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Senior Program Officer

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation
Job Title: Senior Program Officer
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August 26th, 2019
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Position Overview

The Senior Program Officer will serve as a member of the Grantmaking Team, overseeing a portfolio of grant programs that are dedicated to the Foundation’s mission of expanding access to health care for low-income and vulnerable people in Massachusetts.  Reporting to the Senior Director of Grantmaking, the Officer will lead grantmaking processes, including developing guidelines and criteria for grant programs, facilitating the review processes of applicants, presenting recommendations to the Board of Directors’ Program Review and Grants Committee, providing or coordinating ongoing technical assistance to grantees, and working with staff and consultants to evaluate the impact of the organizations. 


This position will coordinate with the Administrative and Grants Coordinator to support grants management of roughly 80 grantees annually, totaling $3.7M in funding to communities across the Commonwealth.  Finally, the position will work with policy and research staff to enhance the connections and integration between our grantmaking and policy and research agendas 


Major Responsibilities


Manage the Catalyst Fund grant program.

Coordinate Annual Fundraising Campaign:  Work closely with the Corporate Citizenship department of BCBSMA to spearhead the YouGiveBlue Campaign, which raises revenue for the grant program among employees of the insurance company.

Coordinate monthly review processes for the Catalyst Fund, including facilitation of monthly meetings, reviewing potential grants with the review committee, and presenting recommendations to the Foundation President.

Provide orientation and ongoing support to a 15-member Review Committee of associates from BCBSMA. 


Manage Connecting Consumers with Care, and Going Beyond Health Care grant programs.

Develop grant guidelines and facilitate review processes for applicant organizations with external reviewers and staff and prepare and present recommendations to the Board Program Review and Grants Committee.

Hold Learning Community convenings that provide grantees with an opportunity to share best practices, identify common challenges, and enhance learning of skills or knowledge.

Collaborate with evaluators to develop evaluation framework and regular reporting format and structure for each grant area.


Support overall operations of the Grantmaking department.

Conduct ongoing website maintenance and communications. 

In coordination with the Administrative and Grants Coordinator, provide ongoing monitoring of the FoundationConnect system used to process grant proposals, reports, site visits, and grantmaking demographic information.  Identify areas to streamline the grantmaking process through FoundationConnect.


Support overall operations and initiatives of the Foundation

Coordinate with the Policy & Research Department and the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute to enhance the understanding and learning between our grantmaking and policy work.

Represent the Foundation at external philanthropic, community, and health-care related meetings and venues.



Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred

Minimum five years relevant experience. Experience in health care and grantmaking strongly preferred

Proven skills in leadership, relationship development, collaboration and team building

Track record of meeting multiple deadlines, maintaining a high level of organization and attention to detail, moving quickly from one project to another, and managing expectations/timelines to achieve results

Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to clearly and persuasively articulate complex ideas to diverse audiences

Demonstrated ability to take initiative

Demonstrated ability and experience working with diverse populations

Ability to streamline operations, continuously developing processes and policies that add to effectiveness and efficiency

Experience with working independently in a collaborative team environment



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