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Government and Government Relations Attorney in Princeton, NJ

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Company name

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Government and Government Relations

Years of Experience

3-5 yrs required


Princeton, NJ

Date Last Verified

Aug 10,2018

Posted on

Aug 09,2018

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Program Officer RESPONSIBILITIES: Serves as a partner with the managing director and other staff in identifying and advancing strategic direction with an emphasis on policy change. Initiates and contributes to the design and implementation of new and on‐going Foundation and Healthy Children, Healthy Weight (HCHW) theme initiatives and programs. May lead sub‐area committees and cross‐theme work groups to design and manage strategy areas to achieve key theme objectives and outcomes. Works with program staff, consultants, other funders, and external organizations to plan and develop initiatives and programs. Screens and assesses prospective proposals, works with applicants to refine plans and budgets. Assures the quality of documents for programs being recommended for approval. Participates in meetings, conducts site visits, and reviews grantee submissions as part of overall responsibility for developing and managing existing initiatives and programs. Prepares oral and written summaries of program activities. May oversee the work of program associates and interns related to program monitoring activities, as assigned by the director. Monitors the programmatic aspects of funded initiatives. Works with program administrators in assessing financial status of programs over time. Engages diverse perspectives across the Foundation and applies that to team strategy development and initiatives. Field Contributions, Learning, and Dissemination Represents the Foundation publicly regarding strategy, program direction, funding, and progress. Responds to public inquiries about the application process. Stays abreast of new developments through networking and attendance at events. Participates in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities to maintain and enhance expertise and professional status. Builds relationships with foundations and other key partners. Works with colleagues and consultants to develop measures of impact for major programs and activities, including assessment, evaluation, and dissemination of results of programs. Works with other key units across the Foundation involved with communications, particularly dissemination through the websites, social media, research, evaluations, and learning. Participates in the development and monitoring of HCHW theme performance indicators and learning questions. Participates in Foundation‐wide programs related to interest and program areas. Is responsible for understanding, implementing, and following the grant-making processes and policies of RWJF. Analyzes and evaluates all aspects of theme‐wide and initiative‐specific proposals including strength of the activity, value for dollars requested, and the organization’s health and stability. In supporting recommendations and in monitoring financial status, the PO works in collaboration with program and financial personnel across the Foundation. Attends meetings, conducts site visits, and reviews grantee submissions as part of overall responsibility for developing and managing existing programs and programs. Prepares oral and written summaries of program activities. Keeps managing director and colleagues apprised of grant developments and occurrences in the field that are likely to affect theme decision-making, group strategies, or program decision-making. Team Functioning Responsible for actively participating in HCHW theme activities and improving team functioning, including commitment to team norms and providing support and back‐up for other team members. Collaborates with the managing director and team members to provide insight and guidance on programmatic strategies, grantmaking, and grant management. Leads and/or engages in emergent learning activities and periodic strategy reviews.

Qualification and Experience

REQUIREMENTS: A combination of education and experience equivalent to an advanced degree (e.g., MA, MPH, MJ, MBA, MPP, JD Degree ) and 3-5 years of relevant experience. Experience handling multiple priorities effectively; must be adept at organizing time efficiently; high tolerance for ambiguity; ability to understand and work collaboratively and effectively with theme members in the Foundation’s organizational structure. Successful experience fostering an inclusive environment working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds. Demonstrated strong analytical, writing, and oral presentation skills for communicating with a broad and diverse audience, including internal leadership, external high‐level stakeholders and people from the communities we are working to reach on a range of complex issues. Ability to synthesize material and focus quickly on the essence of an issue while maintaining clarity around the big picture. Demonstrated ability to lead and build relationships to gain the respect, trust, and buy-in of others. Proven ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, enthusiasm, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a team effort. Demonstrated passion for the Foundation’s values with commitment to deliver results measured against the Foundation’s mission. Demonstrated qualities of the highest personal and professional integrity, along with a sense of humor. Strong presentation skills. Strong project management skills. Strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative, energetic approach; able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, grantees, consultants, external funders, and others who contribute to program development and management. Creativity to think imaginatively about opportunities to create and respond to novel and innovative approaches to addressing an issue, and to inspire others to work toward achieving Foundation goals. Ability to travel—including site visits and representation of the Foundation at outside meetings.
Due Date: Sunday, August 12, 2018

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
P.O. Box 2316
Route 1 and College Road East
Princeton, NJ 08543