Program Officer, Education

In collaboration with the vice president of program & strategy and the program director of education, the program officer role has responsibility for distribution and management of grant resources consistent with the Foundation’s strategy and goals. The program officer role builds relationships, designs and executes strategies and stewards the resources of the Foundation. This position will be responsible for supporting strategies within the education impact area.

  • Manage grant portfolio – Review, summarize, evaluate and prepare grantee reports and recommendations.  Provide technical assistance as necessary and appropriate to applicants and grantees. Monitor and evaluate approved grants; manage compliance matters.  Assist in the preparation of the reports and materials for the Trustees.  Support and maintain quality in systems operations and grant making procedures and process and assume responsibility for data integrity. Periodically assess the Foundation’s grant making process, procedures, and guidelines and make recommendations for improvements. Assist in the development and management of the Foundation’s annual grant making budget.  
  • Cultivate leadership and advocacy on behalf of children – Provide public presentations on behalf of the Foundation. Serve on civic and community-based boards to guide issues related to Foundation core strategies. Convene key leaders and stakeholders on issues that advance the Foundation’s strategies and community investments. Convene key leaders and stakeholders to develop learning communities around issues that impact the lives of children. 
  • Building and managing relationships to enable change – Lead and/or guide relationships with key stakeholders in the community to advance the Foundation’s core strategies. Strategically strengthen networks and build effective relationships with leaders in the field.  
  • Use data to learn and improve – Participate in data collection and assessment to drive Foundation strategy development and priorities. Utilize data to assess organizational and program quality and effectiveness. Assess and secure leverage opportunities for growth. 
  • Provide Trustee support - Upon request, meet quarterly with Foundation Trustees to provide clarity and information related to our strategies and initiatives. 
  • Generate leverage support - Establish and maintain relationships with other local and national funders for the purpose of generating leverage support for Foundation strategies.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, with five to seven years of relevant experience. 
  • Knowledge of education reform strongly preferred including but not limited to school district reform, charter quality, teacher and leader development, charter operations and quality scaling, school improvement and policy (state and national). 
  • Previous grantmaking experience highly desirable. 
  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of stewardship, integrity, excellence, inclusiveness and equal opportunity, adaptability, and collaboration. 
  • Experience forging strategic partnerships, establishing relationships to co-design higher leverage investments, successful in building systems and managing relationships. 
  • Strong understanding of the systems and policies shaping the core impact areas.  
  • Excellent research, written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with ability to listen effectively, respond appropriately, and maintain mutual comfort level while relating to a diverse workforce. 
  • Strong project management and organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple priorities while maintaining flexibility. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team based environment, focusing on collaboration and inclusion. 
  • Successful in accessing, developing and sharing knowledge internally and externally. 
  • Work collaboratively with the program team and other partners internal and external to the Foundation. 
  • Manage ambiguity comfortably. 
  • Results-driven and focused on acting proactively vs. reactively to fully leverage autonomy.
  • Demonstrated ability for critical thinking, independent judgment, creative problem solving.
  • Reports to and accountable to, program director of education.
  • Partner with grantees for portfolio management needs. 
  • Work together with immediate peers on various cross functional teams.
  • Collaborate with community stakeholders for strategy advancement and alignment.

This position is a full-time salaried position and benefits. We offer competitive salary offerings and excellent benefits that include, medical, dental, vision, flexible spending account, 401k(with a match), life insurance, and disability coverage. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to No phone calls please. Responses to this job posting are requested by January 13, 2017.

The Skillman Foundation is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.