Foundation Program Manager, Experienced

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Job Summary
  • Grantmaking: Works collaboratively with the Policy Director and/or Program Officers to conduct research, identify potential grant partners, support the development of project plans, assess proposals, develop grant objectives and evaluation criteria as part of a cross-disciplinary team.
  • Managing Portfolio of Grants: Leads and executes grantmaking activities as part of a multi-disciplinary team, including due diligence and processing of grants. Works with internal and external stakeholders to manage the flow of information and due diligence documents to ensure grants are processed appropriately and information is accurately recorded in our systems. Proactively solves and overcomes obstacles to execute grants and ensure success of grantees. Drafts grant recommendations for the Foundation's Board of Trustees.
  • Evaluation and Learning: Develops evaluation criteria for grants in partnership with the Policy Director and Program Officers that are aligned with goals and outcomes.
  • Reviews all grant reports to ensure grant requirements are met and addresses any deficiencies.
  • Analyzes grant reports to identify trends, lessons learned, insights and progress against goals and outcomes.
  • Prepares memos and shares appropriately in support of Foundation evaluation and learning activities.
  • Consultants and Grantees: Supports the work of the Program Team in identifying, retaining, and managing consultants.
  • Acts as the primary point of contact for grantees and responds to questions appropriately and timely to ensure a positive relationship between grantees and the Foundation.
  • Acts creatively and uses strong inter-personal skills to address and resolve problems or issues with consultants or grantees.
  • Collaborates with the Foundation's Public Affairs Team, providing content information, and serves as a subject matter expert for Foundation publications, and events, press releases, Web site updates, conference presentations and public announcements of funding.
  • Works collaboratively and participates on cross-disciplinary teams with colleagues at the Foundation.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability to work in a matrixed organization.
  • Oversees the grantee budget and expenditures. Approves any deviations from approved plans and budgets, and ensures that such changes are documented.
  • Collaborates with staff to provide information about budget projections, budget deviations, and payout expectations.
  • Organizational Knowledge: Maintains an in-depth knowledge of the priorities, strategies, and selection criteria for the Foundation's programs.


Knowledge and Experience
  • Experience with health and domestic violence organizations, community based or philanthropic organizations, or public institutions.
  • Requires practical knowledge of job area typically obtained through advanced education combined with experience.
  • Typically, requires a college degree or equivalent experience and 3 years of program management, including some grantmaking experience with nonprofit organizations, community based or philanthropic organizations, or public institutions.
  • Master's degree or equivalent experience preferred; bachelor's degree is required, with a preference for a degree in public health, public affairs or public policy.

Physical Requirements

Office Environment - roles involving part to full time schedule in Office Environment. Based in our physical offices and work from home office/deskwork - Activity level: Sedentary, frequency most of work day.
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