Program Officer, Civic Engagement

Date Posted: 
Thu, November 21, 2019
Job Type: 
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1900 Point West Way, Ste. 261
Company Name: 
Central Valley Foundation
Company Information: 

Founded by Susan and the late James B. McClatchy in 1994, the Central Valley Foundation
(CVF) is organized to advance English Learner students, promote First Amendment awareness,
especially in the freedoms of speech and the press, and to improve life in one of the country’s
most diverse, culturally rich, and economically vibrant regions, California’s Central Valley.
Despite these assets, the Central Valley faces many critical challenges requiring significant
resources. The pressing nature of these challenges is compelling: they should be addressed
sooner rather than later. In response to this reality, the Board of Directors has decided to
increase CVF’s annual grantmaking, with plans to invest all its assets in the next decade or so.
This decision reflects a commitment to English Learners in our communities and to the First
Amendment. As such, CVF is entering an exciting time in its life-cycle and is looking for
dedicated and qualified people with integrity to honor this vision and join the Foundation on this

Job Description: 

The Program Officer (PO) is responsible for guiding the inaugural grantmaking and leadership portfolio of civic engagement, which will reflect the Foundation’s focus area of First Amendment freedoms of the press, speech, and expression.

The Foundation is seeking a strategic thinker and thoughtful professional who respects community ideals in order to lift voices and opportunities for marginalized communities across
the Central Valley. The ideal candidate has a strong record of experience working at a strategic
program level at a foundation or at a community-based or similar organization, upholding the utmost of professionalism, honoring proprietary in community, organizational, and interpersonal transactions, decisions, and communications. Through its work, CVF lifts community voices by honoring diversity, equity, and inclusion, improves education access, and ensures all people,
especially children, have pathways to a fulfilling life in the Central Valley - these institutional qualities are core to the Foundation. This position will represent the Foundation and will reflect
the diverse backgrounds and talents of the people and communities CVF serves. A successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for CVF’s work; a spirit of accountability and collaboration;
and, a commitment to creating – and communicating - powerful stories of the impact of this work that is grounded in rigor and data.

Leadership in extensive grantmaking, community convening & collaboration, strategic planning, resourceful problem-solving, and community engagement with diverse audiences is desired.

CVF is an equal opportunity employer and fosters a workplace without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic.

We anticipate this being a highly competitive process. Only qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be contacted. No phone calls and no recruiters, please.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to


- Experience operating a grantmaking program and/or a multi-faceted community engagement campaign
- Strong project management experience, with excellent writing and verbal communications skills
- Proven track record of success in understanding complex and dynamic situations and formulating program interventions
- Comprehension of and facility with data and numbers
- Thoughtful understanding of grantees' and/or key customer needs in key areas of program planning, including nuances of organizational development, capacity building, nonprofit financials, and board
and community development
- Understands the value of diversity and equity with proven capacity to respectfully work in a multicultural and inclusive workforce and environment
- Has excellent and clear writing and public speaking experience and an ability to interact with diverse audiences
- Possesses the ability to discern and comprehend key program, policy, and community issues and challenges, especially those affecting communities that have been historically marginalized
- Experience in program development through a cohort model of collaboration, technical assistance, and/or convening power
- Supervision of interns or aligned positions, with an ethic of development and coaching
- Possesses a continual, fearless, and team-oriented growth mindset
- Works productively in a fast-paced environment with multiple tasks and projects, with great attention to detail and completion deadlines
- Values collaboration and partnership but also is self-directed and can work without supervision.
- Shares information, provides and receives feedback and guidance to and from others respectfully and skillfully
- Ability to be proactive and reset priorities in a fast-moving, rapidly changing environment.
- A minimum of 5 years’ work and grantmaking experience in an equivalent position for a foundation or similar setting and familiarity with the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors is required.
- Master’s degree desired, but bachelor’s with significant and relevant work experience may substitute.
- Familiarity with technology and online platforms
- fluent with using a computer and a variety of applications (Microsoft Office suite, Mac/Apple products, GoogleSuite)
- familiarity or willing to learn cloud-based Content Management Systems (CMS), Customer RelationshipManagement (CRM) that support project management and online grants management
- Capability to travel frequently within California’s Central Valley, including occasional overnight site visits, state, and national conferences, and evening meetings
- Possess a valid California Driver’s License

How to apply: 

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to