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Program Officer

Program Officer
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Job Description: 

Organizational Overview: 

The St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund is a 35 year old independent grantmaking foundation, operating within the Community Partnerships Division of Providence Health.  Since 1986, the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund (SJCPF) has proactively invested more than $330 million in the communities served by Providence St. Joseph Health. While our initiatives may have changed over the years, our mission has never wavered. SJCPF provides support to improve the health and well-being of the economically poor, fosters the strengths and diversity of our neighbors to build vibrant, healthy communities. Our ultimate goal is to work towards an equitable and just society.

We do this through capacity building initiatives that build strong resident leaders, and investments designed to target the Social Determinants of Health and bolster the nonprofit sector. SJCPF focuses on the system inequities that impact the health of the poor and vulnerable. We work to reduce health disparities and promote equity by investing in systems-level impacts on community health issues, and strengthening partnerships and collaboration.

Today, SJCPF is embracing an exciting opportunity – bringing the work of SJCPF to the entire system of Providence St. Joseph Health. In partnership with key stakeholders and regional leadership, SJCPF will be planning how to scale this community strengthening model to new regions, bringing the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, together with the Sisters of Providence, into more than 50 communities throughout our health system.

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Our Mission:  As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

For information on our comprehensive range of benefits, visit:

Role Responsibilities: 

We are seeking a Program Officer who will serve as a primary grant making professional within the St .Joseph Community Partnerships Fund (Fund).  The Program Officer works closely with community organizations, local leaders, health officials and other funders to determine local needs and opportunities for grant making and investments aligned with the Fund's priority areas. The Program Officer provides comprehensive review and assessment of grant proposals. He/She helps organizations develop and refine grant proposals, and present and promote grants for internal peer review and approval.  The Program Officer provides technical assistance to applicants and grantees and is responsible for grant monitoring.  The Program Officer works independently as well as in teams and depending on experience and expertise may be involved in non-grant making activities.

While the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund is headquartered in Irvine, California, the Program Officer may have the option to reside in areas outside of Southern California, in the geographic footprint of Providence Health.  This includes Northern California, Washington State, Oregon, Montana, and Alaska.

In this position you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Conduct outreach and engagement with a diverse set of stakeholders, building relationships across the community in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of needs and opportunities
  • Initiate or develop projects in partnership with nonprofit organizations, government agencies or collaborations where the project has a shared interest with the Fund's mission and funding priorities.
  • Maintain and build content expertise by staying abreast of current research, data and trends in the health care, public health and social justice fields; and by attending and participating in relevant convenings and conferences.
  • Review solicited and unsolicited letters of interest to determine fit with the Fund's guidelines and priority areas.
  • Review and analyze grant proposals and financial documents to determine strategy alignment, organizational capacity and effectiveness.
  • Conduct site visits with prospective and current grantees.
  • Monitor the performance of active grants within assigned portfolios.
  • Monitor progress of grantees in achieving key objectives through the life of the grant and participate in discussions with grantees to help resolve issues.

Candidate Qualifications: 

Required qualifications for this position include: 

  • Bachelor's Degree in any area of study.
  • 7 years experience in nonprofit management and/or Grantmaking role.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Master's Degree in public health, urban planning, social work, public administration, or related field.
  • 10 years experience in community organizing, advocacy, public health, public policy, urban planning or related field.
  • 10 years experience in a career path that has provided opportunities for broad intellectual interests that bridge traditonal discipline boundaries is important, as is knowledge of the complex issues confronting PSJH regions.
  • 10 years lived experience with diverse communities and a strong commitment to equity and justice.