Website POISE Foundation
Job Title: Program Officer
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
To assist the Black community in achieving self-sustaining practices, through strategic leadership, collective giving, grantmaking and advocacy.
Created in the format of a Community Foundation, POISE receives funds from a variety of donors. These funds may be unrestricted, and used to support our grantmaking strategy, or donor-directed for specific charitable purposes.
The Program Officer acts as a project manager for all grant related programs by managing the grant process from end-to-end including the development, strategic planning, implementation and continued assessment of the performance of grants.
- Serve as lead in the implementation and evaluation of the Foundation’s new grantmaking strategy focused on Strengthening Black Families
- Identify strategic grantmaking opportunities aligned with the foundation’s priority areas; conduct site visits and all required due diligence to ensure that grantees are properly vetted, and that the community and the foundation can measure positive impact
- Ensures all grant applications awarded align with the Foundation’s mission and IRS 501(c)(3) regulations including analysis and recommendations for funding of current and potential grantees
- Serve as liaison and provide support to donor advisors/committees in the identification and selection of grant recipients
- Prepare reports measuring progress, monitor program for compliance concerns, present to the Foundation, and ensure timely submission of grant related progress
- Independently develop and execute within defined project plans
- Maintain awareness of trends, changes in regulation, and key stakeholders needs as it relates to potential partners in the field, philanthropic opportunities, and issues impacting the local African American community
- Assist with, or lead internal and external communication efforts
- Coach and counsel current and potential grantees regarding grant guidelines and/or reporting and other requirements
- Represent the Foundation within the nonprofit, philanthropic and broader community
- Assess and proactively cultivate partnerships in line with the Foundation’s interests and priorities
- Positively contribute to the teamwork, learning, and collaborative spirit of a small office
- Perform other duties as assigned
Essential Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of relevant experience in the nonprofit and/or philanthropic sectors
- Ability to effectively collaborate and engage with a wide range of stakeholders
- Ability to work in a team-oriented environment and experience with collaborative efforts
- Ability to be innovative while being self-directed in idea generation and exploration of ways to grow and expand program offerings
- Effective in handling sensitive confidential information and skilled at sharing the right information at the right time to various stakeholders
- Excellent oral, written, detail-orientation, time management, and analytical skills
- Embodies good project management, problem-solving, and decision quality
- Ability to successfully multi-task and prioritize effectively
- MS Office proficiency
- Proven ability to work with diverse audiences as well as working knowledge of community needs and initiatives as it relates to the African American community in Allegheny County
- Familiarity with 501(c)(3) IRS related regulations is preferred
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