Program Officer, Foundation Salary
Job Description for Program Officer, Foundation
Program officers for foundations are responsible for all aspects of the evaluation and distribution of their foundation's grants. Foundations are involved in many financial activities, such as scholarship and grant funding; program officers are heavily involved in these activities, evaluating scholarship applications and/or grant proposals.Read More...
For grant proposals, program officers examine applications to decide whether they meet the foundation’s requirements and fit with the foundation's overall mission. After reviewing initial solicitations, program officers meet with candidates, make site visits to review proposed developments, and perform further background research into the proposal. They then produce a recommendation to the foundation to accept or reject the proposal. Foundation officers may also proactively seek grantees and scholarship candidates by reaching out to the community or working with universities to spread word and develop relationships.
In addition to approving grant proposals, foundation program officers review documentation related to previously approved grants, including progress reports for continuing projects and final reports for completed ones. Additionally, they report on these projects to the foundation board. Program officers typically work in an office environment during regular business hours. They may be required to travel to make site visits or meet with candidates, depending on the employing foundation.
Program officers, foundations are typically required to hold a bachelor’s degree, and sometimes a master’s degree, in a field related to the foundation’s mission. Several years’ experience (typically five or more) working with foundations or grant proposals is required. Program officers must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
Program Officer, Foundation Tasks
- Market and manage outreach efforts for special programs.
- Manage grant-related correspondence and records.
- Follow up and assess funded initiatives.
- Support program research and overall grant administration for a non-profit foundation.
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Popular Skills for Program Officer, Foundation
Foundation Program Officers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Grant Management, Project Management, Research Analysis, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Marketing Communications as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Oral / Verbal Communication and Budget Management also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Grant Management also tend to know Project Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Program Officer, Foundation
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Foundation Program Officers. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $56K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $67K. Foundation Program Officers see a median salary of $83K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $95K.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Foundation Program Officers in Palo Alto enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 105 percent above the national average. Foundation Program Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+31 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and Denver (+8 percent). Foundation Program Officers in Chicago take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Philadelphia and 8 percent less in Portland, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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