Job Posting

Stoneleigh Foundation, Program Officer

Location: Philadelphia, PA

The Organization

Stoneleigh Foundation is a private operating foundation dedicated to improving the life outcomes of the most vulnerable children and youth in the Greater Philadelphia region.  Stoneleigh provides Fellowships to individuals working across systems at the nexus of research, policy and practice, and focuses its efforts on young people who are involved in the child welfare, youth justice systems, and other youth-serving systems.  We elevate the work of our Fellows by establishing targeted, action-oriented partnerships that provide platforms to disseminate the work of the Stoneleigh Fellows nationally.  Stoneleigh also supports this growing cadre of dedicated leaders through ongoing mentoring, convening, and other network activities to leverage their respective accomplishments.  Stoneleigh is at an exciting point in its development, and its board and leadership are committed to taking the Foundation to the next level by assessing what its impact and successes have been, and what challenges it faces.

Position Overview

Reporting directly to the Deputy Director, the Program Officer will be responsible for all aspects of the Emerging Leader Fellowship Program and will assist in recruiting and overseeing Stoneleigh Fellows’ projects, and developing opportunities to disseminate Fellows’ work to maximize their broader impact on policy and practice.  The Program Officer will also represent the Foundation externally and form partnerships with stakeholders to advance its agenda and the work of its Fellows.

Position Responsibilities

All Fellowship Programs

  • Develop and coordinate programming across a broad array of the Foundation’s Fellowship programs to address the interests and needs of Fellows and to enhance their experience.
  • Participate in the development of Stoneleigh Fellowship programming consistent with Fellows’ projects and the Foundation’s priorities.
  • Enhance and broaden the impact of the Fellows by representing the Foundation publicly and building relationships with colleagues, stakeholders, and the larger community.
  • Assist in recruitment of potential Fellows whose work can impact the lives of vulnerable young people.
  • Connect Emerging Leader Fellows, Stoneleigh Fellows and alumni Fellows for mutual benefit.
  • Meet regularly with Fellows to support progress in their work by providing advice and connections.
  • Identify opportunities to disseminate the work of the Fellows and strategically maximize their broader impact on policy and practice.
  • Represent the Foundation publicly and interface strategically with the community, public sector, and other stakeholders.
  • Keep current with new developments, best practices, and innovative approaches relevant to the funding interests of the Foundation and specific project areas of the Fellows.
  • Support the Executive Director and Deputy Director in performing other tasks as needed.


Emerging Leader Fellowship

  • Manage all aspects of the Emerging Leader Fellowship Program including recruitment, programming, professional development opportunities, mentoring experiences, and assessment of the program.
  • Manage Emerging Leader Fellowship application process, including researching projects proposed, due diligence, and the development of recommendations for funding to the Board of Directors.
  • Act as primary contact at the Foundation for Emerging Leader Fellows, providing counsel and advice when needed and monitoring projects’ progress and Fellowship experiences.


  • Deep commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable youth and social justice.
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience (e.g., in a non-profit, academic, government or philanthropic organization addressing the needs of vulnerable youth).
  • Substantive expertise/familiarity with policies and youth-serving systems that impact the lives of children in the Philadelphia region such as child welfare, youth justice, behavioral health, and education.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing and maintaining relationships and building credibility and trust among a diverse set of stakeholders.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with a basic understanding of research methods and project management.
  • Ability to travel periodically to conferences and meetings.
  • Ability to work in a hybrid capacity.
  • A master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., public policy, social work, law, education or field relevant to the Foundation’s work) is a plus.

Critical Competencies

  • Demonstrated interest and skills in working closely with individuals and in mentoring, cultivating, and developing leadership in others.
  • A creative and strategic thinker who is proactive, analytical, and detail-oriented with a demonstrated ability to synthesize large amounts of information and communicate it concisely and coherently.
  • High emotional intelligence.
  • Interest in and the ability to address overall organizational questions.
  • Exceptional work ethic, high level of integrity, professionalism, accountability, superior judgment, and attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communications abilities.
  • Ability to work independently as needed, but also as a team player who enjoys collaborating with others and who brings a sense of humor and maturity to the workplace.
  • An individual who has a flexible attitude toward work and can fill in where needed.


Competitive salary and benefits package


The Stoneleigh Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a racially and ethnically diverse staff.