Program Officer

Foundation · Reston, Virginia
Department Foundation
Employment Type Regular Full Time

Internet Society Foundation

The Internet Society Foundation is a newly formed, non-profit organization that supports 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. Research: Support for projects that study the Internet along several thematic areas.
  2. Building Opportunities & Leveraging Technology (BOLT): Support for innovative approaches to Internet access and connectivity.
  3. Resiliency and Responding to Emergencies (RARE): Support for projects that respond to communities with emergent Internet access and connectivity needs or build resilient Internet infrastructure


    The Program Officer works closely with the Leadership Team 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. This position has two (2) direct reports.


    Location: Remote- work from home location


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities


    Program Area Strategy


    • Implement/advance the program area strategy for Research;
    • Implement/advance the program area strategy for BOLT;
    • Implement/advance the program area strategy for RARE;
    • Identify areas for improvements/adjustments for the current strategies for these 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 program areas.


    Grant-Making Process

    • 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 in managing a team
          • 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
            Reston, Virginia
          • Department
            Foundation
          • Employment Type
            Regular Full Time