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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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Program Officer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$65,008 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$49K
Median: $65K
$85K
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Program Officer Career Path

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Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund
Program Officer
Aug. 3, 2021

“I also had an opportunity to cover regional portfolio and that was good for my career”

United NationsUnited Nations
Project Officer
Nov. 17, 2020

“It provides a good platform for learning and networking and that's probably the best part.”

RANZCR
Project Officer
May 6, 2021

“There is no clarity in how governance works and no opportunity for personal growth or career progression.”

Chemonics InternationalChemonics International
Program Liaison Officer
Feb. 13, 2021

“When I started working I realized that my role had a higher responsibility level and the salary did not march this level.”

DAIDAI
Grants Officer
Aug. 2, 2020

“career development at DAI is key and fudamental”

Northern Gas NetworksNorthern Gas Networks
H21 Project Officer
Aug. 14, 2019

“Good and enjoyable place to work”

Arbeiter-Samariter-BundArbeiter-Samariter-Bund
Project Officer
Jun. 30, 2021

“Best environment to work and good”

Conflict Dynamics InternationalConflict Dynamics International
Program Officer
Nov. 13, 2020

“CDI's peacebuilding work is innovative and impactful.”

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