Job Description Summary
Reporting directly to the Deputy Director, the Program Officer
will be responsible for all aspects of the Emerging Leader
Fellowship program and will assist in: recruiting and overseeing
Stoneleigh Fellows’ projects, and developing opportunities to
disseminate Fellows’ work to maximize their broader impact on
policy and practice. The Program Officer will also represent
the Foundation externally and form partnerships with stakeholders
to advance its agenda and the work of its Fellows.
Stoneleigh Foundation Overview
Stoneleigh Foundation is a private operating foundation,
dedicated to improving the life outcomes of the most vulnerable
children and youth in the Greater Philadelphia region.
Stoneleigh provides Fellowships to individuals working across
systems at the nexus of research, policy and practice, and focuses
its efforts on young people who are involved in the child welfare,
youth justice systems, and other youth-serving systems. We
elevate the work of our Fellows through establishing targeted,
action-oriented partnerships that provide platforms to disseminate
the work of the Stoneleigh Fellows nationally. We also
support this growing cadre of dedicated leaders through ongoing
mentoring, convening, and other network activities to leverage
their respective accomplishments. Stoneleigh is at an
exciting point in its development, and its board and leadership are
committed to taking the Foundation to the next level by assessing
what its impact and successes have been, and what challenges it
- Under the direction of, and in consultation with, the Deputy
Director, develop and coordinate programming across a broad array
of the Foundation’s Fellowship programs to address the interests
and needs of Fellows and enhance their experience.
- Assist the Deputy Director in developing Stoneleigh Fellowship
programming consistent with Fellows’ projects and the Foundation’s
- Enhance and broaden the impact of the Fellows by representing
the Foundation publicly, and building relationships with
colleagues, stakeholders and the larger community.
- Assist in recruitment of potential Fellows whose work can
impact the lives of vulnerable young people.
- Connect Emerging Leader Fellows, Stoneleigh Fellows and alumni
Fellows for mutual benefit.
- Meet regularly with Fellows to support progress in their work
by providing advice and connections.
- Work with the Deputy Director and Director of Communications,
to identify opportunities to disseminate the work of the Fellows
and strategically maximize their broader impact on policy and
- Keep current with new developments, best practices and
innovative approaches in the fields relevant to the funding
interests of the Foundation and specific project areas of the
- Support the Executive Direct and Deputy Director in performing
other tasks as needed.
Emerging Leader Fellowship:
- In consultation with the Deputy Director, manage all aspects of
the Emerging Leader Fellowship program, including recruitment,
programming, professional development opportunities, mentoring
experiences and assessment of the program.
- In consultation with the Deputy Director, manage Emerging
Leader Fellowship application process, including researching
projects proposed, due diligence and the development of
recommendations for funding to the Board of Directors.
- Act as primary contact at the Foundation for Emerging Leader
Fellows, providing counsel and advice when needed and monitoring
projects’ progress and Fellowship experiences.
A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. public policy,
social work, law, education or field relevant to the Foundation’s
Job Knowledge, Experience and Skills
- 7 - 10 years of relevant professional experience (e.g., in a
nonprofit, academic, government or philanthropic organization
addressing the needs of vulnerable youth).
- Strong project management skills with ability to move a project
from conceptualization to implementation.
- Substantive expertise/familiarity with policies and
youth-serving systems that impact the lives of children in the
Philadelphia region, such as child welfare, youth justice,
behavioral health and education.
- Deep commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable youth and
- Demonstrated expertise in developing and maintaining
relationships, and building credibility and trust among a diverse
set of stakeholders.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and tact, and
the ability to represent the Foundation externally.
- Demonstrated interest and skills in working closely with
individuals and in mentoring, cultivating and developing leadership
- A creative and strategic thinker, who is proactive, analytical,
and detail-oriented with demonstrated ability to synthesize large
amounts of information and communicate it concisely and
- Interest in and the ability to address overall organizational
- Exceptional work ethic, high level of integrity,
professionalism, accountability and superior judgment and attention
- Excellent oral and written communications abilities.
- Ability to work independently as needed, but also a team player
who enjoys collaborating with others, and who brings a sense of
humor and maturity to the workplace.
- An individual who has a flexible attitude toward work and can
fill in where needed. The ability to maneuver effectively in the
face of organizational transition is essential.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills, with basic
understanding of research methods and project management.
- Ability to travel periodically to conferences and meetings is
- Ability to work both in an office setting as well as remotely
to accommodate the Foundation’s needs.
How to Apply
To apply, visit https://stoneleighfoundation.org/contact/careers/.
The Stoneleigh Foundation is an equal opportunity employer
and is committed to building a racially and ethnically diverse