The Oregon Community Foundation
April 30, 2019
Portland, Oregon
Job Type
Salary or Pay Details
$57,166 starting salary


Job Title: Associate Program Officer - Community Programs
Location: Portland


Since 1973 The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has pursued a mission to improve lives for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. With a growing endowment nearing $2 billion, OCF has become one of the nation’s largest community foundations, awarding more than $109 million last year in grants and scholarships. OCF connects caring with action by matching donors to causes and communities in need. OCF’s work rests on some basic principles: responsible stewardship of funds entrusted by donors; work in partnership to address common needs and aspirations; prioritize investments that create substantive change and attempt to resolve problems at their source; advance equity, diversity and inclusion through programs; and research and evaluate programs and initiatives.

The Associate Program Officer performs program-related duties for OCF’s statewide, region and issue-specific grant programs where volunteers and advisory committees are engaged in review of applications. The position oversees a large, non-competitive grant program where donors have designated specific organizations to receive grants on an annual basis. The Associate Program Officer also serves as a programmatic resource to colleagues who work directly with donors and as a program representative in carrying out OCF’s regional engagement strategies, including but not limited to the North Coast region of Oregon.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

A. Program Support
• Perform program-related duties for the statewide Community Grants Program: meet with and respond to inquiries from prospective grant applicants and grantees, assess Community Grant applications, conduct site visits and assist with nonprofit outreach
• Develop knowledge and expertise about organizations, people and issues to help carry out grant programs
• Participate in and facilitate meetings with volunteer grant evaluators and staff
• Help inform program strategies and administrative processes
• Analyze grantee progress and perform occasional research
• Participate in review of special grant requests and development of grant recommendations; guide assessment of impact of grants

B. Program and Fund Management
• Manage a large portfolio of smaller, community-based grant programs and funds, including program design and implementation, volunteer advisory committee management, and associated administration
• Oversee a large, non-competitive grant program where donors have designated specific nonprofit organizations to receive grants on an annual basis. Oversee grantee reporting and communications with donors, grantees and stakeholders, provide direction when an organization is no longer in compliance or closes its doors, produce board committee reports, work alongside the Director of Grants Management to oversee annual distributions, and strengthen administrative and program processes
• Ensure that grants under management by this position are consistently and effectively meeting donor intent, funds are being spent down, and that due diligence is performed in grant proposal review

C. Programmatic Guidance
• Serve as a programmatic resource to colleagues who work directly with donors, including sharing opportunities for future giving and information/analysis on past grants awarded
• Produce grant reports and perform occasional research

D. Regional Support
• Serve as a program representative in carrying out OCF’s regional engagement strategies, including but not limited to the North Coast region of Oregon (Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln and Tillamook counties)
• Participate in and/or lead cross-departmental regional strategy meetings, volunteer meetings and events, outreach and grant workshops

E. Other Duties as assigned

Required Cultural Values:

In addition to the specific job requirements for each position, staff are expected to embody certain cultural values to support OCF’s mission: communicate effectively, value one another, demonstrate accountability, embrace possibilities, address conflict and take action.

Required Education, Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

• Five or more years’ progressively responsible experience, including experience in the nonprofit or public sector, or equivalent experience in the private or corporate sectors
• Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline or equivalent experience
• Outstanding communication skills, verbal and written, including public speaking
• Strong organizational skills, including the ability to track details, prioritize and manage several projects, work efficiently to meet deadlines
• Strong analytical skills including the knowledge and ability to think critically, problem-solve, conduct research, manage projects, analyze program options and clearly explain alternatives, evaluate non-profit organizations’ strengths and weaknesses including financial reports, design and implement program evaluations
• Experience in program planning and evaluation
• Experience leading or working with groups of volunteers and coordinating diverse teams to achieve goals
• Adept using Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher; facile Internet user; knowledge of Adobe; and experience working in a network environment with an integrated database
• Strong interest in philanthropy in Oregon and knowledge of the state
• Possesses cultural agility skills necessary to work effectively with diverse people, teams and communities

Percentage of Time: 5 - 10% (higher in some months than others)

Travel is required with this position, most frequently within the Metro Portland region, with some statewide (mostly North Coast) travel, including an occasional overnight stay. A valid driver’s license is required.

Compensation and Benefits:

The starting salary for this position is $57,166.00; starting rate is dependent on candidates’ applicable experience and knowledge. OCF offers an excellent benefit package with generous paid time off, choice of medical and dental plans, vision, outstanding 401k retirement plan, cell phone stipend, commuter and healthcare savings accounts, employer paid disability and life. Our employees have access to an Employee Assistance Plan, paid volunteer leave, and professional development opportunities.

How to Apply

The Oregon Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We strive to build a diverse workforce to promote effective work in partnership with all communities and population groups in Oregon. We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants.

We are accepting resumes through May 10, 2019. To apply, provide a cover letter addressing how you meet the requirements of this position and include your resume.

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