Senior Program Officer / Program Officer

Polk Bros. Foundation
June 18, 2024
20 W Kinzie St, Chicago, Illinois
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The Foundation is currently seeking to fill two key positions on its program staff:

  • Program Officer
  • Senior Program Officer

Strong candidates will have expertise and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Housing Affordability, including knowledge of community-led and innovative programs, practices, and policies that can increase the supply of and access to affordable rental housing and home ownership in disinvested communities and communities of color, and decrease barriers that perpetuate racial and ethnic gaps. (Note: knowledge of approaches to addressing homelessness is a plus, but another, current Foundation program officer will be primarily responsible for this area.)
  • Education, including knowledge of proven methods and policies to accelerate student learning especially for students from historically or currently marginalized groups, foster connectedness to school, and improve school climate and school leadership in the K-12 system and/or approaches and policies to improve college and post-secondary affordability, access, success, and connections to pathways into jobs with career progression.
  • Community Violence Prevention, including knowledge of community-led and innovative solutions to reducing gun violence and gun violence involvement, especially by those at highest risk; increasing community safety; and cross-sector approaches that can address cycles of violence within families and communities.

In all grantmaking areas, we are increasingly interested in fundamentally changing the conditions that uphold racial injustice and cause racial disparities, and helping make progress toward a more just and equitable future for our city.  We recognize that the most promising solutions are interconnected and frequently community-led and community-driven.


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