Senior Program Officer

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The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts

Senior Program Officer at The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE)

In March 2018, McKesson Corporation announced the formation of the independent Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to combatting the opioid crisis in the United States. The foundation’s leadership and board of directors will identify meaningful ways to help impact the crisis. This could include, but is not limited to: education of patients, caregivers, and providers; opioid research; and increased access to life-saving and dependence treatments. McKesson has committed $100 million to the foundation as part of its ongoing mission of delivering better care for patients.

Reporting to the President, the Senior Program Officer (SPO) is responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating grantmaking strategies; and for advancing strategic and operational objectives of program area. These grantmaking activities include reviewing and analyzing proposals, writing recommendations for funding, monitoring grant performance; serving as the primary contact with grantees; developing and implementing Requests for Proposals (RFP) and managing the selection process. The Senior Program Officer will research new program areas and potential grantees and will research and participate in value-added activities such as convenings of experts. The SPO will work collaboratively with administrative and grants management staff to ensure fiscally sound grant making; will work collaboratively with evaluators of grants; and will work closely with the President and with communications staff/consultants on disseminating program work.

The SPO will supervise the Program Assistant who conducts research on program areas; provides support to all program related functions and operations; assists in assuring complete proposal from prospective grantees and monitoring deliverables; manages convenings; and drafts correspondence and meeting summaries.

The Senior Program Officer will work very closely with the President and contributes to strategic planning; advancing and implementing objectives of assigned program areas; manage the grant-making activities including proposal solicitation, review, interaction with prospective grantees in proposal development; presenting proposals to the board; researching and maintaining current knowledge base of program area(s); participating in relevant meetings, conferences for program development and grantee identification; building strong working relationships with grantees; reviewing deliverables; monitoring grant performance; and working with communications team on dissemination of Foundation’s work.

•    Development/writing of program plans for FORE’s programmatic work. This responsibility includes synthesizing findings from the past year from all projects across the program area, assessing other ongoing efforts nationwide and assisting in the development of strategic options for the program for the year ahead.

•    Development of new projects, including identifying prospective grantees, working with prospective grantees to improve project design, collecting background information/research and conducting literature reviews, developing knowledge on specific focus areas, participation in meetings regarding projects and preparation of follow-up memoranda on meetings.

•    Preparation of the description of proposed projects for review and approval by the Board of Directors.

•    Management of grants including: drafting payment and reporting schedules and contract language, tracking the current status of projects through ongoing contact with grantee principal investigators; reviewing grantee interim and final deliverables (e.g., interview protocols, survey instruments, preliminary data analysis and papers/articles for publication); maintaining knowledge of work related to grants; and maintaining files on assigned grants; and insuring that grantees follow payment and reporting schedules.

•    Preparing completed grant memoranda on all completed projects, summarizing achievements, issues in implementation, and lessons learned for Fund grantmaking.

•    Development of briefing materials, policy briefs and journal articles for publication.

•    Possible development of survey instruments, analysis of survey data, and the dissemination of survey results.

•    Preparing talks and presentations to disseminate the foundation’s work. 

•    Supervising the program assistant in grants management and the planning of advisory committee meetings and policy roundtables.

•    Representing the foundation at meetings and conferences.

•    Working with communications staff/contractors in the presentation and dissemination of project findings to the media and other interested parties.

Doctoral level training is preferred although outstanding candidates with a combination of relevant experience and education would be considered. Candidates must have a minimum of five years related work experience; and demonstrated experience in areas of substance abuse, public health, health policy and health systems. Demonstrated research and analytical skills and strong communication and writing abilities is required. Prior foundation/philanthropy experience desirable. Must have excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to think creatively, and a credible commitment to creating change as strong personal characteristics.  Must be well organized with concern for details, accuracy, and deadlines and will have the ability to set priorities and work with a minimum of supervision.  Working well on a team, and a willingness to participate in the general workflow of the office are all necessary attributes. Commitment to FORE’s mission is absolutely necessary.

Strong leadership and management skills and ability to convey best practices to staff. Ability to supervise staff and set priorities.  Ability to work effectively in a team environment, to work well with all levels of staff and to think creatively. Strong coordination and project management skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Well organized and efficient with concern for details, accuracy and deadlines.

FORE has a small staff, so judgment, integrity, and the ability to listen with sensitivity to others are traits that are particularly important in an organization of its size, where teamwork is essential to effectiveness. The ability to work collegially and to have an interest in and strong commitment to FORE’s mission are key qualifications.   

Commensurate with background and experience.

This position is located at FORE’s offices in midtown Manhattan, New York City.

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Employment at The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, medical condition, disability, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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