Program Officer

Program Officer
Full time
Denver, CO
Organization Name: 
NextFifty Initiative
Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 8, 2021
Job Description: 

NextFifty Initiative is a Colorado-based private foundation dedicated to funding mission-driven initiatives that improve the lives of the older adult population and their caregivers. We seek to fund game-changing efforts to improve and sustain quality of life for people in their second 50 years. NextFifty Initiative educates about proven initiatives and advocates for transformational change. We consider ourselves an engine for innovation that transforms aging. Our work will impact life for generations to come.

Our mission is to promote independence and dignity for the aging population, to include the needs of low and moderate income persons, encompassing individuals with physical, cognitive and/or behavioral disability, by encouraging and supporting innovative, affordable and coordinated services and initiatives.

NextFifty Initiative is currently seeking candidates for the position of Program Officer to join our team.

Program Officer

The Program Officer reports to the Director of Programs and is responsible for reviewing grant applications, making funding recommendations to the Board of Trustees, and working with assigned grantees to evaluate their work and support them in their grant activities. The program officer will demonstrate a strong understanding of the mission and vision of NextFifty Initiative and be able to express that clearly to grantees and the interested public. The program officer will cultivate potential grantees in the community and field of aging.

The individual filling this role will be a key member of the Foundation's program staff. They will contribute to idea generation and strategic thinking that strengthens the Foundation’s grantmaking initiatives by ensuring efficient, equitable, and effective processes that align with the mission and vision of NextFifty Initiative.

NextFifty Initiative is in the midst of strategic planning, setting the course for the Foundation’s focus over the next several years. All roles within the organization are subject to modification without a change in the written position description. The responsibilities written below express the major accountabilities of the position but may not include all activities that will be coordinated or executed by the role.

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Review grant applications submitted for consideration; make site visits, as appropriate; prepare written summaries and analysis documents of grant applications to aid Trustees in evaluating and making awards.
  • Communicate with grant applicants and grantees and serve as the Foundation's principal contact with assigned grantees.
  • Respond to inquiries about NextFifty Initiative’s grant making priorities and processes.
  • Visit grantees and communities to discuss prospective grants, provide guidance and support to grantees and support collaborative opportunities in grant making.
  • Assist the Foundation’s Program Team in designing a monitoring process for grants and special projects and assure that assigned grantees report on grant progress.
  • Write, design and present summaries and reports regarding grantees’ applications and progress toward outcomes for Foundation staff and Board of Trustees to help evaluate progress toward grant goals and overall program impact.
  • Ensure that grantee files are complete, accurate and current.
  • Make presentations to the Board of Trustees regarding grant applications and other topics.
  • Participate in NextFifty Initiative communication activities and projects that serve to promote the mission of the organization, cultivate promising ideas for funding and identify needs and interests in the area of aging.
  • Assist in the coordination of activities and events related to NextFifty Initiative’s funding priorities and mission.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to further the community's aging agenda through a variety of methods other than grant-making such as convening, technical assistance, serving on committees and task forces, etc.
  • Keep current on aging issues and develop field expertise through literature review, contact with social and professional communities, and participating in relevant conferences;
  • Contribute content, as needed, to the Foundation’s publications.
  • Provide support, when requested, for all Foundation activities.
  • Complete special projects and assignments as needed.

A Qualified Candidate will have:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
  • Experience working within or with the nonprofit sector.
  • Understanding of philanthropy’s roles in the community.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrated skills in organizing, analyzing, presenting data, reaching conclusions and developing recommendations.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of individuals and organization representatives.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; proven ability to be flexible in a team-oriented approach with diverse groups of people.
  • Knowledge and ability to express and measure program and impact evaluation.
  • Proactive and a self-starter; able to prioritize work assignments, manage multiple deadlines, and to represent the Foundation in any given environment.
  • Demonstrated ability and understanding of centering equity in their approach to and the execution of their work.
  • Experience working with or living within historically underserved or marginalized populations.

People are what make NextFifty Initiative thrive. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive organization that promotes equity and recognizes diversity as critical to our mission and impact.

Diversity Statement: In 300 words or less, please include in your application a statement telling us (1) What Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) means to you. (2) What have you done to exhibit it in your personal and/or professional life? (3) Why is DEI important to you and why is it worth the challenges and obstacles it presents in doing the work? Please do not provide information in your Diversity Statement that reveals your race, gender, age, or other protected class.


Starting salary is a minimum of $80,000 DOE

NextFifty Initiative offers Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401(k), and paid time off.

If you are interested in applying to the Program Officer position, please submit your cover letter, resume and Diversity Statement (ALL THREE ARE REQUIRED to be considered) to:

Ann Levine

Human Resources

Applications may be submitted until January 8, 2021 at 5:00 pm.