Job Posting – FTE Program Director NOW CLOSED

July 2, 2018

As the community’s foundation, our mission is to enrich the quality of life in the greater La Crosse area. We manage 200+ funds created by individuals, families or businesses to strategically invest their philanthropic resources to achieve their charitable giving goals in ways that inspire continued giving. We also partner with philanthropic institutions, government agencies and community nonprofit organizations to catalyze positive change in our community across a range of program areas. Last year the Foundation awarded over $2.4 million in grants and scholarships from our various funds; more than $37 million has been granted since our founding in 1930.


We are currently seeking a Program Director who is committed to our vision of a stronger, more vibrant community for all. This full-time position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Board of Directors and other staff to effectively implement the Foundation’s competitive grantmaking, gather and share knowledge of community needs, build relationships with qualified grantees and other community stakeholders and assist with marketing and communications. The Foundation is amidst an exciting evolution in our work, and this person will be actively engaged in that process. The position offers a competitive salary and is eligible for benefits including a health insurance stipend, retirement plan match and paid time off.


  • Administer quarterly competitive grantmaking program
    • Pre-qualify applicants, assist with applications, review applications, facilitate the evaluation process with the appropriate committee, communicate decisions, and track follow-up requirements
    • Monitor grant progress with current grantees
    • Stay current on grantmaking best practices
  • Deepen the organization’s awareness and knowledge around area issues/needs
    • Gather knowledge of relevant trends, issues and opportunities for potential Foundation investments
    • Provide expertise to support the Foundation’s philanthropic advising to fund holders
    • Find and provide relevant content for Foundation communications and publications
  • Establish strong external relationships and partnerships
    • Develop and maintain strong relationships with potential grantees
    • Build relationships that enhance the Foundation’s ability to be a leader in meeting community needs
    • Increase visibility of Foundation by serving on community committees, attending and facilitating community meetings
    • Enter relationship information into our FIMS database to maintain accurate and current information
  • Manage and support strategic projects
    • Implement one (or more) of the Foundation’s projects and initiatives, including program management, partnership development and research
    • In collaboration with the ED and BOD, support execution of emerging Foundation projects and initiatives
    • Participate in ongoing strategy development and implementation
  • Manage the Foundation’s marketing, communications and public relations strategies
    • Oversee the website and social media platforms
    • Seek media coverage of Foundation activities; serve as lead media contact
    • Coordinate publications, including the annual report and quarterly e-newsletter
    • Assist with new marketing & communications strategy development and implementation
  • Support team cohesion and coordination
    • Attend all staff meetings and other organization events as requested by the ED
    • Respond to colleague’s needs as information, support or coverage is needed
    • Model the values of the Foundation


  • Bachelor’s degree in public affairs/administration, social work, community development or related field
  • At least five additional years of experience in community engagement at a nonprofit agency, community-based organization or local government
  • Goal-oriented, pro-active, self-starter with ability to work independently and approach challenges with a high degree of adaptability
  • Critical thinker with the ability to understand root causes of problems and envision solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to interact respectfully and cultivate relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, styles and cultures
  • Ability to effectively collaborate and engage with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Experience in nonprofit or community-based organization marketing and communications


  • Existing knowledge and connections to nonprofits/community-based organizations in the La Crosse area
  • Track record as an effective communicator with experience informing and persuading others, and facilitating organizational change
  • High degree of personal professional integrity with the ability to work with confidential information
  • Ability to attend and participate in activities outside typical business hours (early mornings, evenings)


To be considered for this position, send a cover letter and resume detailing your interest and qualifications along with the names and contact information of two references. Application materials and questions can be directed to: Jamie Schloegel, Executive Director, La Crosse Community Foundation, 401 Main Street, Ste 205, La Crosse, WI, 54601; Phone: 608-782-3223; Email

La Crosse Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. For more information about La Crosse Community Foundation, visit us online at