Grants Officer

Grants Officer

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
Family Foundation

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
Experience Level: 
Professional (individual contributor)
Job Category: 
Other - please specify below
Job Category - Other: 
Grants Officer
Job Description: 

The Foundation, established in 2002 is a private, family Foundation located in Houston, Texas.  Its members are passionate and committed to the following philanthropic areas: education, healthcare, preserving the environment, disaster relief, social justice and arts and culture.  The geographic giving areas are throughout the United States with over $25MM in giving annually.  

Given its current and projected growth, the Foundation is hiring its first full-time position, a Grants Officer, to assist the Family and its Philanthropy Committee in administering grants, evaluating grantees, assessing the impact of donations, and researching new giving opportunities. The Grants Officer will work with the Family Office in Houston, which provides financial and administrative support for the Foundation’s activities. The Foundation seeks an experienced individual who will oversee projects and systems that enable the Foundation to deliver grant dollars and improve its ability to measure the impact. The successful candidate will have superior interpersonal skills, an ability to conduct thorough research in various topic areas, a thoughtful and analytical approach to the work of grantees and partners, and a proven ability to work effectively as part of a team. The Foundation values personal and professional growth and will work with the individual to provide development opportunities.


The Grant Officer’s role includes the following: 

Strategy, Evaluation and Impact

• Maintain strong, positive working relationships with the Family Board, providing assistance and answering requests as needed
• Contribute to various strategic projects, especially as it pertains to grantmaking strategies and best practices
• Develop criteria and methodology for effectively evaluating grantees
• Monitor the progress and results of the Foundation’s grantmaking initiatives; identify key learnings, propose action and adjustment to improve results and amplify the Foundation’s impact
• Conduct directed research in the Foundation’s giving areas and appropriate due diligence on current and prospective grantees; examining strengths, weaknesses and opportunities
• Test key assumptions about the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy and approach
• Collaborate with key leaders in various giving areas, other foundations and research and academic institutions
 Grants Management

• Maintain working knowledge of the Foundation’s programs and priority funding areas and remain abreast of current research, activities, and trends in the philanthropic sector
• Maintain information about current and prospective grantees and develop an effective way to manage grant information to enable knowledge-sharing 
• Work with finance to monitor grants for legal, financial, and program compliance
• Monitor and document the grantmaking workflow processes, ensuring we adhere to internal governance protocols
• Generate reports and data analysis for Philanthropy Committee and Family Board
• Prepare grant recommendations and materials to support review by the Philanthropy Committee and Board

How to Apply

Application Contact: 
Denise Smith
Application Deadline: 
February 14, 2022
Application Instructions: 
HOW TO APPLY Salary will be set in accordance with the successful candidate’s experience.  A comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental and vision benefits, generous paid-time-off (PTO), paid parental leave, a retirement savings plan, and annual professional development is offered to all full-time employees. The position is Houston-based, however, we will consider candidates that want to work remotely as long as occasional travel to Houston is possible.   We will contact those candidates who most closely match the requirements.  We thank you in advance for your interest.   The Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants and employees are treated without regard to such factors as race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other reason prohibited by law.
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