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Position Description

The Opportunity
The Program Officer-Grants will review grant proposals, perform due diligence, manage current grants, evaluate grant results, and prepare proposals for presentation. Working with both generation two and generation three philanthropy, the Program Officer will partner with other RDV Philanthropy staff and external stakeholders to assist in developing and managing various special initiatives.

Our Unique Benefits
At RDV, we are intentional about enriching our culture and employee experiences through a unique blend of benefit offerings that include:

  • Robust health insurance options with competitive employer contributions.
  • 401k retirement plan with a generous employer match of up to 7.5%.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) starting at 22 days per year in addition to 9 paid holidays.
  • Flexibility through Remote Option Fridays (position dependent).
  • Grab and Go Deli/Market with employer-provided account credit of $650/year.
  • Fun culinary experiences and connecting with co-workers at monthly catered lunches, free of charge to employees.
  • Employer paid parking in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.
  • Education and training reimbursement programs.
  • Discounted memberships to MVP Sportsplex.

What You'll Do

Grants Administration

  • Maintains a working knowledge of RDV Philanthropy’s funding priorities.
  • Researches and reviews grant proposals by gathering information, making site visits, analyzing data, and investigating leading practices.
  • Manages grant-related activity within the grants management system.
  • Provides technical assistance to grantees as appropriate.
  • Completes due diligence and summary write-ups for specified grant requests. This may include ensuring completeness of the information submitted, contacting representatives of requesting organizations, reviewing financial documents, and exploring the appropriateness of funding .
  • Follows up on past grants and evaluation reports when appropriate.
  • Works with other RDV Philanthropy team members to ensure grant letters, agreements, and declination notices are completed quickly and accurately.
  • Works with the Director of Philanthropy and other RDV Philanthropy team members to continuously refine internal systems and processes.
  • Presents reports and data analysis for staff and foundation trustees.
  • Stays abreast of current developments in the philanthropic and other related fields.
  • Nurtures a network of thought partners and practice leaders.
  • Shares information in a way that contributes to the learning, cross-functioning, and improvement of the RDV Philanthropy team.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Special Initiatives & Projects

  • Research subjects of interest to RDV Philanthropy or individual Foundations.
  • Provides project management and staff support to special projects and initiatives.
  • Synthesizes information by drafting reports, executive summaries, engagement frameworks, and other deliverables for presentation to internal and external stakeholders.

What You'll Bring

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of extensive related experience and proven leadership.
  • Strong written communication skills along with highly effective oral communications and engaging presentation skills.
  • Excellent proofreading skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to connect with a wide range of audiences; makes others feel comfortable and inspired.
  • A self-starter who can work independently on multiple projects and prioritize work.
  • Demonstrated project management experience. Deep curiosity to learn about a wide variety of non-profit organizations and the philanthropic interests of the families.
  • Flexibility to work with multiple teams; ability to clarify deadlines and manage shifting priorities.
  • Excellent computer skills, including working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and comfort with technology.
  • Shares commitment to and is comfortable representing the Christian beliefs and principles of the various families and their philanthropic interests.
  • Ability to interface effectively with all levels of management in a highly professional and confidential corporate environment.
  • Flexibility to occasionally attend evening events and travel out of town.
  • Must be able to operate an automobile, have a valid driver’s license, and travel by plane when necessary.

How to Apply
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