Program Officer: Program Related Investments

Full time
Locationlacounty Calendar03/05/2020   Full time Negotiable

Position Summary: Reporting to the vice president, health and housing, the program officer is responsible for grant making, project management, community engagement and convening activities related to California Community Foundation’s (CCF) housing program areas. The position is also responsible for management of the foundation’s Program Related Investment lending activities. This position requires leadership skills and significant experience in strategy development, program design and management, nonprofit capacity building, donor relations, public policy analysis, and lending.   

Major Responsibilities: 

  • Portfolio Management: Ensures that CCF's grants and PRI funds are invested in grantees and communities to achieve program strategies with maximum impact. Reviews, analyzes and provides recommendations on grant proposals. Conducts due diligence including analysis of financial information, site visits and interviews with other funders and relevant agencies. Works with CCF's program-related investment (PRI) intermediaries to ensure disbursement of PRI funds. Monitors grant investments produces grant agreements, reviews progress reports and payment requests, and maintains ongoing communications with grantees. Works with grantees to strengthen their organization capacity to adapt to changes in the nonprofit environment, including their ability to report results by using effective outcome measures. Prepares and presents written and oral analyses of grant requests, drafts issues briefs and prepares quarterly and year-end portfolio reports for CCF staff, Board of Directors ("Board"), donors, and/or committee members.
  • Research and Special Projects: Conducts research and analyzes trends on issues or concerns of importance to CCF through written materials, interviews, community meetings, computer networks, or other useful vehicles. Presents findings in written and/oral formats. Designs, manages and facilitates special projects for CCF, ensuring a thoughtful and reasonable process, timely preparation and coordination of key activities and materials for review panels, advisory committees, and CCF's Board of Directors.
  • Community Relations and Outreach: Represents CCF on relevant committees, commissions, task forces and boards. Assumes leadership roles in professional networks and collaborations related to CCF's priority issues and philanthropic activities. With the Program Associates, works directly with grant seekers to provide clarification of CCF priorities, direction regarding application procedures, and feedback on proposals.
  • Donor Relations: Leads project working teams and collaborates with Development/Donor Relations and Marketing and Communications staff to strategize on messaging, fund development and impact analysis for discretionary funds. Prepares information for donors and/or meets with donors to refine their giving preferences. May also staff one-time, periodic or ongoing grant making processes associated with donor advised funds and supporting organizations.
  • Resource Development: Responsible for annual and multiyear fundraising efforts that supplement Field of Interest and Unrestricted grant making budgets in a particular priority funding area of CCF. Prepares a written plan to guide immediate and long-term resource development efforts that include an audit of current and potential resources and establishing annual fundraising benchmarks.
  • Project Management, Delegation and Supervision: In collaboration with department head, delegates projects to program associate to manage and accomplish the work of the department in an efficient and effectively planned manner. Ensures that foundation databases are accurate, updated in a timely manner and are effectively utilized. Manages workload to ensure enough time is allotted to knowledge acquisition and to achieve mastery of department processes and technology.
  • Internal Integration of Work: Identifies opportunities for and integrates the functions and skills of civic engagement, marketing and communications and development and donor relations into their grant making to increase focus on systemic change. Engages with internal and external resources to secure necessary competencies.  


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. 

  • Experience: Eight years of related grant making and/or program design and management experience required with a minimum of five years working in the nonprofit, public and/or philanthropic sector required. Experience in managing consultants and project working teams to achieve results is essential.
  • Education: A Master’s level degree in a field related to the housing, finance, community development, urban planning or similar areas preferred.  

Disclaimer: This description should not be construed to contain every function or responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job classification. This job description is intended to be general and will evolve over time. The description is subject to periodic updating. At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different or additional duties from time to time.