Program Officer - Policy & Advocacy

Posted: 05/20/2021

Who is Community First?
Community First Foundation has been connecting donors and innovative Colorado nonprofits since 1975. As the community foundation serving Jefferson County, we are committed to activating ideas, people and resources so that all Jeffco communities have the opportunity to thrive. And we say “all communities” because equity and inclusion are non-negotiables. Our work is rooted in a commitment to radical listening, relentless collaboration and constant learning. Let’s dream big and make something better today!
About the Position
We highly encourage diverse individuals to apply. We believe that different experiences, perspectives, ideas and cultures make us a better team and enable us to deliver an even better experience to our donors and nonprofits. In this new position of Program Officer, Policy & Advocacy, you are the driving force behind the Foundation’s approach to public policy and advocacy as a way to make measurable progress related to our impact areas (essential needs, economic prosperity, civic engagement and resilient & connected neighborhoods). In addition to managing your own impact portfolios which include grants, projects and initiatives, you will also be helping our team develop and implement strategies to engage in advocacy around key policy issues that will advance our work. Your experience could include community organizing or policy development for either policy makers or advocates with the goal of enacting policies that improve the lives of people furthest from thriving. Either way, community and helping people on the margins of society is your passion!
Can you just talk to people, and the next thing you know you have them engaged, connected, and involved in the decision-making process? Do you love getting into the details to ensure public policy is equitable and just? Do you pride yourself on your ability to drive a project to completion? If so, please read on as this may be just the job for you.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop community impact portfolios that include grants, projects, programs and/or initiatives, and which coordinate the use of all our tools (grants, impact investments, advocacy, fundraising, ColoradoGives, communications)
  • Design and evaluate program initiatives, surveys and analyses of program activities, and develop and present materials to those evaluating the program
  • Implement and manage up to three community impact portfolios
  • Develop and implement grant opportunities aligned with community impact portfolios
  • Review and recommend grant awards and declinations based on alignment with goals and due diligence
  • Serve as key contact and relationship manager for active projects in designated community impact portfolios, helping to ensure goal achievement or working with grantees and partners to adapt work plans
  • Work closely with the Vice President of Community Impact to develop, articulate, and implement a strategic framework for the use of public policy and advocacy across the Foundation’s impact areas.
  • Track, analyze and make recommendations on if/how we should respond to local, Jefferson County and state legislative and regulatory issues related to the Foundation’s stated goals for impact portfolios and impact areas. When we choose to, coordinate the response to key policy initiatives on behalf of Community First Foundation by
    • Preparing issue briefs, policy memos, and presentations as needed for a variety of stakeholder audiences
    • Ensuring that Community First Foundation’s policy positions and recommendations are consistent with its organizational strategy and priorities
    • Coordinating and collaborating within the Community Impact team and across departments to ground policy work in practical experience, data, and research.
  • Support the design and execution of a local (county-based) policy agenda for the Foundation’s impact portfolios
  • Model organizational values and drive culture
  • Provide exceptional service to other employees, donors and nonprofit partners
  • Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Excellent public speaking and persuasive writing skills
  • Public policy analysis and/or development
  • Bilingual and able to read, write and speak Spanish proficiently
  • Exemplary communication ability, interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Work independently as well as within a team
  • Detail-oriented
  • Able to manage a project from conception through completion
  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse projects and complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision
  • Innovative thinker, with a record of accomplishment for problem-solving and developing action plans and creating impact
  • Self-reliant, results-oriented, and strong interpersonal skills with the ability to engage, collaborate and develop consensus with staff and colleagues
  • Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs
Education, Experience, and Certificates
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent years of experience required
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience working with one or more of the following: diverse communities, community organizing, advocacy organizations, public policy analysis and/or development, nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, grantmaking, and/or program evaluation
Benefits and Perks:
We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our client values their employees’ time and efforts. Their commitment to your success is enhanced by their competitive compensation of $69,000-80,000 with up to a 5% bonus and an extensive benefits package including:
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • 401(k) / retirement plan
  • 401(k) employer matching
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health savings account
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule
  • Employee assistance program
  • Paid family leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Paid holidays
  • Remote work / telecommuting options
  • Workplace perks
We are also conveniently located on the G-line in Old Town Arvada. Oh, and we’re pretty fun so we think you’ll like working with us.
By now you’re at the bottom of this job posting so chances are you’re probably interested in this role. If you’re hesitant because you don’t meet every requirement, but you think you’re a fit, please give it a shot and apply to:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
You are valued and you belong. We are committed to maintaining the best possible environment for our employees where people can show up as their authentic selves and grow with the Foundation. We are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive workplace and we can only achieve this together.
In that spirit, we provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetics, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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