Senior Program Officer
The Senior Program Officer assigned to the Jim Joseph Foundation’s Exceptional Jewish Leaders and Educators portfolio works closely with the Chief Program Officer and collaboratively with the Foundation's program team. This role supports the Foundation’s mission, and oversees the Foundation’s work investing in the training and development of dynamic, pioneering leaders and educators who are attuned to the needs of young people today
This Senior Program Officer has an understanding of professional grantmaking in a funding environment, experience in working with grantees, and the financial and analytical skills to manage all aspects of a large grantmaking portfolio focused on the development of leaders and educators. This person has the skills to lead others in designing new strategies and implementing new grantmaking initiatives on behalf of the Foundation. The Senior Program Officer exhibits a passion for Jewish education, curiosity, and creative energy regarding the future of Jewish education and engagement of young Jews in the United States.
Strategy & Grantmaking:
- Guide and shape the evolution of the Jim Joseph Foundation's Exceptional Jewish Leaders and Educators strategy area, managing an extensive portfolio of related grants and initiatives.
- Investigate grant ideas and potential grantees in order to make informed recommendations around investment opportunities and their potential fit within the Foundation's strategic priorities.
- Work cooperatively with grant seekers in preparing, developing and/or revising grant requests to meet established standards. Analyze organizational goals and plans, financial data, approaches to assessing outcomes of the proposed initiatives, and other relevant information.
- Oversee preparation of grant agreements, including reporting requirement and methods of evaluation, and ensuring grants are tracked and monitored.
- Regularly monitor new and prospective grantee-partners pertaining to the portfolio of assigned projects; build and maintain ongoing relationships with grantee representatives; conduct periodic site visits; review reports and budget.
Network & Partnership Building:
- Forge philanthropic partnerships and facilitate closer working relationships among foundation colleagues and other funding partners, both inside and outside of the Jewish philanthropy world.
- Work collaboratively with other funders, board members, grantee partners, and outside experts on new and ongoing initiatives.
- Present publicly at conferences and convenings and contribute to articles in key journals and blogs.
Project & Resource Management
- Design and lead internal and external projects to advance the Foundation's grantmaking and non-grantmaking goals; when appropriate recruit, hire, and supervise junior team members and/or outside consultants to advance these objectives.
- Design work plans and implement them, initiating course adjustments when necessary.
- Design project budgets and work within those budgets toimplement initiatives; be a good steward for the Foundation's funds.
- Contribute to the development of processes and procedures to improve the Foundation's practices.
Evaluation & Learning
- Participate actively throughout project and grant implementation in supporting evaluation of major initiatives; work closely with the evaluator and implementation partners to ensure evaluation findingds are used to guide and improve the work.
- Attend convenings and occasional educational trainings or webinars.
- Engage in ongoing team learning. Ensure that relevant learnings from grant implementation are shared with colleagues and grantee partners.
Perform other related projects or work as required.
The following qualifications are representative of the high level of demonstrated skills, maturity, judgment and ability to work with a wide range of constituencies desired for this position:
- 4+ years grantmaking or related experience
- Bachelor’s Degree required; Advanced Degree preferred
- Strong working knowledge of the organized Jewish community; experience working in Jewish communal organizations required
- Strong working knowledge of topics related to leadership and the development of nonprofit leaders
- Clear trajectory of Jewish learning and passion for Jewish education
- Demonstrated proficiency in written communication, along with effective oral communications, engaging presentation skills and interpersonal skills necessary to develop cooperative and effective working relationships with diverse co-workers, colleagues, current grantees, potential grantees, other grantor organizations and the general public
- Excellent organizational skills and judgment; ability to prioritize work, manage time and multiple priorities, and meet deadlines; accurate with strong attention to detail
- Exceptional quantitative and qualitative analytic and financial skills, including theoretical and data-driven research and analysis
- Demonstrated experience distilling complex information to form opinions, develop recommendations, and navigate implementation
- History of a reasoned approach to problem solving, an ability to inspire trust and confidence, flexibility in attitude and an openness to differing points of view
- Sound professional judgment, objectivity, tact, and humility
- Able to travel occasionally
The recruitment for this role is being run by DRG. Please ask Nina and Jess at DRG questions about the role or the Foundation. They would also love any referrals.