Program Officer

Program Officer
Full time
Littleton, Colorado
Organization Name: 
Telluray Foundation
Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 23, 2023
Job Description: 

About the Foundation  

The Telluray Foundation (the “Foundation”) is a family foundation that seeks to promote and sustain vibrant communities within Littleton, Colorado, and the surrounding areas. The Foundation believes in a framework for thriving communities that includes economic vitality; environment, health, and outdoor recreation; leadership; arts; education; mental health; and local institutions. Our approach to philanthropy seeks to bring the right assets to support high potential organizations, including grants, loans, investments, network-building, mentoring, and other kinds of non-financial support. Telluray Foundation is a lean organization, and everyone contributes to a broad range of responsibilities and activities.   

Position Summary  

The Foundation is seeking a collaborative and relationship-oriented Program Officer to support grantmaking in our priority geographies. The Program Officer will be responsible for cultivating and maintaining key Foundation relationships, understanding the opportunities and challenges facing the Foundation’s target communities, and identifying ways to leverage the Foundation’s resources to positively impact these communities. This position presents an exciting opportunity to join a committed team at a moment of growth and change, building for the next phase of the Foundation. The Program Officer will report to the Foundation Director and is expected to work primarily from the Foundation’s offices in Littleton, CO.  

Major Responsibilities  

  • In close partnership with the Director and other staff, support the management and oversight of the Foundation’s grants. 

  • Help research and develop grantmaking program strategies and provide vision for long-term program development in collaboration with the Board and other staff, including helping to identify program priorities and opportunities. 

  • Establish trust with grantees and other key partners to allow for collaboration and thought partnership. 

  • Develop and present thoughtful funding recommendations for the Board of Directors that align with emerging strategies and cultivate knowledge of trends in philanthropy. 

  • Review and provide feedback to applicants on grant proposals and engage in dialogue about project design, outputs, and outcomes to help strengthen an organization’s chances for success in accomplishing their goals. 

  • Evaluate proposals and conduct due diligence, potentially including interviews, visits, and review of budgets and financial information. 

  • Track desired outcomes and performance metrics; write, design, and present summaries and reports regarding progress towards outcomes to be used in assessing both supported organizations and the impact of the Foundation’s grantmaking more broadly.  

  • In collaboration with other staff, support engagement opportunities for the Board of Directors including, among other things, site visits, convenings, and communications.  

  • Represent the program and the Foundation in meetings and committees as appropriate. 

  • Actively participate in learning and analysis within philanthropy, grantmaking, and relevant issues areas. Proactively identify and create opportunities to share Foundation learnings and experiences in sector convenings and with peer networks. 

  • Ensure that grantee files are complete, accurate and current. 

  • Occasional other duties on behalf of the Foundation, as requested.  

Education, Skills, and Experience 

  • A bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of relevant experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience. 

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of individuals and organizations. 

  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills. 

  • Comfort with financial terms and concepts, experience with private foundations or family offices, impact investing, program-related investments, or recoverable grants strongly preferred. 

  • Excellent written and verbal skills. Able to synthesize a great deal of information into clear, defensible recommendations. Ready to back up conclusions with data and strong arguments. 

  • Experience working within or with the nonprofit sector or an understanding of its function and impact. 

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft products with a proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 

  • Demonstrated experience in maintaining the confidentiality, safety, security, and privacy of the employer. 

  • Willing to travel throughout Colorado and occasionally out of state for site visits, conferences, and meetings (5-10%). 

  • Willing to work occasionally on weekends and evenings as needed.  

Working Style 

  • Personal humility and ability to navigate power dynamics within philanthropy. Able to build trusting relationships quickly with partners, potential partners, Board members, and peers. 

  • Ability to work independently as a project leader and as a team member. The successful candidate will be a “self-starter” who can both lead and follow as the situation requires. 

  • Must possess a high level of accuracy, attention to detail, and follow-through. 

  • Must be a critical thinker with the ability to exercise judgment, set priorities, and cope with competing demands. Excellent time-management and general organization skills. 

  • Possess a hands-on, “No job too big or too small” attitude. 

  • Strong moral compass and sense of personal integrity and strong sense of stewardship of philanthropic dollars. 

  • Unwavering ability to tackle difficult or challenging issues openly, with tact and candor. 

  • Creative, resourceful problem solver. 

Salary & Benefits 

The salary range for this position is $75,000-$95,000, commensurate with experience, plus benefits, which include paid time off; employer paid plan for medical insurance; 3% 401(k) plan contribution starting 1-year after date of hire; and professional development opportunities.  

The Telluray Foundation seeks to fill this position with an ideal start date in Q1 2023. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  Candidates must successfully complete a background investigation, reference checks, employer provided assessments, and drug screen. The Telluray Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.