Program Officer

Hiring Organization: 
The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, Inc.
City and State: 
Mystic, CT

Position Summary: 

The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation (PCLB) was formed in 1999, by Dr. Peter Buck and his wife Carmen Lucia, as a private family foundation to manage their philanthropy in a thoughtful and strategic manner.  We awarded approximately $33 million in grants last year, with roughly 75% of that grant-making in education across Connecticut and New York, supporting charter schools, people quality, and advocacy. 

PCLB’s work is anchored by its mission statement, “giving motivated people the tools they need to help themselves.” These tools are about more than grants and include guidance, connections, convening, information, and other forms of assistance that the Foundation and its grantees can provide. PCLB looks to support the highest‐quality organizations that show initiative, leadership, and innovation in solving issues that are meaningful to the family.

The PCLB Foundation is growing – and is, therefore, seeking to add a Program Officer to our Education team.  This Program Officer will be responsible for PCLB’s grants in People Quality (grants supporting teacher training, especially through residency programs and teacher recruitment, with goals to improve teacher effectiveness, decrease shortage areas and increase diversity) and Advocacy (grants related directly to People Quality issues and more broadly to setting policy conditions in which great schools can thrive).    

Position Responsibilities:

Our Program Officer will lead grant-making in assigned portfolios, through work that includes the following:

  • Develop and implement strategies for assigned portfolios that align with the Foundation’s strategic plan and 10-year goals. 
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of program areas through research, literature review, communication with relevant professionals, etc. Understand how this information fits into the Foundation’s interests.
  • Identify potential grantees through research and conversations with practitioners and experts in the field.  Become familiar with potential grantees’ work through site visits, calls, and other communications.
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with grantees and others in the field, particularly through site visits, calls, and other communication.  
  • Review and evaluate grantee proposals, including narrative and financial information. 
  • Assess impact of grants through review of reports, design/analysis of performance measurements/metrics, and interaction with grantees.
  • Present overall strategy and recommended grants to Board.
  • Lead special funding initiatives in assigned portfolio(s), such as targeted Requests for Proposal(s) or other focused funding programs.
  • Conduct other activities – convene grantees, provide technical assistance, etc. – to help advance PCLB goals and increase grantee impact. 
  • Manage administrative component of grant-making – document grantee relationships, manage application/report forms, prepare internal updates/reports, etc.
  • Represent the Foundation in other settings (grantee events, conferences, publications, etc.).


  • Embrace the Foundation’s core values of Self-Reliance & Fairness, Honesty, Humility, Trust, Excellence, Patience & Adaptability.
  • Believe wholeheartedly in the Foundation’s core strategies around ensuring all students have access to an excellent education, including charter schools, people quality, and advocacy work. Have an impatience for moving this work forward, balanced with a recognition that meaningful change takes time.
  • Be able to think strategically about the Foundation’s broad goals while remaining focused on the detail-oriented work and follow-through required by the position
  • Have excellent communication, research, and analytical skills.  Be comfortable with the data analysis, budget review, and other analysis necessary to understand the field and individual grantees.  Be able to use technology tools in support of this work.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of individuals.  This includes ability to travel in CT and NY, to meet in-person with grantees and other partners. 
  • Have, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree and 7-10 years’ experience, preferably to include work in philanthropy and/or education (especially teacher training, pipelines and/or advocacy and policy).

In accordance with PCLB's mandatory vaccination policy, all new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID before their start date. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be reviewed in following with the applicable laws.

How to Apply: 
Interested candidates can apply by submitting a resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to with “Program Officer” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
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