Circle of Service Foundation (“COSF” or the “Foundation”) makes
grants in the areas of Community Services, Education, Jewish
Community, Medical Research, Violence Reduction, Climate, and
COSF seeks a Senior Program Officer possessing the strategic
vision to drive the Foundation’s Medical Research Program in
Chicago, the US, and internationally. Key attributes include
the commitment and desire to bring new approaches to research,
community, and university collaboration and to accelerate the
translation of medical knowledge from research into practice.
The Senior Program Officer coordinates all aspects of the
Foundation’s Medical Research Program, including review of grant
applications, as well as development, implementation, and
administration of existing and new programs.
The Senior Program Officer represents the Foundation among
not-for-profits, professional organizations, academic institutions,
and government agencies, working to find and champion networks and
opportunities for partnerships that advance the goals of the
Foundation’s Medical Research Program. The Foundation funds a
broad spectrum of programs that range from data-driven methods to
address health inequities to breakthrough advances in biomedical
research such as cancer immunotherapy.
The Senior Program Officer reports to the Foundation Vice
President and works in close collaboration with the Foundation
staff and under the aegis of the Foundation’s Medical Research
Committee, a Foundation Board committee.
Function and Purpose of the Position:
- Identify, evaluate, and monitor grant recommendations within
the scope of the Medical Research program.
- Develop and support strategic grant-related activities,
internal and external to COSF.
- Seek leading-edge partnerships among peer grant-making
organizations, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations
that focus on innovative medical research and
Key Roles and Responsibilities (50-75%):
- Evaluate grant proposals. Assess applicants' leadership,
fiscal health, program design, and capacity, using qualitative and
- Serve as the Foundation’s content-area expert, partnering with
medical researchers, clinicians, community health care providers,
and development staff at organizations, including volunteer
organizations and government agencies.
- Monitor emerging medical research and trends in life sciences
and new technologies. Identify those that will have the biggest
impact on disease, spanning research focused on new therapeutic
modalities, disease mechanisms, and digital platforms that help
collect and distill biological and clinical data.
- Function as a trusted advisor and convener. Develop and
maintain strong relationships with grant applicants and
- Synthesize and adapt ideas across the Medical Research giving
- Solicit and review grant proposals, conduct site visits, and
collect information necessary for a thorough evaluation of grant
Program Development and Implementation, Partnership and
- Develop strategic guidelines for the Foundation’s Medical
- Lead Medical Research activities, with an orientation towards
organizational learning and continuous improvement.
- Champion partnerships and collaborations which advance COSF’s
Medical Research priorities.
- Plan and lead Medical Research Committee meetings that are
thought-provoking. Prepare meeting materials in a timely fashion
Foundation-Wide Projects and Discussions
- Work closely with others to coordinate and delegate work to
program team members.
- Participate in regular internal discussions to provide
program-area updates with team members and others to foster
Foundation collaboration and learning.
Preferred Qualifications, Characteristics and
- Advanced degree in science, medicine, public health, or related
- Substantial experience in roles of significant professional
responsibility in the medical research field, community non-profit
healthcare, and/or the philanthropic sector.
- Understanding of current trends in basic and clinical
- Critical thinking skills, intellectual curiosity; excellent
qualitative and quantitative analytical skills.
- Demonstrated creativity and entrepreneurial
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Attentive to detail; able to manage multiple projects
simultaneously; excellent time-management skills. Self-motivated
and self-directed with ability to lead projects
- Flexibility to assume additional responsibilities, as
- Software skills: Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, and Outlook; aptitude for learning new software.
- Full-time position.
- Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience. The
salary range for the position will be discussed early in the
- Available benefits:
- Insurance: Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Disability, Vision,
- 401(k) Retirement Plan
- Flexible Spending Account
- Sick/Personal time
- Matching gift program
- Tuition Assistance
- Health Saving Account
- All Foundation coworkers are required to be fully vaccinated
against COVID-19, including a “booster shot,” or to have been
approved for a legally required accommodation.
Remote Work Policy:
The COSF office is in Downtown Chicago. COSF currently expects
all team members to work onsite in its Downtown Chicago office two
days per week. It is possible that COSF will increase in-office
expectations. COSF has announced to coworkers, however, that, even
if there are further increases, COSF will not increase in-office
expectations to more than four days per week, so some amount of
hybrid work will continue indefinitely.
When appropriate, travel to locations throughout Cook and Lake
counties in Illinois. National travel for site visits, meetings,
and/or conferences is also expected.
Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Team:
The Foundation is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion,
and actively invites applications from individuals who identify as
a member of a traditionally marginalized and/or underrepresented
Essential Functions and Requirements:
The information contained in this job description is intended to
convey information about the essential functions and requirements
of the position. It is not an exhaustive list of the skills,
efforts, duties, responsibilities, or working conditions associated
with the opportunity.
Background Check and Pre-Employment Drug
Please note that we will conduct a criminal background check
prior to finalizing an offer, but we will use it in compliance with
Illinois law – primarily to assess whether a candidate has one
or more criminal convictions that would have a substantial
relationship with the position.
We will also require a pre-employment drug test after a
conditional offer of employment has been extended, noting that we
will only test for drugs that are not legal under Illinois law.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have difficulty
submitting your application via JazzHR and/or have other technical
concerns. The application review process will start
immediately and continue until the position is filled.