Program Officer



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We are seeking a full-time Program Officer to join our team in Pittsburgh for our Awards Program. This is a regular, exempt, full-time position. The program is national in scope, and gives awards annually representing a variety of disciplines. In this role, the Program Officer, who reports to the Program Director, will operate primarily as a generalist, working to support the team across all program areas. The Program Officer will be responsible for identifying, researching, evaluating and writing reports regarding individuals who are nominated for an Award based on set criteria and guidelines for the program.

This role requires a blend of knowledge regarding multiple subject areas and current issues at the national level. It also requires refined writing skills, the ability to assimilate information quickly and to effectively meet clearly defined deadlines.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assist with the identification and selection of qualified nominees for the Awards program.
  • Assist with building a nationwide network of nominators, communicating with the nominators, then identifying and communicating with references of nominated candidates.
  • Research and evaluate nominees and their work based on set guidelines.
  • Write executive summaries for those nominees who are presented for further consideration. This process requires a thorough understanding of the nominee and his/her work, and the ability to benchmark nominees against others in their field. Good judgment and attention to details are essential.
  • Research may include online research, phone interviews and correspondence with references.
  • Understand and stay current on developments in related fields – both from a regional and global perspective.
  • Monitor the ongoing activities of prior Awardees.
  • Assist in communications efforts whenever possible.
  • Assist with other duties as assigned.


  • BA or BS; a relevant Master’s degree would also be advantageous.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in a professional position.
  • Versatility and a breadth of experience across more than one program area is preferred.
  • Knowledge of and experience in issues related to economic inclusion, sustainability and a more compassionate community is a plus.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally.
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team environment.
  • Experience managing projects from concept to completion.

To apply, forward your resume and a statement (no more than 500 words) explaining your motivation in applying and the reasons why you feel qualified to

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