Description of Position:

The SouthCoast Community Foundation is looking for a Programs Officer who is eager to be part of a team mobilizing an innovative approach to improving people’s lives on the SouthCoast. This role is a unique and exciting opportunity for someone to join a dynamic, growing, and community-based not-for-profit organization. The successful applicant will lead a well-established suite of programs to an entirely new level through three focus areas: arts & culture, education, and economic opportunity.

Working as part of a team, the Programs Officer is responsible for the development, execution, and administration of the Foundation’s grantmaking programs and related activities. These activities include connecting with nonprofit organizations, volunteer management for grant review and selection, management of fund distribution, and grant evaluation and reporting.

Key Responsibilities:

The Programs Officer will be a community connector and oversee the grantmaking process, spending time in the field to understand the sectors served and each nonprofit’s particular delivery model. He/she/they will measure and evaluate the effectiveness of grants and programs, use a data-informed approach to adjust program offerings, respond to current trends, identify emerging needs, define best practices, and share findings with constituents.

Arts & Culture:

o Oversee the Creative Commonwealth Initiative to support training, grantmaking, and community-based arts initiatives with local nonprofits
o Promote access and inclusion in the arts and cultural ecosystems for youth, emerging entities, and culturally diverse populations
o Increase effectiveness and sustainability of arts and culture organizations with small to moderate annual operating budgets that serve culturally diverse populations
o Grow and diversify philanthropic investment in arts and culture

Education & Scholarships:

o Develop and activate a network of key community partners and stakeholders
o Work with Donor Associate on behalf of scholarship fund
o Support the Community Foundation Board’s educational initiative, specifically focused on early childhood and college and career readiness
o Provide administrative support to the scholarship process
o Collect data to measure plan progress toward the intended outcomes

Grants Management:

o Manage grants from discretionary and field of interest funds
o Create and manage the system for attracting applicants to grant funds
o Work with nonprofits on their applications as needed

The Programs Officer also provides necessary support to three Board of Directors Committees: Arts & Culture, Education & Scholarship, and Grants.

This full-time, exempt position reports to the Director of Engagement and is based in New Bedford with occasional travel to the Fall River office and throughout the South Coast region.

Other Responsibilities:

o Facilitate and maintain a strong network and presence in nonprofit community
o Attend Foundation events occasionally outside normal work hours o Assure integrity of data (Community Suite, GLM, Smarter Select and other) related to assigned grant programs
o Other duties as required or assigned

Minimum Requirements:

o Bachelor’s Degree
o Community-oriented arts, culture, and/or education organizational experience preferred
o Fluency in Portuguese or Spanish preferred
o Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite and data management as well as the ability to utilize the Foundation’s software packages
o Experience working with boards and committees in nonprofit organizations


o Ability to manage many deadlines, projects, and relationships
o Exceptional abilities in oral communication, presentations, and persuasive writing
o Strong organizational skills
o Provide a very high standard of service and integrity
o Exercise discretion with highly sensitive and confidential information

Working Conditions:

Normal office conditions, including support for remote work access.

Application Process:

Please email your cover letter, including salary requirement, and resume to We are only considering applications submitted through email. Please name your documents as follows: LAST NAME – RESUME and LAST NAME – COVER LETTER.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

The SouthCoast Community Foundation is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, nation origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.