Now Hiring: Program Officer

 Who We Are

Founded in 2002, the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York awarded its first grants in April 2004. Since that time, more than 400 grants totaling more than $30 million have been awarded to fund programs in 16 counties in western and central New York.

Our mission is to improve the health and health care of the people and communities in western and central New York. Our vision is a healthy central and western New York where racial and socioeconomic equity are prioritized so all people can reach their full potential and achieve equitable health outcomes.

To achieve outcomes that last, we work together with our community partners to develop, implement and evaluate sustainable programs that make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of young children and older adults in our regions, and support the community-based organizations that serve them.

Why Apply

Our longstanding commitment to supporting programs, partnerships and organizations that improve the health and wellness of the community offers an exciting opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of people in western and central New York. Our mission-driven focus alongside our culture of compassion and collaboration makes the Health Foundation a great place to work and support the community.

Opportunity Overview

The Health Foundation is seeking an experienced professional to join our team as a program officer.  This person will identify and steward potential Health Foundation partners, assess incoming grant requests, develop programs that address health disparities, and present promising proposals for board consideration. This individual will also provide monitoring and oversight of funded grants across the 16 counties the Health Foundation serves and assist in the management of Foundation programs, initiatives and projects.

The successful candidate will be comfortable working with diverse populations in urban and rural settings and exploring new ideas and concepts. They should have an innovative spirit, a commitment to and passion for the Foundation’s mission, an affinity for collaboration and teamwork, and a broad knowledge of the health care sector. This position requires a self-starter and strategic thinker.

The ideal candidate will have a degree in Health Policy, Public Health, Public Administration, Business Administration, Social Work, the Health Professions or in a related Human Services field  and at least seven years experience in health-care, health-related consulting and/or community-based health and human services.  Advance degree a plus.

The Health Foundation for Western & Central New York celebrates and prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We strongly encourage applications from people who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, or from other communities that are under-represented in philanthropy.

The program officer will be based in the Foundation’s Buffalo office with a starting salary of $82,500. The Foundation offers a generous benefits package. The anticipated start date is January 2024.

Due to the nature of the position, travel is required, and applicants must have a valid driver’s license and reliable automobile.

Please send a letter of interest and resume to by Oct 9th. Inquiries should not be sent to Foundation staff or Board members.

We will contact you regarding next steps.