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.
We have an opening for a full-time Associate Program Officer for Economic Vitality and Health , who will report to the Director of Strategic Projects. The Associate Program Officer for Economic Vitality and Health assists the Director of Strategic Projects (Director) in managing OCF initiatives for two priority areas, economic vitality and health and well-being. OCF uses a variety of tools including research, convening, grants, loans and investments to achieve the board’s desired outcomes. The Associate Program Officer assists with the planning, research, strategy development, strategy implementation and evaluation, relationship management and communications for these priority areas. The Associate Program Officer works closely with the Director to manage the work of several committees, including the OCF Strategic Opportunities Committee, the Oregon Capital Scan Steering Committee, the Oral Health Funders Collaborative and the Pediatric Oral Health Coalition.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Current Strategy Implementation
- Serve as primary contact for potential grantees. Respond to inquiries for grants, manage the application process, communicate with grantees about reporting deadlines and expectations, and ensure reports are timely and complete.
- Assist with grantmaking of the Strategic Opportunities Committee; develop and disseminate requests for proposals; review and assess grant proposals; develop grant recommendations; communicate with the board, leadership councils, staff and media; monitor and evaluate grantee progress; and plan technical assistance, learning communities and training opportunities for grantees as needed.
- Conduct outreach and communicate with grant seekers and other constituents statewide about foundation priorities, guidelines, grant opportunities and grant decisions through meetings, events and the media.
- Collaborate with donor relations staff to address donor needs.
- Summarize and share grantee outcomes with the OCF Strategic Opportunities Committee and the Communications and Marketing staff for timely stories about impact.
- In collaboration with the Director, pursue and manage partnerships with other foundations and the public sector, representing OCF in meetings and on task forces.
- Assist Director, Strategic Projects Coordinator and Administrative Assistant with planning and preparation for meetings, including agendas, progress reports, presentations, budgets, communication with participants and logistics.
- Take notes and produce minutes for meetings with the Oral Health Funders Collaborative, Oregon Capital Scan Steering Committee, Pediatric Oral Health Coalition, OCF Strategic Opportunities Committee and others as needed.
- As needed, use database to enter and track grant proposals to OCF; process and pay approved grants; draft award letters.
2. New Strategy Development
- Coordinate research on and analysis of current and emerging community needs related to economic vitality and health and well-being, grant program impact, and public and private funding trends and opportunities.
- Keep abreast of research on priority areas and best practices to assist in identifying opportunities for the foundation.
- Assist in developing and implementing a homeless and affordable housing strategy; organize information and keep track of related homeless and housing efforts across Oregon.
- Assist in developing and implementing a community economic vitality strategy for the next five years, building on the existing investments, grants and partnerships in place.
- Collaborate with other OCF staff, especially in regional offices, to become familiar with regional community needs as they pertain to economic vitality and health and well-being.
- Assist in implementing the second phase of the Children’s Dental Health Initiative focused on building an equitable, accountable, and efficient system for the delivery of dental services to children in Oregon; tasks will mainly include organizing meetings, communicating with stakeholders and producing minutes.
- Track communication with individuals and organizations in database and share it internally with appropriate staff.
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:
- Four years’ experience in program planning and development. Experience in grant processes is desired.
- Bachelor’s degree required or an equivalent work experience in lieu of degree.
- Familiarity with the concepts of social determinants of health and/or economic development.
- Strong knowledge of nonprofit sector, grant programs and initiatives, and foundation priorities.
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, to convey information clearly through all forms of correspondence, social media, small and large group meetings, presentations to committees and more.
- Possess cultural agility skills necessary to work effectively with diverse people, teams and communities.
- Excellent relationship management skills.
- Good planning, time management and project management skills. Able to stay organized, efficient, and prioritize work to meet deadlines.
- Strong knowledge of MS Windows, Outlook, Excel, Word and Internet.
- Strong organizational skills — detail-oriented, and able to work on multiple projects at once.
- Prior experience working with complex, integrated database platforms and cloud-based software.
- Good analytical and problem-solving skills – able to think critically, understand and communicate ambiguous or complex situations, solve problems using good judgement, and implement decisions effectively. Comfortable with ambiguous and/or complex situations.
- Ability to work independently and to take initiative as needed.
- Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality.
- Familiarity with budgeting and accounting procedures.
- Valid Oregon driver’s license.
The salary for this position starts at $57,100 depending on experience. OCF offers an excellent benefit package with generous paid time off, choice of medical and dental plans, vision, outstanding 401k retirement plan, 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 March 24, 2019. To apply, provide a cover letter addressing how you meet the requirements of this position and include your resume: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=c488ea88-7cee-428a-88de-4c958c7b4de6&jobId=258756&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001
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