Program Officer, Democracy

JPB’s mission is to advance opportunity and justice in the US by reducing poverty, sustaining and enriching our environments, and furthering breakthrough medical research. Through our three core areas of focus – Poverty, Environment, and Medical Research – we work to eliminate systemic injustices that prevent people from thriving. We are dedicated to long-lasting, systemic change. That means we commit to our partners for the long haul, trusting in the strength and vision of the organizations we support to address some of our country’s most entrenched problems. 

JPB was founded in 2011 by Barbara Picower, the current president of the Foundation and Chair of the Board with funds bequeathed by her late husband, Jeffry. Over the last 10 years, JPB has grown to be one of the largest US foundations, awarding over $1B in grants across our programs. 

The Poverty Program

Everyone in the U.S. deserves to achieve financial security, good health, and a voice in decisions that affect them. But millions of people are impacted by poverty due to longstanding structural inequities beyond their control. The JPB Foundation is working to address the systemic causes and impact of poverty by promoting economic justice and health equity and expanding access to our democracy. We partner with national and local organizations to center the lived experiences of those who are facing the greatest inequities, especially communities of color and those living in poverty.

The Democracy Portfolio

Within the Poverty Program, JPB’s Democracy Portfolio seeks to ensure that all Americans, regardless of their socio-economic and immigration status, can participate fully in our democracy. Our partners aim to increase the voice and power of traditionally disenfranchised communities by expanding voting rights and access, encouraging civic engagement, and protecting and advancing the rights of immigrants.


The JPB Foundation (JPB) seeks nominations and applications for the position of Program Officer, Democracy.  This is a new role for an existing and expanding grantmaking portfolio. The Program Officer will work with the direction of the Senior Program Officer in managing grants and grantee relationships for the Poverty Program’s Democracy portfolio. 


$130,000 - $145,000


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We believe that diversity is critical to our mission, and we value an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences related to our programs and applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals. The JPB Foundation is an equal opportunity employer; we do not discriminate in employment based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, age or sexual orientation.

While this position will be based in New York, NY, please note that due to COVID-19, all JPB staff are currently working remotely. JPB anticipates being able to reopen their office in accordance with health and safety guidelines mid-April 2022 at which time the position is expected to work out of the NY office on a hybrid schedule, beginning with a minimum of one day/week in the office, up to a maximum of three days/week in the office through the end of 2022. JPB has approached our return to work conservatively and is focused on protecting the health and safety of our employees. Consistent with JPB’s mandatory vaccination policy, all new hires (except those granted reasonable accommodations in accordance with applicable law) are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19.