Connecticut Health Foundation


Hartford, Connecticut

Date Posted

June 29, 2020

Job Category

The program officer will support strategies such as grantmaking, policy advocacy, communications, capacity building, convening of stakeholders, leadership development, research, and technical assistance to advance the foundation’s health equity goals and objectives.

Reports to: Director of Grantmaking

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Manage a portfolio of grants including, but not limited to, the President’s Discretionary Grant Awards.
  2. Manage aspects of the review process of the grant portfolio including screening and assessing prospective project proposals, working with applicants to refine plans and project budgets, providing due diligence for proposal review as assigned, reviewing all proposals, and making funding recommendations to staff and board.
  3. Monitor grantee progress through the grant period via ongoing communication, arranging site visits when appropriate, and reviewing interim and final reports to ensure grantees are accomplishing the goals outlined in their project proposals.
  4. Remain abreast of current research, activities, and trends related to the grants’ portfolio and CT Health’s mission and share new developments with Program Team.
  5. Provide technical assistance to prospective grant applicants concerning the Foundation’s strategies, goals, objectives, and application process.
  6. Organize and implement events associated with grantmaking work – convenings, educational forums, technical assistance workshops, etc.
  7. Participate in the evaluation of funded programs and report on results and learning, key to the foundation’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning initiative.
  8. Compose general correspondence, memos, application review reports, and other documents, as needed.
  9. Manage process for updating grant application questions, when appropriate.
  10. Update core documents related to grantmaking processes, including but not limited to the grants manual, record retention policy, and grant review process.
  11. Represent the Foundation at community meetings and media events.
  12. Participate in affinity group events, including but not limited to Grantmakers in Health and Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.
  13. Maintain positive and productive relationships with a wide range of organizations and individuals.
  14. Assist with vendor and consultant management as assigned.
  15. Commitment to deepening cultural and linguistic competency and cultural humility.

Desired Qualifications and Skills:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree required in public health, health education, public policy, or related area. MS Degree preferred – recent graduate will be considered with a background in not-for-profit, health education, public policy.
  2. 5+ years Knowledge of and/or experience in health, health equity (particularly racial and ethnic health disparities) and public policy.
  3. Knowledge of grantmaking software such as Flux Database.
  4. Proven experience in program development and/or implementation preferred.
  5. Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and effectively with culturally diverse individuals and communities.
  6. Strong planning and organizational skills.
  7. Demonstrated critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  8. Demonstrated effectiveness in written and oral communications.
  9. A strong relationship builder with experience collaborating successfully with a broad and diverse range of individuals and communities desired.
  10. Ability to convene and facilitate meetings with diverse populations, organizations, and communities.
  11. Ability to work well independently as well as in teams.
  12. Passionate about the mission of CT Health; dedicated to achieving health equity.
  13. Ability to prioritize tasks and responsibilities in a fast-paced, high energy work environment.
  14. Creative, flexible, and good sense of humor.
  15. Previous grantmaking, foundation, or non-profit experience a plus.

Application Process

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to with the position’s title in the subject line.

Connecticut Health Foundation is an equal employment opportunity employer. We comply with CT law which prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant for employment.

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About the Organization

The Connecticut Health Foundation is the state’s largest health philanthropy organization dedicated to improving health outcomes for people of color. Since its inception in 1999, the foundation has awarded more than $63 million to nonprofit organizations and public entities to expand health equity, reduce health disparities, expand health coverage and improve the health of all Connecticut residents.

Contact Name

Carol L. Kardas <>
(No calls please)