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Employment Opportunities

The Community Foundation is currently seeking candidates for the following position(s):


Senior Program Officer, Education Initiatives

Reports to: Vice President, Community Engagement

Position DescriptionThe Senior Program Officer manages the Foundation’s extensive portfolio related to K-12 education initiatives. The incumbent will play a strategic role in the identification of community needs and solutions and will proactively coordinate resources to create measurable and sustainable results. This includes management of the grants process for nonprofit organizations, determining Foundation strategy for funding, and participation in leadership positions in the community related to education. This is an exempt, full-time position. 


Community Leadership

  • Convene nonprofit organizations, funders, and community leaders around the topic of K-12 education. Participate in the alignment of desired regional outcomes and indicators of progress.
  • Collaborate with other funders to share, develop, and leverage resources to address community needs. Focus on high impact, long-term, sustainable change.
  • Interact with local education leaders and nonprofit providers as is appropriate to represent their perspectives in community philanthropic endeavors.
  • Represent the Foundation through service on committees and attendance at community events and meetings, providing strategic guidance on issues that reflect Foundation priorities.
  • Conduct research on issues or concerns of importance to the Foundation, identifying trends or best practices in the focus area of educational success. Present findings in written and verbal formats.

Grant Process

  • Proactively identify opportunities for the Foundation to provide funding, capacity building, volunteers, or community leadership support within the focus area of educational success.
  • Work directly with grant seekers to provide clarification of Foundation priorities, direction regarding the application procedures, and feedback on proposals.
  • Participate in Foundation grantmaking process to include review of applications, interviews, site visits, and decision-making. Provide written and verbal analysis of grant applications for Foundation staff, board, and donors.
  • Gather outcomes from grantees and provide analysis of results vs. objectives set on grant application.

Donor Interaction

  • Collaborate with Philanthropic and Donor Services teams to work with prospective and current donors to execute their philanthropic goals and engage them as participants and leaders in community problem-solving.
  • Assist individual donors with their specific grantmaking efforts, educating them on issues and non-profit organizations working in the education sector, including arranging for site visits.

Other Duties

  • Participate in national, regional, statewide, and local groups that provide philanthropy to support the educational success of children and further enhance the work of the Foundation.
  • Work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the Foundation.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree. Advanced degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in the nonprofit, foundation, and/or funder sector. Exposure to a grants process is preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in the field of education, including knowledge of service providers and policy or decision-making process at the local, regional, or state level.  
  • Knowledge of key partners in the Foundation’s work, with experience in the nonprofit landscape of the Richmond region preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate multiple projects at one time.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and seize leadership roles when a need is realized.
  • Ability to craft strategy based on independent research, knowledge of best practices, and understanding of local need.
  • Solid computer literacy in Microsoft Office and database management.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written, one-on-one, and group presentation skills.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and persuade across broad audiences from diverse backgrounds: grant seekers, board members, community leaders, donors, and the Foundation staff.

This position is eligible for a competitive salary and benefits package. Diverse candidates strongly encouraged to apply. For consideration, email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to by Friday, March 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m or mail to:

Community Foundation
c/o Human Resources
3409 Moore Street
Richmond, VA 23230 

No phone calls or agencies, please.