Program Officer, Environment

The JPB Foundation, a national philanthropy based in New York seeks a Program Officer in its Environment 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 and funding issues that reach across program areas.
Position Summary
The Program Officer serves as a key manager of grantee relationships for the assigned program focus area of environmental health. S/he will:   
  • Support the management and oversight of the Environment grant portfolio.
  • 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 Environment Program’s Environmental Health focus area:    
  • Ensure completion and accuracy of funding applications, progress reports and other relevant materials. 
  • Work in close, on-going contact with grantees to receive informal grant updates, answer grantee 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. 
  • Ensure the Vice President is kept informed about grantees progress, especially highlighting any areas of concern. 
  • Document emails, visits, meetings and substantive phone calls with grantees.
  • Evaluate and summarize proposal and progress report narratives and financial reporting and follow-up with grantees for clarification as needed.  
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. 
Support JPB’s Environment Advisory Committee   
  • Prepare background materials for meetings of the JPB Environment Advisory Committee. 
  • Attend JPB Environment Advisory Committee meetings; record and finalize meeting minutes. 
  • 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 potential interest.   
  • Prepare background research material for conversations with field experts. 
Qualifications, Competencies and Behaviors  
  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in the fields of environmental health and environmental justice and in the practice of furthering principles of equity. 
  • Master’s degree with minimum of 5 - 10 year’s relevant experience in the nonprofit, philanthropic, public, or private sector in fields related to the Environment Program.  
  • Proven ability to define program objectives, evaluates progress, and independently manages projects through a complete lifecycle with strong attention to detail.
  • Sound judgment and integrity and the 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.  
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to summarize and present information. 
  • Ability to communicate proactively and effectively with Foundation leadership.  
  • 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.
How to Apply
Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: [email protected]. Include job code JPB-PO, E 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. EEO/AA EMPLOYER M/F/D/V.
Application Deadline: May 1, 2016

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