Join Our Team - New Program Officer Position

September 22, 2022

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Bright Promises is now hiring a part-time Program Officer

Bright Promises Foundation employs an innovative, focused, and responsive funding model to support organizations located in and around Chicago that serve the needs of at-risk children and youth.

Our aspiration to function as a trust-based partner with our grantees combined with recent growth in the foundation’s programs have created the need for additional management support. The Bright Promises Foundation is hiring a part-time Program Officer on a contractual basis with the opportunity for the role to evolve into an ongoing staff position. We are seeking an individual who can serve as a thought partner with our grantees, manage and improve grant processes to make them as efficient as possible, and create collaborative opportunities that advance knowledge and practices for the sector.

The following is an outline of the qualifications and responsibilities for this position.

Program Officer Responsibilities

The Program Officer is responsible for conducting most aspects of the grantmaking process, including but not limited to: program research; reviewing/evaluating grant requests; grant activity tracking; interfacing with grantees and the public; developing foundation documents under the guidance of the Executive Director; and working with outside evaluators. Essential responsibilities and opportunities include the following:

Candidate Education and Experience

This position is offered on a contracted services basis working on average 16-24 hours per week from the candidate’s home. Scheduling is flexible based on the day-to-day needs. If successful, the position can evolve into an ongoing staff role. Compensation is offered in the $45-$60 an hour range based on experience and other related factors. There are no benefits offered as this is a contracted position initially.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter detailing the applicant’s background and experience relevant to the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, as well as the names and contact information for three references. Please submit applications to Jim Hirsch at with the subject line “Program Officer Application – Your Name”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Bright Promises Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and promotes diversity. Well-qualified candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply

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