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Program Officer

GitLab Foundation
California, United States
$100,000.00 - $140,000.00
Closing date
Dec 6, 2022

About GitLab Foundation

Founded in 2022, GitLab Foundation is a growing philanthropy focused on supporting individuals, families, and communities to grow their lifetime earnings through education, training, access to opportunities, and systems change on a global scale. We strive to make an outsized impact in this space by living our core values of collaboration, results, efficiency, diversity, iteration, and transparency. GitLab Foundation is an independent private foundation, associated with GitLab, Inc., and is a fully remote organization.

You can learn more about GitLab Foundation by viewing our public handbook.

The Team

We are seeking to build a talented, diverse group of leaders to work in a highly collaborative start-up environment as we develop our organization and launch our initial investments. We believe that a diversity of backgrounds and experiences will help us create the strongest team possible, and that our team should include members from philanthropy, front-line nonprofits, the private sector, research institutions, and beyond. We are striving to build a culture of respect, curiosity, transparency, compassion, experimentation, debate, rigor, and a bias for action.

Your Role

As a Program Officer on our founding team, you will report to the foundation President & CEO and be involved in a broad range of activities, from contributing to strategy development and launching our first areas of giving, to collaborating with team members to develop and document our organizational processes. Flexibility, adaptability, and a willingness to roll up your sleeves to support in ways big and small will make you an ideal candidate. We anticipate that 5-10% travel will be expected for this role.

Key responsibilities:

Advance effective grant-making strategies

    Contribute to the overall strategic direction of GitLab Foundation and any assigned core portfolio(s), and provide input into the development of programming efforts Stay abreast of research, trends, and advancements in economic mobility across the public, nonprofit, and private sectors; distill and translate market research findings to inform and influence stakeholders Develop evidence-based, integrated strategies to support increases in lifetime earnings, recognizing the interconnectedness of actors and multiple dimensions of challenges and opportunities in this space

Build relationships among the Foundation grantees, partners, and beneficiaries

    Build strong, authentic relationships with grantee candidates and partners, ensuring understanding of GitLab Foundation program direction, goals, and expectations Develop and maintain strategic relationships to leverage participation of peer foundations, businesses, communities, governmental entities, and key decision makers in alignment with our core values and program interests Actively solicit and gain insights from our ultimate beneficiaries, to ensure the Foundation remains attuned to end-user problems and lived experience to inform our priorities and shape our investments

Solicit, shape, vet, and recommend investments 


  • Work with key internal and external partners to identify and recommend grantmaking opportunities for maximum impact towards our North Star
  • Partner closely with potential grantees to solicit, co-design, and shape investments; incorporate assessment components into program design to measure progress and impact


    Ensure appropriate due diligence of potential grantees, including compliance, capacity, and capability vetting Advance proposals to executive leadership in alignment with portfolio strategy; create reports and presentations for the GitLab Foundation Board, as needed

Lead grant management, grant evaluation, and learnings dissemination for a portfolio of investments

    Manage administration of grants, including grant agreements, interim reporting, and grant close-out activities Ensure appropriate impact monitoring and evaluation of investments, balancing GitLab Foundation’s desire for rigor and sharing of learnings with the administrative burden to grantees Contribute lessons learned and insights to the GitLab Foundation Handbook, to inform the broader community on our achievements, failures, and learnings

 Desired Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Personal Attributes

    8+ years of experience in a similar foundation, frontline nonprofit, or private sector role, including staff management experience Demonstrated mission- and impact-orientation Strong relationship-building and consultation skills Experience in strategy development Subject matter expertise related to economic mobility, workforce development, adult upskilling, job placement and career pathing, or other relevant areas Strong research and quantitative and qualitative analysis skills, including the ability to translate insights to non-experts Excellent verbal and written communication skills Comfortable with giving and receiving feedback for improvement Experience with human-centric design and agile ways of working a plus Thrive in a fast-paced environment and take the initiative on tasks and challenges when presented  Demonstrate emotional intelligence, integrity, humility, and a commitment to transparency and active listening

Compensation and Benefits

Salary Range: $100K-$140K

    Comprehensive medical, vision and dental coverage for employees, spouses/domestic partners and dependent children (100% of monthly premiums paid by the foundation) 401k retirement account: GitLab Foundation contributes 10% of employee’s salary after 3 months of hire (no match required)  Unlimited paid time off  Foundation-paid life insurance Voluntary insurance and wellness benefits As an all-remote organization, GitLab Foundation provides generous reimbursement for home office and technology setup and ongoing expenses Click here to learn more about employee benefits


Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and a 1 page writing sample (in one PDF document) to Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required upon hire.

GitLab Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to sustaining a diverse team with a work environment that is welcoming, respectful and encouraging to all.

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