The strategic initiatives officer (SIO) identifies, designs, and
executes strategic initiatives that bring resources or expertise to
LOR communities and the region. The work is research-based,
grounded in an understanding of rural conditions, and responsive to
expressed local need; the SIO is responsible for using local data
and regional knowledge to identify opportunities for leverage,
help, and reputation development.
LOR’s strategic initiatives generate learning and produce
tangible resources for community benefit. They are rooted in
quality of life issues that are meaningful to rural communities and
that could support infrastructure development, policy change, tool
kits, education, or other areas of livability. Those initiatives
might include engaging subject matter experts and resources, and
they often connect to local, state, or federal policy and
associated funding channels.
The SIO will coordinate work with LOR’s executive leadership.
The ideal candidate comes to LOR with Mountain West connections, an
understanding of life in the small town West, policy acumen
relevant to rural communities, strong analytical skills, and
experience managing and/or leading research projects.
- Identify and research strategies to improve quality of life in
rural Mountain West communities, considering specific data and
opportunities in LOR communities across each quality of life
- Identify, launch, and manage strategic initiatives as
prioritized quarterly or identified as immediate needs; scope and
present new and updated initiatives to executive leadership for
discussion and action.
- Track federal and state policy changes that have an impact on
rural livability in the Mountain West.
- Track federal and state funding channels and grant programs
relevant to community need.
- Identify and establish relationships with national and regional
subject matter experts, state and local policy staff, academics,
and other thought leaders to understand challenges, opportunities,
and priorities in rural Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New
- Connect local program staff to information and resources that
can elevate community solutions, including funding opportunities,
technical services, and policy changes.
- Follow relevant national and regional media, and conduct
research and listening activities to identify significant
developments and trends.
- Prepare and manage strategic initiative grants using
- Support organization-wide efforts to advance how LOR measures
change and impact in the communities we serve; collaborate with the
community program team on impact and process learning
While no one candidate will have all of these qualifications,
the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional
and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
- College degree required, advanced degree a plus, preferably in
an area connecting to quality of life issue areas, research
methods, or public policy.
- Minimum of 10 years related work experience preferred (e.g.,
business development, government affairs, project management, legal
and technical assistance)
- Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated reliability, and
attention to detail; excellent written and oral communication;
- Experience and comfort using various technology systems for
lead generation/tracking, proposal development, internal
communications, and task management, e.g. Salesforce, Google
Workspace, Microsoft Office, Slack
- Self-motivated and able to successfully complete assigned work
with minimal supervision; exhibits solid judgment, critical
thinking, and a sense of teamwork and community
Applications, including a cover letter describing the
candidate’s interest and qualifications, resumé, and where the
candidate learned of the position, should be sent to: email@example.com.
The LOR Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to
diversity and inclusion.
LOR is a private foundation that works with rural communities in
the Mountain West to improve quality of life. Our name shares our
values: livability, opportunity, and responsibility, and we believe
that many small actions can create lasting change. Our goal is to
be nimble, moving quickly to help solve problems communities have
identified as priorities. Sometimes that help is funding, and
sometimes it’s simply connecting people and organizations with
resources—and to each other.
Our work is place-based and driven by a community’s vision for
its future—that’s why we hire local community officers who are
well-connected to their towns. We listen to communities to better
understand what they need and how we can help. Today, we are
working within Taos County, New Mexico; Lander, Wyoming; Cortez,
Colorado, and we will begin working with a community in Montana and
a second in Colorado soon.
To learn more about our community-driven approach, read our
solution stories at lorfoundation.org.