Vice President of Programs and Grants


The Vice President of Programs and Grants, working closely with the President/CEO, is responsible for overseeing ACF’s grantmaking and scholarship programs, overseeing management of Pick.Click.Give., and other special projects. This position guides effective communication and working relationships with ACF’s programmatic partners and is responsible for participating in the overall leadership of the organization as a member of the Executive Leadership Team.


Provide Program and Grants Leadership

  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of community foundations. Be able to clearly communicate legal, financial, and community benefits of a community foundation to donors, grantees, community leaders and others.
  • Oversee development of grant guidelines, outcomes, and coordination of grant and scholarship cycles for ACF Field of Interest, scholarship and other competitive funds.
  • Oversee processing and awarding of all grants awarded through ACF competitive and discretionary funds, including review, processing, approval, and reporting requirements.
  • Oversee Program and Grants team members including those employed under special programs.
  • Act as lead staff member for the ACF Board’s Program & Grants Committee.

Provide Special Initiatives Leadership

  • Understand the community needs in order to initiate collaborative projects with community groups.
  • Monitor progress of special initiatives to assist in their success in achieving key objectives.
  • Oversee project budgets including payment requests, expenditures and grant reporting.
  • Prepare and/or oversee grant requests submitted by ACF in conjunction with project partners. Assure grant expenditures are in compliance with budgets approved by project funders, and prepare and submit progress and/or final grant reports to project funders.

Provide Internal Leadership and Strategic Direction

  • Work with the President/CEO to develop and monitor annual budgets for Programs and Grants and individual project budgets.
  • Hire, supervise, mentor, and evaluate Programs and Grants team members.
  • Develop and improve internal systems for an effective grants and scholarship program, including methods to ensure monitoring and implementation of best practices.
  • Provide review and insight into fund agreements under development to ensure ACF’s ability to comply with donor intent in perpetuity.
  • Participate in the overall leadership of the organization as a member of the executive team.
  • Work with the ACF President/CEO and other ACF team members to ensure ACF’s policies, procedures and grant agreements comply with national standards and best practices.
  • Participate in strategic Board discussions.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with statewide and national funders.

Help Build ACF’s Community Leadership

  • Oversee events to engage grantees, applicants, programmatic partners, and scholarship, grant, and Affiliate volunteers.
  • Represent ACF at community events, task forces, boards, and other gatherings.
  • Ensure ACF is effectively investing grant and scholarship funding into Alaskan communities in compliance with donor intent.
  • Perform other related duties.


  • Proven effectiveness in leading a team of individuals toward common goals.
  • Understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges inherent in rural Alaskan communities.
  • Understanding of statewide grantmaking landscape.
  • Proven and progressively responsible program and project management skills that include administration of programmatic, financial and analytic activities.
  • Creative and effective problem solving and consensus building skills (negotiate solutions and resolve conflicts).
  • Understanding of and experience in nonprofit operations and management and ability to assess organizational health by reviewing financials and planning documents.
  • Ability to work in high-paced environment with competing demands while maintaining integrity of work product (for self and team).
  • Ability to organize and coordinate multiple projects and concurrent activities.
  • Creative person willing to think outside of the box and engage in collaborative funding with donors and other foundations and partners.
  • Ability to work with and develop strategic and equitable working relationships with diverse populations, interact with and motivate a wide variety of people including Board members, grantmakers, grantees, donors and others.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.


  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience working in leadership in a nonprofit agency.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree or additional professional experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of and experience with philanthropy, grantmaking, grant writing, budgeting, and donor relations.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and database management (relational databases, spreadsheets, word processing, email).
  • Strong analytic, interpersonal and networking skills. Strong team player.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to Alaska with strong interest in the work of ACF.
  • Willingness and ability to work collaboratively with staff and with Board committees.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and expertise.

Benefits (upon eligibility) include:

  • Health, Dental and Vision plans with generous employer funding of employee premiums and some employer funding of dependent premiums.
  • A 401(k) retirement plan with an employer match after one year of service up to 4% of employees salary.
  • Paid time off starts at (18) days a year and rises incrementally after two years of service.
  • There are (12) paid Holidays per year.
  • Group insurance including life/short term disability/long term disability provided by employer.
  • An Employee Giving Program, including matching gifts from the Foundation, to support employees’ philanthropic interests
  • Other benefits include an Employee Assistance Program, Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Spending accounts.


If you meet the position qualifications and are ready to bring your knowledge skills, and abilities to our team please apply for the Vice President of Programs and Grants position. This position will close 5:00 pm on Friday, July 10, 2022.

Applications must include a letter of interest, a resume, three professional references, and a writing sample. Please send to Christine Brown at

The Alaska Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of applicants.


The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required, sometimes for extended periods, to stand or sit. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, multi-function machines, and filing cabinets. The employee is occasionally required to climb stairs; use hands to type, finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; balance stoop, kneel, or crouch; and get in and out of vehicles. The employee must occasionally lift and/ or move small or large objects up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.