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Program Officer, Child Well-being

Title: Program Officer, Child Well-being
Location: 444 Madison Ave., 10th Floor, New York, NY (must have ability to be in-person)
Reports to: Program Director, Child Well-being
Status: Full time, exempt 

The Doris Duke Foundation (DDF) supports the well-being of people and the planet for a more creative, equitable and sustainable future. We operate five national grantmaking programs—in the performing arts, the environment, medical research, child and family well-being, and mutual understanding between communities—as well as Duke Farms and Shangri La, two centers that serve the public directly.  DDF’s activities are guided by the will of Doris Duke, who endowed the foundation with financial assets that currently total above $2 billion.

The Child Well-being Program aims to promote children’s healthy development and protect them from abuse and neglect. Over time, the program has moved from direct support for child welfare services to a series of strategies aimed at addressing the root causes of child abuse and neglect. In recent years, the program has focused on three areas in particular: investing in visionary leaders in the public and private human services sectors; driving innovation in local, regional and national human services systems; and investing in collaborative efforts in specific communities to improve outcomes for children and families. (The grants to date can be seen here.)

The program officer for child well-being supports and advises the program director in the planning, design, management and evaluation of program grants. The position’s primary responsibilities center on the management and oversight of ongoing grant programs, including selecting grant recipients, reading and assessing proposals, developing and maintaining relationships with peer funders, and organizing and contributing to meetings and relevant forums. The successful candidate will have a deep knowledge of and interest in child abuse prevention, child welfare and related human services systems and/or public health.


  • Communicate with prospective grantees throughout the application process and serve as program liaison with grantees and consultants.
  • Monitor grantee progress reporting, implement evaluation procedures, conduct site visits and work with field leaders.
  • Draft, review and edit reports and presentations for board and program meetings.
  • Prepare background materials and all relevant documents for consultants conducting grant assessments or program evaluations.
  • Research and make recommendations for new projects and funding opportunities.
  • Manage and prioritize the day-to-day operations of the program, including managing databases, drafting contracts and grant agreements, and creating and organizing meeting materials.
  • Develop and manage the program’s annual budgets for the director’s review and approval.
  • Support the director in managing interactions with the program’s Advisory Council.
  • Update and maintain the program website, including drafting, editing and proofreading content.
  • Collaborate with the foundation’s Communications Department to monitor media coverage of the program’s awards and activities.
  • Participate in grantee and prospective grantee site visits.
  • Work with the program associate to:
    • Coordinate travel arrangements and process travel reimbursements, invoices and honoraria.
    • Plan and manage event logistics for program-related meetings and site visits.
    • Identify, engage and manage vendors for meeting locations, catering, lodging, etc.


  • Master’s degree preferred, preferably in public health, epidemiology or social work.
  • Expertise in child abuse prevention, child welfare and related human services systems, and/or public health.
  • 5+ years’ work experience in a professional setting.
  • Strong computer and internet skills with a high level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, as well as accounting, grants management and web content applications.
  • Ability to take initiative and make independent, informed decisions.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Versatility and ability to manage many projects and several priorities simultaneously.
  • Self-motivation with team player mentality; ability to work cooperatively and positively with colleagues.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

The successful candidate should be:

  • Highly motivated by the opportunity to drive impact in a socially important field.
  • Open-minded and curious.
  • Willing to take risks in the pursuit of reasonable rewards.
  • Collaborative and a consensus builder.
  • Willing to travel.


  • Anticipated salary range is $110,000–$140,000, and the final offer will depend on experience.
  • Industry-leading benefits.

As a condition of employment, new hires/employees are required to be up to date with an FDA-authorized vaccination against COVID-19, including bivalent booster; proof of vaccination series and boosters will be required upon beginning/continuing employment. Reasonable accommodation for legally required exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case-basis in accordance with applicable law.

Send résumé with cover letter to Include your last name followed by “Child Well-being Program Officer” in the subject line. Application reviews will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The following values underpin everything we do in pursuit of our mission across the Doris Duke Foundation:

Integrity: We must be honest and ethical in all that we undertake. As a private foundation, we are accountable to the many stakeholders affected by our work.

Excellence: We will insist on the highest standards of performance in fulfilling our mission, will ground our work in best practices and will make decisions based on the best available information.

Openness and Imagination: We will be a listening and learning organization that is responsive to ideas and opinions from a variety of sources. We value imagination and creativity, the ability to think in new ways about the work we do and how we do it.

Collaboration: We value a collaborative and supportive environment in which to advance our mission and objectives. Creating a working environment that promotes trust, honesty and respect within our organization is as important as earning the trust and respect of our colleagues and peers in the fields in which we work.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: We believe in the essential value that a diverse set of perspectives, experiences and abilities brings to the table. Our commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice is an ongoing, active engagement reflected in our funding areas, grantees, museums, centers, board and staff. At the core of our work is a dedication to serving and learning from organizations and individuals addressing inequities and working toward a more just, healthy and inclusive society. (Learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and how we incorporate this value into our work.)

The Doris Duke Foundation is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and workplace culture. We provide equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, marital status, military or veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law; and we strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.