Los Angeles or San Francisco
The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California. The Foundation’s vision is a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided more than $2.09 billion in grants to organizations throughout California. The Foundation ended 2020 with more than $3 billion in assets and provided $109 million in grants. We have about 55 staff across our San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. The Irvine Foundation is committed, internally and externally, to the values of accountability, curiosity, empathy, equity, nimbleness, partnership, and transparency.
The Program Officer (“PO”) role requires a professional with strong analytical abilities, a high degree of initiative, and collaborative skills. Reporting to a Director of Program Development, the PO will work in partnership with the Foundation’s program staff and other staff on a set of initiatives and projects to advance Irvine’s vision of a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically. The ideal candidate has experience in project execution and grantmaking; and strong interpersonal, writing, and communication skills.
Program Officers work on one or more grantmaking initiative teams, which may be led by an Initiative Director or another senior staff member. This PO position may also work on short-term assignments across the grantmaking portfolio to support special projects and/or capacity needs on various initiative or program development teams. In addition, Program Officers have an Advisor who provides professional development coaching and performance assessments.
This Program Officer will monitor the performance of a set of grants; coach and advise grantees, including the negotiation of performance milestones to support grantee partner success. In partnership with Initiative Directors and relevant leads, identify organizations with strong potential for partnership; conduct due diligence and assess grantee partners for effective track records, internal capacity, and strategic skills. The ideal candidate has a strong desire to contribute to the mission of The James Irvine Foundation, experience in grantmaking or project execution focused on benefitting target communities, an understanding of issues impacting low-income workers, and a track record of working with underserved communities.
This role demands an ability to learn and work on new content areas quickly; to assemble and assess data and research, and conduct landscape analysis; and the ability to assess the leadership, track record, and capacity of social sector organizations and collaboratives.
Grantmaking and Project Support
Analyzing and Evaluating
Collaboration with Colleagues to Execute Portfolio and Foundation-wide Efforts
Reports to: Director of Program Development
Application Deadline: February 28, 2021