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Program Officer

Liz Claiborne & Art Ortenberg Foundation
Job Title: Program Officer
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New York
New York
Job Search Ends:
March 19th, 2018
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The Liz Claiborne & Art Ortenberg Foundation is a leading philanthropic supporter of wildlife and community based conservation work, with a long history of grant making in Sub-Sahara Africa, Madagascar, the Northern Rocky Mountains, Asia and Latin America. 

Job Summary

Now, with an increasing endowment, the Foundation seeks a Program Officer to help shape and manage its growing, ‘invitation-only’ grants budget.  Based in New York City and reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Officer will work as part of a small team, with broad responsibilities for management and monitoring of the Foundation’s grantmaking programs.

Reports To

Executive Director


  • Participate with the Executive Director, Trustees and Advisory Board in refining the Foundation’s grantmaking goals, priorities, strategies and practices.
  • Identify and invite grant proposals from current and potential grantees, and work with them to refine proposals with clear objectives, qualitative milestones and metrics for Foundation consideration.
  • Prepare proposal evaluations, solicit and follow up on feedback from Advisory Board members and outside experts; make recommendations to the Executive Director for Trustee approval of grants.
  • Monitor approved grants through careful review of narrative and financial reports, personal communication and site visits; review and approve grant modifications as needed.
  • Assist with preparing annual operating & program budgets.
  • Manage and track annual grants budget and spending.
  • Prepare materials, participate in and make presentations at biannual meetings of Trustees and Advisory Board.
  • Represent the Foundation to the public and in professional meetings, conferences and workshops and stay abreast of developments in the wildlife conservation field.
  • Build collaborative strategic relationships with other philanthropic funders, public agencies and non-profits to advance the Foundation’s goals.
  • Participate in the development, planning and organization of program-related events and initiatives.
  • Develop informational materials regarding the foundation’s work and priorities.
  • Perform occasional special assignments, including potential supervision of program interns or volunteers.


  • At least 5 years of professional experience in wildlife conservation or related field, with relevant academic background.  A mix of field work and management experience in a non-profit organization is highly preferable.  Experience in grantmaking is helpful but not required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work, listen and communicate effectively with a wide range of non-profit, community, government and philanthropic leaders.
  • Excellent writing, verbal, public speaking and presentation skills in English.  Fluency in other languages a plus.
  • Strong analytical and financial management skills; ability to interpret and evaluate nonprofit financial statements and written reports.
  • Excellent creative thinking, problem solving and organization skills; strong attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Experience developing and managing partnerships and complex programs, working both independently and with teams.
  • Ability to travel within the U.S. and overseas, and to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Standard computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) are required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, team-oriented, collegial, collaborative, diplomatic and flexible.
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about the Foundation’s mission.
  • Sets high standards, yet works with grantees with respect and humility.
  • Strong relationship builder across all sectors.
  • Well organized, a self-starter with strong professional work ethic.
  • An outgoing, open, and even-keeled personality.  Tenacity, pragmatism, patience, and good humor.       

How to Apply

The Liz Claiborne & Art Ortenberg Foundation offers employees a supportive, team-oriented environment with highly competitive salaries and benefits, including comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, 403(b) retirement plan with generous company contribution, disability and life insurance.  Interested applicants should submit the following to Lori Cohen at lcaof@lcaof.org no later than February 13, 2018:

  • A current resume / CV;
  • A brief cover letter outlining your experience and interest in this position;
  • Salary requirements.

LCAOF is committed to equal opportunity and welcomes and encourages a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

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