Program Officer

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary commensurate with experience



Application Deadline



800 Park Offices Drive
STE 201
North Carolina
United States


Triangle Community Foundation inspires and mobilizes giving, leadership, and action. By working together with donors and nonprofits to address critical community issues, we envision a vibrant Triangle that ensures everyone thrives. Since 1983, the Foundation has been committed to this work, and with the help of our generous family of donors, each year we grant over $25 million back into the community to make a difference.

The Program Officer manages the Foundation’s cultural arts and environmental conservation programs and other key focus areas as needed. S/he will foster relationships with grantee partners, our network of donors and philanthropic organizations, advisory committees, and government officials, and serves in a bridge role connecting donor development and community engagement. The Program Officer contributes significantly to the Foundation’s community leadership role, helping us deliver on our new mission, vision, and values.


Program and Fund Portfolio

- Program Strategy and Development: Develop and share knowledge of community issues and trends, especially in the arts and environmental conservation and related to marginalized populations in the Triangle; represent the Foundation at conferences and meetings to stay informed; identify grant and investment opportunities; explore ways to engage community members, inform program strategy, and inspire and mobilize donors; develop application process and program materials; evaluate and report on program outcomes, including constituent input and grant analysis

- Program Management: Manage the cultural arts and environmental conservation grant programs, consistent with organizational values, including strategy and program design, research on community needs and eligible nonprofits, program budget and grant distributions, promotion and outreach, nonprofit inquiries and application assistance, proposal review and due diligence for potential grantees, advisory committee facilitation, and grantee relationship and evaluation

- Community Leadership: Develop and implement opportunities for Foundation support in the focus areas beyond grant dollars, including grantee referrals and networking, convenings, peer networks, technical assistance, program related investments, public policy and advocacy with board approval; help develop content for learning events and other community gatherings throughout the year to stimulate continued learning and informed philanthropy

- Fund for the Triangle: Cultivate and steward donors who give in the arts and environmental conservation, including communication and storytelling about impact of programs; serve as key manager for any Giving Together campaigns to encourage donor impact groups or co-investments especially related to arts and environmental interests; support targeted fundraising campaigns

Constituent Engagement

- Donors: Offer excellent services, communication and relationship management with grant partners and fundholders, to ensure the Foundation is achieving their philanthropic objectives; explore ways to engage donors with program recipients, grant activity and impact, and learning opportunities; engage other corporate donors and foundations who give in the arts and environmental conservation

- Advisory Committees: Recruit and facilitate grant committees each year consistent with organizational values; ensure committee members connect with the Foundation in a meaningful way

- Nonprofits and Community Members: Handle inquiries from grant program applicants; develop outreach strategies in partnership with program and communication teams; cultivate relationships with grantees; explore ways to build and facilitate networks of grantees in focus areas as well as connections with residents across the Triangle

- Government: explore ways to connect program strategies with cultural master plans, land use plans and other community engagement efforts by the public sector across the Triangle; represent the Foundation by serving on advisory committees or taskforces related to program areas

Operations & Systems

- Online Grant Application Software: Use online application system for each grant program in the portfolio; facilitate advisory committees use of systems for reviewing and selecting grantees; track and monitor grantee progress through online reporting system

- Program Record Management: Use online record management to enter and track all program activity and materials; initiate and monitor grant distributions; manage database records for related programs, grantees, and advisory committee members


o Commitment to the Foundation’s mission, vision and values

o Minimum of 5 years of experience in nonprofits with a proven track record

o College degree

o Knowledge of local nonprofits, community needs and trends, especially in the arts and environment

o Experience with fundraising, special event planning and program administration; strong service and relationship building mentality

o Thrives in a dynamic work environment with strong organizational skills and ability to balance multiple projects and deadlines with grace and flexibility

o Excellent interpersonal skills, including the desire to engage and collaborate with peers and diverse populations, and comfort working with persons of wealth

o Strong commitment to professionalism; ability to exercise discretion with highly sensitive and confidential information

o Strong analytical, writing and oral presentation skills; and creative problem solving

o Proficient computer skills and experience with databases


Triangle Community Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, retirement contributions, holidays, vacation and sick leave. The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree