Program Officer

Neubauer Family Foundation

Posted: 2/27/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Programs

Primary domain: Foundation/Grantmaking

City: Philadelphia

Postal code: 19103

State: Pennsylvania

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$20M +



Mission statement:

The Neubauer Family Foundation (NFF) invests in people and ideas with the great potential for transformative impact. Philanthropic initiatives include strategic investments in Philadelphia’s school system, innovative leadership of arts & cultural organizations, and advancing new frontiers in science toward a stronger, more democratic Israel.  We partner with entities that have sound vision, fiscal discipline, coherent implementation plans, and metrics to measure progress.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Position Overview

The Program Officer will be responsible for the development and implementation of strategic initiatives for the Neubauer Family Foundation. This role will manage an active portfolio of grants that enable high-potential people or ideas to transform systems. Based in Philadelphia, the Program Officer must be results-oriented, entrepreneurial and committed to realizing change through the development of actionable initiatives. This role will be responsible for ensuring the Neubauer Family Foundation’s grant initiatives are well-planned, strategic and effectively implemented. These initiatives currently include but are not limited to K-12 education (school leadership, arts, and high school improvement), Israeli/Arab integration in higher education, and innovative leadership in arts & cultural organizations.

The Program Officer will report to the Executive Director (ED) and work closely with other members of the NFF team.


·        Develop, research, draft, edit and proofread written materials such as memos, reports, research summaries, policy analyses, correspondence and other materials.

·        Assess the strengths and weaknesses of potential partners, organizational vehicles and personnel needed to execute program strategy.

·        Develop and execute tactical work plans in various stages of initiative development, implementation, and sustainability.

·        Identify innovative and effective models to scale, replicate, or adapt.

·        Define and lead team towards measurable goals and identifying methods for quantifying impact with reference to current research studies and findings.

·        Evaluate project budgets to ensure they are highly cost-effective.

·        Manage contracts and consultants (as-needed).

·        Lead the development of evaluation plans and oversee the progress of grantees.

·        Prepare and present regular oral and written reports. 

·        Monitor and identify emerging trends for issues that are relevant to the Foundation.

·        Prepare internal written summaries and data to track and assess current and emerging issues for potential investments.

·        Develop and manage partnerships with relevant stakeholders.

·        Communicate regularly with grantees, project partners, and funders of aligned efforts.

·        Organize and facilitate convenings that enable the Foundation to deeply understand the root-causes of impacting Philadelphia.

·        Prepare written and other necessary materials that summarize strategic issues and decisions for consideration of the Board of Trustees.

·        Ensure excellent stewardship of the Neubauer Family Foundation’s funds and maximum impact.

·        Additional duties as assigned.



The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following competencies:

·        Exhibits a strong focus on goals and results – including a track record of meeting or exceeding goals – and holds self personally accountable

·        Develops, articulates, and builds buy-in to a clear vision

·        Builds positive relationships with diverse stakeholders and maintains a service orientation

·        Motivates, inspires, and moves other adults to action to achieve ambitious goals

·        Communicates effectively in both written and verbal communication – ability to engage in clear and ongoing communications with staff and grantees, translate technical grants issues into easily understood terms and manage expectations

·        Plans strategically and offers innovative solutions to challenging problems

  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills, including the ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue.

·        Demonstrates excellent project management and implementation skills – works efficiently, maintains attention to detail, and is able to plan, multi-task, adapt, and balance requests from many stakeholders

·        Demonstrates an entrepreneurial mindset and ability to work in a fast-paced environment

·        Maintains a positive attitude, flexibility, and humor

The ideal candidate will have the following experience:

·        7-10 years of professional work experience in a fast-paced environment

·        Bachelor’s degree required

·        Excellent computer skills including spreadsheet and database applications and word processing software skills preferred including the ability to create, generate and modify documents using the applications

·        Ability to conduct research on the Internet

·        Salesforce experience strongly preferred and ability to learn software specific to Foundation 


Compensation is competitive and based on experience.  The Neubauer Family Foundation offers a comprehensive benefits package to all employees. 


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:


Please send your resume and a role-specific cover letter to Molly Farley, Human Resources Consultant, at [email protected].  Applications to this position will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

The Neubauer Family Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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