Bezos Scholars Program

Grants Program Officer, Early Childhood Education

Seattle   |   Full Time

The Bezos Family Foundation believes children are born with potential and deserve the experiences and environments needed to learn and thrive. Our programs and funding are guided by the science of learning and aim to transform how we support all young people—especially those furthest from opportunity—to pursue their own path for success. www.bezosfamilyfoundation.org

 

About the position 
To further the Foundation’s mission to invest in the science of learning and the experiences that youth need from birth to high school to pursue their own path for success, with primary focus on early childhood investments that support children and their families prenatal-8. As a member of a team responsible for strengthening an established portfolio of grants, this person would help develop emerging investment areas of interest including system and family-level supports for expectant parents and creation of equitable policies that promote child and family well-being; cultivate and steward new and existing grant relationships across a range of early childhood programs; and contribute to development and ongoing assessment of grant strategy. This position will also support adolescent grant opportunities and partners as needed.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and serve as the primary relationship manager for a portfolio of grant partners:
    • Understand partner organizations and their mission, context, goals, and programs
    • Review partner reports and grant milestones
    • Provide strategic support and thought partnership
    • Identify and help address any challenges
    • Share the partner’s work internally
  • Conceptualize, cultivate, and bring forward new investment opportunities aligned with Foundation priorities
    • Source potential grant investments
    • Conduct due diligence
    • Guide organizations through the proposal process
    • Make written and oral investment recommendations to Foundation leadership
  • Partner with the Foundation’s grants team, communications team, early learning team, and other Foundation staff to effectively support grant partners, grantmaking processes, and all Foundation efforts
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of grant investment strategy, goals and priorities
    • Support grant strategy evaluation, analyzing investment impact and effectiveness, and driving ongoing Foundation learning and improvement
    • Provide research, background information and analysis on sector trends, potential projects, prospective and current grant priorities and partners, and investment goals
  • Cultivate and manage external relationships with experts, community leaders, potential grant partners, and colleagues in the field of philanthropy
  • Maintain knowledge of sector trends and innovations. Track current events, issues and publications with particularly focus on early childhood education
  • Bring genuine passion to the work
  • Willingness to flexibly respond to needs of the Foundation and travel up to 10%


Required Experience and Education:

  • At least ten years of experience in the early childhood field (e.g. childcare, education, health, social services), with knowledge of perinatal supports, early literacy, and/or early childhood policy at a local, state, or federal level preferred. Experience with grantmaking or philanthropy also desirable
  • BA degree or comparable experience that includes the ability to read, analyze, and synthesize complex material including research, government reports, and environmental scans; ground a point of view with evidence; and prepare written summaries and detailed recommendations. Advanced degree (MA, MBA, MPA, M Ed, etc.) is preferred
  • Experience in a community traditionally under-represented in nonprofit leadership roles and an understanding of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and under-represented communities
  • Experience in and knowledge of early childhood education (birth through third grade)
  • Successful experience working on teams, seeking and integrating feedback, and flexibility to shift one’s point of view
  • Demonstrated ability to work with budgets and measurement frameworks
  • Comfort using technology, including mastery of Microsoft Office suite and database management experience.  Salesforce experience is a plus
  • Ability to effectively prioritize projects and optimize resources


Characteristics:

  • Possesses a strong work ethic with the ability to deliver results
  • Takes a positive, professional, and proactive approach, particularly related to problem solving
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with strong presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build trust with external partners and strong cross-functional relationships across an organization to achieve common goals
  • Sound business judgment and a skilled collaborator
  • Ability to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality
  • Unwavering integrity, ethics, and comfortable with an open and transparent work environment
  • Innovative, resourceful, and conscientious of organization’s brand and assets
  • Strategic thinker, ability to map daily responsibilities to the organization's overall mission and goals
  • Ability to work collaboratively and take initiative to support changing needs of the team


As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a comprehensive background check.

 

A note about location and the pandemic: Bezos Family Foundation is located in downtown Seattle. While we will continue to follow federal, state and local public health guidance, as of now, employees are working remotely and are expected to be able to report to our Seattle office when it is deemed safe to do so.


The Bezos Family Foundation believes all children are born with potential and deserve the experiences and environments needed to learn and thrive. In honor of these beliefs we are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and accessible environment within our Foundation and with those we serve. 

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