewing grant proposals and progress reports for completeness and compliance with IRS regulations. Codes and updates grant records in the grants management system.

• Reviewing, assessing, and proactively cultivating grantmaking opportunities, assisting grantees in improving proposal quality. Recommending grants for funding by soliciting peer reviews and providing critical analysis of project strengths, weaknesses and risks.

• Conducting site visits of pending and active projects.

• Helping to plan and implement learning opportunities for grantees, staff, and board, including a bi-annual grantee conference.

• Helping to identify, work with and manage appropriate external consultants to help the Fund accomplish its work. Assisting in external communications: developing Web site content, newsletters, public presentations, and articles as appropriate.

• Developing partnerships with other institutions to extend the impact of the Fund’s and the broader Foundation’s grantmaking.

Ideal Attributes and Experience:
• Strong record of achievement and relevant experience in the non-profit, public, or private sector. A minimum of 7 years in the field and interdisciplinary experience are preferred. Excellent strategic thinking and planning skills.

• Substantive knowledge of the fields and issues related to at least one of AFF’s Program areas (youth, transitioning youth from foster care, juvenile justice, social justice programming and/or community organizing)

• Outstanding written and oral communications skills, with the presence and credibility to develop and sustain a broad range of relationships; highly developed listening skills. Experience with social media and communications technology is necessary.

• Excellent, strategic thinking and planning skills.

• Willingness to work across programs to develop complementary strategies, grant making priorities and learning opportunities.

• Energetic, flexible, self-starting team player with a direct, honest, and respectful approach to problem solving, and ability to foster collaboration and contribute to a strong sense of community among staff and board.

• Must thrive when working under deadlines, have strong project, time, and budget management skills, and be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously without sacrificing attention to detail.

• Familiarity with a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and a willingness to share in both “big picture” thinking and administrative tasks.

• An appetite for and competence for work with diverse communities across race, class, ethnic, political and geographic boundaries.

• Advanced degree in related field preferred. Willingness to travel up to 30% of the time.

How To Apply
Please send a thoughtful cover letter, outlining your interest, experience and potential fit for the position along with a resume/CV to

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