June, 2010

                            THE HYAMS FOUNDATION, INC.
                         PROGRAM OFFICER JOB DESCRIPTION

Introduction: The Hyams Foundation, Inc. is a private foundation that provides support to
nonprofit organizations in Boston and Chelsea, Massachusetts. The Foundation will distribute
approximately $5.6 million in grants in 2010 through its regular grantmaking process and special
funding initiatives. Hyams focuses its resources in three major areas: Affordable Housing, Civic
Engagement and Teen Development. In addition to its direct grantmaking, the Foundation is
engaged in mission-related investing including making Program Related Investments in the
affordable housing area. The Foundation is seeking a Program Officer who will lead the
Foundation’s Affordable Housing work. This includes oversight of the Foundation’s direct
funding to increase the production and preservation of affordable housing; its involvement in the
Home Funders Collaborative, which focuses on increasing the supply of housing for homeless
and other extremely low-income families; and its affordable housing-related community
organizing and public policy grantmaking. The Foundation also is interested in candidates who
have training or experience in broader community development and neighborhood planning


   Working with other staff and the Foundation’s trustees, lead the Foundation’s efforts to
    determine specific strategies and intended outcomes in the Affordable Housing area; assist
    in translating the Foundation’s mission and values into these grantmaking and related
    activities; and oversee the implementation and evaluation of these efforts

   Review grant proposals in the Affordable Housing area; conduct interviews and site visits
    with applicants; prepare written reports and recommendations to the trustees; track the
    progress of current grant portfolios, aggregate data and prepare periodic summaries and
    assessments of the activities and results of this grantmaking

   Review and assess requests for Program Related Investments (PRIs) in the Affordable
    Housing area and monitor these investments

   Assist with the review grant proposals in other program areas as requested by the Director
    of Programs

   Communicate with nonprofit agencies, low-income communities and public and private
    funders about the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities, guidelines and proposal review

   Provide assistance to organizations and individuals requesting information or advice about
    resource development, program development and/or nonprofit management issues

   Represent the Foundation at community meetings, conferences and other events

   Participate in, and provide leadership to, collaborative efforts involving other funders and
    community groups designed to address issues of importance to the Foundation and the
    broader community

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   Participate in the development of the Foundation’s policies and procedures in the Affordable
    Housing and other program areas, including providing staff support to the board’s Program

   Assist and support other staff and the trustees as requested in carrying out the Foundation’s

   Supervise interns or consultants to the Foundation


   Significant experience with and knowledge of affordable housing, housing finance and
    community development; knowledge of mission-related investing a plus

   Understanding of and experience with community-based nonprofit organizations

   Understanding of and experience with local low-income neighborhoods and communities

   Demonstrated commitment to the values and mission of The Hyams Foundation, Inc.,
    including addressing racial and ethnic disparities

   Excellent writing and verbal communication skills

   Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to analyze, interpret and assess
    programmatic, management and financial information

   Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues and community-
    based organizations

   Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently and meet multiple deadlines

   Undergraduate degree required; graduate degree, or course work and/or experience
    comparable to a graduate degree, preferred


Salary will be commensurate with an individual’s experience and background. Competitive
fringe benefits also are available.

Please see the Foundation’s grantmaking guidelines for additional information on its funding
priorities at

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume by July 9, 2010, via
email to Susan Perry,, or by mail to Elizabeth B. Smith, Executive
Director, The Hyams Foundation, Inc. 50 Federal Street, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02110.

           The Hyams Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and actively
               seeks a diverse staff reflective of the communities it serves.

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