Job Opportunity

Program Officer

The Golden LEAF Foundation seeks a motivated, detail-oriented, quick learner to join the team at Golden LEAF responsible for management of grants made through the Golden LEAF Disaster Recovery Grant Program. The ability to critically evaluate and analyze programmatic and financial information is key to this position.

The successful candidate must have a strong desire to be part of a mission driven team, possess knowledge of the nonprofit and governmental sectors, and demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for economic challenges and opportunities of North Carolina’s rural economy, especially communities devastated by Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Florence, and Hurricane Dorian.

The successful candidate must exhibit exceptional standards of professionalism in performing duties for Golden LEAF, possess a high level of integrity and honesty, and be committed to quality in all aspects of work. A strong work ethic and high energy level are essential to success.

This person must be able to use common software programs including Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel, and to learn the basic operations of a grants management database system. (Golden LEAF uses Blackbaud Grantmaking/GIFTS Online). Knowledge of purchasing, billing, and financial reporting practices in the nonprofit and governmental sectors will be helpful.

The successful candidate must be able to effectively communicate and manage relationships with individuals from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, and possess strong research, analytical, investigative, and organizational capabilities as well as ability to distill ideas and clarify issues. The abilities to plan, set goals and objectives, organize, follow through, and meet deadlines are critical.

This work will be at the Golden LEAF’s offices at 301 N. Winstead Avenue in Rocky Mount, NC with some travel within the state as needed. There are not currently opportunities to work remotely. Primary functions include:

  • Reviewing grantee progress reports, disbursement requests, and financial reports, analyzing the information presented, following up for missing items, and identifying and addressing questions or concerns.
  • Reviewing project budgets, comparing reported expenditures to approved budget line items, and identifying and reviewing appropriate documentation necessary to verify reported expenditures, including purchase orders and invoices.
  • Identifying and reviewing appropriate supporting documentation to verify grantee programmatic outcomes.
  • Completing written analyses of reports and materials received from grantees.
  • Making recommendations regarding payment of grantee disbursement requests and acceptance of grantee reports.
  • Identifying instances of grantee non-compliance and making recommendations for appropriate corrective action.
  • Serving as a resource for grantees with questions regarding Golden LEAF grant administration policies and procedures.
  • Researching and collecting data regarding outcomes of grants supported by Golden LEAF for internal purposes, for distribution to constituents of Golden LEAF, and for other communications, reporting, and outreach purposes.

At this time, the position will primarily involve monitoring of awarded projects, however in the future the position may also include review and due diligence for applications submitted to Golden LEAF. Although the position is focused on Golden LEAF’s Disaster Recovery Program, in the future the position may also work with Golden LEAF’s other programs, depending on Golden LEAF’s needs.

Preferred characteristics: A four-year degree and experience with finances of governmental, educational, and/or nonprofit sector entities and with programmatic reporting. Golden LEAF will conduct a criminal background check and may conduct additional background checks and drug tests of applicants prior to extending an offer for employment.

Compensation and Benefits

The Program Officer position is a full-time, professional position with compensation and benefits commensurate with responsibilities and experience.

Send resume and cover letter to Kasey Ginsberg, Director of Programs – Disaster Recovery, Golden LEAF Foundation by email: kginsberg@goldenleaf.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and a decision to hire will be made when the successful candidate is identified.

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