Senior Program Officer/Program Officer

Who We Are

The de Beaumont Foundation advances policy, builds partnerships, and strengthens public health to create communities where people can achieve their best possible health. Our work centers around three main priority areas:

  • Policy: We advance policies that improve community health, so that current and future generations can benefit from changes enacted by today’s leaders.
  • Partnerships: We build partnerships, often among unlikely allies, so that leaders can make decisions that achieve their shared goal of creating healthier communities.
  • People: We create practical solutions that strengthen the public health system and workforce, so that professionals are equipped to make their communities healthier.

de Beaumont strongly believes that the spirit in which we do our work is as important as the work itself. We pride ourselves on excellence, innovation, fostering collaboration between groups that might not otherwise interact, and a willingness to have fun with our work.

 Position Overview – What You’ll Do

Reporting to the Vice President of Impact, you will have an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to a fast paced, big-thinking, mission-driven organization. This unique role directly supports and influences the work of one of the nation’s leading health philanthropies.

You will have the opportunity to lead projects, manage key Foundation initiatives, and facilitate the completion of projects with high importance and visibility.  You will be leading the foundation’s efforts to advance anti-racist policies in the nation’s cities, among many other projects. Your responsibilities will vary and require you to prioritize effectively, act quickly, maintain confidentiality, and bring others along. This position will have a significant influence on the Foundation’s impact by ensuring maximum execution and value from all Foundation activities.


  • Manage multiple, simultaneous high priority Foundation projects with complex external communications plans and often with high stakes constituents
  • Contribute to decision-making and problem-solving by providing timely and relevant information, input, and recommendations
  • Identifying and prioritizing specific policy, program, and practice goals and outcomes grounded in evidence and centering equity
  • Draft and co-author blogs, commentaries, books and book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles
  • Maintain an understanding of projects, timelines, deliverables, and due dates and ensure timely completion of all tasks
  • Conceive and plan Foundation special meetings and events
  • Serve as a trusted advisor to the leadership team providing candid opinions and constructive feedback on all Foundation matters
  • Prepare for, and follow up on, internal and external meetings. When needed, participate directly in meetings and follow up with the relevant parties
  • Conduct research, create PowerPoint Presentations, and draft speeches and talking points for external and internal presentations and speaking engagements

Who You Are

You are a pragmatic, results-oriented, hands-on leader with a successful track record in developing equitable policy and/or practice. You have subject matter expertise in health equity and anti-racist policy. You are experienced in navigating the complex politics of advancing a more equitable policy agenda. You will be able to demonstrate each of the following:

  • Mission-driven: You want to make a difference and have experience in successfully leading health equity work. You are a thought leader in creating and promoting policy solutions to end inequities in health and the social determinants of health.
  • Ownership: You care deeply about doing what it takes to facilitate results, including paying attention to even small details, managing your own projects (or pieces of bigger ones), driving work forward with a sense of urgency, anticipating problems, and course-correcting when needed
  • Team player: You are eager to use your role to advance de Beaumont’s mission, and look for ways to help beyond your own core responsibilities. You are ready and willing to participate in all-hands-on-deck projects, which frequently come up. No job is too small for anyone on our team and your attitude reflects that.
  • Critical thinking skills: You know how to quickly process information and draw out the key points of various publications/documents to summarize and share with the leadership team on a host of public health related issues.
  • Relationship management: You have a good sense of how to manage internal relationships (i.e. with senior leadership) and grow external ones. You know how to handle confidential information, use discretion around what information you share both internally and externally, and routinely apply good judgment as to when to involve the EVP and others in decision-making.
  • Attention to detail: You consistently ensure materials and communications are accurate (both content and grammar), precise, and completed on time.
  • Passion: You have a strong commitment to public health and the of de Beaumont.


  • Master’s degree required. MPH, MPP, or MPA preferred
  • Program Officer candidates will have five to eight years of relevant work experience; Senior Program Officer candidates will have eight plus years of relevant work experience
  • Ability to handle a wide variety of responsibilities, at varying levels of complexity, in a hands-on manner, with consistent, high quality results
  • Strong organization and project management skills—ability to see the big picture, manage small details, and create and maintain systems that enhance organizational efficiency
  • Strong understanding of confidentiality and the ability to handle sensitive information appropriately
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with multiple stakeholders—optimistic, thoughtful, curious, and personable
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative when appropriate
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to high standards of excellence coupled with an enthusiastic approach to work
  • Must have proficiency using Microsoft Office/Google Docs (Excel, Word and PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of data, scientific writing, epidemiology is preferred

Application Information

The de Beaumont team is collaborative, passionate, and deeply committed to creating bold solutions for healthier communities.

This position is full-time and based in downtown Bethesda, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. Given the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an opportunity for telework until at least June 2021.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. The salary range is $80,000 to $90,000 for Program Officer candidates and $110,000 to $120,000 for Senior Program Officer candidates. The Foundation also offers excellent benefits and a collegial work environment.

Candidates should send cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to with the subject “SPO/PO application”.

The de Beaumont Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Employment opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

Publication date: October 21, 2020