Description of Position: The SouthCoast Community Foundation is looking for a Programs Officer who is eager to be part of a team mobilizing an innovative approach to improving peoples lives on the SouthCoast. This role is a unique and exciting opportunity for someone to join a dynamic, growing, and community based not-for-profit organization. The successful applicant will lead a well-established suite of programs to an entirely new level through three focus areas: arts & culture, education, and economic opportunity.Working as part of a team, the Programs Officer is responsible for the development, execution, and administration of the Foundations grantmaking programs and related activities. These activities include the use of on-line grantmaking technology, volunteer management for grant review and selection, management of fund distribution, and grant evaluation and reporting.Context: Over the past few years, the Foundation has embraced the challenge of racial and social inequities that remain a significant obstacle to the health, safety, happiness, and livelihood of the communities it serves.
This is reflected in the adoption of a new strategic plan, commitment to new staffing and leadership, significant investment in improved systems and technology, and increase in community engagement and participation. The Foundations role as a funder, convener, and community leader has been elevated over the past several months during the current COVID 19 health and economic emergency, especially for those vulnerable communities who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.The Foundation manages more than 200 funds ranging in size from $10,000 to nearly $9M with total assets of more than $40M, and awards grants and scholarships, in a typical year, of nearly $3.5M. These funds include donor-advised, scholarships, field of interest, fiscal sponsorship, and agency endowments.Founded in 1995, the Foundation proudly serves 41 cities and towns throughout Southeastern Massachusetts with a strong focus on New Bedford and Fall River.