AMRF invests in local solutions that address the needs of community’s most vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on those impacted by homelessness, addiction, and mental illness. We are an active, engaged philanthropic partner who provides technical assistance, coalition-building, and financial support to communities interested in new solutions in those issue areas. We seek to pioneer changes to current systems of care and risk reduction for people experiencing homelessness, addiction, and/or mental illness to improve overall individual and community wellness. We also seek to reduce and eliminate community focus on institutionalized care, particularly emergency departments and incarceration. We aim to ground our work in equity and focus on catalytic changes at the local level led by partners with deep roots in the community. Our mission-driven team brings decades of experience in public policy, government, direct services, and grassroots activism.
The Southern California Program Officer (SoCal PO) role is a unique opportunity for someone with roots in San Diego County who shares AMRF’s vision for supporting local actors, especially leaders of color, to lead change. The SoCal PO leads AMRF’s engagement with field partners, including representing AMRF at collaborative meetings, occasionally acting as a convener, forging and sustaining key relationships with non-profits, activist, government, and other funder partners. He/She/They shepherds funding proposals for grassroots projects, then monitors and supports their success.
About our ideal candidate...
You value people. You believe that centering equity means centering relationships. You are constantly building and sustaining a network of talented co-conspirators to make a positive impact in your community.
You know that racial equity is “the” work. You understand that equity happens at the individual, interpersonal, organizational, and structural levels. You constantly assess your role, your organization’s role, and strive to practice your values.
You have a vision and a strategy to get there. You are a big picture thinker who is also a doer. You connect the dots. You build a shared vision with partners, because you know it will take a team. You possibly say “systems change” too much, but it is sincere.
Maintain existing partnerships and grow AMRF’s network of strategic partners.
Maintain strong relationships with project partners, providing technical assistance, appreciative coaching, listening and empathy throughout implementation.
In coordination with the Chief of Staff, process grant applications and lead the review and evaluation of project design.
Process and review progress and final project reports, providing feedback to project leaders in support of their participatory development practices while critically assessing every project for growth and sustainability
Data quality control for AMRF’s project and grant tracking systems
Support and build on AMRF’s monitoring and evaluation strategies and framework
Collect and analyze grant and project data and prepare for use in promotional materials, publications, events, and other reports
Content development for AMRF-affiliated websites, annual report, social media, events, email newsletters, and other materials
Keep a finger on the pulse of relevant literature, articles, events, conferences, and trending news related to AMRF’s projects, communities, and industry space
Support AMRF activities, events, and campaigns actively and as needed
The Program Officer will be mission-driven, team-oriented and have a can-do approach in supporting the growth of an innovative and growing non-profit organization in a variety of ways. Candidates should possess excellent analytical skills, strong writing skills, excellent time management and interpersonal skills, and be dedicated to promoting grassroots development. Key values include consistency, commitment, energy, and positivity.
English verbal and written communication skills. Fluency in Spanish a plus.
Able to work well with culturally and geographically diverse staff and partners
Adaptable to online and remote work
Ability and energy to occasionally travel and to organize travel logistics
Willingness to learn Microsoft Office suite, Google suite, and ability to learn new technologies and software quickly, including bespoke solutions.
Location: San Diego, CA. Work from home with regular, in-person engagements in the local area, especially Chula Vista.
Experience (minimum): At least 5 years in social justice, human services or related fields. No background in philanthropy required.
Education (minimum): None
Travel Required: Occasionally
Base Salary: Starting range of $110k to $145k with opportunity for growth + benefits