Program Officer, Youth and Families

Fidelity Foundations

Sector:

Foundations / Philanthropy

Function:

Program Management

Location:

MA - Boston metropolitan area

About the Organization

The Fidelity Foundations are a group of private, non-operating foundations that fund a diverse set of programs on a national scale, with a particular focus on Boston and New England. 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, responsibility, and expertise guide our investments in education, youth and families, arts and culture, health, and conservation.

Today, the Foundations are at an important and exciting stage in their organizational history and are recruiting a new team of experts to support the evolution and development of a long-term portfolio of investments. The Foundations seek to make catalytic, impactful, and lasting investments in non-profits at strategic inflection points. In particular, we support capacity-building projects that substantially enhance the impact and/or sustainability of high performing non-profits. Grantmaking is executed through quiet giving, and most grants are awarded anonymously.

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

About the Position

The Youth and Families Program Officer is a newly created position that will be responsible for developing, managing, and evaluating a portfolio of philanthropic investments related to family formation and stability, focused on capacity-building and leadership development, with emphasis on addressing the interconnected barriers (e.g., parental health, parenting skills, parent-child bonds, early childhood health and wellness, youth disengagement, etc.) that impact the ability of parents, children, and families to thrive . 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' Youth and Families strategy by initiating and managing relationships with potential grantees and other prospecting activities

  • Work to advance promising proposals and organizations by conducting due diligence through site visits, financial analysis, and other activities

  • Develop and refine proposal requests, and prepare detailed grant recommendations for senior management and Trustee approval

  • Evaluate grant effectiveness against stated objectives and overall portfolio effectiveness

  • Generate internal updates, documents, and analyses for Foundations' leadership in support of Trustee engagement and Foundations' documentation practices

  • Provide expertise in support of other program areas and projects as required

  • Follow literature and media to stay abreast of sector trends, key advances, and challenges in fields of interest, as well as best practices in grant-making

  • Travel and attend relevant conferences as needed to broaden knowledge and fulfill the above responsibilities

Candidate Requirements:

The Program Officer will be a creative leader with expertise across a range of issue areas that impact youth and families. It is critically important that the Program Officer be a highly collaborative and collegial team player who listens and communicates well. Confident and knowledgeable, but humble and down to earth, they will bring a high level of intellect, curiosity, judgment and interpersonal skills to the role.

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

  • Leadership experience in non-profit or other mission-aligned spaces, preferably involving grantmaking, or equivalent

  • Demonstrated expertise, or a commitment to becoming expert, in a variety of issue areas related to youth and families, such as parental health, parenting skills, early childhood health and wellness, and disengaged youth, with a focus on underserved communities

  • Extraordinary initiative, creative thinking, and proven analytical skills

  • Excellent communication skills, including strong writing and the ability to make compelling, cogent presentations on complex topics

  • High-level interpersonal skills (e.g., collaborative, diplomatic, able to negotiate and build consensus) and executive presence

  • A proven track record of delivering against goals

  • Ability to work under pressure, manage workload, prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, meet deadlines and maintain a sense of humor within a changing fast-paced environment

  • Flexibility, creativity and drive and the ability to thrive in a complex environment.

  • Sound judgment, integrity, humility, and respect for confidentiality

  • The ability to effectively represent the Foundations to grantees, the broader philanthropic community, and professional groups and organizations

Compensation and benefits:

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

In addition, the successful candidate will need to undergo a comprehensive background check.