Program Officer, Grantmaking
Company: Health Resources in Action
Posted on: January 26, 2023
We are seeking a highly talented and experienced Program Officer
to join a vibrant and growing public health organization and
support a grantmaking portfolio made up of two key programs, the
Massachusetts Community Health and Healthy Aging Funds (the Funds),
and the Community Grants Program (CGP).Position Description:The
Massachusetts Community Health & Healthy Aging FundsThis is an
exciting opportunity to contribute to initiatives focused on
reducing health inequities in communities across Massachusetts by
addressing their root causes, specifically institutional and
structural racism, as well as the social determinants of health.
The Massachusetts Community Health & Healthy Aging Funds (The
Funds) represent both a grantmaking and capacity-building program
that provides funds to organizations and communities addressing
racial and health inequities in communities across the
Commonwealth.The Funds are guided by the following principles:
- Structural and institutional racism and other forms of
oppression need to be understood and disrupted to eliminate
inequities in population health outcomes and the social
determinants of health.In January 2017, the Massachusetts
Department of Public Health (DPH) completed a landmark revision of
the Determination of Need (DoN) regulation which led to the
creation of the Funds. Resources for the Community Health and
Healthy Aging Funds are from hospitals, long-term care facilities,
and other healthcare entities that are required to contribute.
Overall, there are three distinct funding streams. The vision for
the Community Health funding streams Policies, Systems &
Environmental change (PSE)and Community Health Improvement Plan
(CHIP) is that: all Massachusetts residents have an equitable
opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. The
vision for the Healthy Aging funding stream is to contribute to
equitable systems across sectors affecting community-level physical
environments and social and economic conditions ultimatelyCommunity
Grants ProgramThe Community Grants Program (CGP) invests funding
and capacity building supports in black, indigenous, and people of
color (BIPOC)-led and/or serving organizations based in
Massachusetts to address today's most pressing public health issues
such as COVID-19 and substance use disorders (SUD). CGP's aim is
- Build and/or support a cadre of trusted BIPOC community- and
faith-based organizations (CBOs and FBOs) and tribal and indigenous
peoples serving organizations (TIPSOs) to provide culturally and
linguistically appropriate services to their communities;
- Provide continuous wrap-around capacity-building services,
including training, individualized technical assistance (TA), and
ongoing guidance; and
- Facilitate relationships and networks among organizations to
build and strengthen the local public health infrastructure to
address current and future public health crises nimbly and
effectively.Health Resources in Action (HRiA) is seeking a highly
talented and experienced Program Officer to join a vibrant and
growing public health organization and support a grantmaking
portfolio made up of two key programs, the Massachusetts Community
Health and Healthy Aging Funds (the Funds), and the Community
Grants Program (CGP).The overall roles and responsibilities of this
position include recruitment of applicants, expanding engagement,
grantmaking support, and co-creating and implementing
capacity-building and training programs for Funds and CGP
awardees.The Program Officer will report to the Managing Director
of Racial Equity Grantmaking and will work collaboratively with the
Funds team made up of Program Officers, a Program Coordinator, and
other colleagues focused on grantmaking and evaluation. This
position will sit within the Community Health Grantmaking
department at Health Resources in Action.Duties and
Responsibilities:The Program Officer will focus their activities on
the Funds' awardees and function as the primary grantmaking liaison
to the CGP providing grantmaking administrative support.Roles &
Responsibilities for the Program Officer:The Program Officer will
provide a range of grantmaking, programmatic and project oversight,
and support for the Funds and CGP. Additionally, the Program
- Work collaboratively with program teams to integrate
grantmaking best practices.
- Propose ideas/improvements in project processes and systems
through participation in program planning meetings.
- Participate in the overall planning and implementation of
Funds-related activities, team and evaluation meetings.
- Provide support and feedback in landscape analysis for
Funds-related outreach and engagement activities.
- Identify, recruit and engage potential eligible applicants
during grantmaking cycles.
- Manage reviewer activities, including coordinating
communications with internal and external reviewers, facilitating
review meetings, and identifying and selecting forthcoming cohorts
- Manage the award approval and declination process.
- Liaise with funders and assist with new business development
efforts as needed.
- Developdeep ongoing relationshipswith awardees, including
facilitating check-ins and site visits.
- Serve as first point-of-contact for questions and requests from
awardees as needed, as well as managing ongoing communications with
- Serve asgrantee champion identifying opportunities to uplift
awardee work and highlight
- Provide technical assistance and ongoing capacity building for
- Identify high-level needsamong awardees, and address through
trainings, networking with other awardees or organizations, and
funding opportunities as needed.
- Support analyses of progress reports, no-cost extensions, and
budget re-allocation requests.
- Develop and disseminate written materials highlighting the
impact of the Funds.
- Foster strong relationships externally and internally,
including participation in HRiA organizational committees and staff
- Support the overall operations of the Funds.Candidate
- A commitment to racial and health equity, and diversity of
thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.
- At least two years of experience in foundation or philanthropic
work, community organizing or racial equity non-profit work.
- Organized, detail-oriented and able to meet deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple
tasks and events simultaneously.
- High level of professionalism and self-motivation, with a
demonstrated ability to commit to and follow through on
- Strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills, including
communicating by videoconference, phone, and/or in person (when
needed) with community members and organizational partners.
- Able to work independently and as a part of a team.
- Experience in event and meeting planning, coordination, and
- Excellent problem solving, organizational, critical thinking,
and interpersonal skills.
- Resourceful self-starter with a proven ability to perform under
- Flexibility and a sense of humor.
- Experience working in diverse and multicultural settings.This
description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that
will be required in this position. It is not intended to limit, or
in any way modify, the ability of any supervisor to assign, direct,
and contract work of staff under their supervision. The use of a
particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to
exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or
difficulty.How to Apply:HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse
and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple
perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment,
and strives to hire and retain a diverse work force that reflects
the populations we work with and the communities where we work.
Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent
services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and
business practices appreciate the strengths offered through
different backgrounds.HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action employer and is committed to providing access, equal
opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with
disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age,
sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran
status, or genetic information.HRiA offers an attractive benefits
package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement
plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous vacation starting at five
weeks.Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, submit
your cover letter and resume online no later than February 10,
2023.* NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE, if you have a question please click
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