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Job Description: Junior Program Officer 


The Jews of Color Initiative is a U.S.-based, and centered effort focused on building and advancing the professional, organizational, and communal field for Jews of Color. 


The Initiative focuses on grantmaking, research and field building, and community education. It hosts the nation’s first-ever philanthropic and capacity-building fund expressly dedicated to responding to racial injustice through helping further establish, fortify and build out the field of support for Jews of Color.  


The Jews of Color Initiative (JoCI) formally launched in 2018, is doing groundbreaking work at the intersection of Jews of Color and Jewish community. As JoCI grows in size, scale, reach, and budget, we are seeking a Junior Program Officer who is excited about supporting the organization in its next stage of philanthropic impact. 


To help support our work and mission, the Jews of Color Initiative is seeking a dedicated Junior Program Officer who is passionate about philanthropy and the Jews of Color Initiative’s mission. The Junior Program Officer will work with the Senior Program Officer and JoCI grantmaking team to create and implement grantmaking strategies that promote the mission, strategic objectives, and programs of the JoCI. The position is exempt, full-time, 40 hours per week, and reports to the Senior Program Officer. We may hire one or two Junior Program Officers. 


The Junior Program Officer will support program development, review grant proposals and budgets, and manage assigned portfolios in our small grants program. These grants represent investments in new and emerging efforts. The role will shepherd potential grantees through the grant inquiry and application process, and manage all internal operations related to making and managing the grants. The Junior Program Officer will additionally support the Senior Program Officer in managing our national large size grant program and any additional emerging grant programs, as needed.

The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Leadership & Strategy Development 

  • Support all aspects of planning and implementing small grant portfolio as assigned, and new grantmaking initiatives, as needed 
  • As a team member, participate in planning activities related to JoCI’s grant programs and strategy through collaborative discussions with other JoCI program and senior staff, including analyzing past funding history and scanning community needs to ensure that JoCI’s focus is current and in line with communal needs 


Grantee Partnership and Support 

  • Potential Grantees 
  • Consult and coordinate with other JoCI staff in exploring new grantmaking opportunities 
  • Identify organizations, programs, and projects with strong potential for partnership  
  • Work with prospective grantees to clarify JoCI’s priorities and procedures, and provide support and feedback to grantee partners, as appropriate 
  • Review and analyze grant proposals and budgets, and evaluate the feasibility and applicant’s organizational capacity to achieve proposed objectives 
  • Conduct due diligence and recommend grantee partners who exhibit effectiveness, internal capacity, and strategic skills 
  • Work with the Senior Program Officer to coordinate funding recommendations with payout targets 
  • Communicate with prospective grantees as needed during the submission and review process to ensure timely, accurate and complete budget and program information; and to keep applicants apprised of the review process and timeline as appropriate 
  • Monitor grantee progress, assuring that all grant requirements are met, including review of progress in achieving key objectives, tracking updates and contingencies, and collecting final grant and expenditure reports as needed 
  • Manage administrative elements of grants program as assigned to ensure efficient and effective grantmaking operations 
  • Ongoing Grantees 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with active grantees, offering support, coaching, and advising as appropriate 
  • Connect leaders to training, technical assistance, and capacity-building opportunities and providers as relevant 
  • Support JoCI initiatives to convene grantees and others in the field to advance networking and learning opportunities 


Additional Responsibilities 

  • Prepare and contribute to materials that communicate the alignment of grantee activities with JoCI’s goals and strategies 
  • Maintain working knowledge of other foundations, research, activities, and trends in issue areas addressed by grantees. This may include participating in philanthropic learning opportunities to inform our strategy 
  • Work closely with existing and prospective community partners, leaders, and other funders to identify national needs and promote opportunities for grantmaking as they relate to JoCI’s funding priorities 
  • Assist in coordinating annual evaluation of all grants made 
  • Assist in docket and grant summary preparation for the Grant Advisory Committee 
  • Represent the JoCI at conferences and community meetings as needed 
  • Conduct related research projects as assigned 



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree or significant demonstratable training in a specific content area with deployable conceptual training and framing skills 
  • 2 – 3 years of professional experience, and a passion and interest in community-based grantmaking 
  • Demonstrated dedication to JoCI’s mission and values 
  • Organized and self-directed with strong project management skills. This includes an ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, set realistic goals and objectives, and be a strategic problem solver 
  • Fluency-level skills and adaptive approach to technology, including Outlook, Google Drive, and Microsoft Office Suite. Salesforce experience a plus! 
  • Positive past experiences that demonstrate the ability to thrive and navigate complex, multiracial environments 
  • Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with all members of the Jews of Color Initiative community and network, including community leaders, clergy, funders, organizational leaders, and colleagues 


The ideal candidate will demonstrate the confident ability to:  

  • Hold and treat the Initiative’s work with intentionality, care, and absolute discretion 
  • Support all aspects of planning and implementing a growing national Initiative as needed 
  • Work well in a fast-paced, relationship-driven culture that values creativity and iteration, and is comfortable with changing course and re-prioritizing as necessary 
  • Thrive in a collaborative team environment and maintain a collegial spirit when sharing ideas and receiving constructive feedback. 
  • Hold diverse/complex/sometimes conflicting views about Jewish communal pain-points (ex. Israel and Palestine, is anti-Zionism anti-Semitism? Jews and Whiteness) 
  • Work in both in-person and virtual environments 
  • Work efficiently across time zones. This position will regularly interface with colleagues across the U.S., and on occasion outside of the US as well 
  • Work, infrequent evening/weekend hours as needed 


The compensation for the Junior Program Officer role ranges from $70,000 – $75,000 commensurate with experience and comes with excellent benefits. 

The Junior Program Officer will work inside an office environment (at home and/or in one of the JoCI regional offices), as well as indoor and outdoor venues on occasion.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

Regular sitting, standing, typing, and repetitive computer use. Occasional walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, pushing, pulling, lifting, kneeling, and twisting. Frequently communicates with others and must be able to exchange accurate information.  



We know that you may not have every skill listed above and encourage you to apply if: you meet the majority of required qualifications, are hard-working and self-starting, are ready to be on a fast-paced, agile, and quickly growing team, and think you would be a fit for this role with JoCI! 



  • This application requires (1) resume with current references and (1) brief video or cover letter 
  • Your resume should be no longer than 2 pages and should include at least 2 references 
  • Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes and can be sent as an MP4, MOV, or WMV file  
  • In your video or cover letter, please answer the following questions: 
  • What about this opportunity most interests you?  
  • What qualifications do you hold that make you and this role are a great fit? 
  • What relevant experience(s) do you have that ensure(s) you’ll be successful as a Junior Program Officer? 
  • We will review all applications as they come in, with an ideal start date of August 22, 2022 
  • Please email your submissions to 


Equal Employment Opportunity
The Jews of Color Initiative provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, national origin, disability condition, marital status, status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. In addition, the organization affirmatively seeks to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity as it applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.  

Date Posted

July 2022


Jews of Color Initiative