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Position: Program Assistant

Reports to: Vice President of Program and Strategy

Established in 1923, Connecticut Community Foundation was created by and for the people of Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. While serving this 21-town region, the Foundation provides leadership in addressing the community’s critical issues, strengthens local nonprofit organizations through grants and capacity building programs, works with individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and corporations to establish charitable funds, and engages in community conversations and learning to foster an equitable and inclusive community.

Connecticut Community Foundation is looking for an enthusiastic, detailed oriented, organized, problem solving professional to join our Program Team and participate in innovative and effective grantmaking, advocacy efforts to improve local systems, and ongoing learning with and for the residents in our 21-town region.

As a Program Assistant, you will provide essential administrative support to the Program Team and Waterbury Hospital Foundation. Waterbury Hospital Foundation is a supporting organization located within the Community Foundation that has a separate board and grantmaking structure. You will be an integral part of ensuring effective and timely communication between the Hospital Foundation and Community Foundation. You will ensure that systems are put in place to disseminate and track the impact of grantmaking as directed by the Vice President of Program and Strategy. As part of the Program Team, you will be part of our trust-based philanthropy philosophy, which focuses on simplifying and streamlining the grantmaking process for applicants, doing due diligence before engaging with potential grantees, and practicing open and honest communication with nonprofits.

As the Program Assistant you will report to the Vice President of Program and Strategy and participate as a member of the Program Team. Core job responsibilities include grant administration and project management, support to grantees, and support for the Waterbury Hospital Foundation’s board of trustees. You will be responsible for the following:

  • Responding to public inquiries and requests for information and redirecting inquiries and requests as appropriate;
  • Drafting and disseminating minutes from meetings and convenings;
  • Providing back-up support to other Program Team colleagues as appropriate;
  • Providing administrative support and coordination of specific tasks as assigned by Vice President for Program and Strategy for ongoing or time-limited projects;
  • Managing all logistical aspects of regular meetings and special events related to Waterbury Hospital Foundation, a supporting organization of Connecticut Community Foundation;
  • Conducting research and communicating with potential grantees for Waterbury Hospital Foundation grantmaking;
  • Creating timelines for grant program(s) and has primary responsibility for managing timelines to ensure processes stay on track;
  • Reviewing and/or tracking grantee submissions to ensure completeness and timely submissions and acquires missing documentation as needed;
  • Accurately completing coding and information updates in the Foundation’s grantmaking and CRM systems;
  • Assisting in drafting and editing quarterly grant recommendations and other program-related materials;
  • Serving as the primary contact for grant seeker questions related to Foundation grantmaking systems, timelines, forms completion, and processes; and
  • Scheduling ongoing/regular contact for Program Officers to connect with current grantees

Who We Are Looking For

  • A highly organized individual with a strong understanding and expertise in both computer and office systems;
  • A preference for working collaboratively within and across teams;
  • A commitment to value diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace;
  • An energetic, positive and flexible attitude; and
  • A drive to learn.

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • A minimum of 2-3 years of solid administrative experience providing support and working on a team.
  • Ability to balance competing priorities while maintaining a high level of accuracy.
  • Works well under minimal supervision by critical thinking, problem resolution, anticipating needs, taking initiative, ensuring successful project completion, and tasks tracking for timely delivery.
  • Ease in producing quality work in a high-production environment.
  • Motivated, disciplined, and comfortable working both independently and collaboratively in a high-volume environment with multiple overlapping timelines
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and curiosity with the ability to anticipate and solve problems proactively
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing, highly skilled with great attention to detail
  • Creates positive, long-term working relationships and elevates the by demonstrating a commitment to customer service, tact, dependability, diplomacy, and flexibility
  • Experience working in non-profit and/or philanthropy a plus
  • Undergraduate degree or combination of work experience and education preferred
  • Requires strong computer skills specifically in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) and database applications.

What We Offer

  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • A team-oriented work environment
  • Opportunities to build skills, make creative contributions, and develop professionally.

Connecticut Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community. We encourage people of all backgrounds—including people of all races, sexual identities, abilities and ages—to apply.

To apply, send a cover letter introducing yourself along with your résumé to Barbara Ryer, Director of Finance and Administration, at jobs@conncf.org.

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Position: Program Officer

Reports to: Vice President of Program and Strategy

Established in 1923, Connecticut Community Foundation was created by and for the people of Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. While serving this 21-town region, the Foundation provides leadership in addressing the community’s critical issues, strengthens local nonprofit organizations through grants and capacity building programs, works with individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and corporations to establish charitable funds, and engages in community conversations and learning to foster an equitable and inclusive community.

