PROGRAM OFFICER, HOUSING & ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
Reports to: Senior Program Officer, Housing & Economic Opportunity
Status: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt
Last Updated: 06/2021
Position Summary: The Program Officer is responsible for grant making, project management, community engagement, catalytic capital investment and strategic convening activities related to California Community Foundation’s Housing and Economic Opportunity program area. CCF’s housing and economic program area focuses on the production and preservation of affordable housing, protecting tenants from displacement and harassment, and fostering economic opportunity for our most vulnerable and disadvantaged neighbors. This program officer will have a unique opportunity to partner with CCF donors who are also interested in supporting Los Angeles’ most vulnerable neighbors through a housing and economic opportunity strategy primarily focused on our unhoused neighbors and transition-age youth who will benefit from CCF’s experience and leadership in this grantmaking area.
Values & Principles:
Strategy Implementation, Program Design and Management: With the Senior Program Officer, develops and implements strategy, goals, and activities for the foundation’s housing and economic opportunity program, including split .5 position dedication to the curation of innovative and other opportunities related to affordable housing and economic opportunity related to people experiencing homelessness including transition-age youth and .5 position dedication to housing production and preservation, tenant protections, and economic opportunity. Given CCF’s unique operating relationship with other funders, we will place a premium on the demonstrated ability to develop, maintain, and manage long-term institutional partnerships.
For the curation of innovative and other opportunities for people experiencing homelessness, works in concert with donor funds and fundholders with the intent of assisting them to design and implement missions, goals, and definition of successful impact. Such work can include setting annual fund timeline and budget, including overall funds available and ranges for individual grant awards, providing financial reports to the fund advisors and fund committees. Serves as the primary point of contact with fund grantees, building long term relationships in support of each respective fund’s mission.
Supports the foundation's Systems Change Priorities, as well as CCF’s housing and economic opportunity portfolio’s north star goal that the most vulnerable of Los Angeles County will live with dignity in housing they can afford and have the ability to meet their basic and critical needs.
Community Outreach and Policy Advocacy: Through grantmaking and convening, works to support public policy analysis, advocacy, and community organizing. Partners with key business, philanthropic, community and government stakeholders to facilitate the development of public policy through research, coalition building, convening, grantmaking, and organizational capacity building. Monitors local, state, and national policies and initiatives related to housing and economic opportunity. Makes recommendations regarding policy positions. Develops and creates strategic partnerships. Assumes leadership roles in professional networks and collaborations related to CCF’s priority issues and philanthropic activities. Represents CCF and provides information about the initiatives and CCF at community events and meetings with foundation partners, constituencies, funders, and stakeholder groups. Works directly with grant seekers to provide clarification of fund priorities, direction regarding application procedures, and feedback on proposals.
Convening: Strategically convenes stakeholders to develop and accomplish a shared agenda that moves work towards CCF’s goals. Plans and coordinates meetings with stakeholders and uses opportunities to engage CCF donors, grantees, staff, board, and community. Develops CCF’s brand as a cross-sector convener. Represents CCF at funder and policy tables. As necessary, represents the donor fundholders and stakeholders at community events and meetings with foundation partners, constituencies, and stakeholder groups.
Portfolio Management: Manages grantmaking strategies, initiative development and implementation. Leads the development of grant guidelines and RFP timeline and process including the review, analysis, and selection of proposals through written materials, site visits, interviews with other funders and relevant agencies. Presents donor fundholders and stakeholders with grant recommendations through written communications and presentations. Monitors grant investments and maintains ongoing communications with grantees. Works to strengthen organizational capacity of grantees and sector. Evaluates investment and initiative outcomes.
Research and Special Projects: Conducts, proposes, and monitors research, learning and advocacy in support of housing production and preservation, tenant protections, and economic opportunity including how these areas touch the lives of disadvantaged youth. Uses research process and products to guide strategies and inform advocacy partners. Builds on research projects to identify systems change issues and solutions related to educational improvement. Ensures that research is disseminated and presented to appropriate stakeholders. Designs, manages, and facilitates special projects for CCF, ensuring a thoughtful and reasonable process, timely preparation and coordination of key activities and materials for review panels, advisory committees, and CCF’s Board of Directors.
Resource Development: Identifies and pursues opportunities to bring in funding partners, prepares grant proposals, and project reports as appropriate. Develops and maintains relationships with local and national funders and promotes opportunities for funders to partner with CCF initiatives.
Communications: Drafts internal materials such as briefing memos and external materials such as reports to funders and partners. Prepares and delivers presentations both internally and externally. Participates as a member of related committees, teams, coalitions, and working groups. Prepares and delivers presentations to donor fundholders, stakeholders and donor fund committees.
Collaboration: Proactively seeks and identifies inter-departmental activities to engage in that advance CCF priorities through collaborative grantmaking, convening, or public policy advocacy. Manages and coordinates donor fundholder, stakeholder and donor fund committee meetings, attends committee meetings, and serves as the primary staff for any such committee, answering questions in relation to grant proposals and opportunities to be considered for funding.
Project Management: Conceives, develops, and manages projects to successful completion. Ensures that foundation databases are accurate, updated in a timely manner and are effectively utilized. Manages workload to ensure sufficient time is allotted to knowledge acquisition and to achieve mastery of department processes and technology.
Donor Relations: Leads project working teams and collaborates with Development, Donor Relations, and Communications staff to strategize on messaging, fund development and impact analysis for discretionary funds. Prepares information for donors and/or meets with donors to refine their giving preferences. May also staff one-time, periodic, or ongoing grantmaking processes associated with donor-advised funds and supporting organizations.
Internal Integration of Work: Identifies opportunities for and integrates the functions and skills of civic engagement, marketing and communications, and development and donor relations into their grantmaking to increase focus on systemic change. Engages with internal and external resources to secure necessary competencies. Coordinates work between departments and with external vendors, as necessary. Identifies and pursues opportunities for internal integration of work across functions and departments to make connections and leverage the strengths and efforts of CCF.
General: As appropriate, assists other departments and works as a member of interdepartmental teams to ensure the effective and efficient operations of CCF. At all times, demonstrates cooperative behavior with supervisors and coworkers. Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
Experience: At least five years of related program design, program implementation, grantmaking, and/or management experience required with a minimum of three years working in the nonprofit, public and/or philanthropic sector required. Experience in managing consultants and project working teams to achieve results is essential.
Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s level degree in a field related to the primary funding areas of the foundation preferred.
Community Knowledge: Knowledge of the Los Angeles County, government systems related to affordable housing and economic opportunity, and the nonprofit community, familiarity with the geography and diverse neighborhoods throughout the region, and experience in working effectively with diverse and broad-based community constituencies. Knowledge of policy and political landscape impacting housing and economic opportunity us a plus.
Convening and Facilitation Skills: Able to facilitate meetings and group processes for the purposes of fact-finding, decision-making, peer learning and problem solving.
Resource Development Skills: Working knowledge of raising funds from individual donors, foundations and/or the public sector.
Communication Skills: Excellent writing skills with the ability to write clear, concise analyses and narratives. Superior interpersonal and proven client services skills, including experience in writing clear policy and procedure documents. Ability to produce memos and reflections within a tight timeframe. Ability to prepare and give presentations, and to comfortably interact with diverse audiences including donors, Board members, civic leaders, and nonprofit and community groups. Bi- or multilingual competency desired.
Leadership: Ability to make well-reasoned decisions in the best interests of the organization for the present and future, and the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds. Good meeting management skills and understanding of political processes.
Technology Skills: Internet competency and strong computer proficiency, including mastery of the Microsoft Office software suite and a familiarity with database software, is required. Willingness and ability to learn appropriate database, project management, spreadsheet, and other computer programs.
Project Management Skills: Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to design, lead and manage projects, prioritize work effectively and adjust to multiple demands, with consistent attention to timelines. Experience managing complex projects with multiple partners, large grants and/or public-private partnerships preferred.
Team Work & General Skills: Ability to work well independently and as team member. Ability to take initiative and follow tasks through to completion. Ability to pivot towards complete team priorities. Ability to lead a team toward CCF's goals, leveraging each team member's skill set.
**APPLY HERE: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=f6367592-039a-4a45-accf-d85964830146&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US&selectedMenuKey=CareerCenter
**Disclaimer: This description should not be construed to contain every function or responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job classification. This job description is intended to be general and will evolve over time. The description is subject to periodic updating. At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different or additional duties from time to time.
The California Community Foundation (CCF) is a nonprofit grantmaking foundation that administers almost 1,600 individual charitable funds to meet existing and emerging needs in the Greater Los Angeles area. CCF is one of the largest and fastest growing community foundations in the United States. With assets of more than $1.6 billion, CCF has awarded more than $1.6 billion in grants and received more than $1.8 billion in contributions over the past ten years. Since 1915, CCF has been helping individuals, families, corporations and nonprofits establish and develop their philanthropic visions.
We envision a future where all Angelenos thrive – a future where the productive capabilities of Angelenos contribute to the health and well-being of our communities. The fate and future of every resident is interwoven, and our success as a community will be defined by how we improve the quality of life of all residents, especially our most vulnerable. We also envision a future in which more donors impact the challenges of Los Angeles and beyond, fulfilling their passions and creating a diverse spectrum of opportunities and philanthropic legacies.
For 100 years, the passion of our living and legacy donors has defined and built the California Community Foundation. Their generosity and dreams for a better tomorrow make our drive for meaningful social change possible. We partner with individuals and families to not only pursue their own personal passions but to collaborate with us, along with the public, private and nonprofit sectors, in transforming Los Angeles County.
Reporting to the Director of Donor Relations, the Donor Relations Officer is part of the Development and Donor Relations (DDR) external fundraising team responsible for developing and strengthening long-term relationships on behalf of the California Community Foundation (CCF) with key donors, prospects and fund advisors, including leading one-on-one consultations, advising on best practices in philanthropic giving, and strategically adding value to the CCF donor experience through aligned giving opportunities. This position requires an individual who can prioritize and multi-task while maintaining a high level of client service. It also requires an individual who can identify and offer solutions to isolated and systemic problems.