The Program Officer reports to the Associate Vice President, Philanthropic Services and is a new role responsible for directly managing multiple foundation client relationships in partnership with the Associate Vice President, Philanthropic Services, as well as supporting the work of the
Philanthropic Services division in providing support to a portfolio of foundation and individual philanthropist clients. This position will work with clients to ensure that their philanthropic vision and goals are realized in partnership with non-profit recipients and an efficient grantmaking and
foundation management infrastructure.
The Program Officer is a position that is responsible for maintaining relationships with non- profits of varying sizes across a diverse range of sectors and with some of our community’s most respected philanthropic leaders. As such, the Program Officer will have a high degree of
emotional intelligence, passion for philanthropy and the work of the non-profit sector, as well as significant experience in managing multiple projects and client relationships simultaneously. The ideal candidate will also possess an ability to think strategically and apply this skill to serve as a sounding board and advisor to clients and non-profit leaders.
Specific areas of oversight and responsibilities include:
- Serves as the lead Program Officer on 4 – 6 key client relationships.
- Manages a portfolio of foundation relationships including preparation and staffing of board meetings, execution of grantmaking strategies, coordination with non-profit applicants and grantees, working with members of the Philanthropic Services team to ensure all project deliverables are performed at superior quality, on-time and exceed the expectations of the client.
- Collaborates with Associate Vice President to provide grant proposal evaluation and due diligence.
- Collaborates with Manager to oversee client checking accounts and administer funding requests.
- Reviews and prepares detailed summaries of grant proposals for review by clients.
- Maintains grants management database and client management software to track and record all grant request details.
- Conducts research and analysis to assist clients.
- Attends site visits and meetings with non-profit partners as appropriate.
- Collaborates closely with clients and nonprofit organizations to create alignment around common goals.
- Stays current on trends in the non-profit and philanthropic sector.
- Responsible for grant evaluations and process reporting in coordination with non-profit organizations.
- Collaborates with Philanthropic Services team to develop and adapt processes and procedures for the Philanthropic Services Division.
- Performs any other necessary project work and duties to meet the needs of the clients.
- Participates in and actively exemplifies Ignite Core Principles:
- Solutions Driven – Our work is rooted in our ability to develop solutions to help our clients achieve their philanthropic goals. We take the lead in co-creating the path to our clients’ success.
- Adaptive – Building the right strategy requires us to remain humble, so we may continually learn and adapt. We embrace listening, questioning, and experimentation as the foundation of our adaptive mindset.
- Team-Centered – Philanthropy is a team sport – no single individual has the knowledge and experience to successfully navigate all aspects of our work. We thrive by taking a team approach, ensuring that we bring diverse tools and talent to successfully tackle our clients’ complex challenges.
- Service Minded – Through the generosity of our clients, we serve our community by maximizing the power of giving. We lead by example, personifying the spirit of the sector we serve.
- A minimum of 5-7+ years of successful client management experience, professional experience in a non-profit environment and/or proven related client management experience, with progressive increase in responsibilities throughout career tenure.
- Ability to proactively manage multiple client projects at the same time, with minimal direction, and successfully meet project goals and deadlines.
- Exceptional writing and communications skills.
- Desire to work in a team environment to achieve objectives and effectively anticipate client expectations.
- Ability to earn trust, confidence and respect amongst internal team, clients, and external stakeholders.
- Strong critical and strategic thinking, quantitative analysis and research skills.
- Strong presentation skills and display of professionalism.
- Keen attention to detail and commitment to deliver work of the highest quality.
- Discretion and good judgment when working with confidential information.
- Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office.
- Grants management software experience, Blackbaud preferred.
Ignite Philanthropy offers a competitive comprehensive employee benefits package:
- The salary range for the Program Officer position is $45,000 - $65,000 annually, commensurate with experience.
- Ignite offers the following benefits to employees:
- Elective health, dental and vision insurance (75% of the employee’s premium is employer paid).
- Short- and Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance (100% of the premium is employer-paid).
- 401(k) retirement savings plan with a 4% employer contribution that employees may elect to participate in the quarter immediately following their hire date.
- Discretionary annual bonus and profit-sharing contribution.
- Thirteen (13) paid holidays, which includes six (6) business days at the end of the calendar year.
- 120 hours of paid leave (PTO) used for vacations and planned absences.
- Flexible Discretionary Leave used for short-term health-related or personal absences.
- Eight (8) hours of Volunteer Leave used for volunteering in the community.
- Twelve (12) weeks of partially paid Parental Leave.
- Ignite provides the following stipends to offset employee’s costs:
- Home Office/Technology Stipend - $400/one-time, upon hire
- Parking Stipend - $80/month
- Phone/Internet Stipend - $50/month
- Wellness Reimbursement - $200/annually
- Ignite is fully committed to employees’ growth and offers opportunities for continued professional development.
- Ignite supports a flexible work environment. However, Ignite’s business and client needs will need to be supported through attending in-person meetings, as well as completing office-based projects.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their applications early. To apply, please complete the online application at https://ignitephilanthropy.bamboohr.com/jobs/. Candidates are required to submit a resume and
cover letter to be considered.