The Neubauer Family Foundation (NFF) invites
applications and nominations for its Senior Program Officer (SPO)
Founded in 1998, NFF invests in people and data-driven,
evidence-based initiatives intended to achieve transformational
impact. Philanthropic initiatives include strategic investments in
Philadelphia’s school system and community safety, innovative
leadership of arts & cultural organizations, institutions of
higher learning and advancing new opportunities for Arab-Israelis
to participate in Israel’s high prestige scientific revolution. NFF
partners with organizations and institutions that have sound
vision, fiscal discipline, coherent implementation plans, and
metrics to measure progress.
Based in Philadelphia, the SPO will develop, implement, and
manage an active portfolio of grants initially focusing on
initiatives related to K-12 education (school leadership, arts, and
high school improvement), but will act as a generalist and will be
required to remain flexible and to adapt to new content work across
a range of issue areas. The SPO will possess a strategic,
systems-thinking mindset, strong communication and relational
skills, and excellent project management skills to effectively
implement strategic initiatives.
The SPO will join a dynamic team of five and work in a
fast-paced environment that requires a team-based,
results-oriented, and entrepreneurial style. The SPO will report to
the Executive Director (ED) and work closely with other members of
the NFF team.
Develop Program Strategy to Advance the Foundation’s
Working in close partnership with the ED and the Board of
Trustees, the SPO will help identify unique leverage points that
enable NFF’s investments to create transformational, systems-level
change. The SPO will draw from a systems-level and strategic
- Monitor and identify emerging trends for issues that are
relevant to NFF and where the Foundation’s leadership and resources
may have a unique impact.
- Analyze data and prepare internal written summaries to track
and assess current and emerging issues for potential
- Conduct landscape scans that identify innovative and effective
local and national models to scale, replicate, or adapt.
- Conceptualize new and refine existing programmatic strategy
with guidance and input from NFF’s leadership.
- Conduct due diligence of potential partners and identify
resources and personnel needed to execute program strategy.
- Develop and execute tactical work plans in various stages of
initiative development, implementation, and sustainability.
- Prepare written and other necessary materials that summarize
strategic issues and decisions for consideration of the Board of
- Independently research, develop, draft, edit and proofread
written materials such as memos, reports, research summaries,
policy analyses, correspondence, and other materials.
Uphold Strong Evaluation, Learning, and Continuous
The SPO will demonstrate facility with measurement and
evaluation methods to assess NFF’s and grantee partner impact. The
SPO will bring a commitment to learning and impact to:
- Define measurable goals and identify methods for quantifying
impact with reference to current research studies and
- Lead the development of evaluation plans, working in
conjunction with external evaluators as needed, and monitor grantee
progress against goals.
- Prepare and present regular oral and written reports related to
systems-level issues and progress within NFF’s strategic
Build Relationships with Grantees, Community Partners,
and Other Stakeholders
The Senior Program Officer will build and broker relationships
with a variety of stakeholders and enhance the Foundation’s
connection to relevant issues. The SPO will bring a service and
relationship-oriented approach to:
- Develop and manage partnerships with a broad base of relevant
- Communicate regularly with grantees, project partners, and
funders of aligned efforts.
- Organize and facilitate convenings that enable the Foundation
and other partners to understand the root causes of issues
- Act as an ambassador of NFF’s mission in stakeholder meetings
and community convenings.
Steward the Foundation’s Resources
The SPO will join a small, dynamic team who maintains a close
relationship with grantees throughout the grant life cycle. The SPO
will work closely with current and potential grantees and tap a
detail-oriented project management skill set to:
- Evaluate project budgets to ensure they are highly
- Draft grant agreements and conduct other grant administration
required to initiate and maintain a grant partnership.
- Engage in clear and ongoing communications with staff and
grantees, translate technical grant issues into easily understood
terms and manage expectations.
- Ensure excellent stewardship of the Neubauer Family
Foundation’s funds and maximum impact.
- Manage contracts and consultants (as needed).
Uphold a Strong Team Culture
The SPO will be an important member of a small, active team and
will work across organizational functions to benefit the
Foundation’s work and internal culture. As a team player, the SPO
- Participate in Foundation internal meetings, discussions, and
team building to build and uphold a strong, collaborative team
- Provide capacity and support to Foundation-wide initiatives and
events as needed.
- Additional duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
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,
qualifications, and experiences:
Abilities and Attributes
- Demonstrates an entrepreneurial mindset and an ability to work
in a fast-paced environment.
- Capable of working both independently with minimal direction
and in collaborative team environments to achieve goals.
- Has an action-oriented style and is a self-starter.
- Takes a systems view of issues and opportunities; plans
strategically and offers innovative solutions to challenging
- Remains flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances.
- Demonstrates curiosity and interest in issues spanning multiple
- Exhibits a strong focus on goals and results, including a track
record of meeting or exceeding goals with a strong sense
responsibility and accountability for outcomes.
- Develops, articulates, and builds buy-in internally and
externally towards a clear vision.
- Motivates, inspires, and moves others to action to achieve
- Builds positive relationships with diverse stakeholders and
maintains a service orientation; maintains a diplomatic and low-ego
approach to working with others.
- Communicates effectively in both written and verbal
communication for a variety of stakeholders; can adapt
communication style for different audiences as needed.
- Maintains a positive attitude and a sense of humor.
Desired Qualifications and Experience
- 7-10 years of professional work experience in a fast-paced
- Bachelor’s degree (required).
- Experience working within the nonprofit sector (required) and
foundation experience (preferred).
- Knowledge of Philadelphia-area issues and social sector
- Research and analytical skills, including the ability to
distill large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the
essence of an issue.
- Excellent project management and implementation skills; works
efficiently, maintains attention to detail, and is able to plan,
multi-task, adapt, and balance requests from many
- Excellent computer skills including spreadsheet and database
applications and word processing software skills; the ability to
create, generate and modify documents using the applications.
- Ability to conduct research on the Internet.
- Salesforce experience strongly preferred and ability to learn
software specific to the Foundation.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The starting salary range for this position is $130,000 –
NFF offers a generous benefits package that includes health and
dental coverage, a funded HSA, 401k matching program, paid time
off, holiday office closures, transportation/parking benefits,
employee donation matching, and other generous benefits.
In Person Work Expectations
This is a full-time role that will be performed from the
Foundation’s office on Monday-Friday each week. Occasional
attendance at Foundation or community events on evenings or
weekends will be required.
Travel within the local Philadelphia region will be required on
an as-needed basis, with occasional travel outside of the region
for Foundation-related events or meetings.
To maintain a safe and healthy workplace for all staff, COVID-19
vaccination is strongly encouraged.
This search is being led by Allison
Kupfer Poteet and Stephanie Guidry of
NPAG. Due to the pace of this
search, candidates are 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.
The Neubauer Family Foundation is an Equal Opportunity