Program Officer, Environment (Field Strengthening)

JPB Foundation | New York, New York

Background

The JPB Foundation is a national philanthropy based in New York, whose mission is to advance opportunity in the United States through transformational initiatives that empower those living in poverty, enrich and sustain our environment, and enable pioneering medical research. JPB’s three program areas are Poverty, Environment, and Medical Research

Job Summary

JPB’s Environment Program focuses on transitioning to a clean and just energy future, ensuring natural systems and the built environment are free of toxic chemicals, and delivering stacked benefits of natural spaces. Cutting across these program areas is the focus on strengthening an equitable and aligned environmental movement. The Program Officer, Environment (Field Strengthening) is a newly created position that will help implement strategies that empower people and organizations working at the grassroots level, and help generate public will through communications and shared knowledge. The Program Officer will:

  • Support the management and oversight of the Environment Program grantees working or supporting work at the grassroots level, and those focused on strengthening an equitable and aligned environmental movement.
  • Assess capacity building needs in the field and recommend opportunities for meeting those needs.
  • Build partnerships with grantees, including by monitoring and evaluating grantees through site visits, reports, and other communications.
  • Assess the field, identify key systems and work with leaders and other funders to analyze challenges and opportunities, seek evidence about program effectiveness, and identify possible strategies for change.
  • Stay informed of developments and emerging trends across existing grantees and relevant fields, and review and synthesize research to inform grantmaking.
  • Obtain, maintain, and share knowledge of the most effective thinking and practices about capacity building and field strengthening.
  • Evaluate and respond appropriately to new grant opportunities.
  • Represent the Foundation in meetings with grantees and other funders.

Reports To

As part of the Environment Program team, the Program Officer will report to the Vice President, Environment.

Responsibilities

Manage, support, and monitor grantees within the Environment Program’s portfolio:

  • Identify possible grants that would advance the Program’s strategy, and work collaboratively with other team members to develop, define and implement strategies.
  • Ensure completion and accuracy of funding applications, progress reports and other relevant materials.
  • Evaluate and summarize proposals and progress report narratives and financial reporting, and follow-up with grantees as needed.
  • Coordinate and participate in meetings with grantees, including site visits, partnership meetings and check-ins.
  • Engage with grantees to assess opportunities and challenges, and to encourage collaboration and learning.
  • Maintain ongoing contact with grantees to receive informal grant updates, answer questions about grant-related matters, and keep abreast of the fields in which grantees are working.
  • Document emails, visits, meetings, and calls with grantees.
  • Inform the Vice President about grantees’ progress, especially highlighting any areas of concern.

Source new grantees:

  • Research potential grantees.
  • Summarize and evaluate potential grantee concept papers, proposals and financial statements.
  • Invite grant proposals from selected funding applicants.
  • Work with applicants to develop and finalize grant proposals.
  • Prepare write-ups for board meetings.

 Administrative:

  • Prepare materials for meetings and convenings.
  • Work closely with the Grants Administration team to ensure maintenance of accurate records, track status of support and grant funding flows, including proposal, progress reports, correspondence, and financial statements.
  • Special projects as assigned by the Vice President.

Research:

  • Stay up to date on trends and opportunities in the Foundation’s funding areas, particularly in the area of environmental philanthropy, the environmental movement, and environmental nonprofit capacity building and organizational development. 
  • Work with Foundation staff and outside experts to explore new areas of interest.
  • Prepare background research material for conversations with field experts.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 7 years’ relevant experience in the nonprofit, philanthropic, or public sector in fields related to the focus areas of the Environment Program and nonprofit management.
  • Deep understanding of the environmental movement, nonprofit management, nonprofit organizational capacity building and development, and the field of environmental philanthropy. 
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required, master’s degree or equivalent experience and relevant credentialing preferred.
  • Previous grantmaking experience preferred. Experience assessing nonprofits’ health through analyzing financial statements, evaluating the feasibility and strategic value of proposed programs, theories of change, and assessing organizational capacity.
  • Proven ability to define program objectives, evaluate progress, and independently manage projects through a complete lifecycle with strong attention to detail.  Exceptional analytical skills to identify opportunities, design initiatives, and evaluate grant proposals.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to summarize and present information to various audiences, including Foundation leadership.
  • Ability to analyze novel situations objectively based on available information, formulate and evaluate possible courses of action, and respond or offer recommendations in an appropriate manner.
  • Sound judgment and integrity, enjoys work in both a collaborative environment and independently.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and able to learn other programs to support the work. Experience working with FLUXX a plus.
  • Passion for and commitment to JPB’s mission and values.

Requirements/Other

Additional Considerations:

We seek to recruit the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool in the belief that employees from diverse backgrounds are critical to achieving our goals.

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: HR@jpbfoundation.org. Please include [Program Officer, Environment, YOUR NAME] in the subject line.

We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with JPB. JPB offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.

Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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