Program Officer

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 position is an opportunity to support the Foundation’s grantmaking portfolio by helping the Foundation’s strategic grantmaking efforts in the area of Aging in Community (older adults) and providing general support to the team in other funding areas. 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.

Overall Responsibilities

  • Offer support in conducting due diligence related to grant proposals across the Foundation’s portfolios. Estimated 60 percent of the time in the Aging in Community funding area and 40 percent of the time supporting other portfolios based on need at the time.
  • 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.
  • Participate in funding collaboratives with other Foundation partners on topics and strategies relating to the Foundation’s portfolios.
  • 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.
  • Manage a range of special projects, including, but not limited to developing place-based and/or issue-based strategies for effective investment of Foundation funds.
  • Evaluate the feasibility of grant proposals and investigate organizational capacity to achieve proposed objectives.
  • Conduct in-person site visits as part of grant application review process.
  • 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 in-house meetings with staff and trustees.
  • Work well with fellow program officers and all foundation staff.
  • Attend weekly meetings with all program staff to discuss grants and other topics.
  • Ensure prompt turnaround 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

  • Preferred – seven years of experience in or working with the nonprofit sector, including familiarity and experience with older adults.
  • 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+poa@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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