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Program Officer

Program Officer
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About the role...

The Program Officer is a key member of the Domestic team and supports the Foundation's grantmaking in the homelessness initiative working to end chronic homelessness in Los Angeles County. Reporting to the Senior Program Officer (SPO), the Program Officer serves as a key thought partner and will have primarily responsibility for managing the day to day of the homelessness initiative's overall grant portfolio. The Officer will work closely with the SPO to design, implement, and monitor a portfolio of grants in alignment with the implementation of the board approved strategy. The Officer will help to identify potential grantees, assist with proposal development, and provide grantee technical support, as well as monitor grant progress.

The ideal candidate must be a proactive team player with excellent multi-tasking skills. The individual must have strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, with the ability to understand, interpret, and translate qualitative and quantitative data. S/he will be expected to resolve time-sensitive issues with a high degree of precision and exhibit strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills. Attention to detail and the ability to anticipate needs are a must. The candidate must also have relevant experience around issues and best practices in or related to ending homelessness as well as Los Angeles County's political and policy environment and experience with the philanthropic levers available to help drive toward the strategy's key goals.


What you'll do...

  • Participate in the identification of potential grantees and projects
  • Review proposals and works with the SPO to determine which ones will be further developed and recommended for funding
  • Present recommended proposals for funding at board meetings, as needed
  • Provide counsel to organizations invited to develop proposals
  • Review and refines grant-write-ups and assists in writing, preparing other materials for the quarterly board of directors meeting
  • Monitor portfolio of grants in homelessness and other projects as assigned
  • Monitor and evaluates grants and grantee performance, including timely completion of all progress reports
  • Recommend approval for any deviations from approved plans and budgets, and ensures that such changes are documented
  • Conduct site visits, as needed
  • Acts as thought partner and provides support to SPO in planning, development and implementation process, as needed
  • Works with SPO and MEL partner on convening planning. Attends strategy convenings
  • Works with SPO identifying the need for consultants within the program area; plans scope of work for contracts and develops terms of contract and monitors progress
  • Work with SPO, internal (SLED team) and external evaluators and research partners to track progress toward initiative goals


What you need...

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in program development and/or management experience
  • Substantive knowledge of Domestic policy issues and the funding landscape
  • Ability to assess the leadership, track record, fiscal health and capacity of a nonprofit organization to lead a proposed program or project
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically about program design and implementation
  • Enthusiastic, professional and self-motivating, with a 'can-do' attitude
  • Truly understands quantitative and qualitative data; experience with data analytics and evaluation
  • Creativity and flexibility to work in a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to continually seek information and look for new approaches to processes and practices
  • Welcomes feedback as a means to personal and professional growth
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong presentation skills and the ability to clearly articulate ideas


About our culture and benefits...

Our employees are inspired by the Foundation's mission, and are committed to support our program areas in a thoughtful and effective way. Everyone is expected to cultivate the work environment in a way that contributes to respectful, open, and engaging dialogue, and connection that supports meaningful, innovation, learning, progress and productive outcomes.

We value the health and well-being of our employees, and offer:

  • Comprehensive and generous health care coverage options
  • Fitness benefits
  • Disability coverage
  • Paid holidays, time off, and parental leave
  • Flexible work schedules and technology benefits
  • Professional learning and development and educational assistance
  • The Foundation triple-matches employee gifts to qualified non-profit organizations
  • AND MORE!!!
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