THE SCHULTZ FAMILY FOUNDATION AND EMES PROJECT
The Schultz Family Foundation and the
emes project LLC were created by Sheri and Howard
Schultz with the shared mission of creating greater opportunity
accessible to all.
In partnership with nonprofits, businesses, and governments,
emes and the Foundation are focused on developing and investing in
entrepreneurial, cross-sector solutions designed to build more
equitable systems; foster our common bonds; strengthen our
democracy; and create life-changing opportunity for people and
communities who have historically been at the margins of our
Addressing the systemic issues and policies that have been at
the root of the national decline in upward mobility and felt
opportunity, particularly for Black, Indigenous, and other
communities of color, is central to the Foundation’s work.
"The Schultz Family Foundation is committed to lifting the
human spirit and bringing possibility to everyone, regardless of
skin color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or station in
life. We see our nation's challenges, but we also see solutions. If
we work together to unlock potential across our communities, we can
build a nation that lives up to its promise."
THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU
The senior program officer (SPO) is responsible
for identifying and nurturing opportunities for effecting positive
systemic change within communities and executing programming
efforts that are aligned with the Schultz Family Foundation's
specific content areas, supporting young adults aged 16-24 from
communities which have been marginalized as they transition into
adulthood, improving transition and employment outcomes for
junior-enlisted veterans, and forging a more inclusive economy by
investing in diverse entrepreneurs. Reporting directly to the chief
strategy & program officer, the SPO will first and foremost be
a mission-aligned partner, collaborator, and bridge builder who
will collaborate with the program team to update, plan and
strategize grantmaking efforts.
Additionally, the SPO will work closely with colleagues within
the Foundation, philanthropy, and the field to ensure that the
Foundation leverages opportunities to address the structural
inequities and barriers that have been at the root of the national
decline in upward mobility and felt opportunity, particularly for
Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.
YOUR POTENTIAL IMPACT
As a key member of the Schultz Family Foundation program team,
the SPO will work in partnership with the leadership team to
identify, clarify, communicate, and advance the Foundation's
programmatic and operational goals in order to advance its mission.
Responsibilities in this role will include:
Support Strategy Development, Execution, Project
Management, and Collaboration
- The new SPO will bring a deep understanding of areas of
strategic interest to the Foundation – identifying new grantmaking
opportunities and surfacing insights.
- The SPO will have experience taking a lead role, working on and
within highly complex contexts, and delivering high-quality work in
a timely, prioritized way, with the ability to compare actual
progress to planned milestones and adjust accordingly.
Manage an Innovative Grantmaking Portfolio
- The SPO will possess knowledge and experience in grantmaking in
specific content area(s) (e.g., supporting young adults aged 16-24
from communities which have been marginalized as they transition
into adulthood, improving transition and employment outcomes for
junior-enlisted veterans, and forging a more inclusive economy by
investing in diverse entrepreneurs), and an understanding of
various types of grants (e.g., consulting, programming, general
operating, technical assistance, research & evaluation,
- The SPO will have a track record of consistently applying
grantmaking principles through education, training, and practice to
manage high-risk grants.
Nurture External Partnerships and Provide Civic
- The SPO will build effective relationships with and act as a
critical friend to grant partners, other organizations, and
potential co-funders to lead the change needed to advance a vision
of a country where all can thrive.
- The SPO will seek opportunities to amplify this work and the
Provide Organizational and Team Management and
- As a key member of the program team, the SPO will embody the
values of emes and the Foundation and will support the entire team
to be maximally impactful in their work to create life-changing
opportunities for people and communities who have historically been
at the margins of our country's promise.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in a relevant
field. Additionally, they will have a minimum of five years of
hands-on experience and progressive leadership in philanthropy,
community capacity building, nonprofit management, or a related
field, including the design and implementation of new programs,
initiatives or strategies, data analysis, secondary research, and
communicating and presenting program and policy information. The
SPO will ideally be a thoughtful connector, bridge builder, and
strategist who is action-oriented and can adapt in a changing
landscape to identify priorities. While no one candidate will
embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate
will possess many of the following professional and personal
abilities, attributes, and experiences:
- Knowledge of racial justice, social equity, community
organizing principles, racial and cultural differences; an
understanding of systemic and institutional racial bias;
sophisticated understanding of issues and concerns of communities
of color and other diverse groups.
- Experience managing work across teams with a high degree of
emotional intelligence; a leadership style that is driven by active
inquiry and learning; an ability to creatively synthesize ideas and
input from multiple sources; and a commitment to excellence.
- Ability to establish trust, understanding, and strong thought
partnership in developing the Foundation's vision combined with the
adeptness to translate that vision into priorities and goals and
effectively align relevant resources.
- Experience in designing and executing effective strategies
surrounding critical issues driving opportunity gaps, poverty, and
inequality in communities and the corresponding approaches adopted
around the local, regional, and national levels to address these
issues - particularly around pathways for youth and young
- Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, including a
personal presence that is effective and inspirational across a
variety of settings and stakeholders.
- Experience and fluency in measuring, learning, and evaluating
strategies and plans in motion.
- Proven ability to lead thoughtfully and intentionally,
gathering input, acting on feedback, making appropriate yet at
times difficult decisions, and demonstrating sound professional
judgment, maturity, and self-awareness to know when to step into
the spotlight and the humility and team orientation to know when to
let others take the lead.
- Experience working effectively on policy equity issues with
persons from diverse cultural, social, economic, religious, and
Salary range is $160,000 - $175,000. The actual starting salary
of the candidate will be commensurate with years, breadth, and
depth of relevant experience, education, certifications,
credentials, special skills, accomplishments, and other factors
relevant to the position.
More information about the Schultz Family
Foundation may be found at: www.schultzfamilyfoundation.org
This search is being led by Katherine
Jacobs and Chaz
Chapman of NPAG. Due to the
pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as
soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter,
outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their
resume via NPAG’s website.
Emes Project LLC is an equal opportunity employer and
proudly values diversity. Candidates of all
backgrounds are encouraged to apply.