Pacific Northwest Program Officer
About the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment
For 30 years, the Rose Foundation has supported grassroots initiatives that inspire community action to protect the environment, community health, and people’s rights. Our community-based grantmaking approach has earned national recognition for building grassroots power for conservation and social justice, and our New Voices Are Rising youth leadership program trains high school students to step forward as the next generation of environmental justice leaders.
The Pacific Northwest Program Officer leads the Rose Foundation’s grantmaking programs in Washington and Oregon. They report to the Mitigation Funds Director and receive collaborative support from other staff on specific fund teams. They may also supervise specialized contractors brought in to assist with individual funds as needed.
Who Should Apply
You know the watersheds and the communities of Washington and Oregon. You understand green infrastructure, watershed restoration and water quality, and the necessity of community-centered solutions rooted in equity and climate resilience. You can apply an equity and justice lens to water quality stewardship, and support organizations in identifying and articulating watershed and community benefits in their work. Whether or not you have grantmaking experience, you have had experience in grant-funded projects, are able to communicate well, and understand different levels of community needs, including differences between the dynamics of small grassroots groups and larger regional/statewide and national organizations.
You care deeply about the planet, people, social justice, environmental protection, and community equity. You are an adept and adaptable project manager, able to hold multiple priorities and projects at the same time. You are detail-oriented, organized, and possess proficient interpersonal, communication, and computer skills. You have experience working with diverse communities and can connect with people from different backgrounds and experiences in-person and virtually. You enjoy playing a crucial role in a small, highly collaborative team, but are also comfortable working independently and taking ownership of your projects.
We value a diverse team whose lived experiences inform their relationship to conservation, social justice, and community equity work. We encourage BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) folks to apply, as well as candidates who identify as women, femme, non-binary, or LGBTQ+. We encourage candidates who are comfortable conversing in Spanish, or another language commonly spoken in Washington or Oregon communities of color, to apply.
Roles and Responsibilities
The responsibilities of the Pacific Northwest Program Officer include, but are not limited to, the following:
Lead Grantmaking Programs in Washington and Oregon (80%)
- Lead the grantmaking of the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, Columbia River Fund, and other environmental mitigation funds in Washington and Oregon.
- Conduct applicant recruitment based on the needs of each fund, including stewarding robust outreach lists, engaging with potential grantees, developing clear funding guidelines, and overseeing the circulation of Requests for Proposals (RFPs).
- Coordinate closely with the Mitigation Fund Director to ensure that RFPs accurately reflect settlement requirements, and that all grant awards tie into the nexus of enabling settlements.
- Tailor the outreach materials and application evaluation processes for each fund consistent with the distinct characteristics of each fund.
- Cultivate relationships with applicants and grantees, including working with applicants to help them understand fund requirements and target funding requests, providing feedback to applicants regarding denied proposals, and maintaining communication with grantees around progress and challenges throughout the duration of the grant period.
- Manage the grant application and administration process, including due diligence, presenting funding recommendations to the Rose Foundation board of directors for approval, overseeing grant contracts and disbursements, and reviewing and approving grantee reports.
- Recruit and manage fund-specific advisory boards which strengthen the Rose Foundation’s grantmaking objectives through community-centered advice and issue-oriented expertise.
- Develop and lead local discussion forums and other activities involving grantees, community partners, and colleague funders including site-visits, grantee educational panels, and how-to-apply trainings.
- Ensure the accuracy and completeness of applicant and grantee records.
Participate in and Strengthen the Grants Team and Organizational Initiatives (20%)
- Shape and implement overall grantmaking strategies as a vital part of the grants team, including the ongoing effort to center equity and justice in grantmaking and throughout the organization, harmonize our overall descriptive language about the grantmaking program, and develop and implement impact metrics and overall evaluation of grantmaking impacts.
- Collaborate with development and communications teams in telling our grantmaking story, including newsletter stories and grantee spotlights, and assist in maintaining funder relationships and conducting new funder outreach.
- Collaborate with the Mitigation Funds Director regarding preparing reports to the settlement parties, courts, and applicable state and federal agencies.
- Support all-hands-on-deck projects, like our Film Fest and Grantee Convening.
- Plan, lead, and/or contribute to activities that develop our team as a whole.
- Promote the organizational mission, and join in the stewardship of organizational well-being.
- 2+ years of experience working with grant-funded community-oriented organizations, with experience encompassing conservation, justice, and equity.
- Familiarity with the watersheds and communities of Washington and Oregon, especially Puget Sound and the Columbia River.
- Demonstrated commitment to grassroots activism and community-based solutions.
- Customer service mindset: responsive, patient, and engaging with colleagues and constituents.
- Highly organized, strong attention to detail, and ability to work under multiple priorities and deadlines with a collaborative problem-solving approach.
- Proficiency in using Microsoft Office Applications (especially Excel and Word) and learning a variety of new software applications.
- Willing and able to travel in the Pacific Northwest area and to Oakland, CA, occasionally work some evenings and weekends, and sit at a standard desk for periods of two hours or more.
- Experience facilitating small groups.
- Experience in awarding or administering grants.
- Experience using data management systems.
- Two-or four-year college degree.
- Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish or another language commonly spoken in Washington and Oregon.
Salary, Hours, and Benefits
The Pacific Northwest Program Officer is a regular, exempt, remote, at-will position. We have envisioned this role as a full-time (40-hour work week) position with starting pay in the range of $75,000-$85,000 annual salary depending on experience and qualifications. We are open to shaping this position as 75%-time position with a salary in the range of $56,250-$63,750. For both configurations, benefits include fully paid platinum-level health insurance (medical/dental/vision) for employee and dependents; sick leave which exceeds California standards; generous vacation and paid holidays; Flexible Spending Accounts; and 401k with employer contribution and match; plus, sabbatical and professional development opportunities.
If generally prevailing public health guidelines permit, there is a mutual expectation of 2-3 trips to Oakland each year, and the possibility for Bay Area-based staff to travel to the Pacific Northwest in conjunction with grant cycles. General hours are 9:30am-5:30pm, Monday through Friday, but occasional evening or weekend hours may be required.
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Rose staff is partially remote, with the option of working from the office if fully vaccinated against covid. We continue to monitor local and national public health guidelines and update our office/work protocols accordingly. The Rose Foundation will work with the hired candidate to ensure proper equipment setup and connectivity. Post-pandemic, we continue to envision a hybrid work environment dependent on individual roles and responsibilities.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please apply early!
The Rose Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.