Senior Program Officer - Onward Youth


The Schultz Family Foundation, established in 1996 by Howard and Sheri Schultz, creates pathways of opportunity for populations facing barriers to success. By investing in innovative solutions and partnerships we aim to help unlock people’s potential and in doing so, strengthen our businesses, our communities, and our nation. We focus our efforts on two groups with enormous promise: the 5.6 million young adults who are out of school and out of work and the 3.6 million post-9/11 veterans transitioning to civilian life now and in the next few years. These two groups of young people have grit, ambition, talent, and resiliency. They are America’s future.


Onward Youth

With unemployment among young adults at a rate that’s twice the national average, too many young people are disconnected from the training, tools, and education they need to enter the job market. We believe that young people who are out of work and school yet show untapped potential are the “opportunity youth” of this generation; they have the willingness and talent to improve their own lives and make a positive impact on the lives of others. Through our Onward Youth initiative, the Foundation helps close the opportunity gap for young people by leveraging unique partnerships and investing in clear pathways to employment, community and civic engagement, and tailored supports. We also work to stimulate conversations among business leaders, philanthropists, and those who support young people every day to ensure that their potential can be realized for us all.

Onward Veterans

Millions of post-9/11 veterans are returning to civilian life with diverse skills and tremendous potential but many lack opportunities to connect to meaningful jobs, get the health resources they need, and become leaders in their home communities. Through our nationwide Onward Veterans initiative, the Foundation empowers post-9/11 veterans and their families in their transition to civilian life. We focus on investing in research and treatment of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, enhancing and accelerating employment opportunities through innovative training and career placement programs, and facilitating access to services for veterans and their families. To further these efforts, we work to ensure that the civilian population increasingly understands the strengths and talents of our veterans, and the contributions they can make when they return home.


The Senior Program Officer will work as part of a creative team charged with shaping and implementing an entrepreneurial strategy that advances the key goals of the Foundation’s Opportunity Youth strategic plan. S/he will be responsible for continuous engagement with leadership and our team around the strategic direction and implementation of Opportunity Youth impact work. This role includes prospecting, and building and managing a portfolio of investments that create pathways to self- sufficiency for Opportunity Youth. S/he will be a leader at times and a partner always in carrying the message of the Opportunity Youth portfolio and advocating on behalf of the populations we serve.

Additional responsibilities include portfolio oversight and alignment to strategy, developing and managing the grants pipeline, understanding program budget implications, advising team on complex funding arrangements and grantee relations. Moreover, the Senior Program Officer will foster champions among community and corporate leaders, and work to increase pathways to job training and employment, service and civic engagement, and tailored supports for young adults. In working closely with the program team, the Senior Program Officer will be influential in sharing the promising programs and learning distilled from grantees to inform the field of practice nationally. S/he is a self-starter who is inspired by the mission of the Foundation and the opportunity to work in an open, collaborative culture.


• Onward Youth Portfolio. This position will lead the development of the Onward Youth portfolio’s work plan, assess potential investment opportunities and partnerships, and review staff proposal recommendations to ensure relevant analysis, strategic and budget alignment. Identify and engage thought leaders, technical experts, and consultants to support strategy and grant development. Assist program staff in grant development, as needed, and oversee the review process of grant documents and preparation of the recommendations package/docket for grant approval.

• Portfolio Management. Manage individual portfolio of grants, grantee relationships, grant progress and expenditures. Oversee program budget and understand implications with changing scenarios (e.g., portfolio commitments/payout). Analyze and assist in the development and evaluation of program strategies and make recommendations to improve grantmaking and to contribute to the team’s learning and evaluation efforts.

• Portfolio Communications and Reporting. Develop, individually and with other team members, strategy papers, grant recommendations, other written materials, and verbal presentations for the Executive Director and Board of Directors—and, when relevant, the field. Advance the narrative about the Opportunity Youth program strategy by working with the Communications Officer and team members. This includes the preparation of talking points, written materials, prose and power point synthesis and recommendations on salient program issues, strategies, and other relevant topics.

• Represent the foundation professionally to external partners, at conferences and events

• Contribute to and manage special projects as requested


• Minimum of a B.A. and at least 8 years of sector experience in philanthropy/program management

• Familiarity with opportunity youth services, including a demonstrated understanding of public and private funding streams for youth and their families

• A proven dedication to serving youth, particularly from underserved and vulnerable populations

• Demonstrated experience working and building collaborative partnerships with city, municipal, state, and national public policy leaders; the private sector; other funders; nonprofit advocates; and other community stakeholders

• Must be a leader and a team player with the skills, sensitivity, and confidence to tap into the assets each team member brings to the mission. Proven ability to lead a team in a start-up environment and pace.

• Demonstrated experience in a leadership role, as a strategic thinker paired with strong analytic skills and the ability to synthesize information

• Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate with diverse audiences

• Experience setting goals and objectives, prioritizing and structuring action plans and work activities

• Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, One Note, PowerPoint and SharePoint

• Passion, humility, integrity, positive attitude, collaborative, mission-driven, and self-directed

• Ability to travel

Reports to: Executive Director


Position is based in Seattle, Washington and will occasionally require travel. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.


Please send a resume and cover letter to:

[email protected]

• Subject line should include your last name and position title as “SPO”

• Example: Smith SPO

Submission deadline: April 15 or until filled.

Schultz Family Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check. Schultz Family Foundation has retained the services of The Giving Practice to conduct this search.

Inquiries may be directed in confidence to:

Lisa Fisher, Senior Advisor

[email protected]

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