Program Officer



Program Officer

Employment Type:

Full time


Vancouver, WA


Starts at $60,000

Application Contact:

Jennifer Rhoads

Job Description:

Position Summary
The Program Officer assists the Foundation in carrying out its grantmaking programs. The Program Officer also helps the Foundation measure and report the impact of its work in the community.
Under the leadership of the Senior Program Officer, the Program Officer assists in developing, managing and evaluating a portfolio of grants and initiatives. The Program Officer also helps the Foundation implement various community leadership initiatives convened by the Foundation or other community partners. Specific responsibilities will vary depending upon the Foundation’s role in a given initiative. The Program Officer provides staff support to board and volunteer advisory committees, funders’ collaboratives and private foundation clients to facilitate grantmaking decisions. The Program Officer will also assist Foundation donors with grantmaking, as needed.
The Program Officer guides nonprofit organizations through the entire application process, from concept development through the presentation of proposals and evaluation results. The Program Officer is one of the primary liaisons with the nonprofit community, and as such, the position is very responsible and visible in the community.
The Program Officer is expected to develop and maintain a variety of relationships in the community, and a knowledge base of current trends, activities and changes within the community at-large.
·         Research and review grant proposals by gathering information from experts, making site visits, and analyzing information; developing and presenting analyses of grant requests to Foundation staff, Donors and Committees to ensure excellent stewardship of the Foundation’s funds.
·         Monitor grants in progress and review grants that have completed their grant period to determine if they have achieved their grant outcomes.
·         Staff advisory committees; plan grants-related meetings, events, and site visits to help donors and advisory committee members understand the variables that influence grantmaking decisions.
·         Consult with prospective grantees and assist nonprofit organizations in their interactions with the Foundation in order to maximize their understanding of CFSWW and the grantmaking process.
·         Keep the community and Foundation staff informed about grants and initiatives; make occasional presentations on grants-related topics.
·         Represent CFSWW by serving on community committees and attending Foundation, community, and grantee events as appropriate.
·         Maintain contact with local organizations and keep informed on community issues and events.
·         Work occasional nights and weekends to demonstrate support of the nonprofit sector.
·         Participate in regular staff and other internal meetings.
·         Perform other duties as assigned.
·         Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and values.
·         Excellent written and oral communication skills; diplomatic, tactful, honest, and fair.
·         Well-developed research skills; the ability to synthesize new information readily; keen conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking skills; an inquisitive nature.
·         Ability to synthesize complex issues while utilizing sound judgment.
·         Ability to interact respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures.
·         Commitment to service; compassion, excellence.
·         Ability to manage multiple tasks and timetables while maintaining focus; well-organized and self-motivated.
·         Minimum education:  bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
·         Minimum work experience:  three to five years in the nonprofit sector, experience with grantmaking will be an added advantage.
·         Familiarity with technology, ability to learn and adopt new computer programs, and ability to effectively integrate that technology into daily work.

Compensation and Benefits:
The salary for this position starts at $60,000 per year.  The total compensation package includes employer paid medical, dental and vision, employer paid disability and life insurance, paid time off and an employer 403(b) contribution.
To Apply:
The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and strives to build a diverse workforce to promote effective work in partnership with all communities and populations in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties.  We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants. 
We are accepting resumes through February 15, 2018.
To apply, email a letter of interest and a resume to:
Jennifer Rhoads
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
610 Esther Street, Suite 201
Vancouver, WA, United States
Phone: 3606942550

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