Program Officer Position Open


The Greater Grand Island Community Foundation’s mission is to empower people to turn their passion into purpose by creating legacies that strengthen the future of the communities we serve.


The Greater Grand Island Community Foundation will be the recognized philanthropic leader in Central Nebraska, uniting donors who wish to enrich the lives of others and create a legacy that will last for generations.

The Greater Grand Island Community Foundation solicits, receives, invests, and distributes funds for charitable, cultural, and educational purposes to benefit the citizens of Grand Island and Hall County. A Board of Trustees governs the Foundation.

Its objectives are:

• Build a perpetual endowment for charitable grants made at the discretion of its board.

• To encourage donors to establish funds in the Foundation as a way to achieve their charitable objectives.

• To advance philanthropic activities in the area served by the Foundation by acting as a catalyst and convener for leadership and community development by fostering relationships that engage the Foundation, its donors, board members, grantees, and volunteer leadership.


• Exhibit professional customer service skills at all times.

• Administration of Greater Grand Island Community Foundation educational programs.

• Plan, assist and attend special meetings, events, and projects.

• Exercise independent discretion and judgment based on project function. Set priorities, define tasks, schedule, and coordinate activities and processes, develop procedures and complete assignments, formulate and interpret policies, and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work assignments.

• Contribute as a productive member of the professional staff, furthering the team environment through active collaboration and problem-solving.

• Demonstrate commitment to the mission and vision of the Foundation.

• Professional communication with the board, program partners, and community-at-large. Preparation of grammatically concise business correspondence, social media communications, meeting presentations, and other professional documents.

• Adherence to Foundation policies and procedures assuring donor confidentiality and the confidentiality of the projects undertaken by the Foundation.


Operational Duties

• Research, prioritize, compile, and prepare data for presentations on behalf of CEO and professional peers, including sensitive or confidential information.

• Coordinate meetings, events, and conference calls for the relevant Distribution committee, sub-committees, and others as needed. Attend meetings as a contributing committee member plus record, transcribe and distribute minutes/reports.

• Act as Foundation’s professional lead on special projects as needed (e.g., Go Big GIVE and Legacy/Philanthropy Award events).

• Manage and oversee work of student helpers and/or interns as staffing levels dictate.

• Prioritize conflicting needs, handle matters expeditiously and proactively, and follow through on projects to completion, often with deadline pressures.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

Program Administration

• Provide management and supervision for all aspects of the Foundation’s educational initiatives, including scholarships, Excellence in Teaching, and additional as developed and assigned. This includes administration policies, software programs/systems, agreements, donor and grantee records, and other documentation to ensure compliance and best practices. Ensure confidentiality of records, data, equipment, materials, and facilities.

• Function as the Foundation’s professional point of contact for scholarship and Excellence in Teaching applicants and nominees, parents and school administrators, supervises review groups and serves as Foundation’s primary contact for educational initiatives.

• Perform highly responsible work coordinating and supervising information and processes through Foundant and website listings to ensure timely, accurate data for each initiative. Work directly with Foundant, school administrators, nominees, students, and parents to guide the online application experience.

• Oversee and perform as Foundation’s educational initiative program manager to ensure an accurate, timely, efficient, and transparent process for the entire life cycle from proposal to close. This entails pre-award system management, tracking payments, maintaining current and accurate grantee/scholarship data in Foundant, reviewing or producing relevant reports, determining scholarship amounts, creating review group parameters, monitoring acceptance status, post-award communication, and management, plus school and media announcements.

• Direct and supervise applications/nominations and internal and external review group processes, ensuring submissions and review group evaluations are complete.

• Design and execute initiative monitoring to include hands-on training to grantees as it relates to the application process, scholarship acceptance/authorizations, collecting and analyzing data, documenting results, and identifying and discussing implications

• Assist the CEO and Senor Program Officer with program execution as needed

• Other duties as assigned


• Proven competency to exercise independent discretion and judgment based on project function. Ability to set priorities, define tasks, schedule and coordinate activities and processes, develop procedures and complete assignments, formulate and interpret policies, and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work assignments.

• Standard office administration procedures and business office management techniques; English grammar, punctuation, spelling, and proofreading; ability to operate standard office equipment; principles of Internet research; and effective telephone techniques.

• Bachelor’s degree or three years relevant experience preferred

• Excellent communication skills to be diplomatic, compelling, and credible with individuals, groups, and community members

• Strong work tenure.

• High-level computer literacy and proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat, and social media web platforms. Experience using donor management software (Foundant) a plus.

• Excellent planning and organizational skills, handling multiple projects at once, with high attention to detail and accuracy.

• Ability to work under pressure and work a flexible schedule when needed.

• A passionate commitment to the philanthropic sector and the betterment of the community served by the Foundation

Email your application and resume with a cover letter to

Download your application HERE

View job posting on Indeed

Turning Passion into Purpose.