Program Officer, Grants & Capacity Building

Posted: 08/30/2023

The Program Officer, Grants & Capacity Building will lead the execution and management of key strategic grant programs and nonprofit capacity building programming.  The position is responsible for the creation, oversight and management of successful and innovative discretionary grant and nonprofit capacity building programs for the Licking County Foundation (LCF).  It plays a key role in advancing the trust-based philanthropy efforts and initiatives related to LCF’s goal of strengthening and developing relationships with nonprofits to ensure that LCF is aware of their needs and priorities.  It also requires strong meeting facilitation skills and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with a variety of people and organizations; and the ability to learn quickly and continuously about a range of topics. 
To be effective, the position must work across multiple departments and constituents, demonstrating a deep understanding of the needs of grantees, donors and other stakeholders.  The position also assists area nonprofits to operate more effectively through a capacity building program that includes education, trainings and grants.  The Program Officer, Grants & Capacity Building develops ongoing relationships with local nonprofit representatives and provides expertise/technical assistance to nonprofit organizations based on current best practices. 
This position will integrate specific programmatic and donor stewardship activities.  It will serve as the key contact and relationship manager for a portfolio of unrestricted, field of interest and agency funds with regular and relevant communication to ensure the grantmaking and capacity building processes are rewarding, transparent and meet donor intent.
Essential Responsibilities:
Approximately 75% of the Program Officer’s time will be spent on grants management and capacity building activities, including strategy development and overseeing a Grant Partnership Committee; 15% working with donors, prospective donors and the Donor Services team; and 10% on other priorities, as well as collaborations, professional development and administrative matters. 
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Three years of experience working with a grantmaking organization or successful related experience in a nonprofit organization or philanthropic endeavor.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit organizations or other community-based organizations and the intersection between government and nonprofit sectors.
  • Strong business acumen and knowledge of nonprofit management procedures, including familiarity with financial statements.
  • High level of interpersonal skills with customer service experience in handling confidential and sensitive information.  
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); and have experience with donor/grants database programs.
  • Ability to learn specialized community foundation management software.
  • Willingness and ability to attend meetings and events outside regular work hours.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in building relationships across different social groups and community constituencies.
  • Experience managing volunteers and working with a high-level governing board.
  • Experience in developing expertise in new areas of interest to the philanthropic community and Licking County in general.
  • Strong meeting facilitation skills. 
  • Working knowledge of the Licking County area, its nonprofit landscape, business and community leaders, and philanthropic and civic organizations.
  • Reside in Licking County, Ohio.
Key Attributes:
  • A commitment to the Foundation’s values and mission, including an interest in serving the community.
  • A commitment to continual learning and understanding of equity and inclusion, and the strengths and challenges of underserved, under-resourced, marginalized and vulnerable citizens. 
  • Work courteously, effectively, and comfortably with others, including donors, community leaders, volunteers, Foundation staff members, trustees, and visitors to the Foundation.
  • Ability to work within a team structure.
  • Excellent judgment, flexibility, collaborative, and initiative.
  • Friendly and accessible.
  • Personal and professional integrity.
  • Exhibit professionalism in conduct, appearance, and performance. 
Physical Demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hand to finger, handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work.
Compensation and Benefits:  Salary range is $49,000 to $74,000 with a competitive benefits package.
Application Process:  If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and letter of interest no later than Friday, September 29, 2023 to  All submissions are confidential.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER STATEMENT:  Licking County Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.  The Foundation is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all persons in connection with hiring, assignment, promotion, compensation or other conditions of the employment relationship regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship, philosophy/religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, political affiliation or belief, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.


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