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Program Officer, Post-Secondary Success Chicago, IL

The Joyce Foundation seeks a collaborative, creative, and outcomes-oriented policy expert to serve as Program Officer for Post-Secondary Success in its Education & Economic Mobility (EEM) Program. This is an exciting opportunity for a thought leader in the post-secondary space to influence policies that have impact on the lives of students of color and students from underserved communities in the Great Lakes region and across the country.  

For two decades, the Joyce Foundation has been a leading funder of education-focused public policy reforms in the Great Lakes region and nationally. The Foundation has long focused on helping students of color and students in disadvantaged communities succeed in the K-12 system. It has funded seminal research, convened leading thinkers and policymakers, and brought together advocates and communities to drive meaningful change for young people. In 2018, the Foundation added post-secondary success to its portfolio, as research clearly indicates it is vital for economic mobility. Since then, the EEM Program has been at the forefront of national efforts to ensure young people from underserved communities attain college credentials with economic value.

The Program Officer for Post-Secondary Success will be a critical member of the Foundation’s four-person EEM team. The Program Officer will have the opportunity to deepen support for local- and state-level post-secondary policy within the Foundation’s six priority states in the Great Lakes region while continuing to engage and support organizations working nationally. Recently, much of the Foundation’s post-secondary attention has been focused at the federal level.

In addition to its grantmaking activities, the Foundation is a leading convener of local, state, and national thought leaders and higher education experts. The Program Officer will bring strong content knowledge of the post-secondary success field and will leverage that expertise to work collaboratively with other funders, seeking opportunities to co-fund, with the goal of scaling up the Foundation’s work and achieving greater impact for students.

Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Jeff Kessner is leading this search with Janette Martinez.

The Joyce Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages expressions of interest from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.


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