Program Officer

April 21st, 2022
Program Officer

Program Officer

  • Full Time
  • Mid-Level
Job Category: Programs/Services
Location: Brooklyn
Job Sectors: Community Improvement

The Program Officer (PO) is responsible for leading key community-driven programs, managing grantmaking portfolios, maintaining the integrity of grant information, and assisting with policy and advocacy efforts. To further the Foundation’s strategic priorities, the PO develops relationships and works closely with community residents, leaders and other external partners.

The successful candidate will possess excellent communication and analytical skills, a clear commitment to racial justice, in-depth knowledge of the Brooklyn nonprofit sector, a learning orientation and humility, and will be a team player capable of putting the common good first. This is a full-time exempt position, and reports to the Vice President of Programs and Partnerships. It is located in Brooklyn, NY and will occasionally require early morning, evening, and weekend work. There is the need to travel within NYC via public transportation for visits with community partners.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:



    • Conduct field scan research, issue-specific Insights processes, convenings, and interviews to inform grantmaking strategy 
    • Create and manage the grantmaking process for Invest in Youth and other assigned portfolios, including recruiting and launching advisory councils, preparing Requests for Proposals, proposal review, due diligence, site visits, grant recommendations, monitoring grantee progress and outcomes. Topic areas for portfolios may change/ expand.
    • Prepare docket materials that summarize recommendations for consideration by the Program Committee and other appropriate councils.
    • Identify strategic opportunities to advance Foundation’s key areas of focus and advocacy efforts, connecting to larger issues of racial and economic justice that reflect the political environment.
    • Work collaboratively with colleagues to share information and key learnings and inform communication and advocacy efforts.


Grant Operations

    • Work externally with applicants and grantees and internally with Programs and Operations teams to ensure compliance with regulations and meet deliverable expectations for assigned grants.
    • Maintain the accuracy and integrity of the grants management platform and additional databases/file systems to meet legal, auditing and foundation requirements.
    • Work closely with the Operations team to facilitate processing of grants.



    • Partner with other Program Officers to support project consultants.
    • Partner with the Programs Team to support the Foundation’s discrete initiatives.
    • Help organize workshops and convenings, develop agenda, identify speakers, and manage logistics.
    • Actively participate and represent the Foundation in local, regional and national groups and events focused on effective philanthropy, resident engagement, racial justice, and related issues.


Foundation Supports

    • Collaborate with Communications to increase the visibility of the grantees and community-led solutions
    • Support Development in fundraising efforts, providing information and attending events
    • Participate as active member in Foundation-wide activities


Abilities and Competencies

    • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills: especially the ability to listen well, establish and maintain authentic and professional relationships, and exercise effective and inclusive leadership in cross-cultural and multi-cultural settings,
    • Excellent analytical and communication skills: using sound judgment, able to quickly gather, synthesize and summarize information in a clear and jargon-free manner in written and oral communications.  Bilingualism or multilingualism is a plus.
    • Strong presentation skills: comfortable making presentations to public audiences and skilled in both group and one-on-one meeting facilitation,
    • Intellectual curiosity and learning orientation: commitment to continuously learning and growing, remaining humble and ego-free in the work, striving to minimize power dynamics, 
    • Flexible and versatile: ability to perform gracefully in various situations and thrive in an environment of flux, ability to anticipate obstacles and creatively offer solutions, serve as a team player.



    • Deep commitment to racial equity, especially as it applies to Brooklyn communities. Resident of Brooklyn preferred, or strong ties to the borough. Passion for Brooklyn communities.
    • At least 4-7 years of experience in social justice philanthropy, nonprofit or public policy.  Grantmaking experience, organizing and strong facilitation skills preferred.
    • Demonstrated commitment to the Foundation’s vision and values, specifically a passion for racial and social justice.
    • Direct work experience and strong familiarity with organizations that fit the foundation’s funding priorities; especially with community organizing and advocacy in Brooklyn.
    • Strong planning, administrative, and organizational skills: ability to manage multiple tasks and timetables while maintaining focus, meet deadlines, and work independently with minimal support.
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Salesforce.


Additional Information

The Foundation currently institutes a hybrid working schedule.  Full-time employees are expected to work in the Foundation’s office, located in Crown Heights, two days per week. 

The Foundation offers an excellent benefits package, which includes generous paid time off, employer-paid health, vision, dental and life insurance, and a vibrant, dedicated, and flexible work environment.


Salary: $78,000 – $85,000 annually.



Email a cover letter and résumé to [email protected] (no reference letters or phone calls please) listing ‘Program Officer’ in the subject line.

Brooklyn Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In alignment with its Racial Justice Lens, the Foundation is committed to maintaining a staff that diversifies philanthropy, including lifting up the leadership of people from communities historically underrepresented in the field and those directly affected by structural racism, centering them in decision-making. Additionally, the Foundation does not base any hiring decisions on an applicant’s history of involvement in the criminal justice system.

Brooklyn Community Foundation

  • 1000 Dean Street
  • Brooklyn, New York 11238
  • United States
  • Phone: 718-480-7500

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