Job Posting: Program Officer

Company: The Oregon Community Foundation

Date Posted: Nov 28, 2017


The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has an opportunity for a Program Officer in our Eugene office. The Program Officer manages the Community Grants Program, community of field interest funds, scholarships, program initiatives and related committees. The position primarily serves Lane, Linn, and Benton counties, but also works in Douglas, Coos, Curry and Lincoln counties as needed. The Officer works closely with the Southern Willamette and South Coast Regional Director and regional teams and reports to the Sr. Program Officer.  

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is to improve lives for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. We work with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds that support the community causes they care about. These funds support the critical work that nonprofits are doing across Oregon. OCF serves diverse urban and rural communities across the state with 87 staff and headquarters in Portland, with regional offices in Bend, Eugene, Salem, and Medford, Oregon.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate OCF grant and scholarship activities throughout the region. Assist with OCF outreach events as appropriate.
  • Manage the grant programs and related committees for field of interest funds in the region. Includes recruitment, orientation and training for volunteer committee members; distribution of materials and responding to grant applicants; grant review and recommendation processes; evaluation of program effectiveness; and production of reports as needed.
  • Communicate with the public about the foundation’s priorities for various grant programs. Conduct periodic educational workshops about OCF grant programs for nonprofit organizations and advised fund donors. Respond to queries from interested grant applicants.
  • Recruit, train and manage local volunteer grant evaluators serving the OCF statewide Community Grants Program and special initiatives in the Southern Willamette Valley Region and South Coast Region.
  • Conduct nonprofit site visits as needed, organize volunteer evaluator first-read activity and report-out meetings, synthesize volunteer reports and produce written analyses and recommendations regarding grant applications for presentation to the OCF Grants Committee, field of interest fund committees, and other board and community committees.
  • Recruit, train and manage OCF scholarship advisory committees in the Southern Willamette Valley and South Coast Regions. Respond to inquiries from students, organize and lead scholarship committee meetings, and convey committee recommendations to OSAC or OCF.
  • Conduct fact-finding and research related to OCF leadership, special program interests, and potential initiatives in the region. Provide staffing and program assistance to support special projects initiated by the regional Leadership Council.
  • Lead or assist with implementation of statewide strategies and programs identified by the Strategic Opportunities Committee or other OCF board committees, including convening groups, conducting special grant programs and supporting public policy activities. Work to increase national and regional funder partnerships.
  • Review post-grant evaluation reports from grantees; reflect and report on OCF’s overall effectiveness in grantmaking in the region.
  • Assist Donor Relations Officers to provide research and analysis about community issues and nonprofits as requested by OCF donor advisors.
  • Coordinate with the Regional Director and other development staff in recruiting and managing volunteers, identifying prospects, planning and executing outreach events, identifying media opportunities, and providing information on community issues and nonprofits as requested by prospective OCF donors.
  • Act as the public representative for OCF’s program related work. Attend community meetings, meet with other foundation representatives and community leaders about specific topics, and on other OCF priorities. 
  • Performs administrative tasks associated with position, such as data entry, scheduling meetings, event logistics and meeting materials, composition of letters and e-mails, conduct internet searches, etc. 
  • Travel as needed for site visits and meetings principally in Lane, Linn, Benton Counties and other locations, including Coos and Curry counties, and to Portland office as needed.  May travel for workshops or conferences out of state.  Attends meetings an needed outside normal work hours.

Required Experience, Knowledge & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field or equivalent experience in lieu of degree.
  • Five or more years’ progressively responsible experience, primarily in the nonprofit sector, preferably within the state of Oregon.
  • 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 leading or working with groups of volunteers, 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; familiar with basic administrative office procedures.
  • Strong interest in philanthropy in Oregon and knowledge of the Southern Willamette Valley.
  • Valid driver’s license required for extensive travel/site visits.

Culture, Benefits and Compensation:

OCF seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills and aptitude; a commitment to the power of philanthropy and mindful of what best supports our mission. Each employee is expected to reflect our cultural values: communicate effectively, value one another, demonstrate accountability, embrace possibilities, address conflict and take action.

The salary starts at $62,770 per year and our total compensation package includes a choice of medical, dental and vision, employer paid disability and life insurance, generous paid time off programs, employee assistance program, cell phone stipend, substantial employer 401k contribution, and more!

To Apply:

OCF is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, and strives 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 our career site through December 17, 2017.  Interviews will begin in January 2018.  Create a profile and include resume and cover letter at

Contact Info:
Human Resources
The Oregon Community Foundation
503 227 6846

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