Program Officer, Hawaiʻi

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. This includes supporting nonprofits serving federally designated rural areas within, or adjacent to, these priority communities. 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 officer, Hawai’i position supports the Foundation’s grantmaking portfolio across the areas of Housing, Health, Jobs, and Education. This position focuses on learning and analysis in support of Hawai’i systems change initiatives as well as internal strategic decision making. The work of the program officer, Hawai’i requires a strong collaborative spirit, a love of writing, research, and data, a keen attention to detail, and the ability to provide assessments that will guide both individual grants and multiyear strategies. Strong implementation and project management skills are needed in order to support grantmaking initiatives focused on improving the lives of individuals and families in vulnerable populations. 

Overall Responsibilities

Implementation of Strategic Grantmaking

  • Conduct research and due diligence to evaluate grant proposals within the Foundation’s focus areas, documenting community goals, organizational capacity, and network needs and opportunities. Conduct financial due diligence for program, operating, and capital grants, including capital project budgets, costs, and forecasts when applicable.
  • Support continuous learning and community responsiveness, managing consultants and working with grantees and community partners to identify important lessons learned that can inform the field.
  • Support systems change and systems learning, boosting internal capacity and grantee capacity to share data and information that supports strategic decision making.
  • Analyze and present portfolio trends, including creative data visualizations/dashboards to communicate findings and analysis.
  • Assess strategic initiatives to accomplish specific goals and outcomes within Hawaiʻi informed by review of data and lessons learned from active and past grants.
  • Focus on learning and evaluation implications of grant reporting, and identify key themes and findings that will inform reviews of grantmaking strategies and any adjustments/shifts needed.
  • Prepare and present memos, reports, and other materials for staff, trustees, and community partnerships.
  • Manage consultant contracts and serve as project manager for various strategic initiatives.
  • Lead the teams’ work to maintain accurate and updated budgets and records in grants database.
  • Implement approaches across the Hawai’i team to manage and utilize local documentation and data in service of learning and continuous improvement. Focus on continuous improvement, adjusting processes as needed.
  • Attend virtual weekly meetings with all program staff.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other Foundation departments as needed.
  • Travel to the Foundation’s Baltimore office up to two times per year for Program Committee meetings with staff and trustees and other priority events and meetings as needed.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Preferred – seven years of experience in or working with the nonprofit sector, including familiarity and experience with Hawaiʻi’s nonprofit sector and communities, particularly neighbor islands and rural communities.
  • A professional with a spirit of kindness and humility.
  • Excellent writing and research skills and a love of learning and communicating.
  • Skillful at listening to and synthesizing diverse ideas and perspectives.
  • A demonstrated ability to think critically and strategically with a systems-level
  • Experience designing internal processes, systems, and approaches in service of documenting learning.
  • Ability to work well in teams and collaborate proactively and productively with colleagues and partners.
  • Strong initiative, a positive and proactive attitude, and ability to solve challenges independently and creatively in a multiple-task environment.
  • A personality and value system reflective of integrity, thoughtfulness, and extremely hard work.
  • Have a sense of irony and humor.
  • Demonstrated ability to process large amounts of information and organize and present it in an actionable fashion.
  • Experience with fiscal reporting and maintaining updated budgets and databases.
  • Ability to manage time efficiently and meet deadlines with great attention to detail.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated commitment to approachability, being of service, and seeing people and communities through a strengths-based perspective.

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+hpo@hjweinberg.org. If the Foundation is interested in speaking with you, expect to be contacted within 30 days of submission. Finalist candidates for this position will be required to answer questions by email, participate in multiple interviews, provide strong current references, provide writing samples and a possible writing test, and authorize a full background check. Please refrain from phone follow-ups. Thank you.

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