Program Officer, Blue Shield Against Violence

Blue Shield of California Foundation is seeking a new team member for the Blue Shield Against Violence Program.  This individual will help the Foundation build momentum towards preventing and ending domestic violence in California, and a future in which every Californian has access to affordable, high quality health care.  We seek an experienced Program Officer to manage the Blue Shield Against Violence grantmaking portfolio and program efforts. 

This position is based in San Francisco, California.

Program Officer

The Program Officer manages the Blue Shield Against Violence grantmaking portfolio and programmatic activities and oversees numerous consultants who handle grantmaking and programmatic activities. The program officer also assists in developing and implementing evaluation strategies, and represents the Foundation at meetings and events.  The Program Officer reports directly to the Blue Shield Against Violence Director and works as an integral part of the Foundation’s program team to achieve Foundation-wide goals.

Principal duties and responsibilities

The Program Officer should have an energetic, entrepreneurial nature coupled with strong strategic and analytical thinking skills.  The successful applicant will be a self- starter with a proven track record in developing and launching programmatic projects and/or grantmaking initiatives.  Key responsibilities include:

•    Grantmaking Strategy and Management.  Partner with the BSAV Director in developing grantmaking strategy, identifying funding priorities. Manage
    Blue Shield Against Violence’s grantmaking portfolio (approx. $6.5 million each year).  This includes working with current and prospective grantees,
    reviewing proposals and making funding recommendations, conducting due diligence, preparing board docket materials, developing and launching 
    Requests for Proposals, monitoring current grants and reports, and providing grantee technical assistance.  Duties also include maintaining an
    in-depth knowledge of the priorities, strategies, and selection criteria for the Foundation’s grantmaking, developing and managing grantmaking
    initiatives and managing multiple external consultants.

•    Program/Project Management Manage new and existing projects of the Blue Shield Against Violence program.  This includes identifying and
     managing consultants, project management of multiple programmatic activities and efforts, and managing outsourced grantmaking and technical
     assistance activities.

•    Knowledge, Learning and Evaluation.  Work with Blue Shield Against Violence Director to develop and oversee evaluation strategies (including
      managing external evaluators) for program area and grants. Support Foundation-wide evaluation and learning agenda.

•    External Engagement.  Maintain and develop relationships with grantees, funders, policy makers, and other key stakeholders necessary to advance
      the BSAV vision and policy and programmatic goals.  Includes ongoing monitoring of public policies related to violence and prevention,  developing   
      public policy approaches with the field, keeping abreast of relevant issues, research, and trends,  reviewing publications and attending related
      conferences, meetings, and other events.  This also includes presenting at conferences on Foundation work.

•    Internal Engagement and Collaboration.  Work collaboratively and participate in cross-disciplinary teams with colleagues at the Foundation,
     including the peer review process of all Foundation projects and activities.  Participate in engagement activities.

•    Communications. Collaborate with the Foundation's Public Affairs Team to develop and disseminate publications, and produce events, press 
      releases, Web site updates, conference presentations and public announcements of funding.

•    Special and ad hoc projects.  Complete additional tasks as assigned.

Experience & Skills Required

The Blue Shield Against Violence Program Officer must have an energetic, entrepreneurial nature coupled with strong strategic, analytical thinking, writing, and relationship-building skills. The Program Officer must also have a track record as a self-starter with excellent results in program management, including developing, launching, and implementing projects and managing diverse teams.  Required experience and skills include: 

•    Master's degree or equivalent experience required, with a preference for a degree in public health, public policy, business or nonprofit
•    A minimum of five years of program management experience with nonprofit organizations, community based or philanthropic organizations, or
      public institutions.
•    Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
•    Exceptional project management skills, including organization and attention to detail.
•    Strong relationship-building skills, including the ability to manage diverse teams and the personal presence to represent the Foundation in diverse
     forums and organizational relationships.
•    Demonstrated strategic and critical thinking skills.
•    Demonstrated ability to balance multiple complex projects and priorities.
•    Strong professional integrity.
•    Creativity, enthusiasm, and independence; a high degree of initiative; productive and results-oriented.
•    Demonstrated skill as a quick and adaptive learner able to digest and synthesize substantial content information in a short timeframe.
•    Ability to assess the leadership, fiscal health, and capacity of a nonprofit organization.
•    Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and in a team-oriented environment.
•    Demonstrated adaptiveness and ability to thrive in a rapidly changing internal and external landscape.

In addition, the ideal candidate will have:

•    An understanding of the complex public health and violence prevention, program and policy landscape including inter-relationships between  
      providers of domestic violence services, primary prevention organizations, employers, foundations,  advocacy organizations, and the public sector.
      Knowledge and expertise about these issues in California is a plus.

•    Experience with program/project evaluation, including data collection and knowledge management.
•    Proven effectiveness in working with grantseekers and non-profit organizations; prior grantmaking experience is a plus. 

Blue Shield of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Blue Shield of California Foundation was formed by Blue Shield of California, a not-for-profit health plan with more than 3.4 million members, 4,800 employees and one of the largest provider networks in California. For more information about the company, please visit

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