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Program Officer

About the Role

Tiger Foundation is seeking a full-time Program Officer to work directly with the Tiger Foundation board, President, and program staff and to play a significant role in the Foundation’s work in New York City. The Program Officer’s primary responsibilities will be to manage a portion of Tiger’s existing portfolio of high-performing non-profit grantees and to introduce a limited number of new grants each year, engaging Tiger Foundation’s highly active board throughout the grantmaking process. Tiger Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on organizations that provide direct services to low-income New Yorkers, elevating the strongest performers in each sector we fund, with a focus on excellent leadership and exemplary outcomes. Rather than managing a specific portfolio area, all staff at Tiger, including this new Program Officer, work across all program areas (currently structured as Education, Justice & Youth Opportunity, and Family Success & Economic Mobility). The Program Officer will be a strategic and analytical thinker and excellent communicator who thrives as part of a collegial team that is passionate about providing philanthropic support to high-performing non-profit organizations.


  • Screen incoming proposals and analyze programmatic and financial information from non-profit organizations; includes ongoing review and communication with 15-20 renewal grantees/year to ensure continued stability and impact in addition to due diligence and communication with potential new grantees; follow grantee progress via periodic check-ins, follow-up questions, and review of interim and final reports
  • Schedule and conduct site visits and meetings with renewal and prospective grantees so Foundation staff and trustees can learn about organizations’ work, impact, financial health, and future plans, which will inform grant recommendations and overall grant strategy
  • Work closely on grant reviews with Foundation trustees who are highly involved in each grant decision; includes preparing and sharing background materials ahead of meetings, engaging in calls/meetings throughout grant review processes, incorporating trustees’ questions and perspective in follow-up process, and empowering trustees to drive grant recommendations
  • Prepare written evaluations and grant recommendations for new and renewal grants
  • Present grant recommendations and field questions from board members at ~18 board meetings (3 Full Board and 15 Program Committee meetings) annually, typically held from 5-7pm on Tuesday evenings
  • Research policies, context, and emerging opportunities related to the Foundation’s funding areas
  • Assist in preparation of materials for use in Full Board meetings and Program Committee meetings; includes memos and decks on public policies and events impacting the Foundation’s funding areas and performance analysis tools created for board and staff reference and education
  • Work with Foundation trustees and program team to establish funding priorities and allocate annual budget among grant applicants
  • Any other duties appropriate for the position that may be assigned from time to time by the Program Officer’s supervisors

Preferred Qualifications & Competencies

  • 10+ years work experience with progressive levels of responsibility, ideally with demonstrated experience in the non-profit and/or public sector in NYC
  • Knowledgeable about challenges and opportunities in the non-profit sector; ability to learn and embrace the Foundation’s grantmaking approach and to approach partnerships with grantees with humility and respect
  • Ideally, demonstrated expertise/knowledge of NYC non-profit sector as it relates to one or more of our program areas (education, criminal justice, youth development, family support, or workforce training), though the Program Officer will be a generalist
  • Demonstrated experience in financial analysis (includes ability to interpret non-profit budgets and financial statements)
  • Outstanding analytical and critical thinking skills; results-oriented approach with an appreciation for data-driven decision-making
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills
  • Strongly team-oriented; interest in collaborating and working behind the scenes; views success as a product of the team
  • Well-organized, self-motivated problem solver; able to work in a very fast-paced environment; able to adapt to evolving deadlines, prioritizing as needed
  • Relationship-building skills and ability to communicate effectively with social service leaders and with leaders from the financial sector
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to exercise discretion and handle confidential information sensitively
  • Experience with and comfort using spreadsheets and presentation tools


  • The position is full-time.
  • Salary range for the Program Officer is $100,000-$130,000.
  • Includes an excellent benefits package and potential for investment in professional development opportunities.

Commitment to DEI

Tiger Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position. Tiger approaches the hiring process with the understanding that incorporating diverse viewpoints into Tiger’s grantmaking approach and work environment strengthens the foundation’s ability to make impactful progress towards our mission. The foundation is committed to continual learning and reassessment of our strategy and operational processes in relation to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practices, including through engagements with DEI-focused practitioners, learning from grantee partners, and internally conducted research and resource gathering.

Additional Information

Due to COVID-19, staff are currently temporarily working in a hybrid capacity (with some activities in person). Operations are expected to resume in person at Tiger Foundation’s office in Midtown Manhattan at an appropriate time. All employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to medical or religious accommodations under applicable law.

How to Apply

If interested, please apply at by February 25th, 2022.

About our Recruitment Process

Thank you in advance for the time invested in our application. Unfortunately, we are not able to follow up with all applicants unless they are selected for a phone interview. Following phone interviews, candidates will likely engage in an assignment similar to activities common for Tiger staff. Following that process, finalists will participate in at least two staff interviews; it is likely that at least one of those interviews will be in person. The final steps will include an interview with a representative(s) from our board and a reference check. We hope to welcome a new team member in April 2022.

Wednesday, February 02 2022

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