Program Officer

As a key member of the program team, the Program Officers ensure ECMC Foundation deploys nearly $65 million annually in grants and investments to support project-based and reform-oriented efforts aimed at advancing systemic change to improve postsecondary persistence and degree completion for students from underserved backgrounds. Guided by a strategic framework which was launched in 2022, Program Officers manage a portfolio of strategically responsive grants which positions the foundation to remain open to the changing needs and opportunities identified by the field and/or oversee an initiative which focuses resources on deeper engagements and sustained commitments to address specific challenges in postsecondary education.

The ECMC Foundation team observes a hybrid work model, working in-office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and working from home on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays with quarterly all staff in-person meetings in Los Angeles. Additionally, Program Officers travel domestically up to 25% of the time to engage with partners.

ECMC Foundation is a nationally focused postsecondary funder with a presence in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C. and has a mission to improve higher education for career success among underserved populations through evidence-based innovation. ECMC Foundation uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures and makes grants and investments across three strategic priorities: removing barriers to postsecondary completion; building the capacity of institutions, systems and organizations; and transforming the postsecondary ecosystem. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential. Learn more about ECMC Foundation (, one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group ( enterprise based in Minneapolis, which together work to help students succeed.

Compensation: Salary range for this position is $105,000-$125,000. Actual base salary may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, time in role, peer and market data, prior performance, business sector and geographic location.

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