Program Officer
Sacramento, CA
Full Time

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.

SUMMARY:  The California Funders for Boys and Men of Color Program Officer will be based out of the Sacramento office and is responsible for day-to-day implementation and management of the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color (CFBMoC) initiative. CFBMoC is a statewide network of funders committed to removing structural, policy and practice obstacles to opportunity for boys and young men of color.  The CFBMoC Program Officer will support its community partners’ efforts to build their capacity for policy and systems change, coordinate the network’s hub activities, oversee, and monitor grant activities, and leverage and strengthen relationships with community based and nonprofit organizations, public sector institutions and agencies, and other funders to seeking to ensure boys and young men of color in California thrive academically, socially, and economically.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Act as the primary Program Officer responsible for managing the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color.
  • Actively engage regional network leads to advance grantmaking strategies through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, public sector institutions and other funders to further the efforts of California Funders for Boys and Men of Color program in the region and statewide.
  • Support California Funders for Boys and Men of Color initiative and network partners efforts to develop program strategies and engage organizations within the state for opportunities to implement and/or advance it’s initiatives. In addition, the Program Officer will work with the program team and other departments to develop, strengthen, and implement internal processes to better serve the network and community.
  • 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 the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color.
  • Provide coordination and direction with technical assistance providers and grantee partners to ensure maximum impact, track and engage in policy advocacy and add value where California Funders for Boys and Men of Color resources have been provided.
  • Maintain an understanding of project implementation challenges and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.
  • Coordinate the planning and management of all California Funders for Boys and Men of Color grants program virtual and in-person statewide, regional, and general meetings, informed by network and community partner input.
  • Enable ongoing communication about program partners by organizing and managing regular conference calls and coordinating regular electronic updates.
  • Act as a subject matter expert and resource for California Funders for Boys and Men of Color, especially as it relates to systems level changes that result in increasing opportunity for boys and men of color in the state.  This requires attending meetings and conferences, as well as reviewing articles and research.

Grants & Contracts

  • Participate in the grantmaking aspects of the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color grants 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 Healthy Youth 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.
  • Work with the Senior Management Team to identify and cultivate grant funding for California Funders for Boys and Men of Color. Assist with securing additional funding opportunities for the grantmaking program of the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color with potential local and national funders for future growth opportunities. Work with the Foundation and Center staff to prepare grant applications for additional funding.
  • Assist community applicants in improving proposal quality and providing constructive critical analysis of strengths and weaknesses of funding proposals, workplans and reports related to California Funders for Boys and Men of Color supported work.
  • Work with the Director of Healthy Youth Development, Evaluation Director and other senior managers and staff to develop and implement an evaluation plan for California Funders for Boys and Men of Color initiatives. 
  • Work with the Director of Healthy Youth Development, Communication Director and assigned staff to develop, implement and monitor a California Funders for Boys and Men of Color communications strategy
  • Provide and coordinate technical assistance to community partners and grantees that is responsive to demonstrated needs. This includes convening, coordinating and leading workshops and roundtable discussions informed by community partner input.

Foundation & 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 and center at public forums, committees, and other venues.
  • Actively participate in capturing, developing, sharing, and effectively using knowledge.
  • Prepare briefings and background papers on selected topics. This includes coordinating external partnerships and consultants, research, preparing the content and overseeing final production.
  • Initiate and oversee specific projects for the Foundation or The Center as assigned by the Director of Healthy Youth Development.
  • Work collaboratively with other Center staff in quality assurance processes.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities    

This position supervises the Programs Assistants and Program Associates under the Program.


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

  • A Bachelor’s degree in health policy, public health, community development, public administration, or a related field, and five to seven years of experience in health-related program or policy arena. Demonstrated significant experience coordinating multi-party collaboratives and/or collective impact models with a policy and systems change or community power building focus with documented impact
  • Demonstrated 3-5 years’ experience building organizational and community capacity and working with low income, immigrant, and communities of color to advance health and equity
  • At least 5 years of experience in state and/or local policy – ideally with community health equity as a focus.
  • Strong commitment to achieving racial equity.
  • Previous experience working in or with philanthropy is encouraged but not required.

Language Skills 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking, presentation, and group facilitation skills.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret financial reports and legal documents.
  • Ability to respond to inquiries, from community partners, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups and/or Board of Directors.

Computer Skills

Must be proficient in Windows, Microsoft Office, Outlook, database software, and internet use.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must have a current valid driver’s license and be insurable under the Foundation’s insurance policy.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Passion for the Foundation’s mission is essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and promote public policy initiatives, and expertise in dealing with policymakers, policy advocates, and the media.
  • Broad knowledge of public health, including federal, state and county policy issues.
  • Knowledge of social determinant approaches with diverse cultural populations.
  • Demonstrates an appreciation for the importance of partnership strategies to affect public policy to promote health equity in California. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituencies and build consensus among a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of program development, implementation and evaluation methods, health promotion and policy, and general management concepts.
  • Demonstrates effective leadership and relationship building skills.
  • Executes effective project management and budgeting.
  • Demonstrates the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Team orientation and skilled at working collaboratively with co-workers and organizational partners (i.e., effectively applying active listening, diplomacy, and consensus-building skills, negotiating roles and responsibilities with internal and external colleagues).  
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects involving a variety of internal and external collaborators. 
  • Demonstrates flexibility and able to perform in a fast-paced organization.
  • Demonstrates entrepreneurial orientation to the work.
  • Ability and willingness to travel approximately 10% of the time.

Benefits and Compensation

Sierra Health Foundation and The Center provide a generous benefits package, which includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, as well as an Employee Assistance Program and a discount program called Working Advantage. Retirement benefits are provided through our 401(k), which includes employee matching. Details of these programs will be shared during the hiring process. Compensation begins at $85,000 annually, depending on experience.



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