SUMMARY: The Crimsonbridge Foundation is a new foundation dedicated to promoting education, developing leadership, and investing in nonprofit capacity to affect positive, lasting social change. It is committed to collaboration with other philanthropic organizations and seeks to develop innovative, transformative ways to address social problems, and to work across sectors to maximize social impact. The program officer will be an integral member of the Crimsonbridge team, contributing to both program and communications work in English and in Spanish. As the lead in program development and implementation, the program officer will develop the criteria, procedures, and grant process for existing and new programs, including the Bridges Partners Program, which seeks to address the needs of Hispanic and immigrant communities by facilitating access to educational opportunities and critical human services. The program officer will conduct the grant review process, attend site visits with grantees and partners, and provide written reports on grantee outcomes and evaluation of the foundation’s programs. The program officer will also assist in building of the foundation’s communications strategies, with an emphasis on utilizing social media. In addition, the program officer will actively participate in the Foundation’s planning, strategy development, and learning processes.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following and other duties, which may be assigned as the foundation’s work develops:
Partnerships, Programs, and Grantmaking
- Work with executive director to develop and implement innovative philanthropic approaches beyond grantmaking to address community needs.
- Conduct thorough, consistent, and meticulous grantmaking and related administrative duties.
- Review and assess funding requests (including budgets and financial statements) from grantees.
- Meet with grantees, observe programs, and gather information about vision, goals, organizational capacity, and other factors relevant to funding decisions.
- Enter grantee data and manage process through Foundant grant management software in collaboration with the Grants Manager.
- Summarize grant recommendations, review final reports, and report on outcomes in writing to assess the Crimsonbridge Foundation’s impact.
- Design and develop programs and presentations that support the foundation’s mission.
Community Outreach and Engagement
- Represent the foundation at site visits, community meetings, and relevant foundation events.
- Work with the executive director to build relationships with potential partners in philanthropy, government, and business communities.
- Effectively communicate and promote the Foundation’s goals, strategies, and funding priorities through public speaking and online activities (writing articles, blog posts, etc.).
- Research and interact with regional and national programs and initiatives relevant to the Foundation’s programmatic and grantmaking interests.
QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and five or more years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Master’s degree and experience in education, communications, or nonprofit management preferred.
- Excellent writing, public speaking, and interpersonal communications skills in English and in Spanish.
- Familiarity with the Greater Washington region’s community-based nonprofits and education agencies and systems, including faith-based providers, and parochial schools.
- Experience developing and submitting grant applications, serving on or working directly with a nonprofit board of directors, and drafting and reviewing budgets, nonprofit financial statements, and tax forms.
- Ability to work independently and within a team in an open workspace atmosphere.
- Ability to travel within the region at least 25 percent of the time, nationally one to two times per year, and the flexibility to attend occasional evening 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 organizational skills and an ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
- Positive attitude with ability to work flexibly with competing demands and exercise tact and diplomacy in both internal and external settings.
- Proficient in use of technology, including Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Familiarity with grantmaking software or databases, such as Foundant, GIFTS, or Salesforce, and a superior level of proficiency in social media are highly desirable.
Located at the Foundation’s Chevy Chase office, this position is full time (40 hours per week) with excellent benefits, scheduled telework, parking, and a competitive salary commensurate with experience.
TO APPLY: Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter explaining how your skills and background fit this position and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org Please refer to “Program Officer position” in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.
The Crimsonbridge Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All correspondences will remain confidential.