Employment

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. The Foundation provides approximately $130 million each year 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, San Francisco, and Rural Communities (primarily rural areas within proximity to other 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 $2.5 billion.


Position Summary

The Program Officer, Hawaiʻi is a distinct opportunity to support the Foundation’s grantmaking portfolio and will be responsible for helping to lead the Foundation’s strategic grantmaking efforts in Hawaiʻi, in the areas of Housing, Health, Jobs, and 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 a keen attention to detail, the seeking out of new grantees, reviewing grant proposals, conducting extensive due diligence and site visits, providing grant recommendations supported by thorough research and analysis, and working 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

  • Support the Hawaiʻi program team with existing and new collaborative efforts that include grantees, community leaders, foundations, public officials, and other partners.
  • Conduct research and gather community input to inform Hawaiʻi grantmaking strategies and decisions.
  • Support the design and implementation of strategic initiatives and special projects to accomplish specific goals and outcomes within Hawaiʻi.
  • Provide personalized guidance to prospective grant applicants via phone calls, emails, or in-person meetings.
  • Proactively seek new grantees and opportunities for philanthropic investment, focused on improving the lives of individuals and families in vulnerable populations.
  • Conduct due diligence to evaluate grant proposals and assess organizational capacity to achieve proposed objectives.
  • Review capital grant budgets, costs, and forecasts when recommending capital grants.
  • Conduct in-person statewide site visits within the Hawaiʻi grantmaking portfolio.
  • Manage portfolio of active grants, monitor grant agreements and reporting, and support grantees in tracking and evaluating ongoing projects.
  • Maintain accurate and updated records in grants database.
  • Support the Foundation’s continuous learning and community responsiveness and work with grantees and collaborators to identify important lessons learned that can inform future Hawaiʻi grantmaking.
  • Prepare and present memos, reports, and other materials for staff and trustee meetings.
  • Assist program team members with peer review during the due diligence process for the Foundation’s standard grantmaking activities in all priority communities.
  • Attend virtual weekly meetings with all program staff to discuss grants and other topics.
  • Travel to the Foundation’s Baltimore office for Program Committee meetings with staff and trustees, and other priority events and meetings as needed.
  • Maintain collegial and collaborative relationships with program team members and all Foundation staff.

Skills and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge within the area of philanthropy.
  • A minimum of seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector.
  • 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 communications skills: listening, speaking, and writing.
  • A demonstrated ability to think critically and strategically with a systems-level.
  • Ability to work well in teams and collaborate 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 proven ability to engage diverse communities and advance community priorities.
  • A record of developing consensus and cross-sector collaborations is a plus.
  • A reputation in the community for 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.
  • Ability to manage time efficiently and productively, handle pressure, and meet deadlines with great attention to detail.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality.
  • A personality and value system reflective of the highest levels of integrity.
  • Demonstrated commitment to approachability, being of service, and seeing people and communities through a strengths-based perspective.

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.


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, no later than close of business on November 5, 2021. 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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