Position Description: Program Officer



The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation (OHF) and Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville (OHFN) are 501(c)(3) private, independent foundations. The Foundations are governed by separate, independent boards of directors, but share a common mission of advancing osteopathic medicine and supporting the community, consistent with our osteopathic heritage. Staff is employed and compensated by OHF, but provide general administration, grants management, and financial and investment services for both Foundations.

As the nation’s largest Foundations committed to osteopathic medical care, our approach to grantmaking aligns with the tenets of osteopathic medicine, including the comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment, while focusing on wellness and disease prevention. The Foundations recognize the significant responsibilities associated with the advancement and science of osteopathic medicine and measurable improvements in the health and systems of our communities. Whenever possible, the Foundations seek opportunities to leverage funding through collaboration with others who share a common vision to improve health and quality of life. 

During the last two decades, the Foundations have approved a combined total of $240 million in funding awards. Currently, the Foundations are entering an exciting phase of operations, categorized by growth and increased impact. To support this expansion, the Foundations are growing our grantmaking team and are seeking an essential contributor to this next stage of program development in osteopathic medicine and community health initiatives.  


Position Summary

Primary duties include development and implementation of approved funding priorities and initiatives; measuring and documenting the impacts of the Foundations' grantmaking; contributing to the grants management process; and participating in the implementation of the communications plan.  In addition, the Program Officer will be assigned certain program and organizational management responsibilities and will collaborate with other Foundation staff in fulfilling these responsibilities, as assigned by the Vice President or President/CEO.


Position Qualifications

The ideal candidate for the position of Program Officer will have an advanced degree, with over ten years of professional experience, preferably in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and/or public sector.  Direct experience and knowledge of current Foundation priorities, including behavioral health and substance use disorders, food security and healthy food access, and/or osteopathic medical education and research is an asset. 
Additional preferred qualifications and characteristics include:
  • Commitment to the vision, mission, and values of the Foundations.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop relationships and work collaboratively with people from diverse racial, ethnic, economic, and social backgrounds.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including effective presentations and public speaking.
  • Self-directed with attention to detail and ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously. 
  • Knowledge of basic research techniques, with an ability to analyze and aggregate data.
  • Commitment to supporting a healthy work culture, demonstrating mutual respect for coworkers, developing positive relationships, and assisting coworkers as needed.
  • Extensive computer skills, with proficiency in commonly used computer applications and ability to generate relevant communications, reports, and schedules.  
  • Desire to learn through internal training and attending educational offerings supporting position responsibilities. 
  • Willingness to travel as required in fulfilling responsibilities.  


Primary Responsibilities

The Program Officer is accountable to the Vice President in fulfilling the authority and responsibilities of the position. A summary of responsibilities includes, but is not limited to:

Grantmaking Program
  • Contributes to the development of grantmaking strategies and impact measurements related to Foundation funding priorities and initiatives.
  • Provides key contributions to all aspects of Foundation grantmaking including development of relevant Requests for Proposals; soliciting, managing, and assessing applications; working with applicants to strengthen/refine proposals, as needed; and overseeing relevant grants administration, including determining payment schedules, monitoring progress, and reporting on outcomes. 
  • Engages and manages content experts and consultants to support grantmaking efforts, as needed.
  •  Represents the Foundations in collaborative funding partnerships, funding initiatives, related committees, and professional organizations.
  • Leads in planning and managing program related meetings/convening in partnership with funded agencies, ranging in scope from strategy development, learning opportunities, and/or technical assistance.
  • Leads and supports development of written funding summaries, grantmaking strategies, and grantmaking updates for the Boards of Directors.
  • Maintains routine, timely processing of inquiries and corresponding follow-up with funded agencies.

Grants Management

  • Contributes to the optimal functioning of the grants management system, including data integrity, data enhancement, and customization of the system with support from the Operations Officer. 
  • Develops and maintains high-level understanding of and certification in the Blackbaud Grantmaking database. 


  • Contributes to the overall communications plan for the Foundation, including developing content and managing timelines for relevant reports, program announcements, press releases, and other program-related information. 
  • Collaborates with staff members to create quarterly dashboards to enhance reporting to the Boards.  
  • Collaborates with the Operations Officer to create materials supporting external briefings and internal presentations related to funding initiatives.  

Organizational Management 

  • Participates in and contributes to all-staff meetings, staff retreats, and other organizational meetings and events.
  • Collaborates with the Operations Officer to develop the organizational calendar and annual work plan for the Foundations and contributes to monitoring, updating, and communicating progress on priorities outlined in the annual work plan.


Work Schedule

This is a full-time position.  Hours of work are established by the Vice President and President/CEO. Remote connectivity is supported by the Foundations to allow reasonable flexibility, when out-of-office work is approved by the Vice President. Occasional evenings and weekend meetings required.