join us! seeking candidates for the role of program officer

The Foundation’s Program Officer is a generalist with knowledge of multiple issue areas for funding, including but not limited to grants that: prioritize equitable opportunities and outcomes for Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC), support organizations working together to solve community challenges and change systems, and nonprofit infrastructure projects that build organizational capacity and sustainability.  

One of ECF’s core principles is our focus on equity. We believe in inclusion and the richness of ideas and perspectives and actively invite a diversity of candidates. To learn more and to submit your resume and interest, visit our search partner NextGroup’s website

position overview

The position entails acting as a project lead for all aspects of one of ECF’s open applications cycles and a cohort training program. The Program Officer will work with another Program Officer counterpart to ensure the smooth functioning of all parts of the Foundation’s grantmaking programs, assuring staff interacts regularly and externally with the Foundation’s relationships with nonprofit organizations and other community stakeholders. To this end, the Program Officer ensures that grantmaking activities are implemented in accordance with best practices among community foundations and well-coordinated with the Foundation’s strategic and annual action plans. They ensure that Foundation grants and decision-making about grants support the local nonprofit community and are carried out according to their intended purpose.

position description

ECF’s Program Officer is resourceful, self-motivated, technologically savvy, community-minded, and pays keen attention to detail. They are a good listener, communicator, relationship builder, excellent writer, and a multitasker.

The Program Officer partners with the Foundation’s Development and Donor Relations staff to facilitate the review of proposals by outside Grantmaking Partners, who contribute a significant percentage of the Foundation’s grants budget each year. They collaborate with Communications staff to develop press releases and other communications about Foundation grants and grantees. They ensure that the Foundation’s website and communication materials include accurate and up-to-date information about foundation grantees and grantmaking practices.

The Program Officer acts as a public liaison to assure access to, and understanding of, ECF’s grantmaking and program opportunities. They can engage with all parts of the community to understand the needs and areas where investment from ECF can be integral and contribute to communications that tell stories of the impact of ECF and its partners.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinates open application and cohort-based grants cycles
  • Fields questions from prospective grantees about their proposals and Foundation priorities and procedures.
  • Works with Grants Selection Committees to facilitate its proposal review process
  • Manages grant activities and communications through our Grants Lifecycle Manager system, including proposals, financials, grant agreements, reporting, and sources of funds
  • Serves on community task forces as an ECF ambassador, attends meetings and workshops on relevant community issues as needed, and represents ECF at community events. 

qualifications, characteristics and skills


  • Enthusiastic about, committed to and embedded in the Evanston community
  • Knowledgeable about the capacity, challenges, and opportunities within the nonprofit sector 
  • Organized, detail- and process-oriented
  • Comfortable navigating a range of technology tools and databases
  • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Exhibits cultural humility and is approachable and relatable to community members
  • Exceptional personal integrity and discretion; scrupulous respect for confidentiality
  • Flexible to work some evenings and weekends


  • Familiarity with application systems and/or relational databases
  • Fluent in Basic Microsoft Office applications – Word, Outlook, and Excel and SLACK.
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing anti-racist and/or Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion learning
  • Ability to analyze, think critically, and explain alternatives clearly
  • Knowledge of social and public sector issues
  • Preference for bilingual candidates: English and French/French Creole or Arabic, preferred

compensation and other details

The position is 40 hours/week, with a hybrid of remote and in-person work. The candidate must be available for evening and weekend events to align with the Foundation’s work.

This position is full-time and exempt. The salary range for the role is $57,000 to $64,000 annually; a group health HMO/PPO; short- & long-term disability; life insurance; 403b retirement plan; and a generous vacation & holiday schedule. Because we know that the practice of salary negotiation can contribute to pay inequities, this starting salary is non-negotiable.

our search process

One of ECF’s core principles is our focus on equity. We believe in inclusion and the richness of ideas and perspectives and actively invite a diversity of candidates. We also believe it is vitally important to provide a safe working environment for our employees, volunteers, and visitors to reduce the risk of exposure to or spreading the COVID-19 virus. Employment requires that every staff member have all recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to schedules published from time to time by the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC), except if a reasonable accommodation has been granted based upon disability or religion.To learn more and to submit your resume and interest, visit our search partner NextGroup’s website