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Program Officer & DEI Manager
The Community Foundation of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky
Date Posted 09/02/2021
Nonprofit-Program Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


TITLE: Program Officer & DEI Manager

REPORTS TO: Vice President of Equity and Impact

DEPARTMENT: Mission & Impact

STATUS: Full-time Exempt

UPDATED: July 14, 2021

Nature of Work
The Program Officer & DEI Manager holds key organization-wide responsibilities to advance the Foundation’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and anti-racism, and strengthen the Foundation’s Trust-Based Philanthropic practices. In partnership with the Vice President, Directors, leadership, and committee, this person co-designs and executes DEI strategies in a manner that invites broad perspective and builds trust. This person also plays a key role in executing discretionary grantmaking processes, and planning and facilitating ongoing relationship-building and training opportunities for and with grantees.

Essential Job Duties

 Work with the Foundation’s many constituencies (Board, grantees, donors, funders, partners, policy makers, staff and the general public) in a manner that builds trust, commitment and a shared mission.

 Assist in ensuring DEI commitments are represented in and advanced through the
Foundation’s approach and practice (office environment, policies, procedures, etc.)

 Stay informed about emerging and best practice in DEI, and co-design and facilitate training to engage staff, committee, and board in our shared, ongoing learning

 Manage the DEI budget to achieve desired results.
 Solicit and share external and internal input and feedback related to organization’s DEI practices, impact, and opportunities

 Manage consistent interactions across staff to implement committee and departmental DEI commitments

 Become familiar with and recommend changes to organization’s practices and process to further advance DEI, based on external and internal input and feedback

 Where relevant, participate in selection and engagement of consultant(s) to further our efforts and impact.

 Manage CFL’s competitive application processes and support CFL affiliate foundation’s grant processes, including use of online grant application software to manage receipt and review of applications, responding to questions from applicants, and planning/hosting grant information sessions

 Assist in the preparation, facilitation and implementation of Foundation initiatives such as the Fund for Louisville grantees, Preston and Finzer Street Property, and artist professional development.

 Draft grant agreements and ensure receipt of follow-up reports/reflection, as applicable

 Translate efforts and outcomes into compelling messages and stories, and work to elevate visibility of the work both internally and externally, in partnership with Marketing & Communications team.

 Present work to the Foundation’s Board and Committees.
 Maintain understanding of current community needs and opportunities and represent the Foundation at meetings and events in community.

Knowledge, Skills and Talent

 Ability and/or interest in facilitation and working directly with community members.

 Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to DEI and Anti-Racism.
 Exemplary written and oral communication skills.
 Self-motivated with demonstrated interest in working collaboratively with persons from diverse backgrounds and sectors to create positive change across community.

 Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and accuracy required.
 Self-starter who works well independently but who also thrives in a team environment, sharing ideas and working collaboratively.
 Demonstrated ability to appropriately use analytical skills and independent judgment to anticipate consequences and outcomes.

 Proficient computer skills, particularly Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and constituent relationship databases (Stellar/iPhi).

 Adapts to changing needs and consistently brings a positive attitude in the execution of your work.

 Exceptional relationship skills and a consistent sense of teamwork and community are required.

Qualifications and Experience

 Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience.
 Excellent analytical, organizational, computer and problem solving skills.
 Experience effectively working collaboratively with persons from diverse backgrounds.
 Experience facilitating conversations among participants with varied perspectives.
 Personal and professional integrity
 A commitment to the mission and values of the Foundation.
 Welcomes organizational growth and change.
 Ability to travel throughout the region.

Physical Requirements
This position may require the ability to lift objects of at least 10 pounds in weight. Job duties require approximately 50% sitting/typing and 50% standing/walking. Physical requirements will vary depending upon the specific duties to be accomplished. Also, they must be able to travel throughout the region. In addition, it is a requirement of this position that the successful candidate be able to maintain a physical presence in the Louisville headquarters offices regularly and consistently and for the full regular work week. May regularly be required to attend evening or morning events on behalf of the Foundation.

The position is an administrative, full-time, exempt staff assignment and will be eligible to participate in the Foundation’s Employee Health and Benefits Plan as set forth in the
Foundation’s personnel policies. Compensation will be commensurate with skill level and experience.

The Community Foundation of Louisville is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a culture that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion. There is no discrimination with regard to hiring, assignment, promotion, or other conditions of staff employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other legally protected classification.

Diversity Policy

The Community Foundation of Louisville lives out its mission by being a leader in philanthropy and connecting donors, nonprofits, and civic partners to create lasting impact in our community. We believe that maximizing the impact of our mission and fostering a commitment to excellence can best be pursued with a governing body, workforce, grantees, donors, and partners that include individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and perspectives.

Our commitment to diversity encompasses, but is not limited to ethnicity, race, age, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, economic background/circumstances, physical and/or mental abilities, veteran status, regional differences, marital or parental status, immigration status, philosophy/religion, and education. We will assess and update this list annually to ensure it is inclusive and reflects the community we serve.

We respect and celebrate diversity that contributes to a healthy and caring community. The Community Foundation of Louisville commits its resources to facilitate and enable change that is inclusive of groups with diverse cultures, philosophies, and experiences. We always seek and welcome partnership in our efforts.

Our Inclusion Statement

The Greater Louisville area draws its spirit, vitality, and character from the increasingly diverse mix of people who live and work in our community. We are more rooted than ever in our commitment to social justice, breaking barriers, and making equity a cornerstone of everything we do. Creating a community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive will only happen when every voice is heard and respected and all residents can dream fearlessly.

Our Anti-Racist Identity

The Community Foundation of Louisville believes structural racism perpetuates the inequities that threaten the well-being of our community. We will continue to learn from those in our communities who are teaching us what present and future systemic changes are needed to ensure we build a more inclusive and equitable community.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $51,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Louisville, KY 40202: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • No
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