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The Oregon Community Foundation

The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is a publicly supported nonprofit corporation. Currently making annual awards of more than $109 million in grants and scholarships, OCF is the largest charitable foundation in Oregon and one of the nation’s largest community foundations by asset size. OCF serves urban and rural communities across the state by administering charitable funds created by individuals, families, businesses and organizations.  The foundation has nearly 90 staff, and maintains headquarters in Portland with regional offices in Bend, Eugene, Salem and Medford.

OCF considers improvement of birth to post-secondary education outcomes for all Oregonians to be one of its highest strategic priorities. In February 2018 the OCF Board of Directors created a three-year initiative focusing on strategies to address persistent differences in education outcomes for African-American/Black students and their White counterparts.

Job Summary

The Program Officer for African-American/Black Student Success will lead the new OCF initiative, which will be housed within OCF’s Education Program. The Program Officer will design and implement approaches to support work in Oregon communities to improve outcomes for African-American/Black students, with a particular focus on the strategies outlined in the State of Oregon’s new African-American/Black Student Success plan. The Program Officer will communicate the impact of programs to the OCF Education Committee, the OCF Board of Directors and to the community at large. This position is funded for three years, based in Portland, and requires some travel to other parts of the state.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

·         Coordinate OCF efforts to support community work promoting success of African-American and Black student success across the education spectrum from birth through post-secondary, with a particular focus on goals and strategies outlined in the State of Oregon’s African-American/Black Student Success Plan.

·         With the input of an advisory committee and in consultation with other OCF staff, develop a three-year strategy and timeline for advancing African-American/Black student success strategies through visibility efforts, dissemination of best practices, partnerships and advocacy.

·         Develop and coordinate a learning community of organizations and agencies implementing African-American/Black student success strategies, with activities to include convenings, webinars and peer learning.

·         Develop knowledge and expertise about organizations and compile information about people and issues across the state related to African-American/Black student education outcomes. Stay abreast of relevant research.

·         Work with OCF staff managing initiatives and grant programs in the birth through post-secondary education sphere to ensure that African-American/Black student success goals and strategies are integrated in other programs where possible and appropriate.

·         Assist with and participate in OCF outreach events as appropriate.

·         Act as a public representative for OCF’s program-related work; attend community meetings; and meet with other foundation representatives and community leaders about specific topics and OCF priorities.

·         Work with evaluation experts and OCF’s research team to design a method for evaluation of the impact of OCF’s African-American/Black student success program, create and maintain systems to track the progress and ensure that timelines and benchmarks are met.

·         Communicate with the public, as needed, about the foundation’s work to address African-American and Black African student success.

·         Provide information, reports, and make presentations to interested donors and others.

·         Conduct fact finding and research related to OCF leadership, special program interests and grantmaking related to African-American and Black students and their families. Work to increase national and regional funder partnerships to address these issues.

·         Working with an advisory committee, identify options for the longer-term, including an organization to house the initiative after June 2021.

Minimum Requirements:

·         Bachelor’s Degree in in education, social sciences, community development or a related field.

·         Seven years’ progressively responsible experience or knowledge of education and/or philanthropy, program management or related fields.

·         Three year’s work experience related to education, preferably on issues connected to equity and improving opportunity and outcomes for students of color in Oregon.

·         Understanding of state, local and federal policy contexts that affect birth to post-secondary education.

·         Excellent program and project planning and management skills, with demonstrated ability to track details, prioritize and meet deadlines.

·         Outstanding communication skills, verbal and written, including public speaking.

·         Strong analytical skills and the ability to think critically, solve problems, analyze options and explain alternatives.

·         Able to develop materials (reports, briefs, PowerPoint presentations, web content, etc.) to advance the initiative.

·         Prior experience leading volunteers or supervising others’ work.

·         Experienced coordinating people at every level of the community and within an organization.

·         Strong interest in philanthropy in Oregon and passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for African-American/Black students in Oregon.

·         Good technology skills: adept at use of Microsoft Office, Outlook and Word; facile internet user; knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Adobe; and experience working in a network environment with an integrated database.

·         Ability to travel throughout the state with some overnight trips, and to work outside normal business hours as required. Valid driver’s license required.

In addition to the specific job requirements, staff are expected to embody certain cultural values to support OCF’s mission: communicate effectively, value one another, demonstrate accountability, embrace possibilities, address conflict and take action.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position starts at $62,700, depending on experience.  OCF offers an excellent benefit package with generous paid time off, choice of medical and dental plans, vision, outstanding 401k retirement plan, commuter and healthcare savings accounts, cell phone stipend, employer paid disability and life.  Our employees have access to an Employee Assistance Plan, paid volunteer leave, professional development opportunities, and a 35-hour work week.

To Apply

The Oregon Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.  We strive to build a diverse workforce to promote effective work in partnership with all communities and population groups in Oregon. We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants.

This position is open until filled; early application is encouraged!  Go to our careers page, create an account and upload your resume and cover letter for consideration.

☆ Dont forget to tell your interviewer that you heard about this opportunity from the Urban League of Portland ☆