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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis City
  • This position has been filled
  • Salary: $102,000 - $112,000
  • Organization Type: Community Development

James S. McDonnell Foundation

Job Title:                  Program Officer

Reports To:              Director of Grants and Impact Investments

Location:                  St. Louis, MO office; currently 3+2 hybrid schedule

Position Type:         Full Time, Exempt

Travel Required:      None

Compensation:         Competitive salary and benefits, including generous employer-paid premiums for health, dental, vision, and disability insurance, professional development assistance, tuition assistance, student loan repayment assistance, paid company holidays, paid time off, paid parental leave, and retirement plan with employer contribution.

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About the James S. McDonnell Foundation

The James S. McDonnell Foundation is a St. Louis, Missouri-based private philanthropic institution established in 1950 by aerospace pioneer James S. McDonnell to “improve the quality of life.” The foundation has contributed to this aim by supporting the generation of new knowledge through research and scholarship, and by encouraging knowledge-based solutions to important societal issues, especially in the St. Louis region. The Foundation has supported scholarly pursuits in fields such as human cognition and complex systems in years past.

JSMF is shifting its global focus on behavioral and biomedical sciences research to improve shared prosperity and quality of life in the St. Louis region. The foundation has a legacy of data-driven innovation through rigorous inquiry, collaborative investment, and thoughtful risk-taking. Building upon this history, the foundation and its partners will work together to build a more prosperous and equitable St. Louis and enhance the quality of life in the region, especially for those facing the starkest disparities.

Position Summary

The Program Officer will be a key contributor to the Foundation’s annual grantmaking and impact investment process. This position is accountable for managing a portfolio of grants and impact investments. In particular, this position will be responsible for cultivating and maintaining strong grantee relationships and providing ongoing monitoring of grantee and investment performance. Finally, the Program Officer will work collaboratively across the Foundation team on various tasks including identification, due diligence and vetting of grant and impact investment proposals.  The Program Officer will report directly to the Director of Grants and Impact Investments.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Grants and Impact Investments throughout the due diligence, vetting, grants management, and investment processes.
  • Foster and maintain strong relationships and consult with the Foundation’s grantees and investees to promote successful outcomes.
  • Prepare regular progress reports on existing grants and investment portfolios.
  • Conduct analysis and monitoring of new grants and impact investments through both invited and open calls for proposals.
  • Assist in the identification of strategic opportunities for grant making and impact investment with potential for social as well as financial return.
  • Aid the development of grant programs consistent with Foundation strategy and support other programs as appropriate.
  • Communicate the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities, guidelines, and proposal review process.


  • 5+ years of relevant experience in grantmaking, investment management, or impact advisory roles
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter with the ability to take initiative and focus on execution
  • Strong relationship-building and communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree preferred

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