Program Officer

Program Officer

Hiring Organization: 
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Foundation Background/Culture

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States, provides approximately $125 million in annual grants to nonprofits that provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable individuals and families, primarily in the United States and Israel. Since 1980, the Foundation has distributed grants totaling more than $2 billion, and current assets total approximately $2.5 billion. The Foundation administers the majority of its funding in its priority communities: Maryland, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Greater Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, rural communities in the United States, and Israel. These areas are hometowns representing personal ties to the life and legacy of Harry Weinberg, as well as the Foundation's Trustees.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Specific to the role of Program Officer
  • Provide support in the Foundation’s Health and Jobs grantmaking portfolios.
  • Develop and demonstrate subject matter expertise in the specific areas that the Program Officer is responsible for.
  • Manage a range of special projects and initiatives nationally, and within priority communities, to accomplish specific goals and outcomes within the areas of Health and Jobs.
  • Represent the Foundation at professional meetings and in the broader community of grantees, foundations, civic leaders, and other Foundation partners.
  • Convene meetings of grantees and external experts on topics related to the Foundation’s grantmaking interests in multiple subject matter areas.
  • Attend conferences and, at times, serve as a speaker on topics relevant to the Foundation’s work.
  • Provide personalized guidance to prospective applicants via phone calls, emails, or in-person meetings.
  • Support the President and the Managing Director of Programs in managing relationships with partners, public officials, and institutions.
  • Report directly to the Managing Director, Programs and/or Senior Program Director on a range of projects and assignments related to the Foundation’s grantmaking. 
  • Assist Program Team members in conducting due diligence related to the Foundation’s standard grantmaking activities.
  • Conduct research that will inform the Foundation’s grantmaking strategies and decisions.
  • Conduct site visits, convenings and other events within priority communities as necessary.
Overall Responsibilities
  • Evaluate the feasibility of grant proposals and investigate organizational capacity to achieve proposed objectives
  • Conduct in-person site visits as part of grant application review process
  • Manage compliance with deadlines and other grant application and reporting requirements
  • Monitor and support grantees in tracking and evaluating ongoing projects
  • Proactively seek new grantees and opportunities for philanthropic investment, focused on improving the lives of vulnerable populations
  • Prepare materials such as memos and reports, for inclusion in regular meetings with staff and Trustees
  • Present information and analysis at various in-house meetings with staff and Trustees
  • Work well with fellow program officers and all foundation staff
  • Attend weekly meetings with all program staff to discuss grants and other topics
  • Ensure prompt turn-around time regarding grant reporting requirements and deadlines
  • Read progress reports to evaluate previous grantees and to inform future funding recommendations
  • Review capital grant budgets, costs and forecasts when recommending capital grants
  • Review payment requests and approve payments
Experience, Skills and Styles
  • Excellent communications skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • Clear, concise writing style
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and think critically and strategically
  • Demonstrated ability to process large amounts of information in an orderly fashion
  • Experience with fiscal reporting
  • Strong initiative and ability to solve problems
  • Ability to research, design, and implement new grantmaking programs
  • Demonstrated knowledge within the area of philanthropy
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills
  • A proven ability to work effectively with community leaders, diverse committees, and multiple task environments
  • A record of developing consensus
  • A creative leader with the patience and pragmatism to set achievable long-term goals
  • A personality and value system consistent with the Foundation's reputation and reflective of the highest levels of integrity and above reproach
  • A reputation in the community for integrity, high intellectual capability and extremely hard work
  • A professional with a spirit of kindness and humility
  • Ability to work well in teams and to collaborate with colleagues
  • Ability to manage time, handle pressure, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to travel 
  • Demonstrate a meticulous attention to detail.
  • Have a sense of irony and humor.
  • Initiate recommendations and solutions to challenges.
  • Work well with other staff to deliver work accurately and quickly.
  • Manage work efficiently and productively
  • Maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate a high level of friendly and professional customer-service with internal and external individuals.

Successful applicants will be required to answer questions by email, participate in multiple interviews, provide strong current references and authorize a full background check.

The Weinberg Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It embraces workforce diversity and is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal opportunity laws. The Foundation encourages all qualified applicants to apply.

Application instructions: 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume including a summary of relevant work experience and a statement of particular interest in this position, along with salary range requirements, to the following email

If the Foundation is interested in speaking with you, expect to be contacted within 30 days of submission. No phone calls, please.

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