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Program Officer

Department: Community Impact
Location: Arvada, CO
Date Posted: June 4, 2024
Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

Are you ready to embark on an exciting journey where you can truly make a difference? We’re on the lookout for a passionate Program Officer to join our team at the heart of Jefferson County’s community foundation.

Join the trailblazing Colorado Gives Foundation, where we’re dedicated to igniting transformation across Colorado! As a Jefferson County grantmaker, we aim to empower nonprofits and amplify their voices, channeling over $9 million annually to fuel their noble endeavors.

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation of $80K-$90K base salary, depending on experience, and you will be eligible for an annual bonus. We are also conveniently located on the G-line in Old Town Arvada. Oh, and we’re pretty fun, so we think you’ll like working with us.

We offer an extensive benefits package, including:

  • Health benefits, including medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) / retirement plan with employer matching
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Flexible spending and health savings accounts
  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Remote work/telecommuting options and flexible schedule
  • Employee assistance program
  • Paid parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Workplace perks

What You’ll Do:

As the Program Officer, you will implement and measure how well our philanthropic tools achieve stated goals. Our philanthropic tools include grantmaking, data/research, convening, collaborating, policy/advocacy, and impact investing. As part of the community impact team, the Program Officer’s work will be to build relationships with the community, identify critical issues and needs, and build and steward solutions to contribute to our vision that All of Jeffco Thrives.

You Should Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent years of experience 
  • Minimum five years of relevant experience working with one or more of the following: diverse communities, nonprofit organizations, management, philanthropy, grantmaking, and/or program evaluation 
  • Solid communication skills and adept at public speaking, persuasive writing, and interpersonal interactions, ensuring clarity and brevity.
  • Ability to be a versatile team player who excels independently and collaboratively, fostering relationships and achieving high-performance standards.
  • Detail-oriented, proficient in informal and formal written communication, and keen eye for detail and completion from inception to execution.
  • Community-focused with skills in identifying needs, co-creating solutions, and executing projects while actively engaging with stakeholders and anticipating future requirements.

Your Duties and Responsibilities as the Program Officer will include the following:

Community Engagement:

  • Use community listening to inform programs aligned with our impact goals.
  • Foster relationships with nonprofits and stakeholders.
  • Act as a spokesperson for philanthropic opportunities.

Grantmaking:

  • Support program development aligned with community needs.
  • Manage emergent and responsive philanthropic efforts.
  • Identify areas where philanthropic tools can support impact goals.
  • Review and recommend grant awards based on alignment with impact goals.
  • Coordinate community review processes for grant opportunities.

Learning and Progress Monitoring:

  • Assess grant progress regularly.
  • Review impact reports and troubleshoot project issues.
  • Track impact metrics for future planning.

Who is Colorado Gives Foundation?

Colorado Gives Foundation connects people, ideas, and Colorado nonprofits to make good happen. We are a Jefferson County grantmaker, investing over $9M annually to help Jeffco nonprofits. We also work statewide to build the capacity of nonprofits and donors through Colorado Gives 365, nonprofit endowments, workplace giving, and donor services. We make it easy for people to donate to the causes they care about, enabling meaningful change to help our neighbors thrive. Our work is rooted in attentive listening and a firm commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Together, we strive to build resilient, connected, and thriving communities. Colorado Gives Foundation is where donors discover the community impact that matters most to them, which is suitable for everyone.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

You are valued and you belong. We are committed to maintaining the best possible environment for our employees where people can show up as their authentic selves and grow with the Foundation. We are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive workplace and we can only achieve this together. 

In that spirit, we provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetics, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.