Associate Program Officer (BF)

Organization Overview

Founded in 1962, the Buell Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to supporting the positive development of children across the state of Colorado through grants and partnerships with nonprofit organizations.  Grants are awarded in the areas of early childhood development and teen pregnancy prevention.  Since inception, the Buell Foundation has awarded more than $200 million in grants.

Position Summary

The Associate Program Officer will develop and maintain relationships with assigned nonprofit organizations applying to the Foundation for funding.  Working closely with the program team, the Associate Program Officer will complete all aspects of the grant review process. The Associate Program Officer is expected to contribute to programmatic ideas and actively participate in all aspects of the Foundation’s work.  This position reports to the Director of Programs.

Essential Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Director of Programs and with assistance from the Program Officers:

  • Reviews and analyzes assigned grant applications, conducts site visits, and composes evaluations, including recommendations.
  • Works with individual grantees to identify, implement, and prioritize appropriate quality improvement efforts and evaluation.
  • Builds and maintains active, positive relationships with grantseekers and grant recipients.
  • Represents the Buell Foundation in its interactions with philanthropic colleagues, nonprofit organizations, public officials, and the general public at various activities and meetings.
  • Acquires and maintains a breadth of knowledge relative to the primary focus area of the Foundation (currently early childhood development).
  • Undertakes special projects as assigned.

Required Competencies and Skills

  • Energetic, dependable, and flexible.
  • Willingness to take on new challenges and learn new skills as needed to perform duties in an efficient manner.
  • Commitment to being an enthusiastic and collaborative member of a small, cross-functional team.
  • Excellent organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to create documents at the highest level of writing standards, excellent editing skills, and ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, external partners, and grantees.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple tasks, and adjust to changing priorities.
  • Proficiency in common office software, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and Access (preferred).
  • Team player ready to pitch in wherever needed.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum three years of experience in the nonprofit and/or philanthropic sector in Colorado.
  • Knowledge in the field of early childhood preferred.
  • Familiarity with the state of Colorado, and rural communities in particular, preferred.
  • Experience and comfort working in a small office that is team-oriented, mission-driven, and strives for excellence.

Working Conditions

  • Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Professional office environment.
  • Workload will fluctuate due to deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Extensive keyboard and computer monitor use.
  • Exposure to sensitive and confidential information.
  • Physical demands may involve lifting materials and equipment up to 25 pounds.
  • Travel in personal vehicle or rental vehicle procured by the Foundation is required as needed to appropriately review grant applications and attend meetings throughout the state. Generally, this travel is limited to three to five weeks annually.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.


  • This is an exempt, full-time position.
  • Pay is commensurate with experience. The Buell Foundation provides a generous benefits package, including paid vacation and sick leave, medical insurance, dental insurance, and retirement plan.

Application Details

  • Deadline Date: October 31, 2019 or until filled. 
  • All applications should be emailed to Norah Lovato at [email protected]. Please include “Buell Associate Program Officer Application” in the subject line of emails.  Applications should include the following:
    • A cover letter detailing the applicant’s match with the position requirements
    • Resume
    • Preferred salary range
    • Contact information for three business references, one of whom is/was an immediate supervisor with firsthand knowledge of applicant’s professional abilities
  • No phone calls, please.
  • The Buell Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from individuals from a variety of backgrounds.  We are committed to building and retaining a diverse team with attention to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran or disability status.


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