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About the Foundation

The DC Bar Foundation is the leading funder of civil legal aid in the District of Columbia. We are committed to the vision that residents of the District have equal access to justice, regardless of income. Our mission is to fund, support, and improve the legal representation of people who are financially disenfranchised or who are otherwise underserved in the District of Columbia.

Our Beliefs

We believe that everyone should have access to justice regardless of wealth, knowledge, or power. We seek to be community-rooted, led by the voices of those most impacted by our decisions. We believe in working collaboratively and demonstrating mutual respect for each other’s capacities, contributions, and ideas. We believe that we must work within ourselves, our networks, and our institutions to challenge racism with each decision we make. Finally, we believe in Team. It’s not just about getting the work done; it’s about HOW you get it done.

Position Summary

The Program Officer manages a portfolio of DC Bar Foundation grants and technical assistance programs.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this position is self-motivated, proactive, and wants to see results. You’re a natural problem solver who meets adversity with tenacity. You’re familiar with DC civil legal services, community, foundation, and grantmaking and committed to racial equity and diversity. We’re looking for someone who is eager to tackle new projects and has the ability to prioritize, manage timelines, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Although not required, experience with Asana and SmartSimple is a plus.

Primary Job Duties

  • Communicate the Foundation’s vision, as well as our strategic goals and objectives

  • Liaison with the Programs team to manage all aspects of assigned portfolios

  • Establish, document, and standardize grants management policies and procedures

  • Serve as an internal thought leader on current trends and best practices

  • Manage the full lifecycle of grants

  • Collaborate with Programs staff to perform and share research for program planning

  • Provide technical and systems support to grantees and staff for all program functions

  • Develop and cultivate strong working relationships with grantees, consultants, and colleagues

  • Make recommendations for improvements based on challenges, successes, and input from stakeholders


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent level of work experience; Juris Doctor preferred

  • Four years of professional work experience handling duties comparable to those outlined above

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills demonstrated through a professional and fact-based communication style

  • Solid analytical and technical abilities with standards of excellence and high-quality work

  • Comfort in taking ownership of all strategic, tactical, and administrative duties of the position

  • Conscientious and thorough with the ability to anticipate and correct for errors before they happen

  • Demonstrated commitment to creating and sustaining a positive workplace

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat

Compensation and Benefits

We believe in paying fairly and competitively. To execute this, we utilize a strategic compensation review process to determine starting pay rates as well as annual adjustments. The hiring range for this position is $64,000 to $85,000. Decisions regarding each individual’s compensation are made using a holistic analysis of market rates, experience, competencies, education, performance, internal equity, annual budget, and economic state.

We also believe in supporting employees’ professional development, health and wellness, and work/life balance. Our benefits include health insurance, medical and dependent care FSAs, 401(k) retirement plan, commuter assistance, home office allowance, summer hours, professional development allowance, and generous paid time off.

Work Environment

The DC Bar Foundation is part of the WeWork community located at 655 New York Ave in Northwest DC. You’ll be expected to work remotely and within the office space. The work involves frequent use of computers, phones, and virtual meeting platforms, such as MS Teams and Zoom. The role may require periodic work outside of regular business hours, as well as occasional local travel.

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to safely and successfully perform the essential functions of this job, including meeting productivity standards. All employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a reasonable accommodation is made based on a protected status. Persons with mental and physical disabilities are eligible for this position as long as they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable accommodations are made to their known limitations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible for this position.

The DC Bar Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

To Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter outlining how your qualifications align with the requirements for this position. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered. No calls or emails, please.


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