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Program Officer

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.

Position Purpose

The Program Officer manages the DC Bar Foundation grants and technical assistance programs.

Essential Job Functions

The following list of duties is not exhaustive. The Foundation may also outline additional duties and responsibilities that are not included in this job description.

  • Liaison with the programs team 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

  • Provide programs-related content to the communications team for the monthly newsletter, periodic press releases, website, and social media

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

  • Manage project timelines and deliverables

  • Maintain working knowledge of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), including its impact on the legal aid network

  • 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 (Juris Doctor Preferred)

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

  • Two years of project management experience and the ability to coordinate activities of all contributors and resources throughout each phase of the project cycle

  • 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, highly organized, and detail-oriented

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

  • Ability to independently write, edit, and produce high-quality deliverables

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Sound professional judgment and demonstrated professional maturity

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

  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat

  • Comfortable taking complete ownership of all strategic, tactical, and administrative duties of the position

  • Eagerness to tackle new and challenging projects and assignments

Work Environment

This is a professional role based in Washington, DC and will require work to be performed remotely and within the office space. The position involves frequent use of computers, phones and virtual meeting platforms. The role may require periodic work outside of normal business hours, as well as occasional 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 consistent with federal, state, and local standards, including meeting productivity standards. Persons with mental and physical disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 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.

EEO Statement

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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