Program Officer, Community Engagement - Metro

Oregon Community Foundation | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 11/14/2023

Oregon Community Foundation

Program Officer, Community Engagement - Metro

Location: Portland, OR

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled


Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) was founded in 1973 with a big mission: to improve the lives of all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. In partnership with donors and volunteers, OCF works to strengthen communities in every county in Oregon through research, grantmaking, and scholarships. In 2022, OCF distributed more than $180 million, supporting 3,500 grantees and awarding more than 3,000 scholarships. With OCF, individuals, families, businesses, and organizations create charitable funds that meet the needs of diverse communities statewide. 2023 marks OCF’s 50th anniversary. Since its founding, OCF has distributed more than $2.2 billion in community investments, including grants to 10,850 nonprofits and 53,375 scholarships to students. Individuals, families, businesses, and organizations can work with OCF to create charitable funds to support causes important to them.

OCF is an Equal Opportunity Employer with five offices throughout Oregon in Bend, Eugene, Medford, Portland and Salem. Come join our team. To learn more, please visit:

Primary Purpose:

The Program Officer for Community Engagement-Metro, in coordination with the Senior Program Officer Metro and other program staff, leads a portfolio of community engagement and volunteerism activities and programs. This position furthers the Foundation’s engagement of Oregonians from the Portland Metro region, representing diverse communities in implementing solutions to locally identified needs and coordinates involvement of community members as OCF volunteers and advisors.

OCF employees re expected to work a minimum of 3 days a week in the OCF office. After an initial training period, this position may be assessed as having an option to work remotely a portion of the week.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Community Engagement, Partnerships and Collaboration - Percentage of Time: 55%

  • Act as a public representative for OCF's programming related to community engagement grantmaking; deliver community presentations and meetings with other foundations; communicate with Board, Leadership Councils, staff and external partners in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
  • Represent OCF at meetings with public agencies, policy makers and other key stakeholders; serve on statewide or regional committees or task forces
  • Represent OCF at local and national conferences and events in order to share OCF's work and impact
  • Conduct outreach, communicate with, and develop relationships with grant seekers and other constituents statewide about foundation priorities, guidelines, grant opportunities and grant decisions
  • Plan, implement and evaluate community engagement strategies to strengthen relationships and establish trust, build capacity, and provide meaningful opportunities for community involvement in OCF's community engagement work
  • Identify opportunities for volunteer engagement; participate in volunteer engagement trainings and adhere to volunteer management practices and policies to ensure alignment across OCF
  • Collaborate with PSD to coordinate Leadership Council engagement, communications, materials, meetings, and special projects statewide.
  • Coordinate with staff for effective leadership council member involvement with the Small Arts and Culture program, grant and community presentations, etc.
  • Coordinate the program for statewide gatherings of OCF volunteer leaders every two years.
  • Collaborate with PSD to support prospective donors, provide high quality donor stewardship, and support donor engagement in OCF's priorities
  • Assist Donor Relations Officers in providing research and analysis about community issues, nonprofits, and grant applications, as requested by OCF donor advisors
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Communications to develop and execute communications that increase stakeholder awareness and engagement about community engagement grantmaking.
  • Create reports to externally communicate progress, successes, challenges and future directions, as applicable.

  1. Program Management - Percentage of Time: 35%

  • Lead the design and implementation of community problem-solving grant programs as assigned, including grant program development, collaboration with key stakeholders, and community engagement including development and coordination of committees.
  • Oversee proactive community problem-solving and engagement grantmaking, including development of program guidelines and criteria, application processes, proposal review, and development of grant recommendations.
  • Serve as part of the Community Grants team including proposal review, site visits, and development of grant recommendations
  • Collaborate and engage with program staff across the state to maintain high quality programs that address regional needs and collaborate with staff to fulfill the broader, overarching mission and goals of the foundation.
  • Serve as primary contact for potential grantees. Respond to inquiries for grants, manage application processes, communicate with grantees, and conduct site visits and nonprofit outreach
  • Apply equitable grantmaking practices to ensure accessibility, reach and distribution of funding based on population or community need and intended impact
  • Monitor the collection and assessment of grantee reports; integrate findings into communications plans
  • Develop knowledge and expertise about organizations, people and issues impacting Oregon, while building relationships with diverse communities and leaders across Oregon.
  • Keep abreast of research and trends about effective and innovative practices and community needs to increase impact and identify opportunities for OCF investments.
  • Serve as a resource for OCF Board members, Leadership Council members, community members, foundation partners and OCF colleagues who have broad informational needs related to nonprofit and community needs
  • Assist the Senior Program Officer Metro and work with others to plan and develop agendas and coordinate presentation materials and discussions for committees and Board; report and present to committee when applicable
  • Collaborate with program and Philanthropic Services departments (PSD) to utilize volunteer systems and coordinate engagement with volunteers

