Senior Program Officer, Grand Haven Area Community Foundation

The Senior Program officer supports the mission of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, and its affiliates – Coopersville and Allendale – by leading our scholarship program and supporting our responsive and proactive impact-driven community grant program. This position reports to the VP of Grants and Program. 

This position may have the opportunity to lead additional strategic initiatives supported by the GHACF.


Specific Duties:                                      
Scholarship Program 

  • Leads the development and successful implementation of the scholarship program including but not limited to: application creation, launch, review, and distribution 
  • Serve as lead for all internally reviewed and allocated scholarships
  • Facilitate, manage and support GHACF and external scholarship committees
  • Maintain and support Scholarship Fund Holders
  • Serve as lead for area Scholarship Award Nights
  • Lead and manage GHACF educational events including Excellence in Education and Scholarship Donor & Recipient Event

Competitive Grant Programs
Including: Community Impact, Technical Assistance, Field of Interest, and Donor Advised Committee Funds

  • Leads the priority area of education, including establishing and maintaining relationships with for-impact partners, meeting regularly, and offering support where needed
  • Assist the Grants & Program team with the preparation of the Community Impact quarterly review process including internal review and follow-up, committee packets, and meeting presentation 
  • Assist with competitive grant proposal analysis and review for Community Impact, may have the opportunity to support and lead Field of Interest Funds, and Donor Advised Committee Funds
  • Monitor and maintain competitive grant budgets
  • Monitor and coordinate relevant competitive grant processing, including the execution and filing of grant agreements, grant payments, and other related correspondence with grantees
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date grant records 
  • Provide other administrative support as needed to maintain grant operations

Other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • At a minimum, completion of a bachelor’s degree. Coursework in non-profit administration a plus. 
  • Three to five years of related work experience, non-profit preferred, resulting in advanced knowledge of non-profit operations and administration. Experience leading and/or managing a program highly preferred. Familiarity with charitable foundation policies, procedures, and structure to conduct assigned programs and projects preferred.
  • Ability to generate creative ideas and implement them within the organization. Must be able to manage multiple tasks in an environment with short deadlines while maintaining close attention to detail. Strong writing, editing, and critical thinking skills. Project organization skills with the ability to meet deadlines.
  • High level interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to effectively interact with partner organizations, grant seekers, donors, fellow team members, the Board of Trustees, committees, and the community-at-large. 
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise diplomacy and cultural awareness when interacting at all levels inside and outside the Foundation.
  • Analytical abilities necessary to proof and edit materials, calculate, and balance totals, maintain records and files, and organize and prioritize work assigned. 
  • Exercises a high level of thoughtful and insightful judgment within areas of accountability. 
  • Ability to handle confidential information in a professional manner. 
  • Ability to prioritize and effectively manage time with many projects active at once.
  • Professional image, positive, upbeat, and enthusiastic with willingness to help in a team environment. 
  • Respect for internal and external stakeholders, and enthusiasm for working in a team-based, collaborative Foundation.
  • Knowledge about and passion for community philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and best practices.
  • Positive approach to work.
  • Takes initiative to continue professional development.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in relevant software programs to include:  Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Microsoft Power Point.  Database systems – Blackbaud and/or NPACT preferred and AkoyaGo a plus.
Salary & Benefits: 

Work Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a 60-minute lunch. (37.5 hours per week)

Pay Rate: Competitive and commensurate with education and experience.  The Foundation has a comprehensive benefit package and a 403b Retirement plan.

How To Apply: 

Applications only accepted through Indeed  Apply Here

Hiring Organization: 
Grand Haven Area Community Foundation
Senior Program Officer
City and State: 
Grand Haven, MI
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