Program Officer



Program Officer

Employment Type:

Full time


Anchorage, AK

Application Contact:

Aleesha Towns-Bain

Job Description:

Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation is seeking a Program Officer to lead its Cultural Heritage program, a new position reporting to the Executive Director. The ideal candidate will have a track record of expertise in cultural heritage, a curiosity for the arts, deep community involvement, and a passion for the BBNCEF’s cultural mission. He or she will have unimpeachable integrity and be an energetic, flexible self-starter who is also a team player. The Program Officer is responsible for implementing and managing all aspects of the Foundation's Cultural Heritage grants program. The person filling this role will be a key member of the Foundation's staff working with the Executive Director and members of the Board to successfully organize BBNCEF and implement initiatives that result in achieving its mission and vision.

• Review, guide and implement the Foundation's cultural heritage grants program;
• Communicate with grant applicants and grantees and serve as the Foundation's principal contact for the cultural heritage program;
• Review grant proposals submitted for consideration; make site visits, as appropriate; prepare written summaries and analysis documents of grant applications to aid the Board in evaluating and making awards;
• Contribute to development of annual budget and work plan to support the cultural heritage strategy;
• Arrange and/or provide for technical assistance for grants, as needed;
• Design and execute program monitoring process for grants and special projects; assure that all pre-grant and open grant management requirements are met, including review of reports, as needed;
• Ensure that all grant programs and projects, as well as its policies and procedures are culturally relevant and appropriate for a Native-led grant-making institution that serves Bristol Bay Native Corporation shareholders and the Bristol Bay community;
• Make regular presentations to the Board regarding the cultural heritage program and other topics;
• Assist with the communication of information obtained from BBNCEF’s work to policymakers, target communities, arts and culture professionals, other funders, and the general community;
• Keep current on arts and culture issues of importance to the Foundation by literature review, contact with social and professional communities, and participating in relevant conferences;
• Represent the Foundation to nonprofit and foundation audiences locally and nationally for the purposes of elevating key learnings;
• Pursue opportunities to further BBNCEF’s agenda through a variety of methods other than grant-making such as convening, serving on committees and task forces, etc;
• Contribute and participate in internal and partner meetings such as BBNC annual shareholder and informational meetings;
• Provide support, when requested, for all Foundation activities, including fundraising.

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to listen well, convey thoughts clearly and speak in public;
• Significant skills in organizing, analyzing, presenting data, reaching conclusions and developing recommendations.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with a wide range of individuals. Motivated and results oriented.
• Thorough knowledge of proper grammar, advanced vocabulary, spelling, editing, and proofreading skills
• Discretion and ability to work with confidential information
• Ability to work as a team member
• Demonstrated problem-solving skills
• Ability to multi-task and work effectively in a time-sensitive environment
• Demonstrated ability to handle stress due to deadlines
• General knowledge of Bristol Bay culture and heritage
• Experience working with foundations or other private funders who have interest in promoting and preserving Alaska Native, Native American cultural heritage
• Proficiency or ability to learn grants and/or donor management software.

• Bachelor’s degree (business or non-profit/public administration preferred)
• Five years of progressive work experience in foundation program management, or in nonprofit management
• Substantive background in arts, culture, or community development field
Special Requirements/Certifications

Physical Requirements
• Work environment includes various locations in office and other public buildings and use of computer, audio/visual and general office equipment
• Frequent travel required including to rural and remote villages in the Bristol Bay region by small plane
• Physical Demands: Sitting, standing, walking and occasional lifting up to 25 pounds

Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation
111 West 16th Avenue, Suite 400
Anchorage, AK, United States
Phone: 907-265-7875

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