Home » Jobs » Program Officer, Regional

Program Officer, Regional

Fidelity Foundations
Job Title: Program Officer, Regional
Job Type:
Job Search Ends:
December 19th, 2021
Organization's Website:


The Fidelity Foundations are a group of private foundations that fund a diverse set of programs on a national scale. In addition, the Foundations fund non-profit organizations that strengthen the communities in which Fidelity Investments employees live and work. Our values of integrity, compassion, innovation, and expertise guide our investments in education, arts and culture, health, conservation, and economic opportunity.

Today, the Foundations are at an important and exciting stage in our organizational history, having grown and evolved in recent years under new leadership. As our organization and strategies continue to develop, we are seeking individuals with skills and expertise to support the advancement and execution of a long-term portfolio of philanthropic investments.

As a capacity-building funder, the Foundations seek to make catalytic, impactful, and lasting investments in non-profits at strategic inflection points and support projects that substantially enhance their impact and sustainability. Many projects involve planning, infrastructure (e.g., capital, and technology), training, and other improvements to increase effectiveness. Grantmaking is executed through quiet giving, and most grants are awarded anonymously.

Through its regional program, Fidelity Foundations make grants to non-profits across its five sector focus areas. Fidelity Foundations prioritizes its regional, place-based giving in 11 communities across the United States and Canada in the following locations: Albuquerque, NM; Raleigh/Durham, NC; Covington, KY/Cincinnati, OH; Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX; Denver, CO; Jacksonville, FL; Jersey City, NJ; Merrimack, NH; Smithfield, RI; Salt Lake City, UT; and Toronto, Canada.

Learn more about one of our Foundations at: www.fidelityfoundation.org.


As a member of the Fidelity Foundations' regional program staff, the Program Officer will be responsible for developing, managing, and evaluating a portfolio of philanthropic investments focused on capacity-building in a few select regions. The incumbent will contribute to strategy development, engage with non-profits to understand their work and identify projects, and actively assess potential investments. They will represent the Fidelity Foundations and its Trustees to existing and prospective grantees, external stakeholders, and community members. The Program Officer will also participate in programmatic efforts that cut across grant portfolios and support organization-wide learning.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Identify and cultivate potential grant opportunities aligned with the Foundations' regional strategy by initiating and managing relationships with potential grantees and other prospecting activities
  • Work to assess and advance promising proposals and organizations by conducting due diligence through site visits, in-depth material reviews, financial analysis, and other activities
  • Develop and refine proposal requests, and prepare detailed written analyses and grant recommendations for senior management and Trustee approval
  • Participate in and contribute to the Foundations' research agenda and strategy development in collaboration with Research, Learning, and Evaluation team
  • Evaluate grant effectiveness against stated objectives and overall portfolio effectiveness
  • Support grant administrative processes, including inputting relevant and timely information into grants management system
  • Provide expertise in support of other program areas and projects as required
  • Follow media and literature to stay abreast of nonprofit trends and best practices, and attend relevant conferences to broaden knowledge
  • Travel to conduct site visits within designated communities two to three times annually will be required (COVID-19 restrictions on travel currently apply)


It is critically important that the Program Officer be a highly collaborative and collegial team player who listens and communicates well. In addition, the successful candidate will need to undergo a comprehensive background check.

To be considered, candidates will possess a majority of the following professional and personal attributes and competencies:

  • A minimum of 8 years of related work; experience in philanthropy is strongly preferred, but not required
  • Analytical skills and experience, particularly in conducting financial analysis and due diligence for organizations and capacity-building projects
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong writing and the ability to develop and present compelling narratives on complex topics
  • High-level interpersonal skills (e.g., collaborative, diplomatic, able to tailor communication to varied audiences) and a customer-service mindset
  • A proven track record of delivering against goals
  • Developed areas of special knowledge or expertise and demonstrated interest and commitment to becoming expert in a variety of issue areas
  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to becoming expert in a variety of issue areas
  • Ability to multi-task and work flexibly and creatively within a fast-moving, changing, and complex environment
  • Experience with strategic planning and execution strongly preferred
  • Sound judgment, integrity, humility, and respect for confidentiality
  • Ability to move work forward independently and think big picture while collaborating with a team and applying a keen eye to detail; demonstrated resourcefulness in setting and executing priorities and guiding investments in projects and systems


The Fidelity Foundations offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an annual performance-based bonus, and a comprehensive benefits package.



The Fidelity Foundations are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive professional environment. We encourage applications from candidates with a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

On-Ramps is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with common purpose.

Important COVID-19 Information The Fidelity Foundations are committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of our employees, grantees, and candidates. We are currently working 100% remotely and actively monitoring the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure your safety as a job candidate, we will be relying on virtual interviewing and other digital communications; we may request an in-person conversation for finalists. We are committed to providing the support you need throughout the hiring and onboarding process. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility during this time.


133 Federal Street, Suite 802 | Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617.426.2606
© 2019 Philanthropy Massachusetts