Program Officer

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Connecticut Community Foundation

Published 8 days ago

October 12, 2020
October 9, 2020

Established in 1923, Connecticut Community Foundation was created by and for the people of Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. While serving this 21-town region, the Foundation provides leadership in addressing the community’s critical issues, strengthens local nonprofit organizations through grants and capacity building programs, works with individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and corporations to establish charitable funds, and engages in community conversations and learning to foster an equitable and inclusive community.

 Connecticut Community Foundation is looking for an experienced, dynamic, strategic and community-centered professional to join our Program Team to participate in innovative and effective grantmaking, advocacy efforts to improve local systems, and ongoing learning with and for the residents in our 21-town region.  

 As a Program Officer, you will manage a grants portfolio, engage in community- and nonprofit-led programs and initiatives within this portfolio, and ensure that the Foundation has the knowledge and perspective necessary to work towards a more equitable and inclusive community. You will engage regularly with other members of the Program Team, committee volunteers, nonprofit staff and community members, each with different perspectives. Program officers help to bridge the many facets of community foundation work to ensure that each stakeholder understands and feels connected to the Foundation’s broader mission. As part of the Program Team, you will be part of our trust-based philanthropy philosophy, which focuses on simplifying and streamlining the grantmaking process for applicants, doing due diligence before engaging with potential grantees, and practicing open and honest communication with nonprofits.

What You Will Do:

As a Program Officer, you will report to the Vice President of Program and Strategy and participate as a member of the Program Team. Core job responsibilities include implementing grantmaking within a portfolio that may include health, older adults and community engagement. You will responsible for the following:  

·        Providing technical assistance to grant seekers about Foundation priorities, application guidelines, strategic partnerships and additional funding sources to improve quality of proposals.

·        Managing all aspects of the grant review process within your portfolio, including analyzing proposals, working with applicants to refine requests, and preparing recommendations for volunteer committee review.  

·        Monitoring grantee performance to ensure progress toward proposed goals by assessing interim and final reports, communicating with grantees and conducting on-site visits.

·        Participating in the evaluation of funded programs within your portfolio, including compiling outcome data and tracking population level outcomes that align with the Foundation’s strategic priorities.

·        Actively seeking new research, best practice and trends in areas related to your portfolio and sharing findings with the Program Team in order to promote ongoing improvement of the Foundation’s funding strategies.

·        Representing the Foundation in affiliate groups and community-based forums to identify and monitor needs and trends in targeted issue areas.

·        Monitoring relevant policy and research to inform the Foundation’s advocacy agenda.

·        Maintaining positive and productive relationships with a wide range of organizations and individuals in the Foundation’s region.

·        Collaborating with the Organizational Development Program Officer to identify organizational capacity building needs, determine strategies for supporting community leaders and area nonprofits, and evaluate the impact of these efforts.

·        Collaborating with development and donor services staff to cultivate, communicate and develop relationships with potential donors. Assist communications staff to publicize community impact stories, grant opportunities and awards.

·        Collaborating with other members of the Program department to establish an annual budget, and to refine grant making procedures, guidelines, forms, website content and communication tools, as needed.

Who We Are Looking For

·        A commitment to the community and to community impact;

·        A keen ability to master complex information and communicate it simply and effectively to different audiences;

·        An inclusive, collaborative and inspiring leadership style;

·        A preference for working collaboratively within and across teams;

·        A commitment to value diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace;

·        An energetic, positive and flexible attitude;

·        Demonstrated qualities of integrity and discretion;

·        A commitment to excellence and continuous improvement; and

·        A drive to learn.

The Knowledge and Skills You’ll Need

·        Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

·        5+ years of experience working in the nonprofit sector and demonstrated success in a leadership role.

·        Strong relationship-building skills with experience collaborating successfully with a broad range of individuals and communities

·        Proven experience in nonprofit or philanthropic program development

·        Commitment to deepening cultural and linguistic competency

·        Knowledge of nonprofit organization management and financial reporting

·        Comfort with prioritizing tasks and communicating expectations with grantees

·        Excellent analytical, conceptual and organizational skills with attention to detail

·        Excellent written and verbal communication skills

·        Creativity and flexibility with experience working as part of multidisciplinary team.

·        Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint and other computer technology for use in communication and basic survey research

What We Offer

·        Competitive salary and benefits

·        A team-oriented work environment

·        Opportunities to build skills, make creative contributions, and develop professionally.

Connecticut Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community. We encourage people of all backgrounds—including people of all races, sexual identities, abilities and ages—to apply.

To apply, send a cover letter introducing yourself along with your résumé to Barbara Ryer, Director of Finance and Administration, at

Established in 1923, Connecticut Community Foundation was created by and for the people of Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. While serving this 21-town region, the Foundation provides leadership in addressing the community’s…

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43 Field Street, Waterbury, CT 06702

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