Program Officer, REI Cooperative Action Fund

Posted Date: Nov-22-2021

Job ID: 22307

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Public Affairs

City: Seattle

State: Washington

Store: Seattle HQ

Remote Eligible: Yes

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What's cool about this job

REI is committed to becoming a fully inclusive, antiracist, multicultural organization. To fulfill our brand promise of enabling a life well-lived outside for everyone, we are seeking candidates who demonstrate shared values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism.

About the REI Cooperative Action Fund
The REI Cooperative Action Fund (the “Fund”) is a new community-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes time outside is a human right. But today, millions of Americans lack access to nature and thriving outdoor spaces. Scores of others do not feel safe or a sense of belonging in the outdoors-stemming from ongoing systems of inequity, injustice and racism. That’s why REI Co-op founded the REI Cooperative Action Fund.

Along with REI members, employees, business partners and donors, the Fund raises dollars to support organizations promoting justice, equity and belonging in the outdoors that, in turn, strengthen the health and well-being of people and communities. To catalyze this work, the Fund intentionally focuses on supporting marginalized groups. It is these very groups who are leading the way in addressing barriers and creating newfound opportunities to evoke joy, well-being and belonging outside, resulting in improved health and well-being for people, communities and our planet. To learn more, visit

The Fund’s core organizational values are to:
Lead with equity, justice, and belonging in all we do
Courageously reimagine and advance new ways forward
Maintain a long-term perspective
Always be accountable and transparent
Listen, hold space, learn, and act respectfully

We are seeking a collaborative, partnership-centric and entrepreneurial Program Officer with a deep commitment to the mission of the Fund and demonstrated success in managing day-to-day operations of grantmaking programs. The successful candidate will be skilled in building grantee relationships that center trust-based philanthropy, as well as equity, justice and belonging. We are looking for someone that ideally has experience in the Fund’s issue-based initiatives (Connecting People Outside, Creating Space Outside and Centering Health Outside) and shares our vision for community-driven philanthropy and participatory grantmaking. The ideal candidate also has experience building up new grantmaking programs. This role will help lead the Fund’s grantmaking program development and oversee its day-to-day implementation and execution. This will include researching potential grantees, managing the grantee database, creating grantee communications, building and managing grantee relationships, reviewing applications, developing initial grantee evaluation and reporting efforts, working with the Fund’s community advisors in participatory grantmaking and more. This role will collaborate closely on grantmaking activities with the Fund’s Managing Director and a small team.

Leadership and collaboration
  • Work closely with Managing Director and others to build and evolve grantmaking strategy.
  • Center equity, justice and belonging in all aspects of grantmaking and create a trust-based grantmaking culture.
  • Work closely with leadership and staff to meet grantmaking goals.
  • Develop and deepen relationships with leaders in the philanthropic sector and those leading the way to build a more just, inclusive, equitable outdoor culture across the country.
  • Coordinate with Fund’s community advisors, various REI Co-op teams and other external partners to inform program development and management.

Grantmaking planning and execution
  • Build brand-new grantmaking systems and processes to support three issues-based initiatives.
  • Research issues, movements, organizations and coalitions that align with the Fund’s mission and funding initiatives.
  • Evaluate grant applications for funding.
  • Help build a participatory grantmaking program with the Fund’s community advisors focusing on Connecting People Outside Initiative.
  • Support management of multi-million-dollar grantmaking budget.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of grantmaking database.
  • Support the development of evaluation and impact reporting for program.

Relationship Development
  • Develop, foster, and strengthen relationships with potential and existing grantees though regular communication, events/conferences, and occasional site visits.
  • Assist in leveraging REI Cooperative Action Fund’s grantmaking by actively engaging other foundations and other potential donors on relevant issues and opportunities.

  • Serve as a primary grantee contact for all grant-related inquiries, grantee communications and relevant grantee-related special projects.
  • Develop grant communications for board members as needed.
  • Develop various grantmaking communications.
  • Help oversee development of annual report.

Bring your passion and expertise

  • 5+ years’ experience working as a grantmaker at a foundation or funding organization.
  • Demonstrated experience in the Fund’s three grantmaking initiatives.
  • Demonstrated experience in grantmaking program design and execution, and program evaluation.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, including excellent public speaking skills.
  • Expertise with grantmaking databases and analytics. Experience with Foundant is preferred.
  • Proven relationship builder with people from underrepresented communities including various ages, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with budgets and the budget-development process.
  • Proven experience planning and executing events of varying sizes.
  • Proficient with office technology and communication, as well as support tools including collaboration platforms (e.g., Microsoft Office, Teams, 365 and SharePoint, web forms, etc.).
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to travel for work.
  • Ability to use discretion when dealing with information of a sensitive or confidential nature.

Annual Salary Range: $75,500 – $118,800.  Factors determining actual salary may include specific skills, years of experience, geographic location, and internal salary alignment.

Nondiscrimination Policy
The REI Cooperative Action Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. When recruiting and hiring staff, the Fund does not discriminate on the basis of any race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, creed, cultural or family background or beliefs, family structure, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, military or veteran status or any other characteristics protected by federal, state or local laws, regulations or guidelines relating to discrimination.

REI hires, trains, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.  We remain deeply committed to making the Co-op a place where everyone can feel safe and be themselves. Join us.

As required by the Colorado Equal Pay Transparency Act, REI provides a range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in Colorado. Factors that may be used to determine your actual salary may include a wide array of factors, including: your specific skills and experience, geographic location or other relevant factors. The salary range for this position may be lower or higher in different markets.

$65,000 to $127,500 per year

To review benefits information, including medical, retirement, and time off visit

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 23 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 160 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 15,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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