The Organization

The Barr Foundation’s mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts. As stewards, Barr nurtures and enhances vital community assets. As catalysts, the Foundation cultivates and advances the breakthrough ideas that will shape our collective future. Barr focuses on achieving impact as a constructive partner, willing to exercise leadership. Based in Boston, Barr focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts and creative expression, advance solutions for climate change, and connect all students to success in high school and beyond. Founded in 1997, Barr has grown to become one of the largest private foundations in New England with assets of more than $3 billion and a 2022 grantmaking budget of $140 million.

A set of core values, defined by Barr’s founding trustees, expresses our beliefs about what constitutes effective philanthropy and guides how the Barr Foundation carries out its philanthropic mission. Barr is committed to strive for impact, act with humility, invest in leaders, take the long view, center racial equity, embrace risk, and demonstrate curiosity. These core values shape our workplace culture, where we engage in learning opportunities on diversity, equity, and inclusion; seek to analyze and adapt our policies, practices, and grantmaking to better reflect our values; and strive to be a place where everyone is valued and included.

For more information on the Barr Foundation, please visit and @BarrFdn on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Director of the Education Program, the Program Officer will work within the Build Public Will strategic lever. The goal of the Build Public Will strategic lever is to engage parents and students, educators and civic leaders, and residents as informed advocates for high-quality personalized high schools that put success within reach of all students across New England. We seek to elevate the voices of students, parents, educators, and communities of color. We do this by supporting the:

·         Accessible and credible information of the current state of education.

·         Advocacy organizations that represent a range of stakeholders and amplify their voices.

·         Networks and intermediaries that enable coalition building and collective action.

How To Apply

Please visit ADP Career Center to apply for this position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with applications encouraged by April 29, 2022. All inquiries may be directed in confidence to Denise Gillespie, VP, HR Operations and Shared Services, via email at:

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