The Community Foundation is an organization that thrives on creativity, integrity, commitment and great ideas. 

Open Positions:

  • Program Officer – Building Thriving Communities

Program Officer – Building Thriving Communities


The Greater Washington Community Foundation’s (The Community Foundation’s) mission is to strengthen the Greater Washington region by encouraging and supporting effective philanthropy and by providing leadership on critical issues in the community. The Community Foundation strives to make community change through charitable giving in a manner that is easy, flexible, tax-smart, efficient, and, above all, personal and committed. The Community Foundation is the largest local funder of nonprofit organizations in the Greater Washington region, and is one of the larger foundations of its kind in the United States.


The Program Officer – Building Thriving Communities will review grant proposals, perform due diligence work, manage current grants, evaluate grant results and make grant recommendations to The Community Foundation’s board and grantmaking committees, and manage a diverse portfolio of grantee partners. The Program Officer is a pivotal member of the team, contributing to idea generation, strategic thinking, organizational networking, and collaborative team dynamics. The Program Officer will serve as an ambassador to the nonprofit community across our Building Thriving Communities framework that seeks to Address Poverty, Deepen Culture and Human Connection, and Prepare for the Future of Work. The Program Officer will be expected to manage a set of grant portfolios that may change and evolve over time, including our Fund for Children, Youth and Families.


  • Manages grant review processes across a discrete set of funds including reviewing proposals submitted to The Community Foundation, conducting site visits and interview meetings, drafting and editing detailed reports on grant proposals, and preparing and presenting funding recommendations.

  • Manages one (1) half-time Associate who will provide administrative support for the Fund for Children, Youth and Families portfolio.

  • Provides technical assistance to grant applicants as needed.

  • Attends events and program related to grant recipients and philanthropy.

  • Conducts research of subject areas of interest to The Community Foundation as assigned.

  • Research and review grant proposals by gathering information from experts, making site visits, and analyzing information; developing and presenting analyses of grant requests to The Community Foundation staff and Executive team to ensure excellent stewardship of The Community Foundation’s funds and maximum improvement for our community.

  • Help administer special-purpose funds on behalf of The Community Foundation donors, which occasionally require writing guidelines, convening advisory committees, and marketing grant opportunities.

  • Prepare written and other necessary materials for The Community Foundation committee members that summarize issues and decisions for their consideration.

  • Consult with prospective grantees and assist nonprofit organizations in their interactions with The Community Foundation in order to maximize their understanding of The Community Foundation and the grantmaking process.

  • Represent The Community Foundation by serving on community committees and attending The Community Foundation, community, and grantee events as appropriate.


Bachelor’s degree in social work, public policy, education, or related field with at least 5 years of work experience. Graduate work preferred.

Prior grantmaking experience strongly preferred. Candidate should demonstrate a track record of having managed a diverse grant portfolio.

Commitment to The Community Foundation’s values.

Excellent written and oral communication skills; Diplomatic, tactful, honest, and fair.

Proficiency with grant evaluation; Ability to analyze budgets and financial statements.

Ability to synthesize large amounts of information.

Advanced research and computer skills; Exceptional interpersonal skills.

Understanding of philanthropy’s role in the community; Understanding of entrepreneurship.

Ability to work as a cooperative team member.

Familiarity with nonprofit organizations.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. The company pays health, vision, dental, disability, and life insurance for the employee only. Retirement plan with employer match, and paid time off including eleven paid holidays.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume and a cover letter with salary requirements to