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Program Officer

Posted: 09/02/2022

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Are you looking for a rewarding career fueled by purpose? Do you want our region to be the best it can possibly be? Place and purpose drive our mission, so Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) may be the place for you. As the region’s leading community foundation and one of the most prominent in the nation, we serve an eight-county region of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
 
We bring together:

  • Donors – Supporting causes and organizations that improve our community.
  • Nonprofits – Delivering experiences that improve people and place.
  • Changemakers – Working to solve our region’s greatest challenges.
 
Greater Cincinnati Foundation recruits, employs, trains, compensates, promotes and celebrates employees of all races, religions, colors, national origins, sexes, sexual orientations, disabilities, ages, veteran status and all the other characteristics that make individuals unique and extraordinary. At GCF, we have a clear vision: to be an employer of choice where a diverse mix of talented people want to be and can do their best work. GCF exists exclusively to support our community, and we know our organization runs on the hard work and dedication of our passionate and mission-driven employees.
 
GCF's values are generosity, greater good, equity, trailblazing and growth. Generosity fuels our work. We exist for the greater good in the region with equity being our North Star. We embrace our role as a leadership organization that requires vision and trailblazing. Maintaining a growth mind allows us to think big and stay driven.
 
Our dedication to promote racial and gender equity, diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion is clearly reflected in our values, behaviors and strategic initiatives. We are fully focused on racial equity as an organization – it is more than a commitment for us, it is the foundation of what we do. Here are a couple of examples of our leadership in this area:
 
A message from our Governing Board - http://www.gcfdn.org/news/5-million-committed-to-racial-justice/
 
A message from our CEO, Ellen Katz - http://www.gcfdn.org/news/join-us-in-solidarity/
 
Job Description
 
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation seeks a Program Officer to join the Community Strategies team to be a strong contributor in the work to realize our emerging vision for an equitable Greater Cincinnati region. This position will work closely with the nonprofit and public service sectors to implement strategies for inclusive and active community engagement and learning, drive responsive investment efforts to meet community needs and honor donors wishes, and represent the Foundation in key community change efforts.
 
Among other qualities, the ideal candidate will possess: (1) excellent communication and analytical skills; (2) in depth knowledge of the nonprofit sector; (3) a track record of engaging diverse communities and stakeholders to pursue a common purpose; (4) a history of outcomes driven leadership and working as part of a team; (5) a track record of using research and analysis to drive decision-making and action; (6) solid experience in strategic planning, complex project implementation, and facilitation skills.
 
Job Duties and Responsibilities
 
Capacity Building
 
  • Design and manage the build out of capacity building efforts on behalf of GCF in partnership with similar regional efforts
  • Develop strategies for assessing community needs and mechanisms for allowing GCF to strategically address these needs by building the capacity of nonprofit and other partners
  • Ensure all voices are welcome to learn and grow together consistent with the Foundation’s emphasis on racial equity.
  • Build relationships with key community leaders and content experts that have strong potential to improve nonprofit practices.
  • Lead the planning and implementation of “value-added” activities for various broad and distinct audiences
  • Support staff and board learning relative to racial equity in partnership with the Sr. Program Officer.
 
 Community Strategies
 
  • Read, analyze, and critique grant proposals from non-profit organizations for funding consideration
  • Write detailed comments on the structure, thoroughness, and overall value of each grant to
indicate approval (or rejection) of funding requests
  • Facilitate the execution of Request for Proposal processes and proactive grantmaking strategies
  • Facilitate a panel of reviewers and provide support to board members and/or other volunteers to engage community members in grantmaking decisions
  • Collaborate and work closely with the Director of Community Strategies to develop, implement, and evaluate investment opportunities to advance the Foundation’s mission
  • Support grantmaking strategies of private foundation clients
  • Support the telling of GCF’s story of impact in partnership with Community Strategies team
  • Support the development of policies, practices, and infrastructure that advance the work of the Community Strategies team and the organization as a whole
  • Partner with the Donor Services team to maximize co-investment opportunities for donors
 
 
Community Leadership
 
  • Keep abreast of emerging issues both locally and nationally
  • Serve as a knowledge resource to fellow staff, board, donors, and private foundation clients upon request.  Engages and educates donors around community needs and opportunities.  Inspires investment where there is interest.
  • Represent GCF in local, regional, and statewide organizations with shared goals in racial equity.
 
Requirements and Qualifications
 
  • 5+ years of experience related to the Foundation’s priorities, which may include community organizing, policy and advocacy work, philanthropy, public or nonprofit management, and direct service, amongst others.
  • Experience with and trust in collegial decision-making, coupled with ability to work independently, flexibly, and with a sense of humor.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines; ability to pay attention to accuracy and detail while thinking broadly.
  • Experience promoting racial equity and building relationships across racial, socio-economic, gender, sexuality, and ability differences.
  • Well-developed research skills; the ability to synthesize new information readily
  • Track record of demonstrating efficiency, productivity, and innovation.
  • A proven commitment to racial equity, demonstrated by thoughtful action, a results orientation and continuous learning.
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competency and the ability to communicate effectively—orally and in writing—to diverse audiences and in a variety of contexts.
  • Deep knowledge of community issues such as affordable housing and racial equity strongly preferred
  • Master’s level degree desired
 
 
Pay Range: $70,000-75,000
 
 
 
 
Wages are negotiable within the competitive salary range set by GCF. The ranges have been established based on organization, industry and national standards. Desired salary expectations will be discussed during the interview process.
 
This position summary is not to be considered an exhaustive description of the responsibilities which may be required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform key responsibilities. Please note that duties and qualification of this and all jobs will change as we evolve our services to our community. 
 
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) recruits, employs, trains, compensates, promotes and celebrates employees of all races, religions, colors, national origins, sexes, sexual orientations, disabilities, ages, veteran status and all the other characteristics that make individuals unique and extraordinary. At GCF, we have a clear vision: to be an employer of choice where a diverse mix of talented peopled want to be and can do their best work. GCF exists exclusively to support our community, and we know our organization runs on the hard work and dedication of our passionate and mission-driven employees.
 
GCF is a Gold Level certified with Ellequate (Formerly Queen City Certified), which is the first data-informed employer certification and cohort-based leadership program for gender equity in the U.S. workplace.
 
If interested, please apply on our website at www.gcfdn.org/careers

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