Program Director, US Education

About The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States, is dedicated to meeting the basic needs of people experiencing poverty. In 2022, the Foundation expects to provide approximately $150 million in total grant activity supporting nonprofits that provide direct services in the areas of Housing, Health, Jobs, Education, and Community Services. Grants support organizations that serve a range of populations, including older adults, women at risk and their children, people with disabilities, and veterans, as well as the Jewish community.

The Foundation administers the majority of its funding in its priority communities: Baltimore, Chicago, Hawaiʻi, Israel, New York City, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and San Francisco, as well as rural communities within proximity to priority communities. Foundation funding extends to the greater metropolitan areas of the specific cities listed. All of these locations represent personal ties to the life and legacy of Harry Weinberg, as well as communities where Weinberg Foundation trustees reside and provide leadership. Since 1990, the Foundation has distributed grants totaling more than $2.7 billion.

Position Summary

The Program Director, US Education is an opportunity to support the Foundation’s grantmaking portfolio by helping to lead the Foundation’s strategic grantmaking efforts in the area of Education. This position will support the Program Team through the management, maintenance, and monitoring of active grants, grant agreements, reporting and support of grantees in tracking and evaluating ongoing projects. This position requires keen attention to detail, the ability to identify and cultivate new grantees, review of grant proposals, and extensive due diligence and site visits, with the goal of providing grant recommendations supported by thorough research and analysis. The successful candidate will also work  with myriad community partners to develop special projects and initiatives for philanthropic investment focused on improving the lives of individuals and families in vulnerable populations.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead the Foundation’s Education grantmaking portfolio.
  • Implement a new strategic plan for the Foundation’s Education portfolio in partnership with other Program Team members internally and with external consultants.
  • Manage the Education portfolio budget, moving grantmaking forward in a timely fashion and within budget.
  • Continuously develop and demonstrate subject matter expertise in education and youth development, both specific to the Foundation’s priority communities and nationally.
  • Conduct due diligence on prospective Foundation grantees in the Education portfolio, including in-person site visits, to evaluate the feasibility of grant proposals and investigate organizational capacity to achieve proposed objectives
  • Manage a range of special projects and initiatives nationally and within select priority communities to accomplish specific goals and outcomes within the area of Education.
  • Represent the Foundation at professional meetings and in the broader community of grantees, foundations, civic leaders, and other Foundation partners.
  • Convene meetings of grantees and external experts on topics related to the Foundation’s grantmaking interests in multiple subject matter areas.
  • Attend conferences and, at times, serve as a speaker on topics relevant to the Foundation’s work.
  • Provide personalized guidance to prospective applicants via phone calls, emails, or in-person meetings.
  • Support the President and the Chief Program Officer in managing relationships with partners, public officials, and institutions, such as school districts and local governments.
  • Conduct research that will inform the Foundation’s grantmaking strategies and decisions.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Think strategically about the goals of the portfolio and how individual and groupings of grants all align with those goals.
  • Manage compliance with deadlines and other grant application and reporting requirements.
  • Monitor and support grantees in tracking and evaluating ongoing projects.
  • Proactively seek new grantees and opportunities for philanthropic investment, focused on improving the lives of vulnerable populations.
  • Prepare materials such as memos and reports, for inclusion in regular meetings with staff and trustees.
  • Present information and analysis at various internal meetings with staff and trustees.
  • Collaborate effectively with fellow program officers and all Foundation staff.
  • Attend weekly meetings with all program staff to discuss grants and other topics.
  • Ensure prompt turn-around time regarding grant reporting requirements and deadlines.
  • Read progress reports to evaluate previous grantees and to inform future funding recommendations.
  • Review capital grant budgets, costs, and forecasts when recommending capital grants.
  • Review payment requests and approve payments.

Skills and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • Clear demonstration of the ability to work well as part of a team
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the field of K-12 education as well as youth development, postsecondary planning, and out of school time programming
  • Demonstrated knowledge as a systems-level thinking and understand the unique and diverse roles of different sectors and their ability to impact youth
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the role of race, ethnicity and other demographic factors impacting the education and youth development system and pro-actively use this information in in grantmaking decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and think critically and strategically
  • Experience working with diverse populations and have the capacity to think through an equity lens that considers the unique perspectives and experiences of persons of different races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, and other backgrounds
  • Capacity for and experience with developing partnerships, collaborating internally and externally, and working across sectors
  • Capacity to engage, consume, navigate, and put into practice, academic data and research that can inform grant making
  • Experience managing and or working with evaluation(s); designing or funding projects that mine data from projects in the field
  • Proven ability to work effectively with community leaders, diverse committees, and multiple task environments
  • Experience with fiscal reporting
  • Strong initiative and ability to solve problems
  • Ability to research, design, and implement new grantmaking programs
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills
  • Record of developing consensus
  • Creative leadership with the patience and pragmatism to set achievable long-term goals
  •  Personality and value system consistent with the Foundation’s reputation and reflective of the highest levels of integrity
  • Reputation in the community for integrity, high intellectual capability, and hard work
  • Professionalism with a spirit of kindness and humility, as well as a sense of humor
  • Ability to work well in teams and to collaborate with colleagues
  • Ability to manage time, handle pressure, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to travel
  • Demonstrate meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to advance recommendations and solutions to challenges
  • Demonstrated ability to manage work efficiently and productively
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Demonstrated ability to provide a high level of friendly, professional service, both internally and externally

The Weinberg Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It embraces workforce diversity and is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The Foundation encourages all qualified applicants to apply.

Interested candidates should submit a confidential resume and cover letter, along with salary range requirements, to jobs+pde@hjweinberg.org no later than close of business on July 22, 2022. If the Foundation is interested in speaking with you, expect to be contacted within 30 days of submission. Please refrain from phone follow-ups. Thank you.

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