Program Officer

Website POISE Foundation

Job Title: Program Officer
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer

Company Mission:

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.

Position Summary:

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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