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Program Officer - Education

Program Officer - Education
Application Deadline: 
Monday, August 3, 2020
Job Description: 

Program Officer, Education

Full-time Exempt

Application due by August 3, 2020 to

The James B. McClatchy Foundation

Founded by Susan and the late James B. McClatchy in 1994, the James B. McClatchy Foundation (JBMF) has a noble mission: We stand with the people of the Central Valley by investing in education and active civic participation in our democracy.

Toward this end, the Foundation (JBMF) is organized to advance English learner students, promote First Amendment speech and expression, and the protection of a free press, and toimprove life in one of the country’s most diverse, culturally rich, and economically viable 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 its annual grantmaking, with plans to invest all JBMF’s 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, the Foundation 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 journey.

Program Officer, Education - Job Description

The Program Officer (PO) is responsible for guiding the Foundation’s education grantmaking and leadership portfolio, which will reflect JBMF’s focus area on the educational needs and assets of English learners.

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.

Leadership in extensive grantmaking, community convening & collaboration, strategic planning, resourceful problem-solving, and community engagement with diverse audiences is desired. Prior experience in a foundation with an education or youth development portfolio, in an education-serving nonprofit with an emphasis on English learners, or working towards educational systems change within a school/educational institution (like a school district) or community serving a diverse and multicultural student population is highly desired.

The ideal candidate is a dynamic team player and resourceful implementer who can work collaboratively with staff, grantee-partners, key community stakeholders, and volunteers to maximize the Foundation’s impact.

Through its work, JBMF 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 California’s Central Valley - these institutional qualities are core to the Foundation’s values. This position will represent the Foundation and reflect the diverse backgrounds and talents of the people and communities JBMF serves. A successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for JBMF’s work; a spirit of accountability and collaboration; and, a commitment to co-creating powerful stories of the impact of this work that are grounded in rigor and data.

JBMF 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.

Competitive pay and excellent benefits provided to qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements. No phone calls and no recruiters please.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to by August 3rd, 2020.