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Program Officer

de Beaumont Foundation

Date posted: 07-09-19

Who We Are:

The de Beaumont Foundation advances policy, builds partnerships, and strengthens public health to create communities where people can achieve their best possible health. Our work centers around three main priority areas:

  • Policy: We advance policies that improve community health, so that current and future generations can benefit from changes enacted by today’s leaders.
  • Partnerships: We build partnerships, often among unlikely allies, so that leaders can make decisions that achieve their shared goal of creating healthier communities.
  • People: We create practical solutions that strengthen the public health system and workforce, so that professionals are equipped to make their communities healthier.

de Beaumont strongly believes that the spirit in which we do our work is as important as the work itself. We pride ourselves on excellence, innovation, fostering collaboration between groups that might not otherwise interact, and a willingness to have fun with our work.

 Position Summary

The Program Officer works in conjunction with other members of the programs team to develop, shape, implement and manage Foundation programs. S/he helps to ensure that the Foundation’s activities and programs align with de Beaumont’s strategic priorities. The Program Officer is responsible for creating and managing  budgets for project and program expenditures. S/he is also responsible for overseeing the Foundation’s grant management system, working with other team members to ensure applications, reports, and other data are current and accurate. S/he builds relationships with strategic partners. There are ample opportunities to participate in projects with grantees, to write original reports, and lead internal Foundation activities. Opportunities exist to champion new projects and lines of work that align with the Foundation’s strategic objectives. The Program Officer reports to the Program Team Lead and supports all Foundation strategic goals.

Responsibilities

  • Work with Foundation staff and outside experts to develop policy-specific program strategies, explore new areas of potential interest, and to initiate and manage special projects
  • Analyze conditions and trends in program areas as they relate to the Foundation’s objectives and program goals and assist in positioning the Foundation as an innovative philanthropy and leader in public health
  • Working closely with the Program Team Lead to ensure that all of the programmatic work is meeting internal expectations and metrics
  • Analyze workflow and assist in the development of strategies to make sure the Foundation is efficient and effective with respect to our grants management system
  • Conduct site visits as well as perform financial and critical analysis associated with grant and program management
  • Assist organizations in preparing proposals, review proposals within the context of the Foundation’s mission and program guidelines, and make recommendations
  • Prepare written descriptions of potential programs
  • Review and analyze grantee/program reports and work with the evaluation team to assess the program impact
  • Provide technical assistance to grantees and program partners as needed
  • Represent the Foundation at forums and meetings
  • Maintain and develop one’s own professional and personal skills

Qualifications and Experience

  • Five to eight years of experience developing and managing programs, preferably in a health or public policy-related area
  • Graduate degree in a health or policy-related field, or equivalent experience
  • Familiarity with public health and/or public policy is strongly preferred
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and computer skills
  • Good judgment, attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and the ability to manage several projects at once
  • Experience with and familiarity with grants management systems and software
  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills that result in efficient and effective grantmaking
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills. Attention to detail and the ability to follow-through, including management of paper flow and time
  • The ability to think and act strategically and tactically
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, grantees, and others who contribute to the Foundation’s philanthropic goals
  • Ability to travel for site visits and national meetings

Application Information

The de Beaumont team is collaborative, passionate, and deeply committed to creating bold solutions for healthier communities. This position is full-time and based in downtown Bethesda, Md, just outside of Washington, D.C.

Candidates should send cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to Catherine Patterson at patterson@debeaumont.org.

The de Beaumont Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Employment opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

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