The William Davidson Foundation, a private family foundation,
dedicated to advancing the economic, cultural, and civic vitality
of Southeast Michigan, the State of Israel, and the Jewish
community is now seeking nominations and applications for the
position of Program Officer – Jewish Life.
The Foundation is committed to honoring and carrying
forward the philanthropic legacy of its founder, William Davidson.
The priorities that shaped his life now inspire the Foundation’s
work. With assets of $1.5 billion, the Foundation collaborates with
partners to stimulate innovation, develop leadership, scale, and
sustain valuable programming, and tackle the critical problems in
these four focus areas: Jewish Life, Economic Vitality,
Cultural and Civic Vitality, and Education.
The Program Officer - Jewish Life, is responsible for
contributing to the development, refinement, and stewardship of
grants across the Jewish Life portfolio in the broad field of
Jewish community, with a focus on identity formation.
Reporting to the Director - Jewish Life, this role is expected to
perform strongly across a variety of tasks, including:
independently creating and managing a varied portfolio of active
grants, disciplined stewardship of funds, cultivating and
sustaining strong relationships with grantees and partners,
developing progress reports and materials for review and discussion
by the grants committee and board, and assessing and acting on
ethical duties and Foundation obligations to maintain the integrity
of organization and oneself.
This role serves as a member of a program team and works
collaboratively with other members of the program staff, board, and
executive leadership to execute on the strategic objectives of the
Foundation. The Program Officer thrives in a team environment and
positively contributes to the organizational culture.
This is a full-time position located in Troy, Michigan, with the
expectation that the incumbent resides in Southeast Michigan.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Strategy Development & Learning
- Actively participates in developing program strategy; shares
learnings; continuously improves effectiveness through assessment
of strategies, tactics, program design and implementation; develops
local and/or focused strategies that reflect and accelerate
strategy for the overall program portfolio.
- Contributes to the development and refinement of programmatic
strategies and plans by preparing or commissioning briefs,
presentations, and other syntheses on key topics related to the
portfolios as needed.
- Obtains, maintains, and shares knowledge of the current
thinking in field - what works, the most effective and /or
innovative ways to support the work.
- Actively engages in continuous learning opportunities to
further develop knowledge and expertise; maintains an awareness of
needs and opportunities for investment; applies and improves a body
of knowledge; keeps abreast of major developments in the field;
acts as knowledgeable spokesperson for the Foundation’s
- Identifies and acts on opportunities to establish relationships
with new partners, develop common goals, and materialize those
relationships into rigorous projects that expand the impact of our
- Analyzes potential investment and reinvestment opportunities
from a variety of sources. Evaluates those opportunities within the
framework of entire portfolio.
- Conducts on-site visits with grantees, preliminary screening,
and in-depth due diligence of organizations and projects with
- Writes clear, concise, and insightful summaries of inquiries,
proposals, and progress reports, and provides further analyses and
funding recommendations for program team review and
- Works closely with grantees to affect positive change as
defined by mutual agreement, potentially offering technical
experience as appropriate, and/or identifying outside assistance as
necessary, while monitoring progress, and building a personal model
of relational and strategy aligned philanthropy.
Foundation & Field Contributions
- Represents the Foundation’s interests with grantees and
external partners, provides guidance and assistance, and manages
- Assists in developing, implementing, managing, and
collaborating on emerging and existing projects, events,
partnerships, convenings, and/or initiatives.
- Provides leadership in the professional field as appropriate
through public speaking engagements, writing, panel discussions,
associations, and activities that contribute and further the
- Actively contributes to other internal Foundation projects and
duties, as needed, and assigned.
The ideal candidate will possess many of the following
professional and personal abilities, attributes, and
- Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred.
- Minimum of three to five years professional experience in
relevant field and familiarity with the nonprofit sector, with a
preference for individuals who hold a deep passion for the Jewish
- Experience as a grantmaker or grantseeker desired, but not
- Ability to make complex, multidimensional decisions in a
mission-driven, strategic organizational environment.
- Excellent project management skills to include goal setting,
planning, development, and execution; and the ability to balance
multiple priorities effectively while meeting deadlines.
- Ability to prioritize work effectively and independently,
“managing up” proactively to align on expectations and deliver
- Expresses ideas and information clearly and concisely in
various contexts and employs strategies to ensure timely,
professional, and empathetic communication habits.
- Strong critical thinking and analytical skills and experienced
in synthesizing large amounts of information.
- Organizational savvy and the ability to use interpersonal and
constructive communications in cooperative, collaborative, and
diplomatic ways to work with Foundation colleagues, grantees, and
other external stakeholders.
- Maintains and demonstrates good judgment, discretion, and
confidentiality and can remain objective – operating in service to
the mission, not a particular project, grants, or individual.
- Comfortable with ambiguity, adaptable, versatile, and open to
- Technologically savvy; ability to understand technology
solutions, proficient with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, project
management softwares, and Microsoft Outlook.
- Ability to travel - including grantee site visits and
representation of the Foundation at outside meetings.
- Commitment to the Foundation’s mission
to honor William Davidson’s memory and to continue his philosophy
of giving by: supporting projects that will have a significant,
long-term impact on the lives of the participants; collaborating
with organizations and individuals that are creative, visionary and
transformational; leveraging its resources to work with other
organizations and grantors; and encouraging a spirit of
- Commitment to uphold the Foundation’s core values -
People Matter, Leadership Makes a Difference, See the
Impossible as Possible, and Just Start - in daily actions,
behaviors, words, and attitudes; positively contributes to the
organizational culture; and thrives in an evolving and
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HOW TO APPLY:
Applications including a cover letter describing your interest
and qualifications and your resume (in Word format) should be sent
to: firstname.lastname@example.org. No
phone calls please.
The William Davidson
Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values
diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to