Nashville, TN

Senior Program Officer, The Healing Trust

The Organization
About The Healing Trust:  The mission of The Healing Trust, a private grant making foundation, is the sacred work of fostering healing and wholeness for vulnerable populations through strategic investing, philanthropy, and advocacy. The Healing Trust furthers the work of non-profit agencies providing health services to vulnerable populations in Middle Tennessee. Beyond operating as a funding agency, The Trust believes in the importance of meeting health needs and providing human services with a balance of excellence in skill and great compassion. To this end, the staff of the Trust is committed to partnering with the staff of non-profits to raise the standard of compassionate care. In the community at large, in developing collaborative relationships with other organizations, and in creating strategic partnerships.

Position Overview
This position directs The Healing Trust’s grant making activities consistent with the policies and procedures established by the Board of Trust. The Senior Program Officer is responsible for reviewing grant requests, developing strategic initiatives, monitoring active grants, and coordinating program evaluation. The Senior Program Officer will assist in developing technical support for organizations that seek to provide healing in their communities. The Senior Program Officer will provide staff support to the Program Committee and assist the CEO and Board in the development of funding priorities.  This position supervises the Program Officer and Program Director. This position will represent the Trust in the community at large, in developing collaborative relationships with other organizations, and in creating strategic partnerships.

Essential Job Duties:

Manage the Trust’s Grant Portfolio and related work

1.    Oversee the development and implementation of all the Trust grant making programs including developing new grant initiatives as necessary;

2.    Analyze new opportunities for new program development consistent with the Trust’s strategic plan;

3.    Manage the Grants and Program Budget for the Trust;

4.    Manage a portion of the Trust’s grant portfolio and related work.

a.    Meet with potential grantees
b.    Participate in technical assistance
c.    Provide coaching and one on one assistance to applicants
d.    Review proposals
e.    Prepare recommends and participate in grant review team meetings
f.    Monitor expenditures consistent with approved budgets
g.    Review outcomes and impact of grantees
h.    Provide feedback in a compassionate manner to applicants and grantees

5.    Conduct periodic evaluations of the impact of funding in programmatic areas supported by the Trust and actively participate in site visits and relationship building with grantee partners.

6.    Prepare regular reports to appropriate Board committees and to the Board of Trust;Community Leadership

7.    Identify local and regional organizations working to promote values similar to that of the Trust and seek opportunities to collaborate for greater impact;

8.    Facilitate convening of organizations around program and grant initiatives;

9.    Provide leadership to the Program Team and direct supervision to Program and Communications Officer and Program Director positions and Interns as necessary;

10.    Represent the Trust publicly through speaking and writing;Internal Leadership and Strategy

11.    Support the Board and Staff in carrying out any other appropriate duties to further the work of the Trust;

12.    Serve on the leadership team with the CEO and CFO to make strategic decisions related to furthering the work of the Trust;

13.    Work closely with CFO to ensure balance between impact from grants and programs and the Trust’s desire for intergenerational equity:

14.    Staff the Program Committee of the Board of Trust ensuring regular communication between staff and Program Committee leadership.

Position Qualifications:

1.    Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university required; graduate degree preferred.

2.    Experience with the operations of nonprofit organizations, including budgeting, board and staff development, administrative and management systems.

3.    Experience with supervising direct reports. This may include recruiting, hiring, orienting, coaching and providing on-going feedback; performance planning, evaluation and professional development; recommendations for discipline, career development discussions and mentoring; communicating organizational policies and procedures; recommending salary changes and total compensation and conducting salary range discussions.

4.    Passion and understanding of issues related to health and well-being. Familiarity with Middle Tennessee health needs and communities preferred.

5.    Broad-minded and compassionate leader committed to continuous improvement.

6.    Previous grant making/foundation experience preferred.

7.    Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with a wide range of groups, including, but not limited to, trustees, grantees, staff, consultants, and other foundations and community leaders.

8.    Flexible and resourceful self-starter with the ability to organize and effectively handle multiple projects, meet regular deadlines.

9.    Strong written and oral communication skills.

10.  Ability to lead collaborative endeavors and to build relationships.

11.    Ability to recognize opportunities, develop ideas and create structures or models that transfer these ideas into measurable action with a proven track record of success.

12.    Ability to effectively utilize e-mail and Microsoft Office software and conduct information research; experience with MicroEdge GIFTS software preferred.

The Healing Trust office is located in Nashville, TN and occasional travel will be required.


•    Salary: Commensurate with skills and experience. The Healing Trust is market competitive in our wage and salary practices.

•    Benefits: Comprehensive package including health insurance, dental insurance, life and disability insurance, 401-K matching contribution, paid time off, and holidays.

The Healing Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply
Contact Details: Please forward a cover letter and resume to: Kristen Keely-Dinger at  No phone calls or visits, please.

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