Title: Senior Program Officer

Reports to: President & COO

Status:  Regular, Full-Time, Exempt


Mission and Values of the Foundation:

Mission:  UniHealth Foundation is a pace-setter in health philanthropy, identifying and supporting innovative activities while spurring and sustaining changes that positively impact health outcomes for our most vulnerable populations and the underserved. Its funding supports hospitals, clinics, and other community-based nonprofit organizations providing health-related services, primarily in the Los Angeles region. To learn more about the foundation and its work, please see: www.unihealthfoundation.org.


Values: Within our small and efficient team, the work of each staff member advances this mission as does our collaboration rooted in our values:


Respect: We are responsive grantmakers and acknowledge our vital role in communities throughout the greater Los Angeles Region.  We bring humility, respect and empathy to conversations with community, philanthropic and nonprofit leaders as active thought partners.


Stewardship: We continually develop our skills and increase our knowledge to best serve the community. We are deeply committed to the oversight of the foundation’s resources and their responsible use. We believe a reflective and humble environment challenges and engages staff and community. 


Integrity: Honesty and adherence to our code of ethics is a priority. Further, we make best use of our resources through a spirit of continuous quality improvement, collaboration, ongoing review of our processes, and continual assessment of trends and evolving best practices within the fields of healthcare and philanthropy. 


Transparency: We work together cooperatively as a team by encouraging direct, honest, and open communication.  We respect our co-workers and our external partners through respect, professionalism, sharing, and responsibility.   


Position Summary:       

The Senior Program Officer is an active, engaged, and passionate thought partner for both internal and external stakeholders identifying and collaborating with strong non-profit organizations within the healthcare sector. This position is responsible for managing a portfolio of grants, including: determining organizational eligibility using our criteria, evaluating capacity, and effectiveness; building relationships with applicants and grantees; grant reporting and oversight; and maintaining strategic alignment. The role includes ongoing grant management, collaborating with grantees while representing and modeling the Foundation’s mission and values. The position is specifically responsible for grantmaking functions, ongoing learning and external community relations, particularly with grant seekers and current grantees. This position works closely with the President & COO to develop strategic direction and implementation of grantmaking around innovative projects and collaborations.


Position Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Grantee Engagement (60%): Manages a portfolio of the Foundation’s grants and provides thought partnership to support program team members.  The portfolio size is approximately 40 new grants annually, in addition to monitoring 60 active multi-year grants from previous dockets.  Specific duties include:


Letters of Inquiry/General Questions:  Reviews letters of inquiry and full proposals, evaluating merits of proposed scope of work while exercising judgement in the development of funding recommendations. Engages in conversations with prospective grantees to ensure alignment with Foundation’s funding areas, strategies, and criteria; and analyzes how activities of prospective grantees might best complement the mission and strategic direction.

Site Visits: Conducts site visits to current and potential grantees, integrating critical thinking empathetic listening and skills to assess organizational needs, capacity, and potential for community impact.


Grant Reporting and Monitoring: Monitors progress on approved grants, reviews interim and final reports, and follows up as necessary on grants-related issues throughout the duration of the grant period, offering assistance to ensure the success of the grant and those it serves.


Outreach: Explores and researches new grantmaking opportunities in alignment with strategic vision and identifies potential partners for emerging trends.


2. Strategic Development (20%)Works with the President & COO, in alignment with the mission and direction of the Board of Directors, to implement and align grantmaking strategies with emerging trends and challenges in the healthcare sector to address the changing needs within the field. Will also be responsible for being current on issues and trends related to healthcare sector best practices, emerging challenges, and healthcare financing across public and private sectors at the county, state, and federal levels.


3. External Relations (20%): Increases the presence of the Foundation through representing the Foundation externally and disseminating information. Specific duties include:


Information Dissemination: Contributes to the development of documents, publications and/or web pages to enhance community awareness and engagement, as well as to improve the quality of grant proposal submissions and reporting for current and prospective grantees. 

Peer Relationships: Develops and maintains relationships with peers in the philanthropy, nonprofit, and academic communities in order to gather information on trends, deepen relationships that foster collaborative efforts and enhance professional skills.


Outreach: Performs sector research to locate new and potential partners in alignment with the Foundation’s mission. Establishing new relationships with non-profit and philanthropic partners in order share out the Foundation’s mission, as well as leverage partner investments.


4. Other Duties and Special Projects: Performs job function in a manner that advances the Foundation’s mission and strategic goals and is consistent with its values. Fosters internal collaboration through shared team work. Understands that the success of the Foundation is dependent on all employees working together. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor or President or COO, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills. As assigned, conducts duties, including supporting and managing special projects.


UniHealth Foundation is seeking candidates that have a proven interest in and passion for solving the complex problems facing the current healthcare field.  An ideal applicant is eager to support vulnerable and underserved health care populations and will have experience implementing grants that facilitate community health changemaking in this evolving and rapidly changing sector including direct service provision, healthcare workforce, and the social determinants of health.

Successful applicants must be able to perform essential duties in an exemplary manner.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with a disability to perform the essential functions.


Education:  Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, healthcare-related field, public policy or a similar field related to the Foundation’s fields of interest. Advanced degree preferred.


Work Experience:  Position requires a minimum of five years of experience in philanthropy or nonprofit management.

General Management Skills:

  • Organizational Skills: Ability to prioritize work demands effectively adjusting to multiple demands with a sound understanding of what is most needed to be addressed in the moment. Has excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Communication Skills:  Has excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, and a keen ability to maintain enthusiasm and warmth in a work environment focused on challenging health care issues.
  • Teamwork/Collaboration: Ability to work collaboratively and in a team-oriented environment both within the Foundation and with external stakeholders.

Skills Specific to Job Functions:

  • Grantmaking:  Possesses extensive knowledge and experience related to grantmaking. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences while maintaining high professional and ethical conduct. Expertise working within the healthcare sector and in the context of the foundation’s health focus and priorities. Strong analytical, financial and writing skills.
  • Community Knowledge:  Has knowledge of hospital, clinic, and health-related nonprofit sector in Southern California and experience in working effectively with its diverse and broad-based community constituencies.
  • Public Speaking Skills: Ability to make presentations and to comfortably interact with diverse audiences.
  •  Database Experience: Is confident using foundation management software, ideally has experience with the GIFTS Online database or comparable system.
  • Office Software: Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook is required.
  • Demeanor: Has a warm and welcoming personality. Presents a professional presence.
  • Customer Service: Proficient in attending to details with excellent customer service skills and attention to problem resolution follow-up.


Other Requirements:

  • Must possess valid California driver’s license and automobile insurance as required by the state of California.  
  • Must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Must be able to travel throughout Los Angeles County to conduct site visits and on an occasional basis attend regional and national conferences and special meetings as needed.


Application Process:

Please send cover letter and resume by email with the subject line “Senior Program Officer Position” to: careers@unihealthfoundation.org. No phone calls to the Foundation, please. Applications must be received by no later than July 8, 2019.




Disclaimer: This description should not be construed to contain every function or responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent with this job title. This job description is intended to be general and will evolve over time. The description is subject to periodic updating. At management’s discretion, the employee maybe assigned different or additional duties from time to time.


Effective Date: June 10, 2019.