Supporting public education, the arts, conservation, and health in Harris, Travis and Walker counties since 1967

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Houston, TX 77019

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Program Officer Job Description
All applications must be submitted by email to Caroline J. Sabin at with a cover letter no later than January 7, 2019

Summary: Responsible for reviewing grant requests; evaluation of grants, interfacing with grantees and the public; assist in developing pertinent and relevant foundation documents; participate in projects and programs, as assigned by the Executive Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:  (Other duties may arise or may be assigned.)

  • Review assigned proposals, performing essential due diligence, review and evaluation.
  • Conduct meetings and/or site visits with proposed grantees as a part of the review process.
  • Ensure that all proposed grantees meet appropriate legal standards and provide appropriate documentation.
  • Summarize grant request material for presentation to the Board.
  • Evaluate and monitor progress of approved grants- reporting to ED and Board when of interest.
  • Work with grant seekers and other grant makers whose ideas complement the Foundation’s funding priorities and interests.
  • Offer technical assistance (free of charge) and consultation to needy grant seekers and novice grant makers as helpful and within time constraints of the job.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with other foundation staff and/or organizations on various foundation-related issues, projects and programs
  • Represent the Foundation and its priorities in the community through presentations, conferences, site visits, collaborative efforts and engagement with philanthropic peers to coordinate, strengthen, and promote nonprofit/philanthropic sector interests.
  • Be knowledgeable about community and national issues and trends that have impact on the work of the Foundation and share this knowledge with the Board.
  • Identify successful community organizations with which to build alliances.
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Director in all aspects of grantmaking

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Experienced leader with appropriate industry experience and understanding of the foundation and/or nonprofit sector as well as demonstrated concern for the community through volunteer experience.
  • Knowledge of the arts, conservation, education and/or human services sectors helpful.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher along with evidence of relevant continued professional development.
  • Energetic, forward thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image.
  • Sound technical, organizational and analytical skills with a strong operational focus.
  • Intelligent and articulate individual who can relate to people at all levels of an organization.
  • Excellent communication skills; written and verbal.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work well with others, listen and build consensus.
  • Organizational ability and flexibility to work with multiple, on-going projects.
  • Ability to work with and expedite the desires and goals of the Board of Directors.
  • Ability to introduce new forms of technology enthusiastically in order to improve workflow and keep up with advancements in the field.