Apr 25, 2024

Program Officer, Education Grantmaking

$100,000 - $125,000 yearly
  • Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies
  • Hybrid (Washington D.C., DC, USA)
Full-Time Client/Customer Service Fundraising/Development Strategic Planning

Job Description

The Program Officer (PO) is a member of the Education Grantmaking team, located in Schusterman’s Oakland, CA, New York City, or Washington, DC, office. The PO will work with across the education team to cultivate and assess potential investment opportunities, track grantee progress and learnings, and provide strategic support to grantees to reach their goals. This role will focus on two specific areas: high quality instructional materials and redesign of educator roles to better support high-quality K-8 literacy instruction, while also taking on additional grantmaking responsibilities as needed. The grantees in these areas include leading school systems and non-profits that are working to dramatically improve outcomes for K-12 students by providing teachers with the high-quality instructional materials, aligned professional development, and supporting the development of underlying systems, including re-envisioned roles, structures and supports to consistently provide engaging, affirming, meaningful, grade-level instruction in literacy. More broadly, the PO will also be an important contributor to the internal culture and overall impact of the Education team. 

Reports to and works with: The PO reports to the Senior Director of the School Systems Partnership portfolio, but will also work closely with the Senior Director of the Instructional Materials Portfolio and other team members across the education portfolios. This role will provide experience with multiple types of organizations and exposure to leaders across these roles. 


This position is a key member of the Education Grantmaking team in the areas of both instructional materials and efforts to reimagine the teacher role, and also supports other areas of grantmaking as needs emerge. Job responsibilities will include, but not be limited to: 

Grantmaking and Grantee Support (60%)

Outcome: Plays a leading role in our due diligence and ongoing grant management efforts by identifying key questions, challenges, and opportunities for current and potential grantees, applying knowledge of literacy instruction, instructional materials, and school talent and other systems and structures, and:

  • Builds trusted, collaborative relationships with peers at grantee organizations and other funders.
  • Performs qualitative and quantitative analyses, including analysis of funding proposals, financial analyses, analyses of progress and impact;   
  • Writes investment recommendations for grant proposals and grant terms, milestones and a strategy for ongoing engagement and support for each grantee.  
  • Manages multiple projects and deadlines with strong project plans, good tracking systems and a steady focus on execution and quality.
  • Maintains grants systems to ensure grant requirements are fulfilled and key information is shared and stored for relevant audiences.  
  • Works with portfolio leaders to prepare for and facilitate external meetings by identifying key questions and priorities rooted in a deep understanding of field-wide and grantee-specific opportunities and challenges.  
  • Provides administrative support as needed, including coordination of logistics for calls, meetings, site visits, and convenings with appropriate individuals from grantee organization teams.  

Progress Monitoring and Knowledge Management (30%) 

Outcome: Works collaboratively with portfolio leaders to support the development of strategies and identification of grantmaking opportunities, particularly in the areas of instructional materials and efforts to strengthen the role of educators to advance grade-level, engaging, and affirming education; reviews progress towards goals; and recommends modifications so that we continuously improve.  

  • Supports the portfolio leaders in developing, documenting and monitoring progress on portfolio strategies.  
  • Helps plan and attend and share learnings from site visits and convenings related to grantee work and/or key strategic questions in portfolio.   
  • Communicates clearly and persuasively in writing and conversations with teammates, Schusterman leadership, and leaders of current and potential grantees.  
  • Prepares internal reports based on grantee board meeting documents, reports, check-ins, and other key materials. 
  • Creates and manages a system to share learnings with colleagues across the Education team.
  • Synthesizes and disseminates learning from a range of grantees and other sub-portfolios to deepen the work of the grantees.
  • Stays up to date on relevant research and activities in the field and synthesize and connect this information to inform portfolio strategy and grants management.

Contributions to the Broader Team (10%)

Outcome: Will meaningfully contribute to the functioning of a high-performing team

  • Builds productive relationships across the education team to facilitate the sharing of learnings and practices.
  • Contributes positively to internal team culture by modeling a learning and solutions orientation and supporting the improvement of teamwide processes and systems.
  • Advances equitable grantmaking practices and supports the integration of diverse perspectives to inform strategy and systems. 

Hiring Organization

Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies


The following qualifications are representative of the high level of demonstrated skills, maturity, judgment, and ability to work with a wide range of constituencies required of Schusterman employees:

  • 6+ years of combined work experience in a school or school system and consulting firm, foundation or other educational organization. 
  • A Bachelor’s degree or comparable, relevant professional experience. An advanced degree is preferred. 
  • Experience leading change within charter or traditional school systems and/or with systems of support for teachers and school leaders. 
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, including the ability to distill key insights from large amounts of data and information and an ability to learn financial and operational analyses. 
  • Ability to write and communicate verbally clearly and concisely to summarize key points and recommendations regarding complex issues and decisions. 
  • Excellent project management skills and attention to detail while managing multiple priorities. 
  • Effective relationship-building skills to develop and maintain productive, collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders, including grantee staff and other colleagues across the education sector. 
  • Flexibility and nimbleness to work across multiple portfolios and focus areas while drawing meaningful connections and managing several bodies of work.
  • PC skills (with proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint), as well as a thorough knowledge and comfort of basic web skills required. Experience with Fluxx and Salesforce a plus.
  • Ability to travel up to 15% domestically.

Industry/Service Area

Consulting/Advising, Education, Foundation/Grantmaking


Mid-Senior level

Application Instructions

Please view the full job description and apply via this link: https://grnh.se/a768e8f42us 

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