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Program Officer, Early Childhood

Title: Program Officer, Early Childhood

Department: Program

Reports To: Associate Vice President, Education to Career

FLSA Classification: Exempt        FTE: 1

Supervises: None

Budgeted Salary:  $75,000.00 to $80,000.00

Position Summary:

Support the implementation of the Foundation’s early childhood and pediatric health strategies and participate as a significant contributor to emerging education and health strategies and activities in support of preparing Boston’s youngest children for success in school and life.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversee the grant review and due diligence process for early childhood and health related grant requests and full proposal reviews in partnership with and under the supervision of Associate Vice President
  • Organize and coordinate regular convenings and key networks of external partners, including grantees and non-grantee organizations
  • Oversee early childhood related research projects, and conduct as-needed analysis of key Foundation initiatives, especially related to early education and health services for children and families. Conduct regular data gathering, research, and analysis for special projects
  • Manage initiative budgets and as-needed prepare budget and grant reports
  • Develop written materials to support program work, as needed, including monthly newsletters, policy memos, grants due diligence, and reports, as well as budgets for special projects in the Program Department
  • Coordinate a team of internal and external stakeholders in early childhood, including donors and content experts in health, jobs, education, and others
  • Serve as key liaison to internal and external partners and networks in planning and implementing events and initiatives
  • Produce regular updates and presentations on the early childhood and health strategies, key issues facing the community, and the work of the Foundation’s grantees for internal and external distribution
  • Coordinate preparation of departmental reports as needed, including reports to the Program Committee and Board
  • Participate in various other Program department activities as needed.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Individuals assigned to this position may perform other duties as assigned


Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant equivalent experience required; 
  • Master’s or relevant equivalent preferred;
  • Understanding of the early childhood and health landscape in Boston, and Massachusetts, highly preferred;
  • 7-10 years of relevant working experience required; and
  • Teaching experience a plus.

Skills, Abilities, Competencies:

  • General knowledge and understanding of the early childhood and public health ecosystems including funding streams, resources, etc. a plus;
  • Demonstrated broad knowledge and successful experience in project management;
  • Demonstrated above average attention to detail;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage diverse stakeholders inclusively and diplomatically; and
  • Proven ability to manage the demands of a fast paced and highly productive workplace.

Working Conditions & Physical Demands:

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to use a computer keyboard for long periods of time
  • Ability to carry up to 10 lbs.


The content is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. It is not intended to constitute an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents, who are or become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act or applicable state law, must be able to perform the essential functions of the job (including those listed above) either with or without reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation, if any, will be determined by management in consultation with the employee on a case-by-case basis.

This job description is intended to be general and may be revised from time to time. At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different or additional duties from time to time.

Revised 2/2021