Senior Program Officer in West Henrietta, New York

Konar Properties Posted: 2021-02-02

West Henrietta, New York 14586

Job Title: Senior Program Officer
Reports To: Chair of the Board of Trustees, Board of Trustees
Status: Full Time, Exempt
Supervise: Foundation Operations Manager

Expected Start Date: September 21, 2021

** Salary to be determined and will commensurate with skills & experience**


The William and Sheila Konar Foundation is a family foundation established in 1983 in Rochester, New York. The mission of the William and Sheila Konar Foundation is to support the work of charitable organizations in Rochester, New York, and elsewhere. In determining the levels of support appropriate for different organizations, the Foundation is guided by the philanthropic goals and priorities of its founders, William and Sheila Konar. These goals and priorities include the support of programs and institutions in Rochester, New York, and elsewhere, which:

Enhance opportunities for education
Support Rochester cultural and civic organizations
Promote access to and improvement of health care services; and
Provide education about the consequences of prejudice and hatred and promote ethnic, religious, and cultural understanding and tolerance
Benefit the Jewish community
The Foundation’s goal is to improve lives by promoting educational opportunities, access to health care, and a more creative and tolerant civil society.

Position Summary:

The Senior Program Officer has primary responsibility for foundation activities related to Pre-K-12 education and Culture Civic. Attends to all aspects of funding, including preliminary evaluation of programs, recommending specific funding awards, and determining the impact of funding on the community and it’s so designated purposes. This individual creates and revises as necessary, protocols, procedures, deadlines, review criteria, standards, and recommended priorities for allocating foundation funds. They monitor the accurate recording of all applicants and funds granted. They remain actively engaged in maintaining current knowledge of Pre-K-12 education trends and culture civic strategic philanthropy.

Must enjoy working within a small environment that is mission-driven, results-focused, and community-oriented. The individual should exercise sound judgment in various situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills. The successful candidate can work independently on projects from conception to completion.

Essential Duties and Job Responsibilities:


Serves as the Foundation's senior program officer and a key point of contact for philanthropic endeavors in Pre-K-12 education and cultural/civic.
Represents the Foundation in the community with the Rochester City School District, charter schools, the broader education community, other foundations, and other organizations working on Pre-K-12 educational initiatives, and cultural initiatives.

Responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the organization's operations and programs, and consults with the board president weekly.
Maintains a continually evolving knowledge base of the community profile, education trends and issues in an urban context, community leaders (specific focus on educational leaders), community organizations (particularly educational institutions), businesses, and similar philanthropic entities (both locally and nationally) to help position the Foundation as an impactful organization in the community.
Works closely with the Board of Trustees to ensure branding, language consistency, and adherence to foundation goals across all communication mediums, with keen attention given to community outreach and marketing principles designed to raise awareness of foundation work.

Leads an Advisory Council for reviewing, evaluating, and giving feedback for grant processes/applications, resulting in specific recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
Maintains appropriate professional associations (local, state, and national) and memberships to enhance the quality of our philanthropic efforts.
Maintains regular participation in ongoing professional development to optimize their capacity to fulfill the position's responsibilities.
Collaborates with the Board to produce and present periodic summary reporting for all grants, programs, and activities.
Provides leadership to and manages the efforts of Foundation staff, and completes an annual performance review for the Foundation Operations Manager.
Acts in alignment with all policies and procedures established by the Foundation and the Board of Trustees and;
Other duties as assigned

Grantee Partnerships and Support:

Develops and furthers grantee collaboration opportunities within the community.
Conducts quarterly in-person or virtual site visits with Grantees to appropriately assess the impact of foundation grants.
Leads the development of all materials required to cultivate grant funding process/protocol and coordinates the donation of grants and following through to gauge and measure their results (brochures, website content, and application) with marketing support and technical assistance as needed.
Ensures the timely development of an annual calendar/cycle of grant-giving.
Aggressively works to identify innovative, relevant, and aligned grant funding opportunities to align with the Foundation's goals and programmatic areas.
Coordinates and participates in meetings with the Board, grantees, (potential/current) partners, and other key stakeholders.
Maintains philanthropy files, specifically grantees, key Foundation contacts, tracking processes, and correspondence.
Marketing and Outreach:

Coordinates special events and supports community relationship building and partnerships related to foundation philanthropic activities (ex. Annual Conference featuring grantees). Particular attention is given to working with program beneficiaries to promote their success.
Monitors the Foundation's website content and other social media to reflect its brand positively.
Performs outreach to create awareness of the Foundation's activities in the community, particularly among educators, educational institutions, and potential partners.
Required Experience, Skills and Abilities:

Familiarity with the concept and purposes of foundations, particularly private family foundations
Exemplary knowledge of community resources and a network of key professional contacts
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong written and verbal communication/presentation skills
Proven track record of leading highly effective teams
Action-oriented, adaptable, self-starter, innovative
Program and project management experience
The ability to work independently and with others
Strategic thinking
The ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines
Proficient in the full suite of Microsoft Office, especially Excel and PowerPoint
Models the attributes of a lifelong learner committed to personal and professional improvement

A minimum of seven to ten years in education or a field relevant to our funding priorities required.
A Master’s degree or Doctorate preferred.
Job Type: Full-time

COVID-19 considerations:
We are taking all of the required safety pre-cautions as communicated by the CDC and the NYS Department of Health to ensure a safe work environment for all employees.

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