JOB TITLE: Program Officer (Education) REPORTS TO: Program Director of Education
Houston Endowment Inc. (the “Foundation”) seeks an experienced professional with a strong understanding of partnering with school systems to improve the conditions for all students to access a great public education to join our team as a Program Officer (the “Program Officer”). Reporting to the Director and serving as a member of the Education Team, the Program Officer will be responsible for grant portfolios, research, and analysis in support of grant management, grant-making, strategy development, communications, and advocacy. The Foundation’s Education Team focuses on public school systems – district and charter pre-K through 12th - to improve outcomes for Black, Latino, and/or economically-disadvantaged students.
The Program Officer’s role includes the following:
· In partnership with the Director, develop and manage a portfolio of grants to achieve the Foundation’s education goals. These grants will represent a carefully designed, cohesive set of investments to achieve planned outcomes. Related activities include the following:
· Manage internal processes and portfolio progress while ensuring appropriate documentation, grant budgeting and reporting.
· Review letters of inquiry and grant proposals as needed; provide clear, concise and insightful written analyses grants for review by Foundation leadership.
· Conduct appropriate due diligence of applying organizations thorough interviews, site visits and research, and analysis of relevant programmatic and financial information on the organization and its leadership;
· Collaborate with Learning and Evaluation team to apply and evaluate milestone-based grantee performance objectives and to share knowledge gained from evaluation process with colleagues to inform future grantmaking;
· Collaborate with Grants Management and Finance teams to ensure that grants are processed effectively, in a timely manner, and in full compliance with all applicable rules, regulations and internal processes;
· Consult with grantees to achieve desired impact of grants; conduct site visits, provide technical guidance, and convene meetings.
· Develop, maintain, and manage collaborative partnerships with grantees and non-grantees in an effort to cultivate and influence conditions that advance the Foundation’s goals.
· Participate in local, regional, and national networks to obtain and maintain a high level of knowledge of the most effective strategies, including local and national policy trends, to elevate equitable opportunity and outcomes for learners from historically underrepresented groups.
· Review and refine strategic direction by seeking and analyzing information, trends and best practices related to topics of importance.
· Write and deliver high-impact presentations, strategic plans, and research briefs for the Foundation’s Executives and Trustees.
· Develop collaborative partnerships with other national and regional funders to exchange information, share lessons, and leverage each other’s efforts.
· Serve as a thought partner, leveraging internal and external networks to engage in team problem solving; share evolving education trends and best practices; and contribute to knowledge creation initiatives.
· Participate in Foundation committees and/or special projects, as appropriate.
We believe it is both an honor and a great responsibility to work for Houston Endowment, so we are committed to our values and seek colleagues who share our commitment.
· High Performing: We bring our best every day so we:
· Courageous: We know bold action matters so we:
· Committed: We care deeply about the organization so we:
· Connected: We care deeply about each other so we:
· Bachelor’s degree required
· At least seven years’ professional experience in the field of education, and three years of school-based leadership and/or network-/district-based experience.
· A clear vision of rigorous, high-impact instruction and assessment, as well as related academic program and leadership practices necessary to drive meaningful school improvement and/or network/district growth.
· Experience managing program implementation through teachers and school-based leaders.
· Experience analyzing and synthesizing program-related data (instructional, school culture, talent, etc.) and drawing insights to drive decision making.
· Familiarity with the nonprofit, philanthropic or foundation sector a plus.
· Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to make complex issues understandable and relevant to external audiences.
· Track record of success in developing new ideas and programs and building commitment among stakeholders.
· Detail-oriented and highly motivated.
· Experience leveraging project management tools and processes, research, and analytical problem-solving skills to drive extraordinary outcomes.
· A well-rounded interpersonal skill set, with the capacity to build strong collaborative relationships, work effectively in a team environment, and facilitate joint problem-solving with partners and team.
· A learning mindset and the ability to seek out and synthesize new information about innovative ideas and emerging best practices.
· Passion for supporting the Foundation’s efforts to improve quality of life for the people of greater Houston.