The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation (STBF) is now seeking nominations and applications for a Program Officer, Workforce in its Patients and Access portfolio. STBF is a private grant-making Foundation with a U.S. home office in Omaha, Nebraska, and a global office in Kigali, Rwanda. With annual spending in excess of $500 million, it is one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. The Foundation has only two main areas of grant making: 1) supporting efforts to reduce unintended pregnancy and access to safe abortion for women in the U.S. and around the world and 2) to enable low-income students in Nebraska to attend and succeed in college. The Foundation currently employs 52 staff across 19 states in the U.S. and 11 staff in Kigali, Rwanda.
The Program Officer, Workforce will draw upon their deep experience and knowledge in reproductive health care workforce issues (including education, training, retention, setting guidelines and practice standards, etc.). They will serve as a skilled strategic thinker, co-creator, and implementer of portfolio workplans that serve STBF’s goals. They will bring strong relationship-building skills to their role as a grantmaker, developing trust-based and collaborative partnerships with portfolio grantees. They will uphold high standards for stewarding the Foundation’s resources, including budgeting, grant monitoring, and compliance. Additionally, in keeping with the values of STBF, they will collaborate across colleagues and join a diverse team of people deeply committed to equitable practices and reducing disparities in the workplace as well as in the field. This position reports to a Senior Program Officer. The Program Officer is pivotal in bolstering the reproductive health workforce, ensuring quality, accessibility, and inclusivity in service provision. Recognizing that a competent, diverse, robust, and healthy workforce is critical to ensuring high quality access to abortion and contraception, this role focuses on initiatives that build capacity, offer training, and promote inclusivity within reproductive health professions.
The Program Officer will bring a deep spirit of humility, honesty, and collaboration to the role of grant maker. Their relationship-building skills will allow for collaborative, responsive, conscientious, and expert thought partnership with their grantees. They will conduct site visits to stay up to date on portfolio grantees’ work and attend or convene meetings as necessary to bring additional expertise to bear that informs USP’s work. They will contribute to reports for the STBF Board and develop or maintain relationships with other funders in the movement.
About US Programs
US Programs (USP) manages the Foundation’s grantmaking to ensure equitable, available, and supported access to abortion and contraception in the United States. Our unit supports numerous organizations in two main areas (or portfolios) of reproductive health, access, and justice movements. The first, referred to as Patients and Access, funds work to ensure access to abortion and contraception through support of individuals, health centers, clinicians, training facilities and related research. The second, Social Change, supports organizations focused on building longer term systems change through increasing social support for abortion, addressing public policy advocacy, communications and messaging, movement building, and litigation. USP is currently 16 people strong, based in Omaha and remotely throughout the U.S., with plans to grow steadily in the coming years to meet the evolving and rapidly changing realities of abortion and contraception access in the United States.
The Foundation is intent on safeguarding the values that drive our culture: Mission, Respect for Donor Intent, Appetite for Risk and Tolerance for Failure, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Humility, Passion Tempered by Objectivity and Evidence, Compassion and Love of Humanity, Honesty and Integrity, Kindness and Respect, and Shared Accountability.
The Program Officer, Research will need to have a genuine understanding of, and appreciation for, the significance of these values and aspirations and how they are operationalized in the work the Foundation undertakes. Finally, the candidate will need to be aligned with the Foundation’s progressive values, including unambiguous support for individual reproductive freedom.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
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:
Attributes for Success within this Role
Background and Experience Qualifications
If working remotely, travel is expected up to 20% of the time, including coming to Omaha 3-5 times per year.
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and any recommended booster doses, subject to applicable laws.
Compensation for the Program Officer role starts at $164,000. The Foundation also provides comprehensive benefits.
This search is being led by Cara Pearsall and Tyra Gravesande 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. It is encouraged that applicants submit their application by November 30, 2023.
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We are committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. This includes not only creating a diverse team where everyone feels represented, respected, and included, but also embedding these values across our work and practices. All applicants who are drawn to serve our mission will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and prior protected activity.