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Program Officer, Pathways to Postsecondary Success

Company Overview:

Carnegie Corporation of New York was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.”  It is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential American grantmaking foundations. 

Job Summary:

Carnegie Corporation of New York (“the Corporation”) has an exciting job opportunity for a Program Officer in the Education Program.  Reporting to the Vice President of National Program/Program Director Education, the Program Officer is responsible for helping to shape and execute the strategy of the Pathways to Postsecondary Success portfolio.

Program Overview:

The Education Program uses thoughtful, strategic investments in systemic change to build the capacity of American public education to prepare all students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to be active participants in a robust democracy and to be successful in the global economy.

As one of five interconnected portfolios in the program, the Pathways to Postsecondary Success portfolio advances this goal by supporting practices and policies that create a diverse set of flexible pathways for students to both post-secondary completion and careers throughout their K-16 education. These pathways include relevant experiences that meet the needs of diverse learners, ensure equity of opportunity, align to 21st century economic opportunity, and make clear to students and their families what needs to happen at each stage of their educational journey. The pursuit of equity is central both to this portfolio and to the Education Program as a whole; strategies that support low-income students, students of color, and first-generation college-going students are prioritized.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Develop, thoroughly understand, and implement, through grantmaking and other activities the program’s goals and supporting objectives.
  • Maintain a wide breadth and depth of knowledge about the current trends, professional practices, and policy issues pertinent to the program.
  • Review, assess, and act on new proposals, and actively improve their quality. 
  • Review proposed budgets, staffing, workplans, and anticipated project outcomes related to proposal goals and institutional capability.
  • Provide leadership such as public speaking, written publications, moderating panel discussions in the field, and presentations to the Board of Trustees.
  • Present quality grant proposals for funding by providing critiques and external expert commentary to clearly identify proposal strengths, weaknesses, and risks.
  • Partner with other funders and leaders in the field to elevate the importance of multiple pathways and ensure students have access to and are pursuing a diverse set of pathways to college and careers.
  • Support the creation of aligned education-to-economic-opportunity pathways between postsecondary education and 21st century jobs in key regions.
  • Identify and foster the conditions, structures, supports and resources needed to implement pathways.
  • Identify and test the institutional and programmatic linkages, mindsets, incentives, and knowledge sharing needed between K-12, institutes for higher education, businesses and other fields.
  • Identify and elevate the value propositions for relevant sub-sectors to engage in this work.
  • Promote activities to deepen awareness and understanding among families and the broader public of the benefits of educational and career pathways for all students.
  • Engage researchers to explore existing data on student success and develop a framework for measuring the long-term success of multiple pathways.
  • Manage and develop staff.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
  • Advanced degree or MBA a plus
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a relevant field of work
  • Understanding of the trends of the current and future labor markets
  • Strategic thinking and planning skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to influence others with ideas and knowledge
  • Excellent presentation and listening skills
  • Effective collaborator
  • Analytic/systems thinker
  • Experience working in cross-functional teams a plus
  • Willingness to travel
  • Organized, flexible and digitally savvy.

Benefits & Perks:

Employee paid health insurance; including medical, dental, life, long term care, and short-term disability, plus a substantial contribution to a retirement plan account, and a generous paid time off program.
Corporate discounts including gym memberships.

Carnegie Corporation of New York is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversifying its workforce and is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity (“EEOC”) laws.  The Carnegie Corporation of New York strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, height and weight, disability, and any other characteristic protected by law.  The Corporation abides by all applicable rules and regulations in its recruiting and employment practices including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws.


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