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Jewish Culture and Survival Program Officer

  • April 25, 2019
  • Philadelphia, PA

The Snider Foundation is a private family foundation located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, with two generations of family members currently serving on its Board of Directors. Funding areas include promoting and preserving American values of limited government, individual and economic liberty, and free and private enterprise; supporting Jewish culture and survival; and enriching local communities. This full-time position will be based in our Bryn Mawr, PA, office.

Reporting to the Senior Director, the Program Officer, Jewish Culture & Survival (JCS), will coordinate the due diligence process for our program area focused on fighting anti-Semitism and supporting pro-Israel causes. He or she will also work closely with the Foundation’s team to understand and implement the Board’s vision and strategy, and helping to implement that through grant-making. We are seeking a mission-focused, strategic, personable, self-starter to join our high-energy, collaborative and entrepreneurial team in making a positive impact through philanthropy.


Portfolio Management

Manage a portfolio of existing grantees, establishing a close working relationship with key leadership and staff from those organizations.

Identify new, mission-aligned organizations according to priorities and guidance set by the Board of Directors.

Thoroughly review grant requests, reports, audited financials, 990s and other relevant materials provided by applicants or made publicly available. Conduct site visits and check-in calls to evaluate impact and progress.

Prepare concise summary reports using existing templates on all existing and prospective grantees based on established guidelines and assessment areas under the direction of the Senior Director.

Use judgment and seek guidance to help connect grantees to resources in a manner consistent with donor intent.

Identify opportunities for collaboration between the Foundation's program areas.

Develop an understanding of the Foundation's donor intent and Board interests. Work with the Foundation team to apply these to the Jewish Culture & Survival program area.

Build a working knowledge of the Foundation's core principles, grantmaking guidelines, by-laws, and other policies and apply them to the Jewish Culture & Survival program area.

Research and apply best practices in philanthropy, sharing relevant knowledge with the team.

Ensure the grant-making timeline is met annually for the Jewish Culture & Survival program area.

Data Analysis

Working collaboratively with the grants team, capture and track specific data about our grantees for our donor database.

Prepare requested grant statistics, reports, and occasional presentations to help the Board understand and analyze giving patterns in the Jewish Culture & Survival program area.

External and Internal Communications

Work closely with the Executive Director and the Senior Director to understand the vision for the Jewish Culture & Survival program area.

Develop subject matter expertise in the issues impacting JCS, including news and current events, and share relevant information with the staff.

Build relationships with counterparts at like-minded foundations to learn about mutual areas of interest and potential opportunities for partnership.

Represent The Snider Foundation at events and conferences as approved.

Provide support and suggestions to the Senior Director on ways to improve grant cycle processes.

Work collaboratively with operations staff to ensure overall effectiveness of all Foundation functions.


Bachelor's degree required.

At least 3 years' experience related to philanthropy, grant analysis or general due diligence preferred. We will also consider candidates with a background in public policy, law, program management, development, or other relevant fields.

Knowledge of and passion for fighting anti-Semitism and defending Israel.

An interest in preserving limited government, free markets and individual rights.

Ability to analyze and summarize a significant amount of information concisely.

Strong interpersonal skills; preference for a supportive and collegial team environment.

Excellent judgment and discretion.

Humility and adaptability; willingness to embrace the Snider family members' philanthropic goals and implement the vision.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Self-motivated, highly dependable, ability to work independently with attention to detail.

Proficient with computer and office systems (particularly Excel), grants management software and other database management systems.

Willingness to travel as needed (expected travel: 10%).


Salary is competitive. This position is approximately 40 hours per week. Benefits provided, including 401k retirement plan. The Snider Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF with your name in the file:


Cover letter detailing:

Sincere interest in fighting anti-Semitism and defending Israel

Salary requirements.

Please include “Program Officer, Jewish Culture & Survival – Your Name” in the subject line of your email. Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to: Grant Administrator, The Snider Foundation at careers@sniderfoundation.org. While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.

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