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Program Officer, Democracy (The JPB Foundation)

Company Name

The JPB Foundation

Company City

New York

Company State


Job Location

Remote & New York, NY

Company Information

JPB’s mission is to advance opportunity and justice in the US by reducing poverty, sustaining and enriching our environments, and furthering breakthrough medical research. Through our three core areas of focus – Poverty, Environment, and Medical Research – we work to eliminate systemic injustices that prevent people from thriving. We are dedicated to long-lasting, systemic change. That means we commit to our partners for the long haul, trusting in the strength and vision of the organizations we support to address some of our country’s most entrenched problems.

JPB was founded in 2011 by Barbara Picower, the current president of the Foundation and Chair of the Board with funds bequeathed by her late husband, Jeffry. Over the last 10 years, JPB has grown to be one of the largest US foundations, awarding over $1B in grants across our programs.

The Poverty Program
Everyone in the U.S. deserves to achieve financial security, good health, and a voice in decisions that affect them. But millions of people are impacted by poverty due to longstanding structural inequities beyond their control. The JPB Foundation is working to address the systemic causes and impact of poverty by promoting economic justice and health equity and expanding access to our democracy. We partner with national and local organizations to center the lived experiences of those who are facing the greatest inequities, especially communities of color and those living in poverty.

The Democracy Portfolio
Within the Poverty Program, JPB’s Democracy Portfolio seeks to ensure that all Americans, regardless of their socio-economic and immigration status, can participate fully in our democracy. Our partners aim to increase the voice and power of traditionally disenfranchised communities by expanding voting rights and access, encouraging civic engagement, and protecting and advancing the rights of immigrants.

Job Description

The JPB Foundation (JPB) seeks nominations and applications for the position of Program Officer, Democracy.  This is a new role for an existing and expanding grantmaking portfolio. The Program Officer will work with the direction of the Senior Program Officer in managing grants and grantee relationships for the Poverty Program’s Democracy portfolio.


  • Support the management and oversight of the Democracy portfolio grants in the areas of voting rights, civic engagement, the census, redistricting, and/or other related areas.
  • Overseeing the grantmaking process throughout a grant cycle, including:
    • Work with grantees to develop and finalize grant proposals; prepare write-ups for board meetings.
    • Assess grant proposals and reports, including budgets and financial report, and follow-up with grantees as needed to ensure completion and accuracy.
    • Work closely with the Grants Management team to ensure maintenance of accurate records, track status of workflows, including proposal, progress reports, and financial statements.
  • Engage with grantees to build relationships and partnerships; monitor grant progress and related matters; support grantees’ organizational and programmatic developments.
  • Assess the field and work with field leaders and other funders to analyze challenges and opportunities; identify possible strategies for change; and respond to grant opportunities.
  • Represent the Foundation in meetings with grantees and other funders.
  • Projects as assigned by the Vice President of the Poverty Program or Senior Program Officer of the Democracy portfolio.

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in the social justice, nonprofit, philanthropic sector in areas related to the Democracy Portfolio.
  • Understanding and familiarity of the Democracy Portfolio issue areas, nonprofit operations/ management, and the field of philanthropy.
  • Previous grantmaking experience at a private foundation preferred; familiarity with strategies for systems change (organizing, legal, research, communications) a plus.
  • Recognize the role of race and other identities in systemic inequities and committed to racial justice analyses in grantmaking.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to synthesize & summarize information in a clear manner to various audiences, from grantees to Foundation leadership.
  • Proven experience to independently manage multiple projects with overlapping timelines.
  • Experience reviewing the feasibility and strategic value of proposed programs, theories of change, and assessing organizational capacity.
  • Experience reviewing budgets related to grantmaking; comfort with reviewing nonprofit financial statements;
  • Ability to work in both a collaborative environment and self-manage independently to prioritize responsibilities.
  • Comfortable with administrative tasks, working with small teams, and willing to participate in other foundation projects beyond the work of the Democracy portfolio.
  • Recognize the role of nonprofit sector; approach the work with grantee partners with humility and compassion.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and able to learn other programs to support the work. Experience working with FLUXX a plus.
  • Strong attention to detail; sound judgment and integrity.

The targeted starting salary range for this position is $130K-$145K, based on experience. JPB offers an extensive and generous benefits package including health insurance (with 100% of the premiums paid for employees, spouses, domestic partners, and qualified family members), paid time off (including last week of the year), 401(k) retirement plan with 12% employer contribution, and access to an inclusive family building reimbursement plan. JPB provides up to $5,000 annually for professional development and the ability to recommend an annual grant to the nonprofit of your choice.


We believe that diversity is critical to our mission, and we value an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences related to our programs and applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals. The JPB Foundation is an equal opportunity employer; we do not discriminate in employment based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, age or sexual orientation.

While this position will be based in New York, NY, please note that due to COVID-19, all JPB staff are currently working remotely. JPB anticipates being able to reopen their office in accordance with health and safety guidelines mid-April 2022 at which time the position is expected to work out of the NY office on a hybrid schedule, beginning with a minimum of one day/week in the office, up to a maximum of three days/week in the office through the end of 2022. JPB has approached our return to work conservatively and is focused on protecting the health and safety of our employees. Consistent with JPB’s mandatory vaccination policy, all new hires (except those granted reasonable accommodations in accordance with applicable law) are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19.

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