Program Officer, Los Angeles (AF)



Responsible for advancing the mission, vision and values of the Annenberg Foundation internally and externally through personal attitude and professional conduct. Responsible for supporting the programmatic needs of the Foundation in the areas of community grantmaking – 75 percent of time, Foundation-supported collaboratives – 15 percent of time, capacity building initiatives and special projects – 10 percent of time.  On specific special projects, this role may serve as a lead relationship manager in addition to project support. Responsible for ensuring appropriate programmatic support and meeting desired goals and objectives in a timely manner. Independently manages work assignments. May, at times, act as a subject matter expert and coach and lead other program team members to successfully achieve desired outcomes. Serves as a resource for nonprofit organizations seeking both grants and non-financial forms of support.  Reports to the Director of Programs, Community Grantmaking and Special Initiatives.


Essential Job Functions

The list that follows is not intended to be comprehensive; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of the position.  Incumbents may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.

  • Manages a diverse portfolio of grantees through the Foundation’s Community Grantmaking program. Duties include corresponding with and advising nonprofits seeking funding, reviewing grant proposals and financials, conducting site visits and due diligence on current and potential grantees, preparing grant recommendations, and evaluating progress and final reports.
  • Serves as a primary contact for grantees in the portfolio, along with key community partners, nonprofit networks, and funders in the five-county Greater L.A. region.
  • Participates in the development of Program strategies with other Program team members, the Director of Programs, and other senior leadership. Works with the Program Team to ensure compliance and adherence to the Foundation’s priorities.
  • Serves as the Lead Program Staff person for the Foundation’s participation in collaboratives, such as the United Way’s Home for Good and the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment, under the direction of the Director of Programs, and in conjunction with other program staff.
  • Supports assigned projects including the collection of data, compilation of reports, and analysis of grants. Ensures regular and effective communication with the project’s key stakeholders, performs content-area research relevant to the project, stays informed about industry trends and developments relating to assigned projects, keeping the program and project team informed of all stages of the projects.
  • Attends various external meetings and events to represent the Foundation in the community and with foundation colleagues to develop and maintain organizational visibility and accessibility. Represents the Foundation at conferences and events, on panels and on planning committees to promote the Foundation’s interests and initiatives.
  • Stays up to date on developments in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector that impact the Foundation’s grantmaking, performs content-area research, and monitors issues, best practices, trends, and developments related to the sectors.
  • Performs administrative and operational duties in support of program projects and initiatives.  Schedules meetings, maintains calendars, monitors timelines and deliverables, plans events, and creates and monitors budgets and expenses.
  • Participates in weekly program meetings and monthly Programs/Grants meetings.
  • Performs other related duties and special projects as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities

May act in a lead capacity for program team members – specifically the Program Associate and Program Assistant - as it relates to project assignments.


Primary Interactions

Works closely with the Trustees and Executive Director of the Foundation, Grants Management, Communications and Marketing, IT, and other members and projects of the Annenberg Foundation.

Works closely with nonprofits, community-based organizations, and other foundations to further the programmatic goals and priorities of the Foundation.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Deep understanding of the vision/mission/values established by the Trustees
  • Knowledge of budgets, grant protocols and financial reporting
  • Familiarity with governance and operating requirements in the nonprofit sector
  • Effective oral/written communications skills and strong presentation skills
  • Skill is using office software packages (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work effectively with Trustees, colleagues, grant-seekers, government officials, and the general public
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Critical thinking ability and sound judgment
  • Ability to gain credibility with Trustees and function effectively in representing their philanthropic interests
  • Strong organizational skills


Education and Experience

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in public or business administration or related field, plus five to seven years of work experience, preferably in a philanthropic environment (some grantmaking experience is desirable) – or an equivalent blend of education and experience. In addition, knowledge of or experience with program and mission-related investments and the field of impact investing is a plus.
  • This position may require attending meetings offsite and travel to conferences and other meetings as required.


Working Conditions

  • Works primarily in a business office but may also spend time on site visits; use of computers requires hand/wrist motion and visual focus; also requires extensive review of proposals for funding, detailed financial reports, grant agreements, and final reports.


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  • Tamir Novotny
    published this page in Job Board 2018-08-16 11:46:05 -0400