Program Officer

Program Officer

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The M & G Cafritz Foundation
June 1, 2023
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Position Title: Program Officer

Purpose: To identify and work with qualifying nonprofits in our program areas to carry out the mission of the Cafritz Foundation.

Grantmaking and Relationship Management
• Review and assess grant proposals through internal review process during three grant deadlines annually.
• Conduct site visits to grantees and potential grantees to assess program relevance, organizational integrity and potential for impact. Must be able to review and understand financial statements and synthesize goals and impact in a way that promotes equitable grant making.
• Write, present and justify funding recommendations to the Foundation’s board.
• Manage ongoing relationships with grantees, and prospective grantees, and provide insights into funding processes.
• Perform other appropriate duties as assigned by Management.

Programmatic Knowledge
• Develop in-depth knowledge of the local education (pre-school through post-secondary) landscape, including current issues and trends, key resources, people and organizations.
• Build and advise on flexible funding strategies that respond to the local community and reflect an ongoing understanding of the larger social context.
• Serve as a trusted advisor to local nonprofit organizations to help support the development and capacity of community leaders and provide capacity building and partnership opportunities with current and potential grantees.
• Initiate meetings or reports to respond to current and emerging needs in cooperation with nonprofit organizations, foundation collaborative groups, government agencies and others that foster shared problem solving and accomplish special projects.

• Participate in joint efforts and affinity groups of foundations and represent the Foundation on funding collaboratives, working groups, at meetings and conferences.
• Stay well-informed of relevant community issues and local trends and brief other program staff and Board Chair on a weekly basis.

The Program Officer will have the following:
• Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in the local nonprofit field, experience in education settings highly desirable.
• Knowledge of the region, including current issues, trends and organizations.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a focus on being able to synthesize complex concepts and information to make decisions that reflect the Foundation’s values and broad giving priorities.
• Ability to build genuine, productive, trusting relationships with a diverse array of partners and grantees.
• Passion for supporting and uplifting the work of nonprofits in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
• Experience with Microsoft Office products and database software.

The Foundation operates under a hybrid model. The Program Officer must have the ability to come to The Foundation’s office three times a week and travel around the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

Salary is in the $90,000 - $110,000 range, based on experience. Excellent benefits include: medical HMO, POS, PPO (85% employer paid for HMO coverage), dental and vision coverage (85% employer paid); 10% employer contribution to employee retirement plan (after 6 months of employment); life insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term disability insurances (100% employer paid), 3 weeks vacation,12 days sick leave, paid parking or transit assistance.

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse, inclusive organization.

How To Apply

To Apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should apply by sending a cover letter, including salary requirement, and resume by email to, Attn: Ms. Mary Mulcahy, Associate Director.  For best consideration, apply by June 30, 2023.