Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Program Officer, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

The Organization

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is a statewide, private, family foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians. The Foundation was established in 1936 as a memorial to Z. Smith Reynolds, the youngest son of R.J. Reynolds. For more than eighty years, the Foundation has been engaged in forward-thinking philanthropy with contributions of $608 million in North Carolina.

Position Overview

The Foundation is hiring a Program Officer to support the strategies set forward in this grantmaking framework. This new position will have primary responsibility for implementing the Foundation’s Community-Based Strategy, which has three components: a Community Progress Fund, a Collaborative Problem-Solving approach, and supporting capacity building in under-resourced communities across North Carolina.

The successful candidate will be visionary, strategic, analytical, intellectually curious, resilient, detail-oriented and grounded in the different needs of communities. They must be adept at building relationships and understanding power dynamics and how they influence advancing change. An understanding of the NC nonprofit landscape, especially in under-resourced communities, is preferred. The individual selected will possess facilitation, collaboration, convening, and project management skills and be able to bring various stakeholders with diverse backgrounds, opinions, and experiences together. This individual will share the Foundation’s core values and commitment to racial equity.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college is required, and an advanced degree or equivalent experience is preferred. Five years of related work experience is desired.

Exceptional writing and communication skills are required, along with the ability to assimilate information quickly, work under pressure and meet deadlines. A fundamental knowledge of the State of North Carolina, humility, self-confidence, and a sense of humor are helpful and preferred.

The position is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and requires extensive statewide travel. The Program Officer is not required to live in Winston-Salem but should be available to be present in the Winston-Salem office one to two days per week.

How To Apply

Armstrong McGuire & Associates, based in Raleigh, NC, is conducting this search in partnership with ZSR’s leadership team. To apply, click on the link to the Program Officer position profile at You will see instructions for uploading your cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Please provide all requested information to be considered. In case of any technical problems, contact

The salary range for this position is $80,000-$85,000, based upon the candidate’s level of knowledge, education, skill, and experience. The Foundation provides an exemplary benefits package.

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2021 with final selection scheduled for March 15, 2021.

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from people of all races, genders, religions, ethnicities, nationalities, and sexual preferences.

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