Program Officer, U.S. Programs

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



United States


Position Title: Program Officer, Social Change, U.S. Programs

Reports To: Senior Program Officer, Social Change, U.S. Programs

Job Location: Omaha, Nebraska (full time residence in Omaha metro area is non-negotiable)

Deadline for Application: 5:00 p.m. EDT, July 6, 2018; ability to begin work by October 15, 2018

To apply: Send cover letter and resume or CV to

Subject line: Social Change Program Officer

Materials may be addressed to:

Rachelle Weight, JD

Senior Program Officer, Social Change, U.S. Programs

The Susan Thompson Buffett (STB) Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation based in Omaha, Nebraska. We work towards a world in which every woman controls her reproduction and all reproductive decisions are treated with dignity and respect. Toward this end, our core mission is to prevent unintended pregnancy and ensure access to safe abortion in the U.S. and internationally.

Position Description:

The U.S. Programs branch of the Foundation operates in three major grant making areas: Service Delivery, Health Professional Training, and Social Change. Social Change grantmaking is focused on grants that promote movement building, leadership, communications, culture change, and policy change in support of abortion rights and access.

This Program Officer position will work within the Social Change portfolio to manage existing and future grantmaking focused primarily on national level reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations and to support development of grantmaking strategy within this segment of Social Change. Potential grantees that will fall within this area of responsibility will include a broad spectrum of groups, some of whom are singularly focused on abortion as well as many with an intersectional, reproductive justice movement approach. The candidate for this position should be prepared to address how these various types of organizations, frameworks, and movements contribute to the realization of the Foundation’s vision. This position will assume responsibility for assessing grantee alignment with Foundation strategy, including communicating openly and directly with grantees about their role and fit within the U.S. Program’s plan, and adjust the portfolio accordingly. The ideal candidate will be able to balance the need for upholding exacting standards of performance yet also be able to spot and cultivate emerging potential. This candidate will demonstrate a natural inclination to operate with honesty, integrity, and transparency.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategic Grantmaking

• Meet with existing and potential grantees to develop new opportunities for funding

• Work with grantees on project and program development and assist them in submitting timely, complete, and appropriate proposals

• Monitor grantee program implementation including making site visits and reviewing financial and progress reports

• Prepare written reports as needed to assess grantee performance, project progress, strategy analysis, and new opportunities and developments

• Work with Research and Evaluation Department to utilize formal evaluation tools for assessing impact where appropriate

• Determine the contribution of grantees, individually and collectively within the portfolio, to the Foundation’s vision and outcomes of interest

• Execute funding changes and cuts when needed

• Strategically drive grantmaking across multiple movements (e.g., abortion rights, reproductive justice) to maximize the various strengths of the different values and approaches inherent in each

Coordination and Alignment

• Convene meetings of grantees and others on topics related to the Foundation’s grant-making interests

• Support grantees and partners in aligning movement efforts

• Represent the Foundation at professional meetings and to the broader community of donors and grantees

• Coordinate with other Foundation staff when projects and grants impact multiple portfolios

• Communicate the U.S. Program’s strategy to grantees and partners and work to build alignment in the movement around shared priorities

Team Contribution

• Participate in and regularly contribute to team meetings, occasionally presenting to colleagues internally

• Coordinate with colleagues in Social Change to advance overall team excellence including developing team level consistency in processes, procedures, and communications with grantees and other partners

• Contribute to the work life of the Foundation, participate in team activities, and maintain the positive culture of the Foundation work environment

• Support and develop an understanding of all grantmaking within Social Change, beyond individual portfolio, and be prepared to contribute to and support Social Change colleagues’ work as needed

Knowledge and Skills:

• Commitment to support abortion rights and access

• Critical thinker with ability to guide and assess complex strategies for creating change

• Familiarity with the nuances and effective deployment of a variety of advocacy strategies such as movement building, activist engagement, communications, organizing, and/or policy promotion

• Ability to navigate complex inter-personal relationships and operate with transparency and trust while attaining results from a variety of people

• Skill in reviewing written materials for content and quality

• Strong initiative and ability to solve problems with little supervision

• Knowledge of basic advocacy evaluation techniques

• Excellent communications skills: written, interpersonal, and presentational

• Attention to detail and ability to balance against a big picture perspective

• Adaptable to change, personable, and has a sense of humor

• Ability to travel domestically, including occasional weekend travel; expect to travel at least 30% of the time and even more in the first year

• Values and is committed to addressing gender and race inequity in grantmaking and in the reproductive health rights and justice field

• Can thrive in an environment with low administrative support and able to efficiently manage own administrative needs in support of their programmatic work

Education and Experience:

A range of professional experiences or educational preparation will be considered. Strategic and tactical skills are more important than reproductive health content knowledge, however, topical familiarity is certainly a plus. Candidates should clearly delineate how their mix of education and work history meet the criteria, knowledge, and experiences outlined for success. Prior philanthropic experience is not necessary.

Compensation and Benefits:

The annual salary range for this position is competitive and based on experience. The Foundation offers a full and generous benefits package, including medical/dental insurance and a retirement program. Relocation benefits are negotiable.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Deadline for Application: 5:00 p.m. EDT, July 6, 2018; ability to begin work by October 15, 2018

To apply:

Send cover letter and resume or CV to

Subject line: Social Change Program Officer

Materials may be addressed to:

Rachelle Weight, JD

Senior Program Officer, Social Change, U.S. Programs