Under the supervision of the Associate Director, the Senior Program Officer is responsible for management of a portfolio of grantee organizations and grant types. This includes not only ensuring grant compliance, but also developing an effective relationship with and serving as a resource to assigned grantees.
The Senior Program Officer will also support the provision of legal aid in Texas, and serve as a leader to promote access to justice in Texas. The person filling this role will be a key member of the Foundation's Grants Team to implement all aspects of grant-making and monitoring initiatives that result in achieving TAJF’s mission and vision.
1) Manage a portfolio of grantee organizations and grant types
2) Monitor grantees’ compliance with all grant requirements, including financial and narrative reporting, following approved grant budgets, reviewing requests for budget revisions, etc.;
3) Review reports submitted by assigned grantees and request additional information, clarification, or revision as needed;
4) Review grant applications, obtain additional information if needed, and prepare written recommendation regarding approval;
5) Prepare reports required for state and national grant programs;
6) Research and provide recommendations regarding potential matching funds from national funders;
7) Prepare grant contracts and Court orders as required;
8) Serve as a resource to assigned grantees, including making them aware of available resources for issues including organizational development, funding, and legal training;
9) Work with other members of the grants team to ensure that effective reports of grantee activities are available to assist in grant making decisions;
10) Ensure completion of triennial site visit of each assigned grantee, including selecting one or more peer reviewers to conduct the review.
11) Facilitate communication between grantees as required – for example communication between and meeting of grantees to prioritize service areas to be funded;
12) Develop and maintain effective relationship with assigned grantees;
13) Represent TAJF at community, bar association, and interagency events;
14) Maintain expertise both locally and nationally;
15) Work with external organizations as necessary to support key relationships throughout the legal and social services community;
16) Research issues as needed – for example substantive legal areas, legal needs of a client population, possible funding sources, etc.
17) Other duties as assigned.
JD required, Licensed to practice law, Texas license preferred. Minimum of five years nonprofit legal aid management experience required. Minimum of five years active practice of law required, litigation practice preferred. Legal experience in poverty law preferred. Experience in board governance issues desirable. Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; proven ability to be flexible in a team-oriented approach with diverse groups of people. Strong written and oral communication skills. Strong analytic and problem-solving skills. Must be able to travel extensively throughout the state.