Winston-Salem, NC

Program Officer, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

The Organization


The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) is a statewide, private, family foundation, based in Winston-Salem, NC. For more than 85 years, ZSR has strived to support the efforts of North Carolinians to make our state a better place for everyone through investments totaling more than $667 million. Our All for NC Framework for Grantmaking and Learning includes three strategies: a State-Level Systemic Change Strategy; a Community-Based Strategy; and an Exploratory, Visionary Ideas Strategy. It also includes commitments to using a racial equity lens, to being a learning organization, and to participating in the life of the Foundation’s home community of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.

Our mission:

To improve the quality of life for all North Carolinians.

Our core values:

  • Stewardship
  • Integrity
  • Fairness and Justice
  • Dignity and Equity
  • Civic Participation
  • Excellence
  • Sustainability
  • Collaboration


The Foundation is hiring a Program Officer to support the strategies set forward in the Foundation’s All for NC Framework for Grantmaking and Learning. In particular, this position will play an active role in both the Community-Based Strategy and the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy. The Foundation seeks a “generalist” who shares the Foundation’s core values, is knowledgeable about a variety of policy issues impacting North Carolinians, and also has experience working with/alongside community-based organizations.

Unlike several of the other Program Officer positions at ZSR that require particular issue expertise, this position will work across the priority areas of the Foundation’s State-Level Systemic Change Strategy, while also staffing portions of the Community-Based Strategy. In essence, this position will be a true utility player on the program team.


All staff work together to live out the Foundation’s mission and core values. We are on a continuous journey to enhance our individual and institutional understandings of how to operationalize our shared commitments to racial equity, to engaging in the Foundation’s home community of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, and to being a learning organization.

The Program Officer role includes developing effective relationships, partnerships and strategies that help the Foundation facilitate positive change in communities across the state and at the state level. Program Officers are the key liaisons between grant applicants and the Foundation’s Trustees. They review grant applications, meet with applicants, and provide critical analysis of applications for Trustees. They also build relationships with and among grantee partners, as well as with other funders. In addition, Program Officers strengthen the Foundation’s organizational capacity and evaluate the effectiveness of its programs and strategies.

The position requires the development of a thorough understanding of the Foundation and its priorities, operations, structure and culture. Experience with project management and meeting facilitation, as well as expertise in using a racial equity lens, are vital to this role. An understanding of philanthropy, of North Carolina, and of its communities, is preferred. The position is full-time and is based in Winston-Salem, NC.

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