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Based in Los Angeles, ECMC Foundation is a national foundation working to improve postsecondary outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis, which together work to help students succeed.

ECMC Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The diversity of staff is critical to our success and we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. Individuals who reflect the communities and student populations that ECMC Foundation prioritizes are encouraged to apply.

Current Openings

Program Officer

As a key member of the program team, the Program Officer will develop, manage, and evaluate a portfolio of grants, focused on piloting innovative approaches and scaling promising practices to improve postsecondary outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds. The Program Officer will contribute to strategy development, learning, and ongoing assessment of postsecondary investments. In addition, the Program Officer will provide grantmaking expertise and leadership, as well as represent the Foundation to existing and prospective grantees and other external stakeholders.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Identify and cultivate potential grant opportunities aligned with the Foundation's postsecondary strategy by initiating and managing relationships with potential grantees and other prospecting activities;
  • Advance promising proposals and organizations by conducting due diligence through site visits, financial analysis, and other activities;
  • Develop and refine proposal requests, and prepare detailed grant recommendations for senior management and ECMC Foundation Board of Directors;
  • Evaluate grant effectiveness against stated objectives and overall portfolio effectiveness; In collaboration with the grants management team, input relevant and timely information into grants management system and maintain adherence to grant administrative processes;
  • Follow media and literature to stay abreast of education trends, policy reform efforts, and best practices, and attend relevant conferences to broaden knowledge;
  • Identify issues to convene stakeholders and, as appropriate, plan, coordinate, and lead convenings and opportunities for collaboration and learning across ECMC Foundation grantees and the postsecondary community.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Five to seven years of related work in higher education and/or grantmaking
  • Experience with foundation or nonprofit management, either as staff or as a volunteer; experience in philanthropy is preferred by not required
  • Ability to multi-task and work within a fast-moving, changing environment
  • Understanding of and/or experience with working on central issues in the US education sector, including specific challenges faced by students (e.g., barriers to college completion), systemic challenges (e.g. equity of access and opportunity), and opportunities for advancement, particularly students from underserved backgrounds
  • Strong analytical skills and experience, particularly in conducting due diligence of organizations and projects
  • Sound judgment, integrity, humility, and respect for confidentiality
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong writing and the ability to make compelling, cogent presentations on complex topics
  • Interest in and intellectual curiosity about key topics in education, in addition to broader social issues and/or nonprofit landscape in the US
  • Flexibility, creativity and drive; the ability to thrive in a complex environment
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills; ability to assess information to draw sound conclusions
  • Ability to move work forward independently, and think big picture while applying a keen eye to detail
  • High-level interpersonal skills (e.g., collaborative, diplomatic, able to negotiate and build consensus)

Location: Los Angeles, California. Please note, ECMC Foundation staff currently work remotely and will return to the office using a hybrid model. At this time, the return to office date has not been decided.

In addition to this role, ECMC Foundation is recruiting multiple program officer positions and will broadly consider your experience.

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Our Mission

About ECMC Foundation

Our mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation.

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