Stand Together

Program Officer, Higher Education Philanthropy

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Knowing your work makes a difference fuels you like a shot of espresso in the afternoon. You have the ambition of an entrepreneur, always looking for new opportunities to make a positive impact. You love watching big ideas take root and flourish on university campuses and in society at large.


And that’s where your passion for higher education and philanthropy comes in.


The university investments team is a core component of the Foundation’s efforts to connect scholars, students, and partners with the resources to explore diverse ideas and solutions that meet the challenges of our day. As a program officer, you’ll be responsible for driving part of the Foundation’s existing portfolio of grants to universities, students, scholars, and other non-profits. You’ll also have the opportunity to help identify and evaluate new opportunities for impactful philanthropy in higher education. Your interpersonal skills will allow you to foster meaningful, long-term relationships with internal stakeholders and external partners.


Sounds exciting, right? Apply now.



Your Responsibilities Include


  • Manage an existing portfolio of grants to educational programs, graduate student programs, and other grants aligned with the organizational vision
  • Collaborate across teams and with partners to drive results, effectively manage projects and relationships, and ensure success of grants
  • Cultivate relationships with faculty, administrators, and other stakeholders and represent the Foundation among university partners
  • Make grant recommendations to decision makers
  • Some travel required in order to maintain relationships with external partners


Knowledge and Skills You Bring to the Organization


  • 7+ years of professional experience, 5+ years of experience in relationship management in a development and fundraising, business development, sales, or external relations capacity in a higher ed or philanthropic environment
  • Demonstrated ability to use sound judgement and superior professionalism in nurturing relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • A commitment to the organization’s mission and philosophy
  • High degree of intellectual curiosity and a drive to seek out the best knowledge to inform and improve your work
  • High level of humility and integrity
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and high sense of urgency
  • Strong organizational skills 



About Us


Everyone has the ability to learn, contribute, and succeed if they have the opportunity to do so.  The Charles Koch Institute and the Charles Koch Foundation advance ideas to help all people realize their potential, by challenging convention and eliminating barriers that stifle creativity and progress. 


To realize that North Star, we support educational programs, research, and dialogue—working alongside hundreds of universities and nonprofit partners around the country.  All our work is guided by a commitment to unite with anyone to do right and identify new perspectives, to help people accomplish great things for themselves and others.


We believe that diversity in experiences, perspectives, knowledge and ideas fuels creativity, broadens knowledge, and helps drive success. That’s why we’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer and strive to treat all employees and applicants with honesty, dignity, respect and sensitivity. We welcome all qualified applicants regardless of color, race, religion, religious creed, sex, gender or gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy (including medical needs which may arise from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), military and veteran status, genetic information, marital or familial status, political affiliation, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. 


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