Programs Officer

Updated: Aug 18

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The Foundation


The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF), a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1977, funds, supports, and improves legal representation of people living in poverty and in vulnerable situations, or who are otherwise under served in the District of Columbia. We are committed to the vision that residents of the District have equal access to justice, regardless of income. We provide grants, training, and technical assistance to DC legal aid organizations and award loans to DC poverty lawyers to help with their educational debt. As a part of our investment in justice, DCBF is implementing a robust strategic plan that will include (1) funding with intention, (2) engaging with our stakeholders, (3) identify unmet needs, (4) demonstrate impact, and (5) infuse with racial justice and equity.


The Position

DCBF is seeking a Programs Officer to manage DCBF grants and technical assistance programs. The incumbent will also support the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP).

This position is well suited for someone with four to eight years of experience in a similar role.

The primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Liaison with the Programs Manager to manage every aspect of assigned portfolios

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

  • Actively support the Foundation’s newly adopted strategic plan

  • Establish, document, and standardize grant management policies, procedures, guidelines, and requirements

  • Manage the full lifecycle of grants

  • Monitor grantee compliance by conducting site visits and reviewing financial and programmatic reports

  • Close out grant awards by reviewing programmatic and financial reports

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

  • Represent DCBF while participating in subject matter working groups

  • Write monthly newsletters articles, periodic press releases, website, and quarterly and weekly social media content

  • Prepare oral and written testimony for the Council of the District of Columbia

  • Manage project timelines and deliverables

  • Maintain working knowledge of LRAP and provide effective support as needed

  • Negotiate annual grant agreement and prepare and submit programmatic and financial reports

  • Collaborate with the Evaluation & Impact Manager to support the ongoing evaluation of grantee activities

  • Develop new training and technical assistance programs and application procedures

  • Develop and manage scholarship program for legal aid attorneys and other grantee staff

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

  • Three years of work experience handling responsibilities comparable to those outlined above

  • Two years of project management experience

  • Two years of experience maintaining records and managing grants in databases

  • Ability to prioritize, manage timelines for multiple projects, and adhere to deadlines

  • Self-motivated, proactive and forward-thinking

  • Highly organized and detail-oriented

  • Ability to utilize available tools and resources and ask relevant probing questions

  • Ability to independently produce high-quality deliverables

  • Sound professional judgement and demonstrated professional maturity

  • Passion for social justice and thorough understanding of DCBF’s work

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapid-growth environment

  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat

  • Eagerness to tackle new and challenging projects and assignments

Compensation Package

  • Salary commensurate with market and experience

  • Paid medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance

  • Flexible Spending Account

  • 401(k) retirement plan with matching contribution

  • 12 paid holidays per year, plus annual office closing December 25 through January 1

  • 15 days of paid vacation in addition to accrued sick leave

  • Monthly transportation subsidy

  • Annual professional development subsidy

ADA/EEO Statement

Persons with mental or physical disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act 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 opportunity 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 state, federal, or local law.

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