Position Title:             Program Officer Community Impact

Reports To:                 Chief Strategy Officer


The Program Officer Community Impact will have responsibility for assisting communities to achieve community-led objectives in alignment with the purpose of NMF. The Program Officer will provide expertise in community development approaches and processes. The Program Officer will assist in tracking programs and managing externally funded grants received by NMF.

Kind of Work

Highly independent and responsible work in carrying out a variety of NMF activities with emphasis on grants management and community partnership projects.  Work includes the application of communication, public relations and analytical skills in the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of NMF projects.

Principal Responsibilities

Community Impact                                                                                                     50%

  • Assist communities in Northwest Minnesota to identify, mobilize, and assess community-based assets for community-driven, community development programs
    • Children and families
    • Child care
    • Housing
    • Communities Thrive
  • Assist with process design for collaborating with each community to co-create projects and programs and ensure strategies and activities are designed to achieve community-led objectives
  • Assist with meeting logistics including pre-meeting organization and logistics, facilitating meetings, and post-meeting report outs and next steps
  • Identify who and when external facilitators are needed and manage external consultant contracts
  • Communicate with partners status of project and effort, data collected and trends, pre- & post- meeting communications, graphics where necessary to clarify roles and responsibilities, and partner and volunteer job descriptions
  • Respond to requests for information from the public about various NMF programs
  • Conduct grant pre-proposal and application reviews and background research as needed; prepare materials and recommendations to NMF staff and board of directors for decision-making
  • Participate in NMF board meetings and present information regarding grant applications
  • Assist in long-range planning, budgeting, reporting and evaluation


Community Development Frameworks                                                                      10%

  • Be knowledgeable about various community development frameworks and their respective strengths and weaknesses, especially Collective Impact
  • Be able to recommend, present on a specific framework for any given community co-created program
  • Be knowledgeable of external consultants that can be leveraged and contracted with


Seeking and Management of External Grants                                                           40%

  • Assist with securing external funding by contributing to program design and development, vetting potential grant sources, and writing grant proposal sections
  • Assist in grant program design and grant writing
  • Lead the management of externally funded grants
  • Track grant deliverables and communicate progress to the project team and management
  • Ensure compliance with external funders guidelines
  • Maintain records and  collection of performance measures for reporting to external funders
  • Prepare interim and final reports and updates as required by external funders
  • Other duties as assigned


Training and Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree with emphasis in liberal arts or nonprofit administration preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years experience working in the nonprofit or public sector, preferably within northwest Minnesota
  • Experience working in rural communities and people
  • Proven track record in developing grant projects and proposals
  • Experience in grants management or project management


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Desired

  • Ability to analyze complex organizational issues and exercise sound judgment in program evaluation and review
  • Knowledge of northwest Minnesota issues and communities
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with public officials, agencies and general public
  • Ability to maintain complete information and prepare clear and detailed reports
  • Ability to function in a team relationship

This position may be remote within NMF’s 12 county region: Hubbard, Beltrami, Lake of the Woods, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk, Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall, Roseau and Kittson.

To Apply

Send a resume, cover letter, and list of references to Karen at karenw@nwmf.org

Deadline to Apply

Wednesday, August 15, 2018