Are you someone with a big heart, a great mind, an ability to turn abstract ideas into on-the-ground action, and a passion for being an active member of a community that cares deeply about “inner work for outer action?” Are you someone whose worldview resonates with our mission—to help build the spiritual foundation for a loving world? If so, consider applying for the role of program officer at the Fetzer Institute.
We are looking for candidates with the ability to work effectively in an organization whose core values are love, authenticity, trust, and inclusion. We place a high value on relationships; work collaboratively and with an orientation to listening and learning; and maintain an openness and commitment to the Institute’s mission and guiding purpose.
Position Summary: Fetzer Institute program officers conceptualize, plan, and execute program work — particularly partnerships and convenings — that advance the Institute’s priorities in spiritual and paradigm transformation.
Conceptualize, Plan, and Implement Projects
Collaborates with colleagues and external partners to imagine and identify projects that jointly advance the partner’s and Institute’s missions.
Develops and negotiates with partners the outcomes, workplans, budget, and learning agendas for projects.
Prepares and presents project proposals for consideration by the Institute’s senior leadership and board of trustees.
Stewards projects throughout their lifecycles, including preparing and reviewing periodic project reports; meeting regularly with project partners to monitor and reflect upon milestones and budgets; and probing for learning to inform the Institute’s programmatic strategy.
Plans and hosts project-related convenings. This includes identifying and inviting participants; designing meeting goals and agendas; preparing background materials; identifying facilitators; determining event logistics (e.g., set-ups, meals, etc.); and hosting convenings.
Course-corrects when projects or events evolve differently than anticipated.
Identifies potential new partners by researching the field, networking, following up on new contacts initiated by senior leadership, and attending events on topic areas related to Institute work.
Vets and cultivates partnership opportunities through informal and formal means.
Develops and deepens fields of work by encouraging collaboration between like-minded projects and organizations.
Represent and Advocate for the Institute’s Vision
Maintains a high level of competency with Fetzer identity, theory of change, mission, and specific initiatives to serve as a highly effective ambassador of the Institute at meetings, conferences, and other events.
Participates as keynote or workshop presenters at conferences germane to the Institute’s work.
The responsibilities as set out above, are not exhaustive, and the incumbent may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
Qualifications: This position requires at least 10 years of related work experience or a master’s or other advanced degree in a related field and at least 8 years of related work experience. Other important qualifications include:
Ability to systematically and efficiently synthesize trends, large quantities of information, and divergent perspectives in order to discern broader patterns and deeper insights
Excellent project management skills
Concise and persuasive writer
Compelling speaker and presenter
Ability to facilitate dialogue and deep conversation among a wide range of audiences
To be most successful in this position, candidates should also have the following sensibilities:
Passion for asking and seeking answers to big questions
Comfort exploring matters related to faith and/or spirituality
Deep sense of curiosity
Creativity and a strategic mindset
Diplomacy, and being as comfortable saying “no” as saying “yes”
Comfort “operating in the gray”
Passion for reading and learning
A healthy dose of humility
Good sense of humor
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 0819
About Fetzer Institute
Our Mission: Helping build the spiritual foundation for a loving world