Jobs: Nonprofit Jobs

Program Officer, RIZE Massachusetts

Boston, Mass.
Nov / 9 / 2017

Organization Description

RIZE Massachusetts (RIZE) is a state-wide, private sector initiative created to build a $50 million fund, focused on bringing real and lasting change to those struggling with substance use disorders and addiction in the Commonwealth. Grants supported by this fund will address the opioid epidemic through a full continuum of programs from prevention to long-term sustainable recovery and focus on the specific areas where more resources are immediately necessary.

RIZE’s vision is that our funding will lead to meaningful and positive results in addressing not just the immediate crisis of opioid overdose death, but will also improve alignment among the overall health care and insurance systems, and evidence-based addiction treatment practices. Our goals are:

  • To save lives by expanding immediately accessible, evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder;
  • To reduce harm and stop preventable deaths for those at highest risk;
  • To address stigma through training, education, and partnerships;
  • To support community-based prevention efforts.

Position Summary

The Program Officer will serve as a critical member of RIZE, overseeing a portfolio of grant and other programs dedicated to our mission.  Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Officer will lead all grant making processes, including developing guidelines and criteria for grant programs, facilitating the review processes of applicants involving other RIZE staff and external partners, preparing recommendations for the board of directors, providing ongoing technical assistance to grantees, and evaluating the impact of our funding.  The program officer will also help staff three board committees, Program Strategy, Grant Review, and Data Analytics & Evaluation.


  • Conduct on-going research and literature reviews to understand the landscape of existing funding and evidence-based models addressing opioid use disorder and addiction treatment.  Present ideas for future programs to Executive Eirector for consideration;
  • Develop grant guidelines, facilitate review process for applicant organizations with external reviewers and staff, and process approvals and declines with the RIZE board;
  • Collaborate with others to develop and execute learning communities that provide grantees with an opportunity to share best practices, identify common challenges, and develop new practices;
  • Conduct site visits with grantees to obtain progress updates, discuss challenges experienced in further detail, and obtain information that will be useful to ongoing technical assistance;
  • Develop regular reporting format and structure for grants and programs;
  • Support overall operations of the grant making function: research and select system (portal) used to process grant proposals, reports, site visits, and grant making demographic information;
  • Coordinate with TSNE MissionWorks on grantee communications, grant agreements and check requests;
  • Represent the RIZE at external philanthropic, community, and opioid use disorder/health-care related meetings and venues.

Core Competencies

  • Experience with philanthropy, grant making and program evaluation;
  • Track record of meeting multiple deadlines, maintaining a high level of organization and attention to detail, moving quickly from one project to another, and managing expectations/timelines to achieve results;
  • Strong sense of connection and partnership with community-based organizations throughout Massachusetts.  Knowledge of organizations treating opioid use disorder and addiction a plus;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to clearly and persuasively articulate complex ideas to diverse audiences;
  • Sense of priority, flexibility, good judgment and teamwork;
  • Ability to take initiative;
  • Ability to streamline operations, continuously developing processes and policies that add to effectiveness and efficiency;
  • Highly collegial; equally comfortable as a team leader or team member;
  • Adaptable, with the ability to listen to new ideas, encourage open dialogue, argue for strongly held opinions, and change course based on new evidence;
  • A willingness to do whatever is needed in a small, start-up organization;
  • Knowledge of grant making software, MS Office, and Wordpress;
  • Minimum of 5 years of work experience.

To Apply

We strongly encourage online applications. Please attach your resume and cover letter.

Apply online here.

We also accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:

TSNE MissionWorks
Attn: Employment Manager
NonProfit Center
89 South Street Suite 700
Boston, MA  02111

Or fax to: 617.896.9393.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks and RIZE will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran, or disability status.