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Program Officer: Flourishing in Community Grantmaker Initiative

Center for Community Engaged Learning, Rose Hill

Fordham University


Fordham University has an excellent reputation as a dynamic institution located in New York City.  Founded in 1841, Fordham enrolls more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its 9 Colleges and Schools. 


Fordham University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to its employees, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.
We offer tuition remission for employees and their dependents 
A generous employer match towards a 403(b) retirement plan.
As a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Fordham is considered a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, a federal program designed to forgive student loan debt for employees of certain public and certain nonprofit employers.
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Position Summary

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Strategic Mission Initiatives, the Program Officer serves as the administrative and operational lead for the Flourishing in Community Grantmaker Initiative. Leading a team of five and reporting to the program Co-PIs, the Program Officer will direct the outreach, dissemination, support, project management, and program evaluation of the Grantmaker, and will serve as a key collaborator in program activities and events. This is a three-year grant-funding opportunity.


About the Flourishing in Community Grantmaker

The Flourishing in Community (FIC) Grantmaker Initiative, serving as the EPA Region 2 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaker program, proposes an intersectional approach to place frontline communities in positions of power to advance environmental justice and climate justice in disadvantaged and hard-to-reach communities and communities disproportionately impacted by climate change, pollution, and other environmental stressors in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.


The program leadership team will employ Fordham University’s infrastructure to provide grants to community-based organizations and other qualifying organizations, institutions, and agencies, prioritizing rural, remote, coastal, and urban communities, low-income communities, communities of color, and other communities and groups which historically have not had the capacity to apply for or receive federal funding for projects in this area. The FIC employs a participatory community-led governance structure and provides wraparound services including mentorship, research assistance, technical assistance, program management, and program evaluation to subgrant recipients and advances project sustainability post-award.


Essential Functions        

Ensures the timely and effective delivery of outreach, dissemination, subgrant funding, and project management to eligible subgrant applicants and recipients,
Implements comprehensive outreach strategies to identify and engage potential subgrant applicants, focusing on inclusivity and reaching underserved communities.
Fosters strong relationships with community organizations, stakeholders, and partners to enhance program visibility and impact.
Oversees the subgrant funding process, from application review to funds disbursement, ensuring transparency, fairness, and alignment with program goals;
Monitors subgrant projects, providing support and guidance to recipients to achieve successful outcomes and impact.
Effectively manages the Grantmaker team, including leading weekly team meetings, one-on-one meetings with direct reports, and collaborative partnership with the Co-PIs, the Academic Director, the Community Leadership Chairperson, and other key members of the Grantmaker team.
Leads the design and dissemination of communication and marketing materials, ensuring clear messaging around grant opportunities, application processes, and program achievements.
Manages the initiative’s online presence, including website content, social media strategy, and online forums, to maintain engagement and disseminate program results.
Plans and executes program-related events, such as workshops, conferences, and community forums, to build capacity, share knowledge, and foster community engagement.
Ensures program and project compliance with all relevant regulations, guidelines, and best practices, conducting regular audits and reviews.
Leads the continuous assessment and evaluation of the program, utilizing feedback and data to adapt strategies and activities for enhanced impact.
Cultivates a culture of inclusivity, belonging, accountability, and engagement in Grantmaker team.

Essential Functions Note

This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

The University may assign additional related duties as necessary.


Management Responsibilities  

Supervises the work of other Fordham employees who are individual contributors. Responsible for hiring, training and developing, managing performance and administering corrective action. Has significant input in compensation decisions.


Required Qualifications: Education and Experience        

Bachelor’s Degree
Minimum of 7 years progressive leadership experience in higher ed, nonprofit or policy setting, experience leading a team.

Required Qualifications: Knowledge and Skills     

Deep experience working with environmental justice concepts and communities.
Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.

Preferred Qualifications 

MA degree in a relevant field
Previous grantmaking experience
Program evaluation skills
Fluency or proficiency in a second commonly spoken language in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and/or US Virgin Islands

Minimum Starting Salary: $90,000


Maximum Starting Salary: $90,000


Note: Salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, and skills.







Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its 9 colleges and schools.  It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United Kingdom. 


Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds.


Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories

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