Early Childhood Program Officer @ The Burke Foundation in New Jersey

May 16, 2018

About The Burke Foundation

The Burke Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation in Princeton, NJ. The Foundation was established in 1989 by the late Jim Burke and his wife Diane Burke with the mission of improving the health and well-being of underserved children. It invests in the most promising initiatives narrowing developmental, achievement, and health gaps in New Jersey.

We use rigorous research and human-centered design thinking to support and sustain long-term community partnerships that improve child health and early learning outcomes for underserved children and families. We have a special emphasis on the cities of Newark, Trenton, and Camden. Our grants will be offered alongside technical assistance focused on data collection, outcomes, and the creation of results-oriented frameworks in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of our partners.

The Foundation has assets of approximately $100 million and operates with a small professional staff, as well as an active and committed Board of Trustees. For more information, please visit our website at www.burkefoundation.org.

As part of an organizational expansion, the Foundation is now seeking a Program Officer to work alongside its current four-person team (President, Executive Director, Program Associate, and Executive Assistant).

Overview of Program Officer Position

The Program Officer will lead the implementation of the Foundation’s birth-to-five portfolio identifying, supporting and scaling evidence-backed programs that empower families and equip children with the core life skills needed to become healthy adults. He or she will also take a leading role in the management of the Foundation’s early childhood grantmaking portfolio.


  • Reviewing, assessing, and proactively cultivating early childhood grantmaking opportunities;
  • Recommending grants for funding by providing critical analysis of strengths, weaknesses, and risks;
  • Conducting site visits of pending and active projects;
  • Maintaining a breadth of knowledge about current trends, emerging issues, and innovations in the Foundation's areas of focus;
  • Providing our board with information and analysis on grantmaking recommendations and fieldwide issues at quarterly meetings;
  • Working collaboratively with staff to design, develop, and refine Foundation's strategic goals, procedures, and policies, as well as shape additional grantmaking programs;
  • Expanding our program database, which analyzes programs of interest according to factors such as cost-effectiveness, sustainability, target population, and evidence backing;
  • Responding to unsolicited inquiries and information requests, explaining eligibility guidelines and assessing the value of further conversations and/or opportunities for collaboration;
  • Carrying out other duties and special projects, as requested.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Commitment to the mission of the Burke Foundation, including passion for children's health and
    early learning. Familiarity with New Jersey a plus.
  • Five or more years of work experience in the philanthropic, early childhood, and/or nonprofit sectors.
  • Strong social, emotional, and interpersonal skills; active listener, empathic, and inclusive.
  • Professionalism, discretion, diplomacy, flexibility, and a good sense of humor.
  • Responsible, highly organized, and detail-oriented, with proven ability to handle multiple projects to completion; manage time effectively and meets deadlines.
  • The desire to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • The ability to research, synthesize, and present information in a professional, practical, and compelling manner. Experience with data analysis preferred.
  • Considerable understanding of issues related to not-for-profit management. 
  • The capacity to think creatively and the courage to express strong, vital opinions. 
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

The Program Officer is a full-time, 40 hours per week position. The position is located in downtown Princeton, New Jersey. Salary is commensurate with experience. This position is eligible for benefits, including 401k retirement plan, long-term disability insurance, and health insurance. The Program Officer will report to the Executive Director.

How To Apply

While we will continue to accept applications until the position is filled, apply by June 15 for priority consideration. We would like to have the selected candidate start in August or early September. Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to info@burkefoundation.org with Program Officer in the title.

Please note that finalists will be subject to background and reference checks, and that a writing sample will be requested. No telephone inquiries, please.

The Burke Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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