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 (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. Learn more at https://www.isocfoundation.org/.
About the Position
The Program Officer is a full-time position responsible for implementing and managing the following programs.
- Beyond the Net funding program. Chapter grant funding for local and regional projects aligned with the Internet Society’s mission.
- Community Capacity Building. Support for broader initiatives that improve Internet access and bridge the digital opportunities gap.
The Program Officer will work closely with the Executive Director to successfully organize and implement initiatives in collaboration with other team members to build strong relationships and partnerships in the community. This person will also help finalize the criteria for this new program area and identify an appropriate applicant pool for review by a Selection Committee/Expert Review Panel who will be responsible for making final recommendations for grant funding.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Program Area Strategy
- Contribute to the development and implementation of a program area strategy for the Community Capacity Building Program (CCBP);
- Review history and process of Beyond the Net (BTN) and recommend and implement adjustments as necessary;
- Identify, evaluate, and seize new opportunities for giving;
- Drive the establishment of partnerships and internal capabilities in support of short- and long-term foundation strategies.
- Manage a portfolio of grants for ISOC Chapters (Beyond the Net) and Community Capacity Building;
- 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;
- Review letters of inquiry and grant applications for both Chapter funding and Community Capacity Building support;
- Provide recommendations for funding including drafting and editing proposal summaries for submission to the Executive Director for review and the Selection Committee/Expert Review Panel for approval;
- In collaboration with the Technical and Administrative Manager of Grants, 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;
- Write and produce briefings and other materials on key issues for foundation leadership (Executive Director, Board of Directors and Selection Committee/Expert Review Panel with a focus on impact and return-on-investment).
Desired Qualifications & Competencies
- 10+ years of relevant experience including an advanced degree and an extensive background in the development, implementation and management of a foundation program area strategies;
- 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;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and experience 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;
- Experience and ability to collaborate with organizations and leaders in different geographic/cultural contexts;
- Ability to travel including international travel to developing countries;
- Passion for, and demonstrated commitment to, a more accessible and trustworthy Internet for all
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.