  1. Program Strategy - Percentage of Time: 10%

  • In collaboration with the Senior Program Officer Metro and a second Program Officer for Community Engagement, identify opportunities to deepen impact in issues related to community and civic engagement.
  • Co-lead strategic direction for community problem-solving grant and program initiatives and activities. This includes interim coverage for Community 101 and Bridging Oregon, and other program initiatives and activities as assigned.
  • Conduct analysis of opportunities for OCF to have strategic impact and recommend well-reasoned options for action to the Chief Community Engagement and Equity Officer, the Community Engagement Committee and Board to consider.
  • Collaborate with others to develop strategies using the breadth of tools available, including grantmaking, advocacy/policy, and community engagement.

  1. Supervisory Responsibilities - Percentage of Time: 0%

  • No supervisory responsibilities.

Marginal or Non-Essential Job Duties:

  • Lead or participate in statewide efforts to advance branch and department priorities as appropriate

Required Cultural Values: In addition to the specific job requirements for each position, staff are expected to embody certain cultural values to support OCF’s mission: communicate effectively, value one another, demonstrate accountability, embrace possibilities, address conflict and take action.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and qualifications for the role.

Required Education and Experience:

  • 6 or more years of experience with nonprofit organizations, grantmaking, and/or program planning and management
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent experience in lieu of degree

Required Professional Competencies:

  • Extensive knowledge of Oregon and strong interest or knowledge of philanthropy
  • Strong knowledge of community engagement and volunteerism.
  • Able to analyze, think critically and clearly explain alternatives; good problem solver
  • Comfortable with ambiguous and/or complex situations
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and meeting facilitation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain relationships and work collaboratively to achieve positive outcomes
  • Cultural agility skills necessary to work effectively with diverse people, teams and communities
  • Experience coordinating team efforts within an organization or community involving staff, volunteers and/or community members
    • Collaborative, able to address conflicting needs, able to assign tasks appropriately and diplomatically, and able to supervise and mentor others
    • Strong project and time management skills, able to prioritize and manage several projects concurrently, organized and efficient
    • Ability to work independently and to take initiative as needed
    • Excellent customer service skills to provide service that is courteous and competent, promoting trust and confidence
    • Basic familiarity with nonprofit budgeting and accounting
    • Strong knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Teams. Experience working in a network environment with an integrated database
      • Requires valid driver’s license and personal vehicle for regular use to effectively perform job duties.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: This job is typically performed under very comfortable working conditions; any disagreeable elements are generally absent during normal performance of the job. Job duties are performed in an office setting or indoor meeting rooms. Position requires lifting, carrying, pulling, pushing, reaching, manipulating, keying/typing, and driving.

The amount of effort typically applied and the frequency of application: (Whereas, the following refers to lifting, any equivalent effort may be substituted.)

Less than 1 pound – Effort applied 40-70% of time.

Between 1 and 5 pounds – Effort applied 15-40% of the time

Between 5 and 25 pounds – Effort applied 15-40% of the time

The effort above is typically applied while sitting or standing.

Travel – Percentage of Time: 15%

Is required across the state for meetings and events, often requires overnight stays.

Safety: Support a safe work environment by performing work duties safely and according to procedures. This includes reporting all injuries, illnesses or accidents sustained while working to your immediate supervisor as soon as possible after the occurrence or within 24 hours of the injury, illness or accident, and reporting any accident involving OCF vehicles, equipment or other property, regardless of the nature of the accident, to your immediate supervisor as soon as possible after the accident.

Attendance Requirements: Regular punctuality and attendance are required. Work outside regular business hours is occasionally required.

Compensation and Benefits: This is an exempt, full-time position. The hiring range for this position is $76,000 to $90,000. Salary offers are determined in conjunction with an internal pay equity assessment.

Our excellent benefit package includes generous paid time off, choice of medical and dental coverage, vision, outstanding 401k retirement plan, commuter and healthcare pre-tax savings accounts, employer-paid disability and life. Employees have access to an Employee Assistance Plan, paid volunteer leave, professional development opportunities, and much more!

To Apply: The Oregon Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We strive to build a diverse workforce to promote effective work in partnership with all communities and population groups in Oregon. We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants.

To be considered for this position, please provide a cover letter addressing how you meet the requirements of this position and a copy of your most recent resume. Apply online at

Salary76,000.00 - 90,000.00 Annual
Listing Type
Clerical/Administrative | Nonprofit
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
76000 - 90000
Salary Type

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