Program Officer

ECMC Foundation


Education, Foundations / Philanthropy


Program Management


CA - Greater Los Angeles Area

About the Organization

ECMC Foundation's mission is to improve higher education and career success among underserved populations through evidence-based innovation. As more jobs today require at least some education beyond high school, securing a postsecondary credential is even more critical to improve economic mobility. ECMC Foundation believes that access to quality postsecondary education is essential to promoting equity in our evolving workforce.

The Foundation makes strategic investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness, supporting organizations and institutions that are working to improve postsecondary outcomes for students and learners from underserved backgrounds. ECMC Foundation uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. The Foundation prioritizes investments that advance systemic change through increased student supports, improved and expanded career pathways, reduced barriers to persistence, and transformative leadership.

Learn more about ECMC Foundation at

About the Position

As a key member of the program team, the Program Officer will develop, manage, and evaluate a portfolio of grants, focused on piloting innovative approaches and scaling promising practices to improve postsecondary outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds. The Program Officer will contribute to strategy development, learning, and ongoing assessment of postsecondary investments. In addition, the Program Officer will provide grantmaking expertise and leadership, as well as represent the Foundation to existing and prospective grantees and other external stakeholders.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Identify and cultivate potential grant opportunities aligned with the Foundation's postsecondary strategy by initiating and managing relationships with potential grantees and other prospecting activities;
  • 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 ECMC Foundation Board of Directors;
  • Evaluate grant effectiveness against stated objectives and overall portfolio effectiveness; In collaboration with the grants management team, input relevant and timely information into grants management system and maintain adherence to grant administrative processes;
  • Follow media and literature to stay abreast of education trends, policy reform efforts, and best practices, and attend relevant conferences to broaden knowledge;
  • Identify issues to convene stakeholders and, as appropriate, plan, coordinate, and lead convenings and opportunities for collaboration and learning across ECMC Foundation grantees and the postsecondary community.

Candidate Requirements:

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Five to seven years of related work in higher education and/or grantmaking
  • Experience with foundation or nonprofit management, either as staff or as a volunteer; experience in philanthropy is preferred by not required
  • Ability to multi-task and work within a fast-moving, changing environment
  • Understanding of and/or experience with working on central issues in the US education sector, including specific challenges faced by students (e.g., barriers to college completion), systemic challenges (e.g. equity of access and opportunity), and opportunities for advancement, particularly students from underserved backgrounds
  • Strong analytical skills and experience, particularly in conducting due diligence of organizations and projects
  • Sound judgment, integrity, humility, and respect for confidentiality
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong writing and the ability to make compelling, cogent presentations on complex topics
  • Interest in and intellectual curiosity about key topics in education, in addition to broader social issues and/or nonprofit landscape in the US
  • Flexibility, creativity and drive; the ability to thrive in a complex environment
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills; ability to assess information to draw sound conclusions
  • Ability to move work forward independently, and think big picture while applying a keen eye to detail
  • High-level interpersonal skills (e.g., collaborative, diplomatic, able to negotiate and build consensus)

Location: Los Angeles, California. Please note, ECMC Foundation staff currently work remotely and will return to the office using a hybrid model. At this time, the return to office date has not been decided.

In addition to this role, ECMC is recruiting multiple program officer positions and will broadly consider your experience.

Compensation and benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience and relocation expenses will be considered. ECMC Foundation offers comprehensive benefits and perks, including health and wellness benefits, company paid life and disability insurance, generous 401(k) plan with a company match up to 6%, paid time off starting at 20 days/yr, commuter subsidy, and education assistance, including both tuition and student loan reimbursement.

The ECMC Foundation is committed to ensuring a diverse, inclusive and equitable culture built on a strong sense of belonging, where everyone feels seen, heard and encouraged to show up as their authentic self.

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 a common purpose. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

On-Ramps is committed to the inclusion of all qualified individuals in the hiring process, including but not limited to those with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the application or interview process, please contact