Program Officer @ Jews of Color Initiative

Program Officer

The Jews of Color Initiative is a U.S.-based and centered effort focused on building and advancing the professional, organizational, and communal field for Jews of Color. Jews of Color Initiative is a fiscally sponsored project of Tides Center.
The Initiative focuses on grantmaking, research and field building, and community education, and hosts the nation’s first-ever philanthropic and capacity building fund expressly dedicated to responding to racial injustice through helping further establish, fortify and building-out the field of support for Jews of Color.
The Jews of Color Initiative is an organization growing in terms of size, scale, reach, and budget. To that end, the Jews of Color Initiative seeks a Program Officer excited about helping to lead the Jews of Color Initiative in its next stage of impact and excellence.

Our grantmaking focuses on five key areas:
1) Developing a sense of shared identity
2) Developing, refining and reinforcing standards of practice
3) Developing, documenting and advancing the knowledge base
4) Building and nurturing leadership and grassroots support
5) Cultivating an environment that is focused on funding and supporting policy
The newly created Program Officer position presents a dynamic opportunity to oversee three grantmaking portfolios within our Grantmaking program. First, the Program Officer will oversee our small size grant program. These grants present investments in new and emerging efforts, and number up to 20+ in a year. The second portfolio is the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. This is a new portfolio and we anticipate 5-10 grants to be made annually. The third portfolio includes a significant portion of our national large size grant program. Annually we anticipate approximately 10 grants to be made from this portfolio.
The Program Officer is responsible for managing all aspects of these three portfolios. This includes shepherding potential grantees through the grant inquiry and application process as well as managing the internal operations related to making and managing the grants. For our large size grant program, this will also mean managing and working with the Grant Advisory Committee. The Program Officer reports to the Executive Director.
Core Areas of Responsibility
The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
Initiative Leadership & Strategy Development
As a team member, contribute substantially to the development and iteration of JoCI’s strategy. Inform ongoing refinement of JoCI strategies through collaborative discussions with other JoCI program and senior staff.
Develop and manage strategic relationships with national, regional, and local leaders, and share insights with colleagues that inform the work.
Remain well informed of current research, activities, and trends in the issue areas addressed by grantees.
Advance the profile and reputation of the Initiative.
Hold and treat the Initiative’s work with intentionality, care, and absolute discretion.
Support all aspects of planning and implementing a new, national Initiative, as needed.
Grantee Partnership and Support
Potential Grantees
Identify organizations with strong potential for partnership; conduct due diligence and recommend grantee partners who exhibit effectiveness, internal capacity, and strategic skills.
Consult and coordinate with other JoCI staff in exploring new grantmaking opportunities.
Evaluate the feasibility of grant proposals and of applicant’s organizational capacity to achieve proposed objectives. Develop written grant recommendations for submission to the Grant Advisory Committee.
Review and analyze the organizational and project budgets for proposals.
Work with the Executive Director to coordinate funding recommendations with payout targets.
Ongoing Grantees
Monitor the performance of an active grantmaking cluster; regularly coaching and advising grantee partners, including in the creation of performance milestones that support success.
Monitor progress of grantees, assuring that all grant requirements are met, including review of progress in achieving key objectives, and expenditure reports, as needed.
Additional Responsibilities
Prepare and contribute to written materials that communicate the alignment of grantee activities with JoCI’s goals and strategies.
Be informed and remain current on issues on emerging and critical trends in philanthropy, the nonprofit community, and specific Foundation program areas.
Work closely with community organizations, local leaders, and other funders to identify national needs and promote opportunities for grantmaking as they relate to JoCI’s funding priorities.
Participate in planning activities related to JoCI’s grant programs, including analyzing past funding history and scanning community needs to ensure that JoCI’s focus is both current and in line with communal needs.
Proactively reach out to past grantees and seek new grantees for JoCI to help achieve existing funding area goals.
Coordinate annual evaluation of all grants made.
Conduct research projects as assigned.
As needed, hire, and manage consultants.
Ideal Experience and Knowledge
The Program Officer will have a good understanding of equity informed professional grantmaking in a foundation or fund environment, understanding of work in the nonprofit sector, and a strong desire to work with and support the Initiative’s grantees. Additional experience includes:
Deep experience in the Jewish nonprofit sector, in either a professional or volunteer capacity.
Solid knowledge of community-based or place-based grantmaking.
Experience in nonprofit capacity building as a funder, consultant, or nonprofit leader.
Strong strategic and analytical skills and creative problem-solving ability.
Deep experience in program budgeting, organizational, and fiscal management.
Excellent organizational skills and judgment; ability to prioritize work, manage time and multiple priorities, and meet deadlines; attention to detail and accuracy; the ability to set realistic goals and objectives;
Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive information effectively and confidentially; politically savvy;
Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent public speaking skills.
Excellent computer skills, including working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and comfort with technology;
Exceptional capacity for managing and leading people; a team builder who has experience in scaling up organizations
Philanthropic or nonprofit experience working with the Foundation’s Grantmaking focus population would be helpful
Core Qualifications
Minimum BS/BA degree with at least 7 years of experience and a track record in senior program management.
Unwavering commitment to quality programs and excellence.
Passion, humility, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plan
Training in Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Justice
Specialized experience with the Field of Jews of Color

The salary for this role is $80,000-$90,000 depending on experience. In addition, we offer an excellent benefits package that includes health/dental/vision, paid-time-off, and Jewish holidays. We also have a really great team for you to join!

We are open to remote candidates with preferences for people located where we already have staff members, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Jews of Color Initiative and Tides Center is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions.

Applicants with Disabilities:
Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

Application Instructions

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, vision, dental, retirement plans, leave early for Shabbat, Life Insurance
  • Preferred Experience: Professional (6-10 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2020-06-18
  • Times this job has been viewed: 923 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Fundraising/Grants/Giving
  • Organization Type: Other
Job Location
Jews of Color Initiative
1601 Vine Street
Los Angeles , California 90028


Not a Member?

Registration is quick, easy and free!

Register Now!


Part Time, Seasonal, and Contract Nonprofit Jewish Communal Jobs


Nonprofit Jewish Communal Jobs Online


Weekly Email Subscribers