Program Officer

Program Officer
Organization Name: 
Horning Family Foundation
Job Description: 

Position: Program Officer
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Washington, DC
Salary Range: $75,000-$85,000

The Horning Family Foundation (HFF) envisions a just and equitable Washington, DC, in which all Black children and families thrive. We partner with organizations and community led-efforts (direct service, organizing, advocacy) to achieve racial justice and equity through individual and institutional change, power building, and transformation of systems.  The foundation currently focuses its efforts on education in Washington DC. We currently grant $1.2 million each year to approximately 35 grantee partners.

In partnership with Horning Brothers, Martha’s Table and Community of Hope the foundation developed The Commons at Stanton Square in 2018. It is a 55,000 square foot campus in Ward 8 that fosters collaboration among its partners to achieve outcomes for children and their families that no single organization can accomplish on its own. Current programs offer early childhood education, nutrition and health, parental supports, and emotional wellness as well as out of school time programs for children and youth.

To support, celebrate and recognize community-based organizations and groups operating in the neighborhood where The Commons is located, HFF launched the Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) Participatory Grant Program in 2019. The program’s design, implementation, and decision-making is led by DC residents who either live or work in communities in Ward 8.

The Horning Family Foundation (HFF) seeks a full-time Program Officer who will work closely with the Executive Director to implement the foundation’s new strategic plan. This role presents an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development and implementation of  HFF’s strategies, activities and initiatives to advance racial justice and equity in Washington, DC.

HFF is currently staffed by one person, who is supported by an engaged Board of Directors. To this end, HFF seeks a candidate who is comfortable working both independently and in a highly collaborative environment, and is also able to balance multiple priorities. Successful candidates should have strong project management and communication skills, as well as the ability to build authentic relationships with diverse stakeholders, including grantee partners, community members and philanthropic colleagues.


In partnership with the Executive Director, the Program Officer will develop and implement specific goals to further the foundation’s mission and strategy.

  • Manage a portion of the foundation’s grant portfolio: conduct site visits, maintain ongoing communications with grantee partners to understand their programs, impact and challenges; and prepare reports on grantmaking activity as requested
  • Provide leadership (facilitation, programmatic and administrative) for the foundation’s Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) Participatory Grant Program
  • Serve as the point of contact for new grant inquiries
  • Support the foundation’s learning and knowledge sharing through research and analysis of organizations and/or issues related to initiatives or special projects
  • Participate in community, nonprofit and philanthropic events to stay abreast of current trends and emergent practices in the field
  • Assist in the development of internal and external communication materials
  • Co-develop and maintain content for the foundation’s new website and other communication vehicles as needed
  • Create and manage the foundation’s social media presence
  • Assist with planning, implementation, and follow-up of special events (convenings and other foundation-hosted meetings)
  • Support the grant requisition process and ensure invoices are submitted in a timely manner
  • Assist with the preparation of meeting and presentation materials for Board and team meetings
  • Provide support for the annual budgeting process


  • A commitment to the foundation’s vision, mission, and core beliefs
  • A commitment to apply the principles of Trust-based Philanthropy with staff, board, and non-profit partners
  • A minimum of two years of experience in the nonprofit, organizing or philanthropic community
  • Excellent analytic ability - strategic thinker, creative problem solver with ability to work independently and in collaboration with others
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills. Facilitation experience is strongly preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage several projects simultaneously
  • Familiarity with the D.C. area nonprofit, organizing and/or philanthropic community
  • Understanding of financial management concepts
  • Proficient computer skills, including use of MS Office, Google Suite, website management, social media, and online communication tools.


 Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest and how your experience and skills align with the position to  

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, our strong preference is to receive applications by Friday, January 29, 2021.