The Program Officer, Capacity Building
is a member of Piper Trust’s program/grantmaking team and works
closely with all program staff and across all Trust teams
including, grants management, finance, strategic learning, and
communications; the Program Officer, Capacity Building also works
collaboratively with colleagues from other foundations and
nonprofits, locally and nationally.
The Program Officer, Capacity Building is the primary lead for
the execution of the Trust’s capacity building program offerings
designed to help nonprofits strengthen their management,
operations, and leadership. In addition, this role manages several
small grant programs. The Program Officer, Capacity Building
reports to the Vice President of Programs.
The ideal candidate has a passion for the mission of the Trust
and high degree of intellectual curiosity.
- Overall management of capacity building programming including
scheduling, communication coordination, and day-of logistics for
meetings, trainings, and cohort convenings.
- Lead exploration of strategic expansion of the Trust’s capacity
building framework; research new models and trends in the field and
seek networking and learning opportunities with experts in the
field of capacity building.
- Plan and coordinate Piper Trust capacity building events (e.g.,
Piper Academies, ATLAS, AGILE, Good Governance Fund);
responsibilities include researching potential Academy presenters,
handling event logistics, assisting with the selection and
purchasing of relevant program materials, preparing communications
materials, and monitoring results.
- Manage a portfolio of small grants (grant awards of $20,000 or
less) focused on strengthening nonprofits and annual
Trustee-initiated investments; responsibilities include
coordinating funding requests, preparing board materials,
monitoring grant requirements, and reviewing final reports.
- Manage grantee communications; answering questions about
programming, process, requirements, and logistics.
- Collaborate with program and communications staff on special
- Work closely with grants management staff in monitoring grant
requests, interim and final reporting requirements, and maintaining
correspondence with grantees.
- Write, edit, and proofread various program materials for
internal and external publication.
- Perform administrative duties in support of others throughout
Qualifications and Experience
- An advanced degree in social sciences, education, health, or a
related field is preferred along with seven years (minimum) of
professional nonprofit experience, particularly in the area of
capacity building and leadership development.
- Substantial experience working in one or more of the Trust’s
focus areas (e.g., early childhood development, youth, older
adults, arts and culture, healthcare and medical research).
- Deep knowledge of Maricopa County’s nonprofit community and the
intersection between government and nonprofit sectors.
- Knowledge of the philanthropic sector, its role in the
community, and stewardship of limited
- Experience working with dynamic databases, managing budgets,
and working with foundation and nonprofit boards.
The Successful Candidate Demonstrates
- Excellent writing skills; can synthesize complex information
into concise written/verbal
- Strong skills in: public speaking, project
coordination/management, multi-tasking, and prioritizing/executing
- Strong interpersonal skills; flexibility and capacity to work
in a collegial and collaborative environment, active listening,
active meeting participation, timely identification and resolution
of conflicts, objectivity and openness to other views.
- Ability to deliver thoughtful and effective feedback to grant
- Ability to travel within Maricopa County to participate in
internal and external meetings/engagements.
- Commitment to continuous knowledge, skill building, and pursuit
- Personal integrity, high professional standards, intellectual
curiosity, and an ability to establish mutual accountability and
- Attributes of a servant
- Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and
The Program Officer, Capacity Building is a professional,
full-time, exempt position; salary range is $75-$90K annually and
is commensurate with experience. Piper Trust also provides a
comprehensive health benefits and retirement package, and a
flexible work environment (with requirements of local residency and
transportation). The Trust conducts a pre-employment background
check and observes a 90-day introductory period for all
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust is a private foundation and
an equal opportunity employer. All employees and applicants are
afforded equal opportunities for employment without discrimination
of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital
status, national origin, disability, or any other protected
characteristic established by law.
How to Apply:
View online job description at: pipertrust.org/employment.
Email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three
professional references as a single Word or PDF document to:
Piper Trust is interested in learning about the effectiveness of
reaching applicants for its position openings, as such, please
indicate how you learned about this position opening (name of
website, etc.) in your cover letter (note this is optional).
Application deadline: Open until filled.