Job Opening: Program Officer

April 22, 2022

Job Title: Program Officer
Supervisor: President & CEO
Hours: 8:30-4:30 M-F, with some evenings for meetings/events
Location: Foundation Office, 725 West Front Street, Berwick PA
Rate: Full-time with benefits; Salary range will be shared with candidates selected for an interview
Application Deadline: May 6, 2022 (see below for further instructions)

The Community Giving Foundation is accepting applications immediately for a full-time Program Officer. The Program Officer is responsible for investigating and evaluating grant proposals and/or implementing in-house programs and all aspects of the grantmaking and scholarship process including program research, grantee proposal evaluation, grant activity tracking, and post grant evaluation. In addition, this position supervises other program staff in implementing grantmaking/scholarship programs.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Job Description: This position will manage competitive, strategic, and discretionary grant processes for all funds at the Foundation.

  • Strategically designs and implements all grantmaking processes
  • Coordinates grant review process with each grant committee
  • Prepares and reviews format for evaluating strategic programs, which includes grant report forms and site visits as needed
  • Evaluates grant requests including analyzing outcomes, financial data, sources of funding, organization goals and plans, and other relevant information
  • Communicates with grantees on a timely and effective basis, seeking and providing information necessary to the well-functioning of the grant-making process
  • Monitors performance and progress of grantees, especially grantee compliance with service area expenditures
  • Oversight and reporting for state, federal, or private foundation grant programs including but not limited to Educational Improvement Tax Credit, Nurse-Family Partnership, and Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts
  • Periodically reviews grantee implementation to ensure consistency with provisions of the grant award, recommends appropriate action to CEO
  • Initiates grant payment requests to CFO
  • Works to increase effectiveness in grant analysis and evaluation, by participating in activities to develop skills and knowledge, including seminars, conferences and independent study
  • Prepares and presents information regarding the Program Department at all Board meetings and other public events
  • Publicizes grant rounds as they become open to the community
  • Provides opportunities for nonprofit organizations in addition to grantmaking, including educational seminars, capacity building workshops, etc.
  • Supervises and evaluates the Program Associate position
  • Works concurrently with Communications & Events Associate to provide information for Foundation marketing and publicity related to the Program Department
  • Undertakes special projects as requested by the President & CEO

Youth in Philanthropy

  • Coordinates Youth in Philanthropy program in school districts
  • Develops and implements program curriculum for student participation which includes needs assessments, grant applications, grant review, philanthropy education activities, etc.
  • Works closely with advisors and student leaders from each school to complete tasks throughout the school year
  • Works with CEO and Chief Advancement Officer related to program growth, fundraising, and donor and alumni communication


  • Continues to expand site visits for grant implementation
  • Works with grantees to improve program evaluation techniques
  • Serves in various leadership opportunities to create more networking opportunities between and among nonprofit organizations


  • Oversees all tasks associated for scholarship funds which include development of application, distribution of applications, review of applicants, interviews (as needed/requested), contracts, photo session, photo release, awards assembly presentations
  • Works with Program Associate to coordinate selection process, communication to scholarship stakeholders and ensure scholarship payments are processed in the financial system and distributed in a timely manner


  • Supervises college interns from local universities and coordinates workload for students to help with projects and programs as needed

Key Relationships

  • CEO, Strategic Partners (committees and nonprofits), CFO, Chief Advancement Officer, Grant Committees, Scholarship Committees, Youth in Philanthropy Advisors and Students
  • Civic leaders representing communities and beneficiaries of the Foundation
  • Nonprofit organization officials in the local communities
  • Other key Foundation stakeholders


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management or a similar field
  • Knowledge of regional nonprofit community foundations and philanthropy
  • Knowledge of grantmaking process
  • Encompass Foundation values
  • Professional demeanor and ability to represent Foundation publicly
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to think critically, analyze, and explain alternatives clearly
  • Ability to anticipate problems, propose solutions, and plan and prioritize work
  • Knowledge of the range of issues facing the Community Giving Foundation region
  • Experience and/or ability to lead group educational and/or training sessions

Key Competencies

Professional; Organized; Efficient; Trustworthy; Adaptable; Positive; Public Speaking; Unbiased; Creative; Management Ability; Leadership Qualities

To Apply

Submit one email including cover letter, resume, and three letters of references to Kim Groshek, administrative assistant, at [email protected]. Applicants will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of application and requested materials.

Deadline for applications is May 6, 2022. Potential interview dates for selected candidates will be May 11 and May 16.