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Program Officer

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Organization Summary

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles is a mission-driven organization committed to helping philanthropists realize their charitable passions and maximize their giving. Critical to The Foundation’s work is our institutional grantmaking, where we give millions to hundreds of nonprofits annually, helping them and those they serve to thrive. 

 Established in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles manages charitable assets of more than $1.4 billion entrusted to it by over 1,300 families. Over the past 12 years, The Foundation has distributed over $1 billion in grants to thousands of nonprofits across a diverse spectrum. 

 The Foundation is made up of approximately 30 employees and a dedicated Board of Trustees who oversees our work.

 The Foundation is committed to creating and maintaining a working environment that is inclusive, equitable, and welcoming and it is the Foundation’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.

 Position Summary

As part of the Center for Designed Philanthropy team, the Program Officer will engage in a broad range of activities related to The Foundation’s own grantmaking and that of its donors.This involves, but is not limited to, administration of grant programs; consultations with individual donors and family foundations within the Los Angeles Jewish community; vetting of nonprofit organizations; technical assistance to existing and potential grantees; tracking and evaluation of grantee performance; program-related research; and contributing to educational activities, events and marketing of the Center.

 This position reports to the Vice President, Center for Designed Philanthropy.

 Responsibilities

 Manage all steps and stages of the grant life-cycle for multiple grant programs and client portfolios.

 Grantmaking

·      Interface with nonprofits on behalf of The Foundation and its donors throughout the application process 

·      Conduct research on organizations applying for grants 

·      Provide information and technical assistance as appropriate to applicants/grantees 

·      Review and evaluate grantee applications and reports and produce detailed materials for committee and Board review

·      Interface with Grants Committee Chairs and present on grant dockets to committees and to The Foundation’s Board of Trustees

·      Conduct due diligence including monitoring applicant and grantee financial information to support feasibility of program implementation and organizational sustainability

·      Develop and implement grant applications and reporting documents in the Smart Simple grants management system

·      Assist with community needs assessments to help inform development of grant programs

Donor Services

·      Respond to donor requests for information

·      Research, generate and follow through on funding opportunities and other donor centered requests 

·      Generate evaluative reports for donors, committees and The Foundation’s Board of Trustees

·      Draft and produce meeting materials for grantmaking meetings, including grant request overviews, application and report summaries, and grant history reports

·      Prepare and maintain procedural manuals for each donor’s grant program and/or family process

Special Projects (as assigned)

·      Conduct ongoing research on current trends in philanthropy

·      Collaborate with staff in the development of educational programs and salons

 Core Competencies and Qualifications (Desired)

Experience:

-       Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree

-       A minimum of 5 years of experience in public, nonprofit, civic or social sectors

-       A minimum of 3 years of experience in grantmaking for a foundation

-       Experience interacting professionally with board members, board committees and lay leaders.

-       Previous experience synthesizing large amounts of information and the ability to execute on strategies.

-       Experience working with philanthropic individuals and families strongly preferred.

-       Knowledge of the Los Angeles Jewish Community

-       Experience utilizing donor and grantmaking databases (e.g., Raiser’s Edge, GrantedGE, SmartSimple)

Skills:

-       Detail-oriented with the proven ability to manage effectively a diverse workload and to track and manage several projects simultaneously. 

-       Skilled at synthesizing large amounts of information, with analytical and research abilities necessary to plan and organize grant programs and activities, collect and evaluate data, identify opportunities to utilize Foundation resources effectively, and execute on strategies.

-       Excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills necessary to develop cooperative and effective working relationships with donors, prospects, senior management, peers, direct reports, colleagues, current grantees, potential grantees, other grantor organizations and the general public.

-       Excellent judgment, an ability to exercise discretion and tact in difficult, ambiguous or confidential situations, ability to make informed, independent decisions and craft support for recommendations.

-       An ability to project a positive, professional image to diverse internal and external audiences as an ambassador of The Foundation.

-       Skilled in working effectively independently, as a member of a team and across functions and departments.

This position is based in The Foundation’s Los Angeles office. All staff and building occupants must be fully vaccinated and proof of vaccination status will be required. 

Organization Summary

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles is a mission-driven organization committed to helping philanthropists realize their charitable passions and maximize their giving. Critical to The Foundation’s…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

USD 75,000 - USD 90,000

Benefits

The Foundation offers competitive benefits to employees and dependents including:

·      38 hour work week

·      Comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage

·      Life insurance and AD&D

·      Long-term Disability

·      Employee Assistance Program

·      403(b) contribution

·      Paid vacation, sick, and holidays

·      Flexible Spending Account

·      Professional development opportunities

·      Hybrid remote /office work schedule for qualified roles

The Foundation offers competitive benefits to employees and dependents including:

·      38 hour work week

·      Comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage

·      Life insurance and…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Los Angeles, CA
Associated Location
The Jewish Federation of LA, 6505 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA

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