Animals Program Officer

Carroll Petrie Foundation

Posted: 1/8/2021

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Programs

Primary domain: Foundation/Grantmaking

City: Santa Fe

Postal code: 87501

State: New Mexico

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$10M - $20M



Mission statement:

The Carroll Petrie Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to supporting animals and the natural world. The Foundation has an active and deeply engaged Board of Directors and a growing staff of three. The Foundation awarded approximately $13.7 million in grants in 2020. The Foundation offers funding through two programs: Animals and Environment. The Animals Program is centered on animal welfare, and the Environment Program focuses on habitat conservation and restoration, pollinators, and the protection of wildlife. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Job Title: Animals Program Officer
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Reports to: Vice President, Programs

The Carroll Petrie Foundation is seeking a smart, compassionate, humble, and motivated individual to join the Foundation as the Animals Program Officer.

Job Summary
The newly created Animals Program Officer position presents an exciting opportunity to manage the Foundation’s Animals Program. In this role, the Animals Program Officer will co-create and regularly evaluate the Foundation’s animal grantmaking strategy, manage day-to-day grantmaking activities, and serve as the Foundation’s lead staff member in recommending and overseeing $5-6 million in grants for the care and protection of animals each year. The Animals Program Officer will be responsible for building deep relationships with a portfolio of grantees, collaborating with them to develop grant proposals and track, evaluate, and support their ongoing work. In addition, the Animals Program Officer will develop an in-depth knowledge of the animal welfare sector, especially in New Mexico, and be a pivotal member of the Foundation’s grantmaking team, contributing to idea generation, strategic thinking, organizational networking and collaborative team dynamics.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Manage a diverse portfolio of existing and prospective grantees 

  • Develop meaningful, empathic relationships with grantees and acquire a deep understanding of their work; engage in regular site visits 

  • Identify potential new grantees, emerging topics, and approaches for the Foundation to consider in its efforts to help animals

  • Counsel grant seekers on grant requests and general information inquiries, perform due diligence on proposals, and shepherd proposals through the Foundation’s approval process; provide technical assistance and support to grantees as needed 

  • Work with the President and Vice President, Programs to coordinate grantmaking recommendations 

  • Develop written recommendations for submission to the Board of Directors, and monitor grantee progress toward mutually established goals

  • Nurture and strengthen collaborative, supportive relationships with nonprofit organizations, partner organizations, community leaders and funders

  • Facilitate connections and partnerships across the region; collaborate with intermediary organizations, such as funder collaboratives

  • Stay current on issues and trends that impact the Animals Program’s work, including conducting research projects and representing the Foundation at meetings, forums, and public presentations, as appropriate

  • Proactively participate in the regular review and improvement of the Foundation’s grantmaking and related procedures 

  • Other duties as assigned


    • A love of animals and a passion for their well-being is a must

    • Three years of relevant work experience required; five or more years preferred

    • Excellent written and oral communication skills

    • Intellectual agility; the ability to analyze, think critically, and solve problems creatively  

    • A “doer” with a high degree of initiative and energy; productive and results-oriented

    • Excellent organizational skills with a proven ability to prioritize work, manage time and multiple priorities, and meet deadlines with attention to detail and accuracy

    • Deeply relational; a good listener who is inquisitive, reflective, and interested in developing meaningful professional relationships with grantees, colleagues, and other stakeholders 

    • Proven capacity to work successfully as part of a team, as well as independently with reliability, good judgement, and productivity

    • The highest levels of personal and professional integrity and confidentiality

    • Discreet, with a demonstrated ability to handle sensitive information effectively and confidentially; a willingness to protect the privacy of the directors and family members 

    • A positive attitude


    The Carroll Petrie Foundation offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including a generous retirement plan and health insurance benefits.


    Commensurate with Experience

    Posting Expiration Date:


    How to Apply:

    Applications will be held in the strictest confidence. To apply, please forward a resume and cover letter describing your interest and qualifications (in PDF format) to [email protected]. Please include “Animals Program Officer - YOUR NAME” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Thank you in advance for your interest and work on this application! 


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