What does a Program Officer do?

Program officers are critical to a foundation or nonprofit organization as they oversee program development, seek grants and proposals, oversee budgets, and manage projects. They ensure the organization's activities and programs align with a foundation or nonprofit’s goals and mission statement. They will staph a development team and head project management as well as implement daily management of activities. Working closely with other managers, vendors, and financial supporters, they develop, maintain, and ensure adherence to budgets, including reviewing and executing grant proposals.

Program officers build and maintain partnerships and relationships that interact with other organizations. This could include nonprofits, community organizers, or federal agencies, assist with expanding services, raise funding, and educate the public about the foundation's work. They inform a foundation or nonprofit about program developments and ongoing activities through reports including an annual report or a weekly, monthly, or quarterly update. Program officers need a bachelor's degree in business administration or related fields and a minimum of five years of professional experience in managing projects and teams, and a fundraising and nonprofit industry background.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

Excellent Organizational
Written Communication
Report Writing
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Program Officer Seniority Levels

18% made the transition
Program Coordinator
10% made the transition
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Program Officer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$70,579 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $71K
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