Senior Program Officer
Sacramento, CA
Full Time

Sierra Health Foundation and the Center

Sierra Health Foundation is a private philanthropy with a mission to invest in and serve as a catalyst for ideas, partnerships and programs that improve health and quality of life in Northern California. The foundation is committed to improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities in the region through convening, educating and strategic grant making. 

Sierra Health Foundation has a broad definition of health, believing there is much more to health than health care. It is influenced by factors that include socioeconomic conditions, environment, education, income and individual behavior choices. The foundation also believes in the need for health and racial equity and racial justice. Reducing health disparities is a key factor in striving toward better health for all and reflects the foundation’s dedication to ensuring that people throughout its funding region have the opportunity to lead healthy lives.

Sierra Health Foundation established The Center at Sierra Health Foundation to advance its commitment to strengthening community capacity to engage in policy development, planning, and implementation efforts that seek to address the health needs of California’s underserved populations.  The Center works to promote health, racial equity, and racial justice in communities throughout California with local, state and national partners.  With strategy, creativity and ongoing collaboration, The Center strives to eradicate health inequities across the state.

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Sierra Health Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


SUMMARY:  The Sr. Program Officer will work within the Community Economic Development department and Foundation’s Center for Health Program Management and oversee the Reducing African American Child Death Initiative (RAACD), which includes Black Child Legacy Campaign, and Build.Black. The Sr. Program Officer will support community partners to build capacity, implement and operate programs to strengthen neighborhoods, leverage and strengthen relationships, including work with public sector partners.  Responsibilities include assist in developing   strategies to advance foundation programs and grantmaking through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, public sector institutions and other funders to promote and foster community and economic opportunities for families.



  • Serve as the primary Sr. Program Officer responsible for the overall management of the RAACD and Build.Black. and other special projects as directed by the Director of Community Economic Development.
  • Facilitate, manage, and monitor program implementation of RAACD and Build.Black activities to ensure the goals, objectives and deliverables are fully and efficiently met. 
  • Develop and manage the budget for RAACD and Build Black and other oversight projects. 
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with members of the RAACD Steering Committee and other decisionmakers and leaders to gather their input and support on program strategies.
  • Actively engage in community and regional issues and activities to advance RAACD, Build.Black. and other oversight projects strategies through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, community groups and public sector institutions.
  • Work with the Directors of Community Economic Development, Communication, and other members of the senior management team to develop and implement a communication strategy for RAACD, Build. Black. and other oversight projects.
  • Work with the Director and staff of the Evaluation Department to develop and implement evaluation activities for RAACD, BCLC, Build. Black. and other oversight projects.
  • Develop and present programmatic updates and other key information on RAACD, Build.Black. and other oversight projects and other special projects to the RAACD Steering Committee, funders, and other decisionmakers.
  • Maintain an understanding of project implementation challenges and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.
  • In consultation with community partners, develop the program initiative strategies and engage organizations within the funding region for strategic opportunities to implement the initiatives.
  • Working with the program team and other departments, develop, strengthen, and implement the program’s internal processes to better serve the community partners and the goals of the RAACD, Build. Black.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with community partner grantees to better understand the challenges and opportunities they face in their respective areas of focus in advancing the goals of RAACD, Build. Black.
  • Build and strengthen the capacity of community partners to achieve the goals of the programs by developing a technical assistance plan in consultation with community and other stakeholders and ensuring the plan is implemented.
  • Work with the Director of Community Economic Development, staff, and partners to create long- and short-term strategic plans and goals, in consultation with staff from supporting units.  Plans include evaluation goals, implementation strategies, communications and funding.

Grants & Contracts

  • Review, assess and proactively cultivate grantmaking opportunities under the direction of the Director of Community Economic Development. 
  • Lead the grantmaking aspects of the program. This includes working with the Program and Admin/Finance Teams to review and assess proposals, monitor grant work, and conduct due diligence i.e., site visits of pending and active projects.
  • Manage grants/contracts from funders and consultants under the direction of the Director of Community Economic Development. This includes, as assigned, acting as the liaison with the funders, monitoring and ensuring funder contract/award obligations are met, meeting funder reporting requirements and interfacing with other Foundation departments on related issues.
  • Secure additional funding opportunities to achieve the goals of the Black Child Legacy Campaign and associated programs with potential local and national funders for future growth opportunities. Work with the Foundation and Center staff to prepare grant applications for additional funding.
  • Support community applicants in improving proposal quality and providing constructive critical analysis of strengths and weaknesses of funding proposals, workplans and reports related program supported work.
  • Work with outside grant writers and foundation staff to prepare grant applications for additional funding.
  • Lead fundraising for this program portfolio by identifying, cultivating and sustaining prospective and current funding partners, including public and philanthropic investments.

Foundation and the Center

  • Build strategic alliances with key public officials, foundation stakeholders and community partners to advance the foundation’s goals and initiatives.
  • Represent the foundation at public forums, committees, and other venues.
  • Initiate and oversee specific projects for the foundation as assigned by the Director of Community Economic Development.
  • Actively participate in capturing, developing, sharing, and effectively using knowledge.
  • Be an active member of the Programs teams specifically the community economic development unit by looking for opportunities to collaborate and share information. 
  • Perform other duties as required.


This position supervises program associate and program assistant staff in support of the Director of Community Economic Development within the programs serving the Community Economic Development Department.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE                           

  • Bachelor’s Degree in economics, public health or related field preferred with experience in program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • At least 5 years of experience in community economic development, social justice, or community building work.
  • Demonstrated experience advancing equity, building organizational and community capacity and working with low-income communities for sustainable change that advanced health and equity.
  • Experience in maternal and child health preferred.
  • Experience in non-profits preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in staff development.
  • Demonstrated leadership in Program Management.
  • A strong desire to collaborate on a cross-functional basis to ensure achievement of our company goals and objectives.



Must have a current valid driver’s license and be insurable under the Foundation’s insurance policy.  Must have a reliable vehicle to perform various in-field tasks.

LANGUAGE SKILLS                             

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking, presentation and group facilitation skills.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and contracts.
  • Ability to effectively respond to common inquiries, regulatory agencies or members of the business community.
  • Ability to write speeches and/or articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups and/or Board of Directors.


Must be proficient in Windows, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Outlook, have general understanding of computer and internet use.


  • Must have a demonstrated ability to initiate and promote public policy initiatives, and expertise in dealing with policymakers, advocates, and the media.
  • Demonstrated competence in successfully managing complex and multifaceted projects, including budgetary responsibilities.
  • Experience with philanthropic organizations, such as funders, grantees and/or boards of directors.
  • Experience in managing and leading a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated competence in understanding policy, environmental, program and infrastructure roles in advancing or impeding community health.
  • Experience in conducting community needs assessments, developing and implementing strategic plans and evaluations.
  • Experience managing and participating in coalitions and partnerships.
  • Experience and ability to establish and sustain relationships with diverse community groups. 
  • Must have a strong appreciation for the importance of partnership strategies to affect public policy in order to improve health access, delivery, and outcomes in Northern California. 
  • Must be team-oriented and highly skilled in working collaboratively with co-workers and organizational partners (i.e., effectively applying active listening, diplomacy, and consensus-building skills).  
  • Must be able to exercise sound judgement and uses discretion wherever and whenever appropriate.
  • Must be able to travel.




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