Program Officer/Special Projects

Program Officer/Special Projects

Hiring Organization: 
France-Merrick Foundation

The Program Officer/ Special Projects will review grant proposals, perform due diligence work, manage current grants, evaluate grant results and make recommendations to the Grants Committee and Board of Directors while also assisting the Foundation as it evolves its role in the community and with the family it represents. The Program Officer is a pivotal member of the team, contributing ideas, strategic thinking, organizational networking and collaborative teamwork. The position will begin as a generalist in grantmaking, so any and all knowledge of the Foundation’s program areas is desired, including a strong familiarity with the Greater Baltimore community. The job description will likely evolve over time and require flexibility in role.   The Foundation seeks to have a diverse staff team and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession. The Program Officer will work in an office setting with possibilities for some remote work.

Primary responsibilities include (70%):
  • Counsel grant seekers on grant requests and general information inquiries.
  • Evaluate the feasibility of grant proposals and of applicant’s organizational capacity to achieve proposed objectives and develop written funding recommendations.
  • Review and analyze organizational and project budgets for proposals.
  • Conduct in person site visits as part of grant application review process.
  • Work with the Executive Director and program team to coordinate funding recommendations within payout targets.
  • Monitor progress of grantees and report findings to the Board.
  • Conduct research projects as needed to further understanding of the Foundation’s giving history, impact and community needs.
  • Work closely with community organizations, local leaders and other funders to identify regional funding needs and potential grantees related to the Foundation’s priorities.
  • Remain current on issues of emerging and critical trends in philanthropy, the nonprofit community and specific Foundation program areas.
Secondary responsibilities include (30%):
  • Help create learning sessions for board, staff and family members. These responsibilities have the potential to grow and change over time.
Personal Leadership Qualities, Knowledge and Skills Desired


  • Understanding of Baltimore region and its nonprofit community; local candidates only.
  • At least seven years of professional experience, preferably in non-profit settings.
  • A clear commitment to the Foundation’s values of integrity, learning, collaboration and impact.
  • Approaches the workplace with motivation and creativity.
  • An ability to work in a team as part of a small office.
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to analyze budgets and financial statements.
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information.
  • Good judgment in decision-making.
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and listening skills, and ability to communicate with diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.
  • The ability to build trusting relationships.
  • The ability to balance diverging and competing points of view.
  • Effective facilitation skills, including in virtual settings.
Application instructions: 

Please send cover letter and resume in single PDF to by June 4, 2021. No phone calls please.

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Position Location: 
Baltimore, Maryland
Submitting Organization: 
France-Merrick Foundation