PFF envisions a Connecticut where young people are vital leaders in creating safe, healthy, and just communities. We are seeking a visionary and strategic thinker to join our team as a Program Officer and play a lead role in implementing our grant strategy, developing capacity building initiatives to strengthen youth-led social change organizations, and expanding awareness of the need for and impact of youth organizing efforts across Connecticut. This is a full time, salaried and benefitted position based in New Haven.
The Program Officer responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Co-design, along with PFF’s team members and Board, creative, well-researched grant programs and initiatives that advance the foundation’s mission and strategic goals.
Lead the implementation of PFF’s grantmaking, including prospecting and identifying new grantee partners; reviewing letters of inquiry, applications, final reports; conducting site visits with current and prospective grantee partners; making funding recommendations to the PFF President and Board.
Serve as the primary point of contact and review for PFF’s minigrant program.
Identify, co-develop and lead the implementation of learning opportunities that respond to the needs and interests of our grantee partners and strengthen the ability of community based organizations to meaningfully engage youth in organizing and social change efforts. This includes developing and managing special capacity building initiatives that support emerging grassroots groups and nascent youth organizing campaigns.
Develop and manage relationships and contracts with trainers and facilitators who we engage in developing and facilitating trainings and workshops.
Support the creation of spaces, networks, and platforms among grantee partners that promote learning, sharing, and collective action.
Assist with the development and implementation of communication strategies, tools, and learning opportunities in order to expand broader public awareness and knowledge of youth-led social change practices, benefits and impact across CT. This includes gathering information on field trends and the efforts of our grantee partners for distribution in our newsletters, social media, and other forms of digital communications.
Stay informed of gaps, needs, and developments in the field through research, dialogue, and engagement with key partners and stakeholders. This includes networking and cultivating relationships with philanthropic colleagues.
Advance ideas and strategies for strengthening youth-led social change and organizing infrastructure across Connecticut.
Qualifications and Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
A minimum of five years experience with youth leadership, youth organizing, and/or youth-led social change, including a deep knowledge of the intersection of youth development and community organizing practices and principles.
Experience with grassroots groups, non-profit management and organizational development.
Strong social and racial justice analysis.
Familiarly with philanthropy and an understanding of private foundation operations and procedures is preferred.
Excellent time management, facilitation and writing skills.
Ability to self-manage and adept at working both independently and as part of tight-knit team.
Strong inter-personal skills and a proven track record in convening and building inclusive partnerships across boundaries of race, ethnicity, immigrant status, gender identity and sexual orientation
Willingness and ability to travel throughout the state of Connecticut to connect with partners