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Program Officer

The Program Officer will manage one focus area of the Foundation and will engage current grantees, identify new grantees, and support the learning and networking of the focus area’s programs and connected stakeholders in the WNC region.
The Program Officer will be supervised by the Senior Program Officer.
The Program Officer will build robust relationships with current and potential grantee partners and promote trust-based engagement. Collaborating and learning with grantees, the Program Officer will review opportunities, challenges and advances as well as encourage mutual learning and strategic partnerships. Specifically, the Program Officer will manage and coordinate a specific Foundation focus area grants portfolio, including: planning for long-term grants; identifying and working with prospective grantees to develop proposals for grant recommendations; undertaking periodic reviews of grantee progress; and conducting site visits. The Program Officer will keep the Foundation staff and board up to date on critical information regarding current grantees.
The Program Officer will be the Foundation’s in-house expert on the assigned focus area and continually scan the field and keep abreast of the changing political climate related to the focus area. The Program Officer will share key findings, updates and learnings both internally and externally.
The Program Officer will contribute to the thinking and work of the Foundation’s overall grantmaking and engage in team building and team effectiveness. The Program Officer will engage in learning and evaluation activities to guide the evolution of the foundation’s work. The Program Officer will help contribute to and build a learning, inspiring, fun and thriving organizational culture with the Foundation.

Job description:
  • At least three years of experience in the philanthropic sector and/or grantmaking (volunteer or professional)
  • At least five years of successful employment within a social change oriented nonprofit
  • Ability and willingness to travel 40-50% of the time, primarily in WNC
  • Availability for limited weekend work at relevant conferences and local Foundation activities
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to internalize the vision and values of the Foundation and to express and represent these values in carrying forward the Foundation’s mission
  • Experience and comfort working in a small organization where the board is actively involved and connected with the staff
  • Ability to be a productive member of a community of people at work, respecting differences while working toward shared goals, being comfortable with periods of ambiguity, and constructively participating in organizational learning and development
  • Openness to discovery, feedback, and continuous learning
  • Qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor
  • Ability to work well independently and in teams
  • Action-oriented and self-starter who can take initiative to enact the vision and priorities articulated by the board
  • Excellent cross-cultural relationship-building skills; comfort moving between non-profit organizations, government organizations and communities, board rooms, professional conferences, and grassroots events
  • A track record of working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders, including those with lived experience, to align in pursuit of common goals
  • Comfort taking the lead and possessing the maturity to create room for others
  • Ability to form positive, authentic relationships with potential and current grantees
  • Strong analytic skills, and the ability to synthesize and frame information to support dialogue on complex issues
  • Exceptional communications skills: active listening, cogent and polished writing, constructive yet humble speaking, and comfort with public speaking and presentation to diverse audiences and in diverse contexts
Asheville NC
Based on experience

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