Healthcare Foundation of La Porte


La Porte, Indiana

Date Posted

March 17, 2020

Job Category

The Program Officer is accountable for developing, implementing, and monitoring the foundation’s grantmaking under the supervision of the CEO.  Externally, the position serves as an ambassador for the foundationhelping potential applicants understand the foundation’s mission, goals, strategies, and program guidelines. The position may also serve as liaison to community collaboratives and planning processes as needed. 

Internally, the Program Officer works with the CEO to provide recommendations to, and facilitation of, the Board Grant Committee that makes the final decisions on awards and declines. The position is accountable for monitoring and evaluating the grants awarded and accountable for the quality of data and reporting within the foundation’s Foundant software system. 

HFL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. HFL is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at HFL are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the State of Indiana.  HFL will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. 

The Foundation offers competitive salary and benefits.   

Grant Programs 

  • Stay current on government regulations, philanthropic trends, training and capacity building resources, and local needs related to grantmaking and charitable organizations. 
  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with charitable organizations in the county, ensuring diversity and equity in the pool of grant applications over time.  
  • Act as the primary relationship manager for grant applicants and awardees. Meet with them as needed to help them understand application processes and the use of the Foundation’s Ten2030 data site. Conduct site visits to review their services and facilities. 
  • Develop and revise grant strategies, application forms, review criteria, review procedures, award procedures, and grant agreement and reporting forms as needed. 
  • Review and score grant applications, and for some grant programs, provide written and/or oral summaries and recommendations to the CEO and board grants committee. 
  • Coordinate grants committee meetings, ensuring committee members have the information needed to make sound and legal decisions.  
  • Review grant reports to ensure short-term accountability and to understand mid-term and longer-term trends in nonprofit and community needs and opportunities. Develop summaries of the review for the board of directors as needed. 

Grants Management 

  • Work with the CEO to create grant agreements and with the CFO to create payments for grant awardees. Follow up with awardees as needed to ensure compliance with grant program requirements.  
  • Ensure accurate recordkeeping and reporting of all inquiries, applications, declines, awards, agreements, and reports. 
  • Become the foundation’s internal expert on the use of Foundant and related grant management software, and work with the CEO to ensure the foundation is following, as able, best practices in maintaining the quality of the data and reporting in the software. 



  1. Superior verbal and writing skills, including the ability to assess and synthesize complex information into a clear, concise summary or into strategic recommendation. A track record in provided balanced, nonideological assessments a plus. 
  1. Adept relationship builder; an ability to interact with, empathize with, and develop positive working relationships with people with a variety of skillsets, backgrounds, and worldviews.  
  2. Experience in reading nonprofit financial statements and in assessing the general health and quality. of nonprofits’ programs
  3. Informed judgement in planning, design, development, and evaluations of programs and projects. 
  4. High level of personal and professional integrity. 
  5. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team with a high volume of work. 
  6. Thoroughness and accuracy in program management, and recordkeeping. Experience in working with CRM databases or process/project management databases.  Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Suite. 



  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or specialized certification in a related field (nonprofits, fundraising, public policy, etc.) a plus. 
  • At least five years of experience working in nonprofits, public agencies, and/or grantmaking institutions; more than five years 
  • Proficient in working in multiple nonprofits and/or public agencies a plus. 
  • Personal track record of volunteering to improve the lives of others and/or improve communities. 
  • Track record of facilitating group conversations in which diverse viewpoints emerge. 
  • Track record of championing continuous improvement and high-quality standards in an organization’s programs, services, and processes. 


The job operates in a professional work environment routinely using standard office equipment such as computers, Microsoft Suite, databases, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and credit card processor. 

The job requires regular travel to other locations in La Porte County and occasional travel to philanthropy meetings or training in Indianapolis, Chicago, or other metro areas. There will be occasional evening and weekend meetings. 

Application Process

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

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About the Organization

The Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) is dedicated to empowering our residents to live healthy and well in and around La Porte to become one of Indiana’s top 10 healthiest communities by 2030. HFL builds on the example and guidance of the former La Porte Hospital Foundation.

Contact Name

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