Position Description

TITLE:    Program Officer, Strategic Initiatives

REPORTS TO:     Chief Operating Officer

Position Summary

The Program Officer reports to the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for implementing and managing aspects of the Foundation's grants program and strategic plan. The Program Officer will demonstrate a strong understanding of the mission and vision of NextFifty Initiative and be able to express that clearly to grantees, community partners, and interested stakeholders. The Program Officer will work with assigned grantees to evaluate their work and support them in their grant activities, as well as identify and cultivate potential partners in both the nonprofit and private sectors who align with NextFifty Initiative’s mission and vision.

The individual filling this role will be a key member of the Foundation's staff, working with the members of the operational team and the Board of Trustees to effectively keep the organization on a successful path of grant making initiatives and community investments that result in achieving the mission and vision of NextFifty Initiative.

As a relatively new grant making organization, NextFifty Initiative is in a state of expansion and development. All roles within the organization are subject to modification without a change in the written position description. The duties written below express the major responsibilities of the position but may not include all activities that will be coordinated or executed by the role.

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the implementation of NextFifty Initiative’s grants and community investment programs.
  • Identify and support the development of strategic relationships with nonprofit and private sector entities focused on innovation and collaboration in the aging space.
  • Effectively analyze and interpret data and trends in the aging space, including through our grantee projects, and identify areas of collaboration, cross learning, and innovation.
  • Create and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with grantees, community partners, and other applicable stakeholders.
  • Foster connections among grantees and other partners to allow for collaboration, collective impact, and transformative social change.
  • Review proposals submitted for consideration within the grants program; make site visits as appropriate; prepare written summaries and analysis documents of grant applications to aid Trustees in evaluating and making awards.
  • Communicate with grant applicants and grantees and serve as the Foundation's principal contact with grantees funded within the assigned portfolio.
  • Respond to inquiries about NextFifty Initiative’s grant making priorities and processes, and community investment priorities.
  • Visit grantees and communities to discuss prospective grants, provide guidance and support to grantees and support collaborative opportunities in grant making and community investment.  
  • Write and present summaries and reports regarding grantees’ applications and progress toward outcomes to evaluate progress toward grant goals and overall project impact.
  • Ensure that grantee files are complete, accurate and current. Maintain statistical information regarding grant making activity within the portfolio of grants supported by the role.
  • Make presentations to the Board of Trustees regarding grant applications and other topics as applicable, including potential community partnerships.
  • Participate in NextFifty Initiative activities and projects that serve to promote the mission of the organization, cultivate promising ideas for funding and identify needs and interests in the area of aging.
  • Assist in the coordination of activities and events related to NextFifty Initiative’s funding priorities and mission.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to further the community's aging agenda through a variety of methods other than grant making such as convening, technical assistance, serving on committees and task forces, etc.
  • Keep current on aging issues and develop subject matter expertise through literature review, contact with social and professional communities, and participate in relevant conferences.
  • Provide support, when requested, for all Foundation activities.
  • Complete special projects and assignments as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent relevant work experience required; graduate work and/or graduate degree in related field desirable.
  • Three-to-five years of post-baccalaureate experience, some portion in the nonprofit sector required.
  • Grant-making experience strongly preferred; familiarity and comfort with the nonprofit and private sectors is required.
  • Applied analytics experience, or a background in engineering or project management is a plus.
  • Strong communication skills, both orally and written. Significant skills in organizing, analyzing, presenting data, reaching conclusions and developing recommendations.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with a wide range of individuals and organization representatives.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; proven ability to be flexible in a team-oriented approach with diverse groups of people.
  • Knowledge and ability to express and measure program and impact evaluation.
  • Proactive and able to self-manage, prioritize work assignments, manage multiple deadlines, and to represent the Foundation in any given environment.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive, productive, open, and supportive environment that motivates everyone to perform at their best.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to a changing field/environment.
  • An effective communicator, with strong oral and written skills including meticulous attention to detail.
  • Commitment to NextFifty Initiative’s mission and core values of equity, inclusion and diversity.
  • Personal qualities of humility, integrity, accountability, eagerness to learn and a sense of humor.
  • Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills.
  • Excellent organization skills.

Physical Requirements:

This is an office-based position with regular travel in the Denver metro region and around the state of Colorado. Travel outside the state is expected on a less regular basis.

In addition, the expected physical requirements are as follows:

  • Frequent sitting and standing. Occasional bending and reaching.
  • Lifting up to 25 pounds occasionally.
  • Prolonged periods of time before a computer screen, thus, good vision is required.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle independently.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position without compromising organizational function or requirements.
  • Requires the ability to use department equipment, such as telephones, personal computers, staplers, copiers, fax machines, and other office equipment. Position requires frequent use of computer and phone.
  • Safety Hazards in the Role: Moderate eye and ear strain from computer screen and noise. Possibility of position strain. 

Competitive benefit package including medical, dental, vision and company paid LTD/STD/Life insurance, employer matched 403B retirement plan, and a generous PTO policy. 

Intangible benefits include working with a great team of motivated and supportive colleagues in a very collaborative environment.  We love to laugh and have fun too! 

Compensation commensurate with experience.

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