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Program Officer

Carney Family Charitable Foundation
Job Title: Program Officer
Job Type:
New Bedford
Job Search Ends:
October 23rd, 2021
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Our Mission
Founded in 1989, the Carney Family Charitable Foundation (CFCF) serves as a catalyst and resource for organizations to expand and sustain their capacity to build equitable and vibrant communities, with a focus on Greater New Bedford.

Role of the Program Officer
The Carney Family Charitable Foundation is currently seeking to hire a Program Officer who will work closely with the staff and Board in fulfilling the Foundation’s grant making objectives by identifying suitable grantees and implementing effective grant-making strategies.

The Program Officer will be responsible for managing portions of the Foundation’s grant portfolio, including a significant concentration of the Foundation’s Community Response grantmaking focused on Greater New Bedford, MA and the wider South Coast region.  The Program Officer will also be responsible for managing all aspects of the grant-making process using the foundations grants management tool, Foundant.

The Foundation strives to be responsive to the needs of the grant-seeking community and to develop strong and collaborative relationships with grantees. As a result, the Program Officer will learn about the perspectives and challenges of both grantees and grant-seekers and the issues that impact the Foundation’s focus areas of Youth Development and Human Services.

The Program Officers specific responsibilities will include:


  • Plays a key role in identifying emerging local community needs and crafts initiatives that both meet those needs and engage the interest of Trustees.
  • Conduct site visits, and due diligence meetings with potential and existing grantees.
  • Nurtures relationships with leaders in the many diverse "communities" in the service area, effectively expressing the values and missions of the Foundation.
  • Provide program support for the maintenance of active grants and/or contracts including regular communications and problem solving with grantees and consultants, report review, analysis and feedback.  Maintain an open, ongoing relationship with grantees.
  • Stay abreast of developments and potential partners in fields of interest to the Foundation
  • When warranted, work with grant partners to facilitate communications and information sharing among them, encourage collaboration, and deepen knowledge of the field.

Research and Continuing Education

  • Through participation in national and local associations, keeps apprised of and involved in issues of philanthropy, social change, and community needs.
  • Researching and reviewing literature and meeting with representatives of community non-profits to learn about current trends and developments in assigned areas of grant-making responsibility.
  • Attending continuing education events to stay current on best practices in grant-making.

Grant Management

  • Manage all aspects of grant-making for the Foundation, as guided by the Board vision and policy; including the grants management software, Foundant, to support the foundation’s work.  This includes working with current and prospective grantees, preview of proposals for technical compliance, conducting due diligence, managing the preparation of committee and board materials, developing and launching requests for grant applications, monitoring current grants and reports, and providing grantee technical assistance.

Administrative Support

  • Assist in the daily administrative operations of the office.
  • Assist in processing checks and other financial processes as directed.
  • Support the board of directors and provide direct assistance to the Executive Director.

Other General Activities

  • Serve as the lead in coordinating all logistics in connections with events including vendor negotiations and contracts, communications and travel.
  • Representing the Foundation at philanthropic, non-profit, community and association meetings.

The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate will have many of the attributes listed below. We are open to helping candidates grow into this role.

  • A strong record of achievement with a minimum five years of relevant experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred. CFCF also values life and work experiences that enrich a candidate’s perspective on the Foundation’s mission
  • High degree of cultural competence, and experience in building collaborative relationships with and across diverse constituencies
  • Familiarity with the Greater New Bedford and South Coast area nonprofit and/or philanthropic community
  • An understanding of the operation and role of foundations is helpful; prior grantmaking experience is not required
  • Ability to work comfortably and develop relationships with people who hold diverse perspectives
  • Exceptional management skills, deadline management, sense of responsibility and accountability
  • Informed judgement in the planning, design, development and evaluation of programs
  • Compliance with and sensitivity to the confidential nature of the work and ability to maintain that confidentiality across all aspects of the job in a family business setting.
  • An understanding of nonprofit organizational development
  • Excellent communication, research and writing skills.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office, Google applications, and other common technology platforms.
  • Experience with the Foundant grants management system.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus
  • Ability and willingness to travel for site visits and other meetings (largely in the SouthCoast, MA, but occasionally also in Rhode Island and Boston)
  • Program staff spend a substantial amount of time out in the community, engaging with partners and grantees

Salary and Benefits:
This is a full-time position located in New Bedford, MA.  Our office is currently working under a hybrid model, both in office and from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The salary range for this position is $55,000 to $62,500, depending on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package available.

To Apply:
Please email a cover letter and resume describing your interest in, and qualifications for, this position to goliveira@carneyfamilyfoundation.org by October, 22 2021. Please include the position title in the subject line of the e-mail. No phone calls please. 

Please note that cover letters are a key criteria in applicants moving forward in the hiring process.

The Carney Family Charitable Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create an inclusive and equitable workplace and encourage people from underrepresented communities to apply. We value and celebrate our employees’ differences in age, ability, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, language, national origin, political affiliation, socio-economic status and veteran status.  

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