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Opening: Youth Development and Education Program Officer

Publication date: 
November, 2021

Position: Youth Development and Education Program Officer
Organization: The Ford Family Foundation
Location: Roseburg, OR

About the Ford Family Foundation

A national leader in rural philanthropy, The Ford Family Foundation is a private foundation benefiting rural communities in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. One of the largest grantmaking foundations in Oregon, The Ford Family Foundation currently has assets in excess of $1 billion, an annual budget of approximately $45 million, a seven-member board of directors, 43 employees, and two office locations (headquarters in Roseburg, Oregon and scholarship office in Eugene, Oregon).

The Foundation’s mission is Successful Citizens and Vital Rural Communities, reflecting a belief that children in rural Oregon and Siskiyou County should have the family, educational and community supports they need to become successful adults. Consistent with a recently completed strategic plan, the Foundation is targeting all of its philanthropic tools – grants, scholarships, community building, convening, research, and strengthening statewide systems – to improving the wellbeing of children, families, and communities in the region.

The Opportunity 

The Youth Development and Education Program Officer (Program Officer) will join the Children, Youth and Families team to further develop and manage a portfolio aimed at improving alignment between the K-12 system, early childhood education, youth development, behavioral health, postsecondary preparation, and transition, and career technical education. The portfolio is built utilizing both responsive and directed grantmaking approaches.

The Ford Family Foundation seeks candidates with strong K-12 and youth development expertise who are passionate about promoting childrens’ success and who bring a demonstrated commitment to rural issues and community-based efforts. The successful candidate will possess the political and relational skills required to work effectively with a wide range of leaders, including teachers and school administrators, parents, community residents, technical experts, advocacy organizations, and policymakers.

Qualifications 

Candidates must have a minimum of 7 years of experience in the education or youth development field. A bachelor’s degree is required and a graduate degree in a relevant subject such as education, public administration, or policy is preferred. A current understanding of rural contexts, issues, and challenges is required, as is hands-on experience in K-12, youth development programs, or in education-focused public agencies or technical support groups.

The position is based in Roseburg, Oregon, and residency in Douglas County is required and non-negotiable. While Foundation staff have been primarily working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, employees are increasingly returning to the office and it is expected that a full re-opening will take place in early 2022 or as soon as it is deemed safe.

To be Considered

This search is being led by a team at GoodCitizen. To view the full position and qualifications visit: https://www.goodcitizen.com/executive-search/the-ford-family-foundation-program-officer-cyf/

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