Washington, DC

Vice President of Programs, Public Welfare Foundation

The Organization

Vice President of Programs
Public Welfare Foundation
Washington, DC


About Public Welfare Foundation

For over seventy years, Public Welfare Foundation has supported efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need.

Today, the Foundation’s efforts focus on catalyzing a transformative approach to justice that is community-led, restorative, and racially just through investments in criminal justice and youth justice reforms. Public Welfare Foundation is the only foundation in the country that is singularly focused on youth and criminal justice reforms.

For more information on Public Welfare Foundation, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.publicwelfare.org.


The Opportunity

Public Welfare Foundation seeks a strategic and committed leader to serve as Vice President of Programs. Working in collaboration with the Foundation President and Program Team, the Vice President of Programs will play a critical role in implementing the strategic vision and direction of PWF’s grantmaking. The Vice President of Programs will provide leadership and management for the Program Team related to its grantmaking initiatives, as well as the Foundation’s role in the broader philanthropic space. As a key member of the senior team, the Vice President of Programs will provide organizational oversight of the Program’s team and will be a deep thought partner and collaborator to the Foundation’s President & CEO and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer.

This is a full-time position located in Washington, D.C. While the team is fully remote until fall 2021, there will be an expectation for a regular in-office presence after that point. When safe and appropriate, this position will include approximately 30 percent of U.S.-based travel.

Candidate Profile

The Vice President of Programs will bring experience in and a passion for effective and forward-thinking grantmaking. They will have a multi-faceted background, with experience that includes philanthropy, as well as “on the ground” work in organizing or advocacy, social services, organizational leadership, or other areas that have given first-hand professional or personal insight to the challenges faced by communities impacted by the criminal justice system.

While no candidate will bring every qualification desired for the Vice President of Programs role, the list below encapsulates the key skills, qualities, and experiences that would best prepare someone to serve in this senior leadership position. Given the Foundation’s current staff expertise in criminal justice and youth justice, there is not a requirement that the Vice President of Programs brings that specific professional background.

Compensation & Benefits

For this role, Public Welfare Foundation offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits that will be discussed directly with interested candidates.

How To Apply

Public Welfare Foundation has engaged Koya Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Melissa Madzel and Shelby Woods through Koya’s website at: https://talent-profile.koyapartners.com/search/4394 or email pwfprogramssearch@koyapartners.com. While there is not a firm deadline for applications, please submit materials as soon as possible.

All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Public Welfare Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Diversity and equal opportunity employment reflect the core values of the Public Welfare Foundation. Employment opportunities at Public Welfare Foundation are based on individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, citizenship, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

Furthermore, applicants who have been impacted by the criminal justice system may apply.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

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