Program Officer

Program Officer

Hiring Organization: 
Goldseker Foundation

Since an original bequest of $11 million from the estate of Morris Goldseker in 1975, the Goldseker Foundation has granted over $100 million to approximately 600 nonprofit organizations and projects in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Though the focus of the foundation’s grant making has evolved over time, it has sought to honor Mr. Goldseker’s wish that the foundation serve the Baltimore community by investing in its institutions and people. Today, the Goldseker Foundation works in partnership with the city’s civic leadership, a well-established nonprofit sector, and a growing community of social entrepreneurs to serve the Baltimore community through grant making primarily in the areas of community development, education, and nonprofit organizational development. The foundation has also been growing its portfolio of program related investments.

The foundation currently maintains a full-time staff of three. Because the team is small, it is important that the Program Officer be able to work productively and quickly in a non-bureaucratic environment in which a wide variety of tasks is expected of each employee and flexibility and willingness to work collegially are absolute requirements.

Principal Responsibilities
In consultation with the President, the Program Officer shares responsibility for planning and carrying out the foundation’s annual grant program and program related investments. The Program Officer helps identify and evaluate funding opportunities and make recommendations to colleagues and the Board of Directors about the most effective and appropriate ways to commit the foundation’s grant funds (currently around $4 million per year) and program related investments (totaling an additional $4 million).

While expertise in any of the foundation’s grant making areas of interest (community development, education, and nonprofit capacity building) is welcome, the Program Officer is expected to be somewhat of a generalist, able to identify new opportunities for philanthropy to seed promising ideas and support emerging leaders in Baltimore, in keeping with the foundation’s mission of positioning Baltimore as an excellent place to live, learn, and invest. Overall responsibilities encompass a variety of activities:

  • Telephone discussions, meetings, and site visits with prospective applicants, to discern and communicate the foundation’s funding priorities and the likelihood of financial support
  • Providing assistance to applicants throughout the application process, conducting due diligence on requests, and preparing written grant recommendations to the Board of Directors
  • Follow-up and evaluation of active and past grants and programs
  • Issue and policy research, especially in the areas of community development, education, and nonprofit management
  • Regular interaction with other grant makers, policy makers and the nonprofit community, including participation in collaborative projects
  • Civic leadership through board service and project leadership with organizations or programs of particular relevance to the foundation’s mission
  • Serving as a connector, seeking ways to assist and promote talented people and good initiatives in Baltimore even when financial support from the foundation is not appropriate.


  • The Program Officer plays an important role in the foundation’s external facing communications, with responsibilities that include:
  • Planning, writing, and editing the Foundation’s Annual Report, including managing external vendors such as graphic designers and photographers
  • Managing the distribution of the Annual Report through email notification (Constant Contact), the website, and mail, and tracking consumption metrics
  • Managing the foundation’s website, currently on WordPress, with periodic updates of content and some limited back end maintenance
  • Managing the foundation’s presence on social media, currently Twitter and Facebook
  • Drafting periodic press releases and op-eds

Administrative responsibilities are typically carried out in collaboration with the Executive Assistant and include:

  • Responding promptly in writing to funding inquiries and requests
  • Assuring timely grantee compliance with Foundation reporting requirements
  • Monitoring grant closeouts
  • Helping preparing the dockets for quarterly meetings of the board of directors
  • Writing of grant award letters, grant resolutions, and grant declinations
  • Providing feedback to unsuccessful applicants regarding declinations

Desired Skills/Attributes

  • A deep understanding of Baltimore and the challenges and opportunities present here
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong analytic skills and ability to read and interpret nonprofit financial statements
  • Ability to present data visually, including graphic design
  • Entrepreneurial work style, oriented toward outcomes
  • Strong interpersonal skills, particularly diplomacy, listening skills, ease of manner, sensitivity to a variety of constituents, sense of humor
  • Ability to move quickly and easily among several activities
  • Intellectual curiosity and knowledge of civic and community issues

Salary commensurate with experience. The foundation also offers a competitive benefits package.

Application instructions: 

The Goldseker Foundation is seeking applicants for its Program Officer role. While the position has traditionally been filled by an individual working on a full-time basis, the foundation will consider candidates interested in serving in either full or part-time capacities with responsibilities and duties ultimately adjusted according to the experiences, skills, and interests of the selected candidate(s). Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter to
No telephone inquiries.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Submitting Organization: 
Goldseker Foundation