Program Officer, Mission Real Estate Development (Africa)

Hiring Organization: 
Trinity Church Wall Street
City and State: 
New York, NY


Trinity Church Wall Street (Trinity) ( is a growing and inclusive Episcopal community in Lower Manhattan that seeks to serve and heal the world through a wide range of ministries and programs. Join a team of more than 200 employees in New York City who are working to make a difference in people’s lives and transform communities by building generations of faith and values-based leadership, building up neighborhoods, and building financial capacity for ministry in New York City, throughout the United States and across the world. Our work is grounded in our core values of faith, integrity, inclusiveness, compassion, social justice, and stewardship.

The Mission Real Estate Development (MRED) team is part of the Grants and Mission Investing department of Trinity, leading Trinity’s philanthropy. MRED is focused on helping to build financial capacity for churches and seminaries (Mission Partners) throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and United States to support ministry and social impact. This core strategic initiative is being achieved through the development of income producing real estate projects on land controlled by Mission Partners and supported by Trinity through the MRED team with grants, advisory services, and mission (impact) investing.

The Program Officer in consultation with the Managing Director is responsible for grant-making functions for this strategic initiative throughout Africa. The Program Officer will report directly to the Managing Director of Mission Real Estate Development and will be primarily responsible for managing the grants cycle for both existing and prospective grantees.


Grants Management

  • Assists mission partners in discerning their vision, resources and plan for mission real estate development and helps identify the desired impacts on the church and community.
  • Manages a portfolio of grants focused on real estate development projects in line with the initiatives strategic funding priorities. Identifies potential grantees aligned with Trinity’s core values and works with them to develop compelling grant proposals.
  • Reviews all assigned letters of inquiry and full proposals to ensure that required information has been provided. Completes assessment and due diligence to facilitate grantmaking.
  • Prepares proposal analysis, including written summaries and recommendations; and conducts site visits when appropriate.
  • Manages ongoing relationships with grantees – from initial contact and receipt of grant proposal through grant funding and monitoring.
  • Ensures grantee reports are submitted in a timely manner.
  • Represents Trinity with Mission Partners during the grantmaking process and is the point of contact for underwriting and administrative questions.
  • Manages grants database, ensuring that accurate data is entered, and that information is updated as necessary.
  • Consults with partner organizations and other collateral checks to ensure that proposals meet Trinity’s guidelines and is a well-formulated request.
  • Monitors and tracks grants to ensure compliance with all financial, legal and other Trinity requirements and supports ongoing monitoring and learning.
  • Develops reports to aggregate evaluation results and communicate Trinity’s impact.
  • Plans, coordinates and provides logistical support for grantee convenings, workshops, and other events in close coordination with the Program Director and the Program Assistant.
  • Identifies and helps prepare case studies, online resources, and other opportunities to communicate Trinity’s impact and share learnings in collaboration with Communications and Monitoring Evaluation and Learning staff.
  • Has a particular focus on leveraging Trinity’s place within the Anglican Communion to identify grantees and partners.
  • Keeps abreast of emerging mission real estate development and impact investing issues both locally, nationally and internationally.

External Engagement & Partnership

  • Cultivates strong relationships with leaders in the Church throughout Africa in order to understand their priorities, challenges, and opportunities in relation to Mission Real Estate Development.
  • Identifies and assesses grant and partnership opportunities with a missional mindset, financial acumen and political savvy.
  • Manages consultants with skill and finesse, ensuring high performance and accountability.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with other grant-makers and philanthropic peers.
  • Manages on-going relationships with mission partners within the context of Trinity’s grantmaking in Mission Real Estate Development.
  • Represents Trinity in external meetings and convenings, when appropriate.

Internal Engagement & Team Culture

  • Liaises with other parts of the Grants & Mission Investing team (including Operations & Planning and strategic initiatives for Leadership Development, Housing & Homelessness and Racial Justice), finance, legal, communications and other teams within Trinity to ensure both impact and compliance.
  • Works with clergy to ensure key relationships within the Anglican Communion are maintained and built and inter-church dynamics are recognized.
  • Contributes to an entrepreneurial work environment and positive culture of high impact, focused on outcomes.
  • Ensures that all work is approached with rigorous execution and the highest standards of ethics, aligned with Trinity’s core values.
  • Adhere to confidentiality rules and all other Trinity Wall Street policies, procedures, and rules.
  • Perform all duties in a manner that promote Trinity’s mission and core values.
  • Assume other related responsibilities and special projects as required.


  • Experience working with African non-profits or the Anglican Church in Africa, and/or deep knowledge of the various cultural and socio-political contexts on the continent.
  • Understanding of the mission and work of the Anglican Communion in Africa.
  • Experience in grantmaking and managing relationships with grantees.
  • Excellent oral, written communication and presentation skills
  • Desire to work in a mission/results-driven environment.
  • Familiarity with business/finance principles and/or real estate development/operations.
  • Ability to analyze proposals rigorously including financial skills to evaluate program budgets
  • Extremely detail orientated.
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently.
  • Maintains professional demeanor in all situations and proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Ability and desire to work in a mission/results-driven high-pressure environment.
  • Ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities, and work independently on projects, from conception to completion.
  • Flexible and able to work well with all levels of internal and external leadership including senior clergy, and management as well as outside constituents.
  • Significant international travel (up to 20% of the time)


  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred.
  • At least 5 years of experience in non-profit, philanthropy, real estate, or business preferred.
  • Experience with grants database programs preferred. Knowledge of Fluxx a plus.
  • Experience with real estate in a religious context preferred.
  • Fluency in French a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint.
  • Familiar with CRM system or other database management programs.
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