The Program Officer guides nonprofit organizations through the entire application process, from concept development through presentation of proposals and evaluation results. The Program Officer is one of the primary liaisons with the grantee partners in the 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 that are relevant to the strategic goals of the Foundation.
- Carry an assigned portfolio of priority grants as defined by the 2018 Strategic Plan.
- Respond to inquiries from nonprofit organizations regarding the Foundations’ grant-making guidelines and Requests for Proposals.
- Consult with nonprofit organizations regarding specific grant proposals to ensure that the proposal meets Foundation guidelines and/or initiative requirements, and is a well-formulated request.
- Provide assistance to grant seekers and grant recipient organizations, as necessary, to direct and connect them to other resources for organizational development, funding, program ideas, etc. including making general presentations to groups of nonprofit organizations.
Proposal Review and Evaluation
- Review all assigned letters of inquiry and full proposals to ensure that required information has been provided. Where needed and appropriate, conduct additional research into the relevant field of interest and/or nonprofit organization.
- As appropriate, conduct site visits and participate in interviews for each assigned proposal.
- Prepare proposal analysis including written summaries and recommendations for review and action by the Board’s Program Committee Monitoring and Evaluation.
- Develop reports to aggregate evaluation results and communicate the Foundation’s impact in the community.
- Ensure that paper and electronic grant files are complete, accurate and current. Maintain statistical information regarding grant-making activity.
- Assist in the development of the language for the grant agreements detailing financial and narrative reporting expectations.
- Identify key organizational “ecosystems” and opportunities to work with various actors to promote agendas that align with the goals of the foundation.
- Develop and maintain contact with broad cross section of nonprofit organizations in the community.
- Support strategic leadership initiatives.
- Keep abreast of emerging issues both locally and nationally.
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree strongly preferred
- Minimum of five years of post-college experience, some portion in the nonprofit sector required. Grant-making experience strongly preferred; desire to work in and with nonprofit sector is essential.
- Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; proven ability to be flexible in a team-oriented approach with diverse groups of people.
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Strong analytic and problem-solving skills
- Content expertise in health and wellness
- Knowledge of program evaluation and communicating impact
- Excellent planning, organizational, multi-task and time management skills
- Proven ability to work efficiently and effectively and to balance thoroughness with a moving workload.
- Computer literate; experience working with data bases strongly preferred.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
This position requires strong analytical skills, particularly with financial data and budgets, as well as demonstrated verbal and written communication skills. Candidates must be detail-oriented with strong organizational skills, able to set priorities and work in a self-directed fashion, and willing and able to think outside the box and contribute new ideas and solutions. Experience with establishing organizational systems to improve efficiency in a changing environment is a plus. High-level proficiency of MS office is required. Knowledge of grants management software is a plus.
The Program Officer must be flexible, a team player requiring minimal supervision and one who approaches work with a solution-oriented view. The Foundation has a relatively small staff, and judgment, integrity, and a sense of humor are traits that are particularly important in an organization of the Foundation’s size, where teamwork is essential to effectiveness. Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality with regards to Foundation, Board and grantmaking information and a strong commitment to the Foundation’s mission are key qualifications.
Healthy Communities Foundation’s mission is centered on reducing health disparities and increasing well-being in western Cook County communities. The foundation makes grants in over 20 communities in western Cook County.
Interested candidates please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with ATTN: Program Officer in the subject line.