Programme Officer

Learning Differences Programme


Location: Chapel Hill (North Carolina), United States

Reporting to: Learning Differences Programme Director

Type of contract: Full-time position

Starting date: As soon as possible



About Oak Foundation:

Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa and North America, Oak Foundation makes grants to organisations located in approximately 40 countries worldwide.


About the Learning Differences Programme:

Oak Foundation’s Learning Differences Programme believes that together we can build a world in which schools unlock the creativity and power of every young person and equip each one to shape more just and equitable communities. We believe that every student should benefit from engaging and rigorous educational opportunities regardless of personal and social identifiers that privilege some students and marginalise others.  In our work, we are particularly focused on efforts that support students with learning differences who experience additional marginalisation due to racism and poverty. Our grantee partners rethink ways learning happens for students and better prepare adults to engage and support all students, particularly those with learning differences. We support research, the translation of research to educator practice and systems change efforts that promote more equitable learning outcomes for students with learning differences. Please visit the programme page on our website for a description of the programme’s strategy and current portfolio of grantees.


Position Description:

The Foundation is recruiting a Programme Officer for the Learning Differences Programme. Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (United States), the Programme Officer will:

  • Make and manage a portfolio of grants including conducting extensive outreach and rigorous due diligence to identify and prepare recommendations for funding. In addition, the programme officer will support grantees by: providing on-going contact and consistent communications; organising site visits; monitoring progress; and supporting adaptations to achieve desired impact. This also includes reviewing grantee budgets and financial statements.
  • Identify and establish partnerships within non-profit, policy and philanthropic sectors to inform grant-making. This includes staying up-to-date on emerging issues, trends and research related to supporting students with learning differences who are furthest from opportunity because of racism and other structural inequity. This also includes participating in and/or helping to organise meetings of external stakeholders when needed, including grant recipients, subject matter experts, co-funders and others.
  • Contribute to the learning processes of the programme by supporting grant recipients to monitor and track the impact of projects funded and helping plan and facilitate learning opportunities for grant recipients.
  • Contribute to programme communications both internally at Oak, with grantee partners and the education field more broadly by assisting with the preparation of relevant reports, such as monthly, bi-annual and annual reports and newsletters, and coordinating and/or leading webinars to share grantee efforts and promote learning.
  • Travel regularly for site visits, field meetings and grant development (approximately 25% of time); some international travel may be required.


Position Requirements

  • A combined ten or more years of relevant education and/or experience
  • Knowledge of, prior experience with and/or commitment to helping students with learning differences realise their full potential
  • A track record of experience in one or more of the following areas: educator development/learning; measurement, evaluation and learning; educational equity; education research and policy; and/or classroom teaching with students with learning differences
  • Commitment to the vision of more equitable education systems, including willingness to examine the role of structural barriers, bias and inclusion in changing the trajectories of students with learning differences who are furthest from opportunity
  • Prior experience with and/or knowledge of education grant-making desired
  • Excellent project management and organisational skills; self-driven to meet deadlines, ensure follow-up and pursue multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Excellent written, verbal, presentation and communications skills and the ability to communicate with diverse audiences in diverse contexts
  • A participatory, transparent and inclusive work ethic
  • Commitment to individual and team growth, learning and development
  • An innovative thinker with a pragmatic and solution-oriented mindset
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of Oak Foundation
  • At ease using contemporary IT software
  • US citizenship or valid work permit is required



A competitive package of remuneration and benefits will be provided including relocation to the Chapel Hill area, if needed.


How to apply

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae and a covering letter by e-mail only to Please state “Programme Officer, Learning Differences Programme” in the subject line of your email. Please note that we will only be contacting shortlisted candidates.


Oak Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer for all qualified job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital/partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and any other attributes protected by law.


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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

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