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Program Officer

Strowd Roses, Inc. is a private charitable foundation established in 2001 under the will of Mrs. Irene Harrison Strowd of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We fund local nonprofits and projects that improve the quality of life for residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, NC. We also provide for the on-going maintenance and care of the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden, a free and public space in Chapel Hill, NC. Learn more about us here.
Job description:
The Program Officer of Strowd Roses, Inc. is a part-time position that works with the Board of Directors to manage the grantmaking efforts of the foundation and serves as the liaison with community nonprofits seeking funding and the general public. Additionally, the program officer directs the maintenance (through various vendors) of the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden and is responsible for all administrative work of the foundation.
  • Grant Administration: Serve as the point-of-contact for grant applicants including conducting due diligence of organizations, initial grant review, and follow-up correspondence. Facilitate board members’ review of grant applications, which includes maintaining effective systems for organizing grant materials, responding to board member questions, and presenting summary information during grantmaking meetings. Work with the board of directors to develop agendas for its three annual grantmaking meetings, one meeting with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, and one business meeting (5 scheduled meetings per year).
  • Rose Garden Management: Serve as point of contact with the Town of Chapel Hill (TOCH) and vendors who care for the garden (e.g. roses, fence, irrigation, fountain). Communicate with TOCH Parks and Recreation staff to ensure timely completion of their maintenance work and repairs to the grounds, hardscape elements, and utilities, as outlined in the Memorandum of Agreement. Provide project management for capital improvements. Work with board of directors to assess and respond to community requests for education and volunteer opportunities and to evaluate and coordinate aesthetic improvements. Make weekly visits to the garden to ensure contractor efforts meet the proper standards of care.
  • Communications and Community Liaison: Communicate regularly and effectively, orally and in written form, to board members and community stakeholders. Market and promote the Rose Garden and the foundation’s grantmaking through local channels. Represent Strowd Roses at public events and meetings of grantee organizations, local philanthropic and other community groups. Provide content management of the website and social media.  
  • Bookkeeping: Manage day-to-day operations and financial aspects of the foundation including creating an annual budget, producing an annual report, making timely tax filings and payments, bookkeeping, preparing financial reports, paying bills, and maintaining financial and historical records.
Desired qualifications:
The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with experience in board relations and financial management. The candidate should be a detail-oriented self-starter with excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills. Proficiency in using WordPress, Google documents, Quickbooks, and Dropbox is a plus. Preference will be given to candidates with past experience with, or knowledge of, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community, especially the community’s nonprofit organizations.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Strowd Roses is committed to creating an inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
Strowd Roses complies with federal and state disability laws, including all applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Strowd Roses will not discriminate against any qualified employee or applicant with regard to any terms or conditions of employment because of such individual’s disability or perceived disability. Strowd Roses will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities, as defined by the ADA, or another medical condition who has made Strowd Roses aware of their limitation, provided that such accommodation does not constitute an undue hardship for Strowd Roses. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact
Strowd Roses is committed to protecting children through its child safeguarding policies. All offers of employment at Strowd Roses are contingent upon acceptable results of a thorough background check. Staff are held to high standards of child protection.
To protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate, we follow CDC, federal and local guidance to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Strowd Roses requires that all employees be fully vaccinated and bivalent boosted against COVID-19, except as required by law. Any employment offer will be contingent upon satisfactory proof that you are fully vaccinated from COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodations for medical or religious reasons, and/or as otherwise required by applicable law.
Salary and benefits:
The position is part-time, averaging 10-20 hours per week on a flexible schedule. Salary range is $23,000 - $28,000, with no healthcare or retirement benefits, but support for a home office and professional development is provided. The program officer will work remotely and will report directly to the Board President.
Please forward your resume along with a letter of interest highlighting your qualifications related to this position. Include contact information for three references familiar with your skills. Please direct all correspondence to by January 23, 2023.
Chapel Hill, NC
$23,000 - $28,000 / yr.

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