Program Officer for Black Student Success

Oregon Community Foundation | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 11/18/2021

Oregon Community Foundation

Program Officer for Black Student Success

Location: Portland, OR

Application Deadline: 12/9/2021


Since 1973, the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has pursued a mission to improve lives for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. The Foundation invites Oregonians with different perspectives to come together around the shared value of giving back. We work with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds that support the community causes they care about. These funds support the critical work that nonprofits are doing across Oregon. Our headquarters are in Portland, with regional offices in Bend, Eugene, Salem, and Medford, Oregon.

Primary Purpose:

The Program Officer for Black Student Success leads the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) Black Student Success Initiative. The Program Officer will design and implement approaches to support work in Oregon communities to improve educational outcomes for Black students pre-K through post-secondary with a particular focus on the strategies outlined in the State of Oregon’s Black Student Success plan. The Program Officer for Black Student Success has responsibility for identifying, leading development, and implementation of pre-K through post-secondary proactive education initiatives and grantmaking. The Program Officer will initiate and support dissemination of effective practices and increase networks to help eliminate disparities for Black students in Oregon, facilitate learning communities, and cultivate opportunities to engage voices on behalf of Black students in rural communities. The Program Officer will actively increase visibility and engagement in efforts to address Black student success through internal and external communications strategies. The Program Officer will forge partnerships that increase support for Black student success statewide by engaging policy advocates, inspiring new giving to Black student success programs, and building bridges between Black communities and OCF. The Program Officer will communicate the impact of programs to the OCF Education Committee, the OCF Board of Directors, and to the community at large. In addition, the position plays an external role in raising OCF’s profile and deepening OCF’s relationships with education leaders and organizations around the state and nationally.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

A. Program Management - Percentage of Time: 50%

  • Lead the implementation of the $1-2 million/year multi-year Black Student Success Initiative, including providing oversight for the activities of the Black Student Success network; creating and implementing grantmaking programs, including a capacity-building grantmaking program; planning convenings for the funders collaborative; etc.
  • Develop and execute a communications plan that supports the work of OCF’s Communications department and engages external community stakeholders to increase visibility of OCF’s commitment to the work
  • Work with evaluation experts, Oregon Department of Education, and OCF’s Research Team to design a method for evaluation of the impact of OCF’s Black Student Success program. Create and maintain systems to track the progress and ensure that timelines and benchmarks are met
  • Collaborate with Donor Relations to develop donor education programs that raise awareness of opportunities to support Black Student Success and Black communities in general
  • Create reports and regular communications that educate key stakeholders across the state about the issues and successful solutions for black students
  • Work with OCF staff managing initiatives and grant programs in the birth through post-secondary education sphere to ensure that Black Student Success goals and strategies are integrated in other programs where possible and appropriate

B. Program Strategy and Leadership - Percentage of Time: 30%

  • In collaboration with relevant education staff and the Director of Initiatives and Partnerships, lead strategic investments and facilitate best practices that support education for Black students
  • Identify policy and advocacy opportunities for OCF to support systems change for improved educational experiences for Black students
  • Oversee the implementation of a statewide coalition of leaders to develop and share evidence-based practice and advocacy for Black students
  • Engage funders in learning activities and developing investment strategies for Black students in Oregon
  • Stay abreast of research related to innovative practices, community needs, and activities in pre-K through post-secondary that improves opportunities for Black students; develop knowledge and expertise about organizations and compile information about people and issues across the state related to Black student education outcomes
  • Identify opportunities for OCF proactive investments and oversee implementation
  • Work to increase national and regional funder partnerships related to programs and investments that eliminate disparities in educational outcome for Black students
  • Conduct fact finding and research related to OCF leadership’s special program interests and grantmaking related to Black students and their families

C. Collaborations and Partnerships - Percentage of Time: 20%

  • Identify opportunities and implement strategic partnerships with private funders, state government agencies, and other key leaders in the education and youth development field to further OCF’s Black Student success initiative
  • Collaborate with Philanthropic Services Department to support prospective donors, provide high quality donor stewardship, and support donor engagement in OCF’s priorities
  • Act as a public representative and communicate with the Board, Leadership Councils, staff, outside stakeholders, media, etc., about OCF’s Black Student Success Initiative
  • Work to increase national and regional funder partnerships to address issues related to Black student success
  • Act as a public representative for OCF’s program-related work; attend community meetings; and meet with other foundation representatives and community leaders about specific topics and OCF priorities

Supervisory Responsibilities - Percentage of Time: 5%

  • This position supervises one position: Associate Program Officer for Black Student Success

Marginal or Non-Essential Job Duties - Percentage of Time: 2%

  • Participate in the Community Grant program and other grant programs by reviewing grant proposals and sharing knowledge about Black communities and leaders in Oregon
  • Assist with and participate in OCF outreach events as appropriate
  • Communicate with the public, as needed, about the foundation’s work to address Black student success
  • Conduct outreach and relationship building with Oregon’s Black/African communities: assist OCF staff and leadership with strategy for relationship building
  • Serve as the liaison between OCF and Black communities as equity work evolves

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.

Required Education, Skills, Training and Experience and Skills

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.

  • Six years’ progressively responsible and relevant work experience in grant making or nonprofit program evaluation resulting in strong knowledge of nonprofit sector, grant programs, and initiatives
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field; equivalent experience in lieu of degree is acceptable
  • Knowledge of education and/or philanthropy, community foundations and/or related fields, with a strong preference for experience in Oregon
  • Strong analytical skills including the knowledge and ability to think critically, solve problems, conduct research, analyze program options, implement decisions effectively, evaluate nonprofit organizations’ strengths and weaknesses, including financials. Good planning skills – able to design and present informative, engaging workshops for nonprofits and volunteers
  • Strong communication and meeting facilitation skills. Able to make public presentations and facilitate meetings. Able to prepare written materials that convey information clearly
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Three years’ prior supervisory experience
  • Collaborative, able to address conflicting needs, able to assign tasks appropriately and diplomatically, and able to supervise and mentor others
  • Strong knowledge of MS Windows, Outlook, Excel, Word, and Internet. Previous experience working with integrated database
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Cultural agility skills needed to work with diverse groups of people
  • Lived experience and significant relationships that lend to success in this role

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: This job is typically performed under very comfortable working conditions; any disagreeable elements are general absent during normal performance of the job. Job duties are performed in an office setting or indoor meeting rooms.

Requires ability to drive and type/use a keyboard.

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 more than 15-40% of time

Between 5 and 25 pounds – Effort applied less than 15% of time.

The effort reflected above is typically applied when sitting and standing.

Travel - Percentage of Time: 20%

IS REQUIRED for performance of job duties. Requires ability to travel throughout Oregon to conduct site visits and attend meetings outside regular work hours. Requires up to 300 miles per day and some overnight stay.

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.

Compensation and Benefits: This is an exempt, full-time position. The hiring range for this position is $73,869 to $98,000, DOE. 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

Listing Type
Clerical/Administrative | Nonprofit
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer

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