Program Officer, Early Childhood (TBF)


Position Summary

Support the implementation of the Foundation’s early childhood strategies and participate as a significant contributor to emerging education strategies and activities in support of improving outcomes for Boston’s youngest children as they grow and enter school.  


Essential Functions

  • Oversee the grants review process for early childhood related grant requests and full proposal reviews in partnership with and under the supervision of Associate Vice President
  • Organize and coordinate convenings and key networks of external partners, including grantees and non-grantee organizations
  • Oversee early childhood related research projects, and conduct as-needed analysis of key Foundation initiatives, especially related to early education and health services for children and families. Conduct regular data gathering, research, and analysis for special projects
  • Manage initiative budgets and as-needed prepare budget and grant reports  
  • Develop written materials to support program work, as needed, including policy memos, grants due diligence, and reports, as well as budgets for special projects in the Program Department
  • Coordinate a team of internal and external stakeholders in early childhood, including donors and content experts in health, jobs, education, and others
  • Prepare other written material as needed including memos, research reports, background materials and correspondence, meeting summaries, etc.
  • Serve as key liaison to internal and external partners in planning and implementing events and initiatives
  • Produce regular written updates on the education strategies, key issues facing the community, and the work of the Foundation’s grantees for internal and external distribution
  • Coordinate preparation of departmental reports as needed, including reports to the Program Committee and Board
  • Participate in various other Program department activities as needed.


Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Individuals assigned to this position may perform other duties as assigned


Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s highly preferred
  • Understanding of the early childhood landscape in Boston, and Massachusetts, highly preferred
  • 7-10 years of relevant working experience required, teaching experience preferred

Skills, Abilities, Competencies:

  • General knowledge of education issues; specific knowledge of Boston’s education landscape a plus
  • Broad knowledge and experience in project management
  • Above average attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to manage diverse stakeholders inclusively, and diplomatically
  • Ability to manage the demands of a fast paced and highly productive workplace


Working Conditions & Physical Demands

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to use a computer keyboard for long periods of time
  • Ability to carry up to 10 lbs.

To Apply

All applications should be submitted online.
Go to and select Early Childhood Program Officer to
complete our online application process.
Diversity candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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