Connecticut Community Foundation is looking for an experienced, dynamic, strategic and community-centered professional to join our Program Team to participate in innovative and effective grantmaking, advocacy efforts to improve local systems, and ongoing learning with and for the residents in our 21-town region.

As a Program Officer, you will manage a grants portfolio, engage in community- and nonprofit-led programs and initiatives within this portfolio, and ensure that the Foundation has the knowledge and perspective necessary to work towards a more equitable and inclusive community. You will engage regularly with other members of the Program Team, committee volunteers, nonprofit staff and community members, each with different perspectives.  Program officers help to bridge the many facets of community foundation work to ensure that each stakeholder understands and feels connected to the Foundation’s broader mission. As part of the Program Team, you will be part of our trust-based philanthropy philosophy, which focuses on simplifying and streamlining the grantmaking process for applicants, doing due diligence before engaging with potential grantees, and practicing open and honest communication with nonprofits.

What You Will Do:

As a Program Officer, you will report to the Vice President of Program and Strategy and participate as a member of the Program Team. Core job responsibilities include implementing grantmaking within a portfolio that may include health, older adults and community engagement. You will responsible for the following:

  • Providing technical assistance to grant seekers about Foundation priorities, application guidelines, strategic partnerships and additional funding sources to improve quality of proposals.
  • Managing all aspects of the grant review process within your portfolio, including analyzing proposals, working with applicants to refine requests, and preparing recommendations for volunteer committee review.
  • Monitoring grantee performance to ensure progress toward proposed goals by assessing interim and final reports, communicating with grantees and conducting on-site visits.
  • Participating in the evaluation of funded programs within your portfolio, including compiling outcome data and tracking population level outcomes that align with the Foundation’s strategic priorities.
  • Actively seeking new research, best practice and trends in areas related to your portfolio and sharing findings with the Program Team in order to promote ongoing improvement of the Foundation’s funding strategies.
  • Representing the Foundation in affiliate groups and community-based forums to identify and monitor needs and trends in targeted issue areas.
  • Monitoring relevant policy and research to inform the Foundation’s advocacy agenda.
  • Maintaining positive and productive relationships with a wide range of organizations and individuals in the Foundation’s region.
  • Collaborating with the Organizational Development Program Officer to identify organizational capacity building needs, determine strategies for supporting community leaders and area nonprofits, and evaluate the impact of these efforts.
  • Collaborating with development and donor services staff to cultivate, communicate and develop relationships with potential donors. Assist communications staff to publicize community impact stories, grant opportunities and awards.
  • Collaborating with other members of the Program department to establish an annual budget, and to refine grant making procedures, guidelines, forms, website content and communication tools, as needed.

Who We Are Looking For

  • A commitment to the community and to community impact;
  • A keen ability to master complex information and communicate it simply and effectively to different audiences;
  • An inclusive, collaborative and inspiring leadership style;
  • A preference for working collaboratively within and across teams;
  • A commitment to value diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace;
  • An energetic, positive and flexible attitude;
  • Demonstrated qualities of integrity and discretion;
  • A commitment to excellence and continuous improvement; and
  • A drive to learn.

The Knowledge and Skills You’ll Need

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of experience working in the nonprofit sector and demonstrated success in a leadership role.
  • Strong relationship-building skills with experience collaborating successfully with a broad range of individuals and communities
  • Proven experience in nonprofit or philanthropic program development
  • Commitment to deepening cultural and linguistic competency
  • Knowledge of nonprofit organization management and financial reporting
  • Comfort with prioritizing tasks and communicating expectations with grantees
  • Excellent analytical, conceptual and organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Creativity and flexibility with experience working as part of multidisciplinary team.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint and other computer technology for use in communication and basic survey research

What We Offer

  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • A team-oriented work environment
  • Opportunities to build skills, make creative contributions, and develop professionally.

Connecticut Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community. We encourage people of all backgrounds—including people of all races, sexual identities, abilities and ages—to apply.

To apply, send a cover letter introducing yourself along with your résumé to Barbara Ryer, Director of Finance and Administration, at jobs@conncf.org.


Thank you for considering employment with Connecticut Community Foundation. 

Internships

If you are interested in an internship at the Foundation, contact:

  • Carah Menard (for internships in grant programs, development or community leadership): cmenard@conncf.org