GAR Foundation is seeking a full-time Program Officer to assist in the evaluation of grant applications from nonprofit organizations.The ideal candidate will possess substantial work experience, and/or a graduate degree in relevant fields including nonprofit management, business administration, public administration or relevant and relatable field to the nonprofit sector. Significant project management experience in middle- to senior-management of a nonprofit organization is highly desirable. Superior communication skills (writing, editing, listening, speaking) are required. Ideal candidates will demonstrate the desire and ability to work independently; drawing on their own expertise but remaining open to feedback and coaching as needed.
Grant Applications (80% of time):
· Review, research and analyze quarterly grant proposals, managing up to twelve at one time.
· Prepare for and conduct site visits/interviews with potential applicants as well as past grantees.
· Prepare and present succinct, well-written analyses and grant recommendations to the Distribution Committee, adhering to internal deadlines and format requirements.
· Participate in staff peer review of grant recommendations providing and incorporating input on content of recommendations.
· Review and present lessons learned from grantees’ end-of-grant reports.
· Provide technical support and referrals to grantees. Convene small groups of grantees as requested in order to share ideas and foster collaboration.
Prospective Applicants/Inquirers (10% of time):
· Communicate guidance to prospective applicants.
· Provide technical assistance and/or referral to prospective applicants where appropriate.
Community Engagement (10% of time):
· Stay apprised of developments locally, regionally and related to the Foundation‘s strategic funding priorities.
· Understand the principles of collaboration and collective impact (CI); facilitate collaborations or CI initiatives where appropriate.
· Remain informed via reading/research of best practices nationally and regionally in grantmaking and nonprofit organizations pertaining to the Foundation’s strategic priorities.
· Attend events and seminars of importance to GAR.
· Represent GAR on community committees, task forces, etc., as assigned.
· Support the Foundation’s external communication strategy by fulfilling public speaking engagements, assisting with press releases, and performing other duties in support of the Communications Manager.
Education: Undergraduate degree required; graduate degree strongly preferred.
Ideal candidate would have completed or be close to completing his/her graduate degree in a relevant field such as nonprofit management, business administration, or public administration. Significant project management experience in middle- to senior-management of a nonprofit organization is highly desirable. Ideal candidates will demonstrate the desire and ability to work independently; drawing on their own expertise but remaining open to feedback and coaching as needed. He or she will exhibit a high degree of self-awareness relative to their strengths and opportunities for continued growth.
· Work experience in the nonprofit sector strongly preferred.
· Demonstrated capacity in primary and secondary research skills including web-based, phone and personal/referral sourcing.
· Superior business writing and editing skills.
· Nonprofit volunteer and/or board experience.
· Demonstrated expertise in using fact-based judgment to translate research into an informed perspective.
Skills and Ideal Qualities:
· Disciplined and rigorous approach to conducting research on proposals; able to discern relevant issues and their implications.
· Capable of analyzing, processing and distilling large amounts of information; demonstrated critical thinking skills.
· Highly-developed writing skills; ability to articulate a clear and informed argument supported by disciplined research and critical thinking.
· Demonstrated capacity for situational awareness; able to “read” situations and individuals and adapt approach accordingly.
· Able to communicate effectively with diverse community members, from all walks of life.
· Able to assess organization’s financial position including financial statement analysis.
· Able to manage time, to be on time and to meet deadlines.
· Able to work without supervision, but also without hesitating to seek advice and help. Willing and able to listen and receive advice when given.
· Self-reliant in administrative functioning, i.e., must be fully proficient with MS Office applications.
· Able to maintain confidential information; demonstrated discretion.
· Experience or expertise in statistical/outcomes analysis not required, but preferred.
Position reports to: Senior Vice President (with secondary review by President.)
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. This position is eligible for a full package of health benefits, 401(k) and matching gift program.
How To Apply
Interested candidates should apply by submitting a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 20, 2018. Phone calls will not be accepted.