Senior Program Officer

McCune Foundation

Pittsburgh, PA, USA



Full time

Sep 23

Are you an experienced, solutions-oriented leader, adept at advancing grants or projects from development to completion? Do you have a passion for building non-profit capacity and impact in the Pittsburgh region? Do you consider yourself a strategic and innovative thinker who is able to see big trends, manage details, and synthesize information into digestible prose? If yes, a unique opportunity is available with The McCune Foundation.

The McCune Foundation, a regionally focused independent foundation located in Pittsburgh, has a distinctive opportunity for a full-time Senior Program Officer. 

Who we are:

The McCune Foundation was established in 1979 by its benefactor Charles L. McCune as a limited-life foundation to exist for 50 years. Grants are awarded to transform and support nonprofit organizations that advance the quality of life for current and future generations in southwestern Pennsylvania. In these final seven years, the Foundation will distribute $300 million in grants to its nonprofit partners, focused on four programmatic areas: Education, Health and Human Services, Arts and Humanities, and Community and Economic Development. 

Who we seek:

The Senior Program Officer will report to the Executive Director and play a central leadership role in executing and further refining the Foundation’s grantmaking practices and policies, assuring excellence and effectiveness of the grants program and overall Sunset Strategy. The Senior Program Officer should be adept at advancing planning and development grants, as well as grants that implement large-scale comprehensive approaches to achieve greater impact in the community. The role is a dynamic one that allows a person to work across disciplines, learning and applying knowledge in various domains.

What you will do:

  • Represent the Foundation as an ambassador for impactful community investments and capacity building, strategically seeking new innovative opportunities that leverage Foundation resources across programmatic areas and adhere to the guiding principles of the Sunset Strategy. 
  • Manage a portfolio of grantees and support programmatic impact, relationship development, and collaboration while strengthening organizational financial health and operational effectiveness.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to lead the grant making process including inquiry and concept paper reviews, proposal solicitation and evaluations, financial audits and analysis, and organizational risk management and assessment. 
  • Prepare and present operational and financial reports, summaries, and other communications, both detailed and succinct, to support Distribution Committee decision making.
  • Monitor grantees and evaluate follow-up reports from the receiving organizations to ensure achievement of results and appropriate use of funds.
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Director and other program staff on projects pertaining to the Sunset Strategy, including refining and facilitating existing or future sunset grant trajectories to maximize outcomes.
  • Represent the Foundation by leading or co-leading inter-foundation initiatives within the Greater Pittsburgh region, developing and maintaining relationships with the foundation, non-profit, and civic communities. 

What you need:

  • Bachelor’s degree required with an advanced degree strongly preferred. A minimum of 10 years of nonprofit and/or philanthropy leadership plus financial management experience required.
  • Broad demonstrated Pittsburgh community and content knowledge preferred.
  • Possess a thorough understanding of nonprofit organizations, finance, ethics, and risk areas with a strong knowledge of organizational effectiveness best practices.
  • Be a servant leader who demonstrates humility, has a respectful approach to grantees and colleagues, and a strong values connection to the anonymous way the Foundation achieves its philanthropic intent.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, able to digest organizational data and utilize skilled inquiry with active listening to assess grant and programmatic opportunities.
  • Superior level of interpersonal skills to be able to educate and communicate with stakeholders about the Foundation’s philosophies and resulting strategies.
  • Able to navigate differences or conflicts with grace and creativity in pursuit of solutions.

If you have been searching for an organization with purposeful values, where you will be connected to the mission with transformational opportunities, and work with an outstanding team of people, we encourage you to submit your application for consideration today. 

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