Program Officer for Vibrant Spaces and Communities
The Hyde Family Foundation (HFF) strives to create a thriving, unified Memphis for all. We work across all sectors to enable the cornerstones of place-based success: access and opportunity, connectivity and vibrancy, and aligned and visionary leadership. HFF provides funding and engaged support for innovative, determined, and optimistic initiatives across four core impact areas: High Quality Education, Vibrant Spaces and Communities, Thriving Arts and Culture, and Engaged Leadership and Civic Pride.
The Program Officer reports directly to the Senior Program Director of the Hyde Family Foundation and actively collaborates with other program officers/directors, staff, and members of the Board of Trustees.
The Program Officer uses his/her organizational, project management, research, evaluation, and communication skills to work as a member of the Foundation’s team to manage programs and initiatives within the Vibrant Spaces and Communities impact area. The Program Officer collaborates closely with the senior leadership team to formulate strategic vision, conduct due diligence and analysis, and proactively develop, implement, and evaluate investment opportunities that reflect the mission and goals of the Foundation. The Program Officer works closely with nonprofit organizations, colleagues in philanthropy, and government officials to develop and fund prospective projects.
Essential Job Functions
- Works with the President, Senior Program Director, and senior staff to implement the Hyde Family Foundation’s strategic plan, with specific focus on the Vibrant Spaces and Communities impact area;
- Develops and maintains an understanding of the Foundation’s overall grantmaking priorities, guidelines, and approval processes, as well as current grantees and projects;
- Develops an in-depth understanding of priority organizations, initiatives, and projects within the Vibrant Spaces and Communities program area;
- Manages and tracks status of all Vibrant Spaces and Communities action plan activities from the Foundation’s strategic plan;
- Maintains Foundation’s relationships with organizations and initiatives within the Vibrant Spaces and Communities impact area: communicates with partners, attends meetings, and provides strategic advice;
- Regularly tracks and evaluates Foundation-funded work in partnership with other Foundation staff;
- Advises prospective grantees on the Foundation’s grant application review/approval process and program area eligibility;
- Leads and develops proactive initiatives in partnership with nonprofit organizations, colleagues in philanthropy, and government;
- Conducts research and benchmarking studies in selected areas of policy and programs;
- Proactively identifies and conducts due diligence, including financial analysis, on organizations and initiatives to make funding recommendations to the staff and Board of Trustees;
- Project manages Foundation’s engagement with specific nonprofit organizations and initiatives;
- Conducts site visits and attends events with partner organizations;
- Prepares concise, analytical reports and presentations for the Board of Trustees on focus area initiatives;
- Builds and maintains strategic relationships with a wide range of partners and constituents;
- Remains abreast of significant trends, research, and sector-related innovations by networking and attending professional seminars, public discussions/roundtables, and reading relevant media and publications;
- Conducts research and develops reports and presentations on program area-related issues, organizations, and industry best practices;
- Helps identify best practices and national talent to engage in program area work;
- Serves on program area-related committees and boards;
- Demonstrates the ability to represent the Foundation in a wide variety of settings and situations;
- Manages various related administrative tasks.
The skill set of the successful candidate will include:
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred; philanthropic experience also preferred.
At least five years work or relevant experience in a position with significant decision-making responsibility in a nonprofit organization, philanthropy, or government. Experience in the following areas is desirable: planning; community development; real estate; finance; multi-modal transportation; parks, public spaces, trails, and greenspace; community engagement; and non-profit capacity building.
Professional Knowledge and Skills
- Leader accomplished in developing and applying innovative best practices and providing detailed oversight to a multi-faceted portfolio of work;
- Familiarity with a broad range of community-based organizations and related issue areas;
- Ability to structure and process quantitative and qualitative data and leverage in decision making;
- Experience with nonprofit financial analysis;
- Ability to collaborate and work effectively with a wide range of diverse individuals and groups.
Critical listening skills, including the ability to analyze and synthesize information, particularly in communication with prospective grantees;
- Strong verbal communication skills that balance professionalism, diplomacy, and compassion;
- Well-honed writing and editing skills for the development of both internal and external email communications, reports, case studies, research papers, and other documents;
- Project management skills, including ability to manage multiple projects;
- Experience with research and/or program evaluation;
- High proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Experience with MicroEdge GIFTS and GIS a plus.
The position requires a high level of demonstrated skills, maturity, and judgment, including the following personal attributes:
- Consistently produces high-quality, detailed work;
- Self-motivated and directed;
- Organizes, plans, and schedules in an efficient, productive manner;
- Strategic, holistic thinker;
- Manages stress in a fast-paced, changing environment;
- Collaborates well with people of different races, backgrounds, experiences, and educational levels;
- Elicits confidence and builds rapport;
- Enthusiastic, dependable, and self-aware;
- Analytical with a balanced approach to problem solving.
To be determined based upon experience and qualifications. Eligible for comprehensive benefits plans.
If interested in applying for the Program Officer for Vibrant Spaces and Communities position, please email your résumé to email@example.com.
Application deadline: February 15, 2018