Program Officer - Education and Learning

The foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. The foundation’s integrated approach centers on whole child development – ensuring the emotional, social, cognitive, physical, cultural and civic development of young children, with a special emphasis on prenatal to age 8, within the context of families and communities.

Through technical, programmatic, and financial support, the foundation is currently partnering with hundreds of organizations to reach its goal of developing educated and healthy children who thrive in secure families and communities. The foundation approaches this work by employing “two-generation strategies,” recognizing that interventions in childrens’ lives have more enduring positive outcomes when the prospects for their parents’ lives are also improved.


Serving under the direction of the director, the program officer is responsible for identifying and nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities, and executing programming efforts that are aligned with the organizational direction.

The program officer will work closely with other staff to ensure integration and coordination of efforts.

The prerequisites of the Program Officer position come from a combination of academic training and professional experience and include:

  • Master’s degree in a field relevant to assigned areas is preferred.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in fields relevant to assigned responsibilities. Preference for significant relevant work experience (8+ years) with strong networks and contacts, as well as a broad, generalist background with deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, networking, and community change.
  • Evidence of effective work beyond areas of relevant field of practice and technical skills in one or more core programming areas (family economic security; food, health and well-being; education and learning; civic engagement; racial equity, etc.) that support the goal area/regional strategy are essential.
  • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.

Additional Info

Technical skills:

  • Comfort with and ability to work effectively within communities, including appreciating historical contexts, discerning nuances of relationships and power dynamics, understanding racial/ethnic realities and respecting community needs and desires.
  • Accurate and current knowledge about trends, movements, and developing policy to stimulate appropriate programming directions and capitalize on emerging opportunities.
  • Understanding of broad social and economic forces that affect communities and families and shape programming efforts.
  • Ability to translate concept to action; entrepreneurial nature.
  • Problem solving skills, including the ability to develop novel approaches to generate solutions.
  • Sound judgment and the ability to make complex, multidimensional decisions based on both facts and experience.
  • Thorough knowledge and grasp of systems change and the ability to identify and orchestrate the levers of change.
  • Innovation orientation.
  • Organization, administrative and management skills.
  • Organizational savvy and constructive political skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate knowledge and learning.

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How to Apply

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