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Associate Program Officer, Early Childhood

Oregon Community Foundation, Portland

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 08/29/2019

Since 1973 The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has pursued a mission 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.

We have an opportunity for a full-time Associate Program Officer, Early Childhood. This position supports all efforts and initiatives related to OCF’s goal of improving the availability and quality of early childhood care and education programs and systems in Oregon, including working with state and local government and with foundation networks. The position provides staff support to the Education Committee of the Board and represents OCF in various public and private contexts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Work with the Director of Education Programs to reinforce leadership, collaboration and management relative to operation of the Early Childhood Program and to strategic priorities of OCF.
• Serve as primary contact for potential and successful early childhood grantees. Respond to inquiries about grant programs and application processes, communicate with grantees about reporting deadlines and expectations, and ensure reports are timely and complete.
• Aid the Director of Education Programs in managing the grantmaking of the Early Childhood Program: 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.
• In collaboration with the Director of Education Programs, pursue and manage partnerships with other foundations and the public sector, representing OCF in meetings and on task forces.
• Oversee administrative tasks (such as meeting logistics, data entry, and contract and report processing) performed by the Administrative Assistant for Grants and Scholarships.
• Coordinate the Steering Committee and meetings/events of the Early Childhood Funders Learning Circle.
• Represent OCF in various public and private contexts, including serving on community task forces, as needed; making presentations; contributing to OCF’s participation in the policy realm.
• Collaborate with donor relations staff to address donor needs.
• As needed, help with grants administration: data-entry, report preparation, volunteer coordination, etc.
• Conduct outreach and communicate with grant seekers and other constituents statewide about foundation priorities, guidelines, grant opportunities and grant decisions through workshops, meetings, events and the media.
• Coordinate research on and analysis of current and emerging community needs, grant program impact, and public and private funding trends and opportunities.
• Keep abreast of research on early childhood issues and best practices, help identify opportunities for the foundation, and develop concepts to propose for funding.
• Collaborate with other program staff in the department and various staff in regional offices to maintain high quality programs that address regional needs and collaborate with staff to fulfill the broader, overarching mission and goals of the foundation.
• Aid the Community Grant program: help review and assess grant proposals, participate in meetings with volunteer grant evaluators, collaborate with donor relations staff, help develop grant recommendations.

Requirements, Education, Knowledge and Skills

• Four years’ experience in grants program planning and development
• Strong knowledge of nonprofit sector and/or early childhood education, grant programs and initiatives, foundation priorities. Experience in programs related to equity, diversity and inclusion a plus.
• Bachelors’ Degree or equivalent experience in lieu of degree
• Strong knowledge of MS Windows, Outlook, Excel, Word and Internet
• 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
• Good planning, time management and project management skills. Able to stay organized, efficient, and prioritize work to meet deadlines
• Effective communication skills – verbal and written, for small groups and large, public speaking and meeting facilitation.
• Able to design and present informative, engaging workshops for nonprofits and volunteers.
• Excellent relationship management skills. Possesses cultural agility skills necessary to work effectively with diverse people, teams and communities
• Strong leadership skills – collaborative, able to address conflicting needs, able to assign tasks appropriately and diplomatically, and able to supervise and mentor others
• Valid driver’s license required for travel

Travel Percentage of Time: 10%

Compensation and Benefits: The starting salary for this position is $57,166, 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.

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 until August 29. To apply, provide a cover letter addressing how you meet the requirements of this position and include your resume.

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