Program Officer

Foundation · Open, Virginia
Department Foundation
Employment Type Regular Full Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

About the Internet Society & Internet Society Foundation


The Internet Society (ISOC) supports and promotes the development of the Internet as a global technical infrastructure, a resource to enrich people’s lives, and a force for good in society. Our work aligns with our goals for the Internet to be open, globally connected, secure, and trustworthy. We seek collaboration with all who share these goals.


Together, we focus on building and supporting the communities that make the Internet work; advancing the development and application of Internet infrastructure, technologies, and open standards; and advocating for policy that is consistent with our view of the Internet.


The Internet Society Foundation is a newly formed, non-profit organization that works in concert with the Internet Society. It exists to demonstrate and support the positive difference the Internet can make to people everywhere and promote the development of the Internet as a global technical infrastructure, a resource to enrich people’s lives, and a force for good in society.


The Foundation is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion, where all individuals are valued for their distinct contributions.  Our people are the most valuable strengths we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our staff invests in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and the Foundation's achievements.


About the Position


The Program Officer is a full-time position responsible for implementing and managing the following programs:


  1. Beyond the Net Funding Program. Support for Internet Society (ISOC) Chapter grant funding for local and regional projects aligned with the Internet Society’s mission.
  2. Strengthening Communities/ Improving Lives and Livelihoods (SCILLS).  Support for broader initiatives that bridge the digital opportunities gap in selected regions across the globe, working with organizations that help to bring the benefits of Internet access to vulnerable communities.
  3. Internet Governance Forums (IGFs) (National, Regional and Global) as well as Schools of Internet Governance.
  4. A still-to-be developed program area known as “Opportunities."


    The Program Officer works closely with the Executive Director to successfully organize and implement these initiatives in collaboration with other team members to build strong relationships and partnerships in the community.  This person is responsible for ensuring all elements of the grant application, selection and management process for all four of the above listed programs are carried out successfully and demonstration of results is assured. The Program Officer will work cross-functionally with other team members and will have a roll up your sleeves attitude.


    Location: Open to remote



    Essential Duties and Responsibilities


    Program Area Strategy


    • Implement/advance the program area strategy for Beyond the Net (ISOC Chapters) Small and Large Programs;
    • Implement/advance the program area strategy for SCILLS;
    • Implement/advance the program area strategy for IGF/Schools of Internet Governance;
    • Develop and implement a strategy for the soon-to-be-launched Opportunities funding area;
    • Identify areas for improvements/adjustments for the current strategies for these four program areas;
    • Drive the establishment of partnerships and internal capabilities in support of short- and long-term Foundation strategies;
    • Work with the team to develop annual Action Plans by providing detailed recommendations for activities as well as budgets;
    • Work with Operations to manage budget of four program areas.


    Grant-Making Process

    • Manage all aspects of the portfolio of grants for ISOC Chapters (Beyond the Net), SCILLS and IGF/Schools of Internet Governance (and ultimately Opportunities) from application to award, overseeing progress of grantee work;
    • Collaborate with and manage potential grantees to develop plans and projects for funding;
    • In collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, develop and support the monitoring and evaluation components for grants;
    • Provide recommendations for funding for submission to the Executive Director for review as well as the Independent Program Review Committee (IPRC)/outside experts;
    • In collaboration with the Operations Team, manage internal processes and portfolio progress, and ensure appropriate documentation, grant budgeting and reporting;
    • Proactively identify and vet promising opportunities for giving, creating a grant pipeline, and developing systems to scout for new opportunities including those that are identified in the Opportunities area;
    • Write and produce briefings and other materials on key issues for foundation leadership (Executive Director, Board of Directors and IPRC with a focus on impact and return-on-investment).


        Desired Qualifications & Competencies


        • 7+ years of relevant experience 
        • Background in the development, implementation and management of a foundation program area strategies
        • International experience
        • Experience with the full suite of grant making process including writing RFPs, reviewing applications/submissions; identifying high-quality candidates for review; recommending funding levels; and managing ongoing grantee projects
        • Capacity to identify opportunities for grantees to collaborate with each other and facilitate/support cross-organizational collaboration
        • Knowledgeable of both technical and policy-related Internet research topics
        • Excellent written and oral communication skills in positions requiring communication with a broad and diverse audience
        • Experience in a role requiring collaboration in complex internal and external organizations
        • Ability to manage groups of diverse stakeholders
        • Fluency in French or other languages a plus
        • Experience and ability to collaborate with organizations and leaders in different geographic/cultural contexts
        • Ability to travel when travel resumes
        • Commitment to the Internet Society’s mission and objectives, as well as living the values of collaboration, inclusion, people, passion and respect
        • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability interact positively in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment with both Foundation team members as well as grantees, consultants, other
        • Experience working with a globally distributed workforce and ability to work across time zones
        • Passion for, and demonstrated commitment to, a more accessible and trustworthy internet for all


        The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class. Compensation and benefit package for this position will be competitively commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications.  Applications will be evaluated until the position has been filled. The list of applicants will not be posted publicly and will be reviewed in confidence by members of the evaluation committee.

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        • Location
          Open, Virginia
        • Department
          Foundation
        • Employment Type
          Regular Full Time
        • Minimum Experience
          Experienced