Program Officer

Maverick Capital Foundation
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Commercial
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 05

Position description

Established in 2008, Maverick Capital Foundation (MCF) is a private foundation whose mission is to meaningfully improve the lives of others by identifying, funding, and partnering with the most effective non-profits working to help those in need. By pairing gifts of time and money, we believe we can deeply benefit both the charitable organizations with which we work and instill a culture of giving within Maverick. Currently, MCF funds 45 organizations between its 4 regions in Dallas, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. The Foundation’s board consists primarily of professionals who have previously been or currently are affiliated with Maverick Capital.  Board members not only commit their personal financial resources to the Foundation but are also actively engaged in the grant-making process.

Since its inception, MCF has provided $30 million in financial resources and technical assistance to high-performing community-based organizations supporting individuals and families in low-income communities. MCF’s current grant-making is concentrated in the areas of Criminal Justice, Education, Employment, and Survival. 

The Position

MCF’s Program Officer oversees the foundation’s current grants, serves as a resource and thought partner for our grantees, and operates as a catalyst for identifying potential new investment areas and opportunities. The Program Officer articulates a clear and persuasive rationale for funding new and ongoing programs. This is accomplished by thoroughly understanding the non-profit landscape and the interests of MCF’s board members, while also conducting comprehensive reviews of performance data and organizational health. Along with core grantmaking, the Program Officer will create and coordinate opportunities for Maverick employees to meaningfully engage with members of the community through volunteer opportunities.

The Compensation

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and a superior benefits package. The Program Officer role is based in New York City with a hybrid work environment including a remote and in-person schedule.

The Responsibilities

(1) In tandem with the MCF Team, manage a portfolio of approximately 15-20 grantees in New York City:

  • Monitor grantee performance through analysis of grantee reports, outcome data, site visits, independent assessment of progress or changes in management, and analysis of financial reports.
  • Identify, establish and refine methods for quantifying the impact of an organization’s services with reference to current research studies and findings.
  • Ascertain grantees’ strengths and weaknesses, especially in governance, infrastructure, and technical areas.
  • Assist in preparation of quarterly board meeting materials and present findings.
  • Maintain database of all proposals and grants.
  • Build relationships of trust and mutual respect with non-profit leaders to support them in delivering on their mission.

(2) Identify new ways to optimally improve the incomes and well-being of people living in poverty:

  • Evaluate the most innovative or effective interventions and organizations in the field.
  • Rigorously evaluate potential grantees based on MCF’s methodology.

(3) Collaborate with MCF Team to create board engagement strategies:

  • Customize educational opportunities for the MCF board to better understand key issues affecting low-income communities.
  • Keep board members apprised of recent news or press relevant to philanthropy and MCF grantees.
  • Assist in identifying, creating, and executing high-impact volunteer opportunities for Maverick employees.
  • Where possible, support personal philanthropy as employees

(4) Work alongside MCF Team to support Dallas, San Francisco, and Philadelphia regions:

  • Support regional staff with non-profit evaluation
  • Facilitate communication between offices and act as primary contact firmwide for the foundation.

Qualifications

 To be eligible for consideration

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • 2+ years of work experience preferred
  • High degree of awareness of the immense challenges and setbacks in poverty-fighting and social services work
  • Exceptionally skilled at investigating and assessing qualitative or quantitative data, drawing useful and nuanced findings, and being adept at asking questions to refine conclusions
  • Strong interpersonal skills and humbleness
  • Ability to speak and write clearly, effectively, succinctly, and spontaneously, especially under time pressure

 To be highly competitive

  • Meaningful experience in similar organizations or roles, potentially including
    • Work within a high-performing education institution or nonprofit
    • Small teams or start-ups
    • Client-facing service (e.g. consulting, banking, or tutoring)
    • Public policy
    • Social science research
  • Strong familiarity with New York City non-profits
  • An instinct for constructive collaboration including empathy, active listening, and clear communication
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and time-management skills
  • Capacity to multitask, switch directions, and assume new or additional assignments quickly and graciously with shifting priorities and conditions
  • Comfortability with ambiguity. Able to identify assumptions, make forecasts and make decisions, if required, with limited information

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