Program Officer, Poverty (JPBF)


The JPB Foundation, a national philanthropy based in New York seeks a Program Officer in its Poverty Program. The mission of The JPB Foundation is “to enhance the quality of life in the United States”. As such, JPB focuses on  transformational initiatives in three program areas that 1) create opportunities for those in poverty, 2) support pioneering medical research, and

3)  enrich and sustain the environment. The programs work in close collaboration pursuing integrated approaches wherever possible, funding issues that reach across program areas.

Reporting Relationship

The Program Officer will report to the Vice President, Poverty.

Position Summary

The Program Officer serves as a key manager of grantee relationships for the Poverty Program focus area of Health Equity. S/he will:

  • Support the management and oversight of the Poverty Program grantees working to prevent, research, and treat obesity, diabetes, toxic stress and/or other diseases affecting people in poverty in the US.
  • Monitor and evaluate grantee progress through site visits, reports, publications, conferences, and workshops.
  • Evaluate and respond appropriately to new grant opportunities.
  • Develop new program strategies.
  • Provide direct programmatic support.
    • Stay informed of developments and emerging trends in relevant fields, and review and synthesize research to inform grantmaking. 


Manage, support, and monitor grantees within the Poverty Program’s Health Equity focus area:

  • Ensure completion and accuracy of funding applications, progress reports and other relevant materials.
    • Evaluate and summarize proposals and progress report narratives and financial reporting, and follow-up with grantees as needed.
    • Maintain ongoing contact with grantees to receive informal grant updates, answer questions about grant-related matters, and keep abreast of the fields in which grantees are working.
      • Coordinate and participate in meetings with grantees, including: site visits, partnership meetings and check-ins.
      • Document emails, visits, meetings, and calls with grantees.
        • Ensure the Vice President is kept informed about grantees’ progress, especially highlighting any areas of concern.

Source new grantees:

  • Research potential grantees.
  • Track and file correspondence with potential grantees.
  • Summarize and evaluate potential grantee concept papers, proposals and financial statements.
    • Invite grant proposals from selected funding applicants upon request of the Vice President.
    • Work with applicants to develop and finalize grant proposals.
    • Prepare write-ups summarizing grantmaking opportunities for board meetings.


  • Prepare materials for meetings and convenings.
  • Draft correspondence to organizations no longer being considered for funding.
    • Work closely with the Grants Manager to ensure maintenance of accurate records, track status of support and grant funding flows, including proposal, progress reports, correspondence, and financial statements.
    • Special projects as assigned by the Vice President.


  • Provide research on trends and opportunities in the Foundation’s funding areas.
  • Work with Foundation staff and outside experts to explore new areas of interest.
  • Prepare background research material for conversations with field experts. 

Qualifications, Competencies and Behaviors

  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in the fields of public health, social determinants of health, health equity, and/or the specific areas of focus: obesity, diabetes, toxic stress.
  • Master’s degree with minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience in the nonprofit, philanthropic, public, or private sector in fields related to the Poverty Program.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to summarize and present information.
  • Proven ability to define program objectives, evaluate progress, and independently manage projects through a complete lifecycle with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to analyze novel situations objectively based on available information, formulate and evaluate possible courses of action, and respond or offer recommendations in an appropriate manner.
  • Experience assessing nonprofits’ health through analyzing financial statements, evaluating the feasibility and strategic value of proposed programs and theories of change, and assessing management, leadership, and organizational capacity.
  • Exceptional quantitative and qualitative analytical skills necessary for identifying investment opportunities, designing initiatives, and evaluating grant proposals.
  • Ability to communicate proactively and effectively with Foundation leadership.
  • Sound judgment and integrity.
  • Team-oriented and able to work in both a collaborative environment and independently.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and able to learn other programs to support the work. MicroEdge Gifts/Alta preferred.

Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: Include job code JPB-PO, HE in subject line.

The JPB Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks diverse candidates and offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.