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Program Officer
Do you have a background in workforce development or rural postsecondary education? Are you passionate about creating pathways for learners in rural areas to achieve academic and career success while staying in their communities? As a Program Officer at Ascendium, you’ll combine that experience and enthusiasm to manage a portfolio of grants and strategic partnerships that support rural postsecondary education and workforce training opportunities. You’ll source grant ideas and partners, assess theories that emerge from the field, shepherd grant applications through the proposal process, develop reporting and payment structures, support grantees and cultivate relationships with peers and other funders.  

This position is based in Madison, Wisconsin at our new, state-of-the art headquarters.

Position: Program Officer
Organization: Ascendium Education Group, Inc.
Location: Madison,  WI 
United States
Posting Start Date: 9/2/2022
Date Posted: 9/2/2022
Job Responsibilities
  • Your day-to-day activities may include the following.
  • Partnering with the director of education grantmaking and colleagues to ensure Ascendium’s rural postsecondary education and workforce training grantmaking activity is effective and aligned with overall strategy.
  • Discovering and applying insights that help refine Ascendium’s grantmaking strategy and effectiveness as a funding partner.
  • Monitoring and coordinating future grantmaking prospects.
  • Helping develop and plan for one or more of Ascendium’s investment priorities.
  • Sharing best practices with grantees and connecting them to other resources as necessary to help them succeed.
  • Coordinating with Ascendium’s communications team on focus area messaging.
  • Collaborating with the director of education grantmaking to establish annual planning and budgeting priorities to advance focus area goals.
  • Developing relationships and partnerships with national and regional funders that support the successful execution of Ascendium’s grantmaking strategy.
  • Representing Ascendium at national and regional conferences and engaging with funder networks and field working groups and committees. 
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.
  • Knowledge and Skill Requirements
  • A highly qualified candidate will possess the following.
  • Knowledge equivalent to a master's degree in philanthropy, social sciences, social work, community development, education, economics, business or a related field.  
  • Five or more years of experience in postsecondary education; local, state or federal government; workforce development; economic development; philanthropy and/or nonprofits.
  • Familiarity with state or local workforce development strategies, training pathways that create access to well paying, high-growth jobs and federal and state government rural workforce training funding streams.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and inclusively with others to achieve shared goals.
  • Effective interpersonal skills exemplified by initiative, courtesy, diplomacy, positivity and professionalism.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Curiosity and a desire to continuously learn.
  • Comfort with ambiguity and the ability to adapt to a fast-paced, continually evolving work environment.
  • Strong project management skills with a demonstrated ability to execute and follow through to achieve intended results by honoring commitments, prioritizing work and managing time and resources well. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Status: This listing expires on: 11/1/2022
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Organization Information
Ascendium Education Group, Inc.

Madison,  WI 53718
United States
(608) 733-2500
Keith Witham

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