Program Officer, Strategy

RASMUSON FOUNDATION   Anchorage, AK   Full-time     Business Development
Posted on July 11, 2024
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Operations · Anchorage, Alaska (Hybrid)

Job Title: Program Officer, Strategy

Reports to: Vice President of Strategy

Date Revised: November 8, 2023

Rasmuson Foundation, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people throughout Alaska. The Foundation awards grants to Alaska-based nonprofits, tribes, individual artists, and nonprofit leaders to promote a better life for all Alaskans.


The “Program Officer – Strategy” serves as a Strategy team member and supports and implements the Foundation's strategic and proactive grantmaking priorities. The work includes monitoring opportunities in areas of interest, holding convenings, and managing partnerships, program-related initiatives and grantmaking programs. The Program officer also serves as a resource to the Vice President of Strategy to support strategy development and planning. This position works with the staff to accomplish goals, including a vibrant, collaborative work culture.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Works on multi-year strategic initiatives and partnerships to advance the priorities of the Foundation through a combination of outreach, convening, collaboration and grantmaking. Responsible for initiative portfolio and one or more partnerships.
  • Engages in all aspects of initiative grantmaking: evaluation of initiative grant proposals, writing funding recommendations, monitoring grant performance, contract management and budget oversight. These efforts may involve multiple grantees, cross-team staffing and management of consultants.
  • Supports Strategy and Impact team efforts to assess, develop and implement initiatives and partnerships that align with areas of identified interest. The work will include data and information gathering and review, facilitating convenings and forming collaborations.
  • Monitors and stays informed to develop content expertise in areas of strategic priorities to identify and share opportunities, issues and changes in the field.
  • Represents the Foundation externally and actively forms relationships with leaders, nonprofits and funders to monitor developments and outcomes in the foundation’s impact areas. Serves as a primary contact with grantees.
  • May manage outside consultants.


  • Alignment with the Foundation's mission and values.
  • Minimum of 5 years of increasingly responsible work experience in a specific subject matter area and/or sector of importance to the Foundation.
  • Knowledge and experience in the philanthropic sector, nonprofits and Alaska, with experience evaluating and managing grants preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a track record of leading and influencing others and building and sustaining collaborative relationships.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills with the ability to synthesize information and work with cross-cultural and diverse audiences to build consensus.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, experience with standard office software and comfort working with or learning a grant management software system.

Educational Requirements

  •  Bachelor's degree or higher preferred. Experience can substitute.

Position Competencies

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with the ability to synthesize information and work with cross-cultural and diverse audiences to build consensus.
  • Experience with standard office software such as Microsoft 365, and comfort working with or learning a grant management software system.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to manage several projects at once.
  • Good judgment and integrity.


•  $96,750 - $161,250