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Senior Program Officer


Reports to: President/CEO


Status: full-time, exempt




Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, founded in 1984, is a $105 million Foundation that serves as the grantmaking and capacity building ministry of 74 Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod congregations in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The vision of the Foundation is to see the Church brought in to the lives of hurting people and people included in the healing life of the Church. The Foundation currently focuses its efforts in six funding focus areas: Congregation Social Service Outreach, Christian Volunteerism, Lutheran Education, Older Adults Maintaining Independence, Services to Ex-Offenders and Their Families, and Supporting Foreign-Born Populations.


Job summary


The Senior Program Officer assists in the development, investigation, and evaluation of grant applications from area congregations, faith-based agencies, and non-profit organizations that match with the Foundation’s strategic funding areas and will be responsible for one or more of those areas. The Senior Program Officer serves as a trainer, facilitator, and technical assistant to grant applicants and grantees to increase their understanding of and to support their use of effective program design, logic models, and evaluation.


Duties and Responsibilities



  • Develop connections with area congregations and non-profits
  • Counsel grant seekers on possible grant requests and general information inquires
  • Conduct grant proposal review, including site visits and community calls
  • Prepare written and oral evaluations and recommendations for grant applications
  • Research, develop, and present ideas for strategic initiatives designed to have a broader impact on one or more of the Foundations focus areas
  • Represent the Foundation in the community


Grants Monitoring, Management, and Research

  • Manage ongoing correspondence with grant recipients
  • Track and review interim and final reports from grantees
  • Conduct periodic site visits to check grantee progress and identify areas for follow-up and support
  • Assist in maintaining database on all proposals, grants, and contacts


Outcomes, Evaluation, and Learning

  • Review and work with grant applicants during the grant application process to strengthen their logic models and evaluation plans
  • Participate with staff in the review of grant reports to determine if the project achieved its intended outcomes
  • Help identify and/or enhance criteria for evaluating success of projects in alignment with the Foundation’s goals and strategies, evaluate completed projects according to criteria, and disseminate results to staff and Board
  • Work with staff and Board members to develop/strengthen measurement and evaluation priorities for one or more funding focus areas, including: logic models, outcomes, measurement tools, and learning questions
  • Research, curate, and share best practices, resources, and emerging trends for one or more funding focus areas
  • Periodically convene grantees for information sharing and learning
  • Perform general Foundation support activities and carry out special projects as assigned


Qualifications and Skills


  • Bachelor’s degree plus ten years of relevant experience
  • Critical thinker with strong written, verbal, and presentation/communication skills
  • Knowledge of the non-profit community in St. Louis
  • In-depth knowledge and experience with program design, outcomes, and evaluation
  • Familiarity with The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod preferred
  • Previous grantmaking experience preferred
  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and in teams
  • Good judgement and Christian character
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Strong personal interest in the Foundation’s vision


Physical Qualifications


  • Ability to sit at a desk for extended periods of time
  • Sufficient mobility to move to various locations in and out of office for site visits, presentations and trainings
  • Sufficient vocalization for making presentations, speeches, and trainings
  • Sufficient visual ability to focus attention during extended use of electronic documents and internet web-sites
  • Ability to occasionally lift 25-pound item and move item ten feet


Application Process


Interested applicants should mail a cover letter and résumé by Friday, September 28, 2018 to:

Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, MO
Attn: Ann L. Vazquez, President/CEO
8860 Ladue Road, Suite 200
Ladue, MO 63124


Interested candidates should send a résumé and thoughtful cover letter describing specific qualifications and interest in the position. The cover letter should also highlight experience working with congregations and/or faith-based organizations, either in a professional or volunteer capacity.


Lutheran Foundation promotes an equal employment opportunity workplace which includes reasonable accommodation of otherwise qualified disabled applicants and employees so long as this does not create an undue hardship on the Foundation or affect the health and/or safety of others at work. Please see the President/CEO should you have any questions about this policy or these job duties. This job description may not be all inclusive and employees are expected to perform all other duties as assigned and/or directed by the President/CEO. Job descriptions and duties may be modified when deemed appropriate by management.