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The Educational Foundation of America (EFA) is a family foundation established in 1959 by Richard P. Ettinger. Today, EFA makes grants in five program areas: Arts, Democracy, Environment, Food Security, and Reproductive Health and Justice. All of our grantmaking is in the US; much of it is in Appalachia and the South.

Serving on Program Committees in each area, the Foundation’s Board Members are actively engaged in the grantmaking process and work in close collaboration with the Foundation’s Program Staff. All Program Staff, including the Arts Program Officer, report to the Executive Director, David Stocks.

The Arts Program Area has as its primary goal supporting creative placemaking—the intersection of arts and culture, economic and community development, and civic engagement. Since 2015 we have focused these efforts in the Arts Program especially in Central Appalachia and the Alabama Black Belt. In 2021, EFA will make approximately $1.5 million in Arts grants.  For more information about EFA’s Arts Program, please visit our website.

The Arts Program Officer will regularly convene EFA family who participate in the Arts Program Area by videoconference and in person, under normal circumstances, and three times per year at EFA Board Meetings. Under normal circumstances, EFA staff travel for site visits as well as conferences and other forums and this position requires approximately 20% travel time. Until travel returns to a normal schedule, most site visits and meetings are being conducted remotely.

EFA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We strive to build a diverse workforce to promote effective work in partnership with all communities and population groups our grantees serve. We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants.

Duties of the Arts Program Officer fall into three main categories: grantmaking and grantee support, strategy development, and engagement with the field.

 GRANTMAKING

  • In collaboration with the members of the Arts Committee, identify and pursue strategic opportunities that demonstrate great potential to catalyze change and have a positive impact;
  • Analyze and research requests for support and conduct due diligence of those requests;
  • Present a thoughtful, clearly-expressed, and well-researched docket of funding proposals to the Committee;
  • Evaluate impacts of grants and broader initiatives;
  • Manage, monitor, and adhere to the Committee budget;
  • Support the work of the Committee by working with the Committee Chair to develop agendas, monitor the budget, and implement special initiatives – including grantee meetings and projects;
  • Be a true partner to grantees by ensuring open and helpful communication driven by a desire to support grantee success;
  • Support grantee leaders and organizations by being a thought and strategic partner and by connecting them to additional resources;
  • Conduct and organize meaningful site visits that are equally as helpful to the potential grantee as they are to the Committee;
  • Maintain clear, thorough, and timely records in the foundation’s grants management and other databases, shared drives, website, and paper files as required;
  • Be responsible for the program’s grants management flow from initial contact, through request, approval, granting and funding, to grantee reporting; and
  • Respond to inquiries and leads for grant and partnership opportunities.

 STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

  • In collaboration with the Committee, staff, and outside experts, periodically develop and refine grant-making strategies, priorities, and guidelines;
  • Develop program initiatives within the Committee’s areas of funding interest as directed by the Committee’s goals;
  • Consider how to mobilize the EFA endowment to support the goals of the Arts portfolio (e.g. shareholder engagement or program-related investments);
  • Forge opportunities to collaborate with other EFA committees and/or other foundations; and
  • Work with the Executive Director and other EFA staff to enhance the Foundation’s own internal capacity, assessment, and reporting systems.

 ENGAGEMENT WITH THE FIELD

  • Represent EFA at conferences and meetings;
  • Keep up-to-date on current thinking and new developments in philanthropy and issues facing the arts, reporting those to the Committee and Executive Director;
  • Assist in external Foundation communications such as newsletters, public presentations, and articles as appropriate; and
  • Create content for and ensure the timely and up-to-date management of the Arts webpages on the EFA website.

OTHER DUTIES

  • Engage in other general preparation and administrative work for Board meetings and special events, as well as other tasks and projects as needed/requested; and
  • In addition to the core responsibilities, there may be opportunities to participate in and/or lead other cross-organizational and cross-program projects.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA Degree required, advanced degree in a related discipline preferred;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the goals of EFA’s Arts program;
  • Exceptional analytical, written, and oral communication skills;
  • Skill in systems and strategic thinking and analysis;
  • Creativity in approach to work and problem-solving;
  • Stellar facilitation abilities with a strong commitment to collaboration and consensus building both internally and across the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors;
  • Ability to create and monitor grantmaking program budget and understand nonprofit financial reporting;
  • Dexterity with program evaluation and data analysis in order to synthesize information from multiple sources into understandable and actionable concepts;
  • Fluency, expertise, and complete comfort with business-related software programs including: Grant Management Software, Microsoft Office suite, Squarespace, Dropbox, etc.;
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to multitask and manage multiple priorities; and
  • Flexible outlook with a sense of perspective and humor.

COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS AND REMOTE WORK

EFA’s office is located on the Hudson River in Garrison, New York, within walking distance of the Garrison Metro-North train station. To keep our employees safe during the pandemic, all have been working remotely with few internal or external in-person meetings and very little work travel. Comfort with working from home, Zoom meetings, familiarity with online collaboration tools, and the ability to be accountable in a remote environment are all essential.  Subject to health and safety protocols, is anticipated that there will a mix of remote and in-person work.

EFA will also consider candidates who reside in Central Appalachia and the Alabama Black Belt for a primarily remote position.

EFA provides compensation commensurate with experience and skills, excellent benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, a fitness benefit, and free parking for all employees.

The Educational Foundation of America (EFA) is a family foundation established in 1959 by Richard P. Ettinger. Today, EFA makes grants in five program areas: Arts, Democracy, Environment, Food Security, and Reproductive Health and Justice. All of…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    October 18, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    October 15, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

EFA provides compensation commensurate with experience and skills.

Benefits

EFA provides excellent benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, a fitness benefit, and free parking for all employees. 

EFA provides excellent benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, a fitness benefit, and free parking for all employees. 

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
Garrisons Landing, Garrison, NY 10524, United States

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