September 25, 2018

We’re Hiring: Program Officer – Scholarships

We’re Hiring: Program Officer – Scholarships

The Program Officer is a salaried position reporting directly to the Foundation’s President & CEO. The Program Officer will work in major program areas, specifically with the Scholarship and Teacher Mini-grant programs. 


Roles & Responsibilities

  1. Provide staffing and leadership for the Foundation’s scholarship and Grants for Excellence programs and help manage/evaluate those programs.
  2. Work closely with potential donors on the establishment of new scholarships, and work closely with existing donors to ensure their satisfaction with the scholarship program.
  3. Work closely with the ISD, school counselors, and the College/Career Access Advisors for best implementation of program.
  4. Organize and plan the Excellence in Education event.
  5. Monitor the process for awarded scholarships.
  6. Act as staff liaison on the scholarship committees.
  7. Ensure accurate and up-to-date scholarship records and files.
  8. Determine and maintain spendable amounts for scholarship funds.
  9. Maintain relationship with key community agencies, planning organizations, and other foundations. Participate in community planning efforts.
  10. Represent Saginaw Community Foundation at key community events.
  11. Assist and participate in the Foundation’s major events.
  12. Perform other functions as assigned by the President



  1. Minimum High school diploma, Associates or College degree preferred.
  2. Experience with foundation software/databases/scholarship fund software preferred, but not required.
    1. Strong computer background, including Microsoft Excel, and Word.
    2. Good communication and presentation skills
    3. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to effectively interact with the Board of Directors, current and potential donors, committees, and community-at-large.
    4. “Team player” attitude is critical.
    5. Highly organized, responsible and energetic. Able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, with meticulous attention to detail, use initiative, work independently and solve problems. 
      1. High degree of flexibility and willingness to work until the job is complete.
      2. Must have commitment to excellence, accuracy fairness.
      3. A compelling and demonstrated commitment to the philanthropic sector generally, and to the betterment of the people and communities served by the Foundation in particular.


Submit resumé and references by October 10 to Saginaw Community Foundation, Attn: Reneé Johnston, 1 Tuscola St., Suite 100B, Saginaw, MI 48607 or email