Program Officer

Episcopal Health Foundation

Posted: 10/28/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Programs

Primary domain: Healthcare

City: Houston

Postal code: 77002

State: Texas

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available


Mission statement:

The Episcopal Health Foundation believes all Texans deserve to be healthy. EHF is committed to transform the health of our communities by going beyond just the doctor’s office. By providing millions of dollars in grants, working with congregations and community partners, and providing important research, we’re supporting solutions that address the underlying causes of poor health. EHF was established in 2013 and is based in Houston. With more than $1.2 billion in estimated assets, the Foundation operates as a supporting organization of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and works across 57 Texas counties. #HealthNotJustHealthcare

Position Details:

Job Description:

Position Summary:  Under the leadership of the Vice President for Grants, the Program Officer assists in developing, managing and evaluating a portfolio of grants and initiatives. The focus of the Program Officer’s work is to seek out investment opportunities that align with Episcopal Health Foundation’s (EHF) goals, outcomes, and strategies.

The Program Officer should be knowledgeable of the health system, able to generate insights, and develop actionable recommendations that inform our investment decisions and advancement toward our goals. The Program Officer will guide organizations through the entire application process, from concept development through presentation of proposals and evaluation results. The Program Officer is expected to develop and maintain a variety of relationships in the community, and a knowledge base of current trends, activities and changes within the community at-large in support of our goals, outcomes, and strategies.

Program Officers work with grantees whose work aligns with EHF’s goals, outcomes, and strategies. Each Program Officer has the opportunity to develop expertise and capacity in a particular area and may carry a larger portfolio in that area.

We are seeking a Program Officer to join our dynamic team. While our Program Officers are generalists and work with a wide variety of grantees, we envision that this Program Officer will take a leading role in our work with non-clinical community-based organizations that are involved in increasing access to health-related services and building agency and capacity within community members to advocate for their optimal health. This work is described in our Strategic Plan, Strategies 5 and 6, which you should read before applying for the position. Prior experience with these areas of work will be favorably considered.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Carry an assigned portfolio of priority grants
  • Scan for best practices
  • Facilitate grantee convenings for the purpose of shared learning, capacity building work, network weaving, and sector building
  • Seek out and/or develop investment opportunities for grantmaking
  • Respond to inquiries from organizations regarding the EHF’s grantmaking guidelines
  • Consult with organizations regarding specific grant proposals to ensure that the proposal meets EHF’s guidelines and/or initiative requirements, and is a well-formulated request
  • Assist grant seekers and grant recipient organizations, as appropriate, to direct them to other resources for organizational development, funding, program ideas, etc.
  • Provide management support to EHF’s new projects/initiatives

Proposal Review

  • Use data and research to inform grant decisions; generate proposal ideas
  • Review all assigned letters of inquiry and full proposals to ensure that required information has been provided. Where needed and appropriate, conduct additional research into the relevant field of interest and/or nonprofit organization
  • As appropriate, conduct site visits and participate in interviews for each assigned proposal
  • Prepare proposal analysis including written summaries and recommendations for review and action by the Board’s Program Committee
Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Maintain data and provide information as needed to support the Research Division’s development of reports to aggregate evaluation results and communicate EHF’s impact in the community
  • Ensure that paper and computer grant files are complete, accurate and current; maintain statistical information regarding grantmaking activity
  • Monitor implementation of each grant by requesting and reviewing written evaluations and by conducting site visits to a representative number of grant recipients

Community Leadership

  • Develop and maintain contact with a broad cross section of organizations in the community aligned with EHF’s mission and goals
  • Support leadership initiatives developed/coordinated by the Research Division and the President’s Office
  • Keep abreast of emerging issues both locally and nationally
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Grants


Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health system and systems thinking
  • A minimum of three years of post-college experience, some portion in the nonprofit or governmental sector required. Grantmaking experience strongly preferred; desire to work in and with nonprofit health sector is essential
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; proven ability to be flexible in a team-oriented approach with diverse groups of people
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong analytic and problem-solving skills
  • Content expertise in health and wellness subject areas, including the healthcare delivery system
  • Excellent planning, organizational, multi-tasking and time management skills
  • Computer literate; experience working with databases strongly preferred

All employees are expected to comply with EHF values, EHF citizenship expectations and EHF policies and procedures. These include:  taking responsibility for actions and outcomes, being a good stewardship of resources, being transparent, being a team player, producing high quality work and maintaining a high level of productivity. All employees are expected to have sound knowledge of Microsoft Office software. 



In addition to salary, the candidate will receive Episcopal Health Foundation’s employee benefits which include comprehensive health insurance coverage and a retirement plan to which the Foundation will contribute an amount equal to 9% of base salary.


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Applicants will be required to upload a cover letter and resume with their online application.

Interested candidates should apply online at the Episcopal Health Foundation website. The position will remain open until filled.


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