Program Officer

Fetzer Institute

Posted: 10/18/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Programs

Primary domain: Foundation/Grantmaking

City: Kalamazoo

Postal code: 49009

State: Michigan

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M


Mission statement:

Building a spiritual foundation for a loving world

Position Details:

Job Description:

Are you someone with a big heart, a great mind, an ability to turn abstract ideas into on-the-ground action, and a passion for being an active member of a community that cares deeply about “inner work for outer action”? Are you someone whose worldview resonates with our mission—to help build the spiritual foundation for a loving world? If so, consider applying for the role of program officer at the Fetzer Institute. 

We are looking for candidates with the ability to work effectively in an organization whose core values are love, authenticity, trust, and inclusion. We place a high value on relationships; work collaboratively and with an orientation to listening and learning; and maintain an openness and commitment to the Institute’s mission and guiding purpose.

Position Summary: Fetzer Institute program officers conceptualize, plan, and execute program work—particularly partnerships and convenings—that advance the Institute’s priorities in spiritual and paradigm transformation.


Conceptualize, Plan, and Implement Projects

  • Collaborates with colleagues and external partners to imagine and identify projects that jointly advance the partner’s and Institute’s missions 
  • Develops and negotiates with partners the outcomes, work-plans, budget, and learning agendas for projects   
  • Prepares and presents project proposals for consideration by the Institute’s senior leadership and board of trustees
  • Stewards projects throughout their life-cycles, including preparing and reviewing periodic project reports; meeting regularly with project partners to monitor and reflect upon milestones and budgets; and probing for learning to inform the Institute’s programmatic strategy
  • Plans and hosts project-related convenings. This includes identifying and inviting participants; designing meeting goals and agendas; preparing background materials; identifying facilitators; determining event logistics (e.g., set-ups, meals, etc.); and hosting convenings 
  • Course-corrects when projects or events evolve differently than anticipated

Nurture Relationships

  • Identifies potential new partners by researching the field, networking, following up on new contacts initiated by senior leadership, and attending events on topic areas related to Institute work
  • Vets and cultivates partnership opportunities through informal and formal means
  • Develops and deepens fields of work by encouraging collaboration between like-minded projects and organizations 

Represent and Advocate for the Institute’s Vision

  • Maintains a high level of competency with Fetzer identity, theory of change, mission, and specific initiatives to serve as a highly effective ambassador of the Institute at meetings, conferences, and other events
  • Participates as keynote or workshop presenters at conferences germane to the Institute’s work

The responsibilities as set out above, are not exhaustive, and the incumbent may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.


Qualifications: This position requires at least 10 years of related work experience or a master’s or other advanced degree in a related field and at least 8 years of related work experience. Other important qualifications include:

  • Ability to systematically and efficiently synthesize trends, large quantities of information, and divergent perspectives in order to discern broader patterns and deeper insights
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Concise and persuasive writer
  • Compelling speaker and presenter
  • Ability to facilitate dialogue and deep conversation among a wide range of audiences

To be most successful in this position, candidates should also have the following sensibilities:

  • Passion for asking and seeking answers to big questions
  • Comfort exploring matters related to faith and/or spirituality
  • Deep sense of curiosity
  • Creativity and a strategic mindset
  • Diplomacy, and being as comfortable saying “no” as saying “yes”
  • Comfort “operating in the gray”
  • Self-motivated
  • Team-oriented
  • Passion for reading and learning
  • A healthy dose of humility
  • Good sense of humor





Tuition Reimbursement 

Professional & Spiritual Development

Wellness Program


$90k - 100k

Posting Expiration Date:


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