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Job Opportunity! Program Officer (Temporary, Part Time)

Program Officer (Temporary, Part Time) 

Reports to: Director of Community Programs
Position type: Part time, temporary
Salary: $20-$35 per hour, 20-25 hours per week

About the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound

The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound inspires philanthropy in support of communities throughout Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties. Since our founding in 1989, we have awarded more than $15 million in grants and scholarships. These funds have benefited communities—becoming college degrees, meals, winter clothes, medicine, therapy, shelter, solar panels, forests, farmland, healthy rivers, music, art, and more. Today we steward $38 million in assets across 110+ separate funds. To learn more about us, view our 2020 Annual Report or explore

Position Summary

Community Foundation of South Puget Sound is seeking a temporary Program Officer. This position will manage a nonprofit grantmaking program and support other community foundation programs as needed. This is a part-time, temporary position. The length of the position will be determined based on the length of the project and project funding. This is a temporary project-based position with a minimum duration of 6 months and potential for extension.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Partner with Community Foundation team members and external partners to ensure seamless execution of grant program from initiation of program through check delivery and reporting
  • Lead interactions with nonprofits and grantees for this grant program including answering phones, responding to questions, communicating with nonprofits, and communicating information about eligibility and program requirements
  • Conduct due diligence on nonprofits including reviewing 990s, confirming 501c3 status, and ensuring charitable registrations are up to date
  • Maintain and update and grants management system and records that tracks grantee contact information, grant history, and grant documentation
  • Participate in advancing the Community Foundation’s value of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and through our work in the community
  • Enter data and support grants database, accounting, and customer relationship management systems

The ideal Program Officer will have the following experience and qualifications:

  • 4+ years working in a nonprofit organization, preferably in grantmaking, fundraising, communications, or program management (internships and volunteer experience will be considered, as will similar experience in the public or private sectors)
  • Experience managing a nonprofit or government grant program strongly preferred
  • General understanding and familiarity with nonprofit sector
  • Outstanding interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • High level of organization; strong attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines and handle multiple, competing priorities
  • Ability to work in an environment that requires confidentiality for sensitive information
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office Suite (especially PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Outlook)
  • Experience with CRM platform(s), grant management platform(s), and website management or the capacity to learn them quickly

This is a part-time temporary position that is not eligible for additional benefits. Hours will be approximately 20-25 hours per week. Hours may include occasional early morning or evening work. We are currently working remotely due to COVID-19 and this position will be mostly remote, with occasional in-person meetings in Olympia, WA.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

The majority of the work is performed in a general office setting. The capability of working at a PC and on the phone for extended periods is required. The working conditions described above are representative of those for an employee to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary functions of the role.

As an equal opportunity employer, Community Foundation of South Puget Sound does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. We welcome all candidates from a wide range of backgrounds.

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Valerie Piper, Director of Finance at Please include “Temporary Program Officer” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and applications are due by Friday, October 1.

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September 15, 2021

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