The Faith & Politics Institute (FPI) seeks a Program Officer to manage all planning and execution in thematic program areas: leadership; bipartisanship and civility; and civil rights. As a key member of the FPI leadership team, the Program Officer will report to the President and CEO and develop the organization’s overall programming mission. The Program Officer will advance our mission by leading the effort to best position the organization in the political environment, working with FPI team and other stakeholders to create meaningful programming that will assist members of Congress and other political and elected leaders in their public service.


 The ideal candidate should be a creative self-starter, natural leader and strong team player who can excel in strategic planning and operational execution. S/he will direct and manage all areas of programming and events, such as planning and development, grant writing in concert with development staff in grant reporting, logistics, materials, briefing books and event coordination for FPI leadership, as well as work with the President and staff to ensure high quality events and activities. The successful candidate will be skilled at developing interesting and relevant programs that will extend the mission and reach of the Institute. The candidate should possess a deep commitment to the Institute’s nonpartisan mission to bridge racial, political and religious divides and will consistently seek to advance goals both in day-to-day work and in long-range planning. 

 We are looking for a hard-working, mission-driven, highly collaborative work style with a positive team-first attitude. Demonstrating an ability to handle competing priorities in a growing organization, to effectively leverage resources, meet multiple deadlines and balance numerous projects for the good of the organization is a priority. Equal parts integrity, compassion, patience and comity are necessary to address the sometimes unpredictable and at times deeply divided environment nationally and on Capitol Hill in a professional, poised, positive and productive manner.


 Responsibilities would include working to:

  •  Create and manage a multi-year rolling program plan of compelling and relevant new programming, focused primarily on members of Congress and their senior staffs including but not limited to the area of reflection groups and conversations on race;
  •  Create and execute programmatic strategies, budgets and operational plans within your scope;
  •  Lead the creation of evaluation systems and metrics to continue to improve the organization’s capacity to learn from its work and share that learning with stakeholders;
  •  Present and incorporate grant-making strategies, review, approve and report on grants, ensuring that they are aligned with strategy;
  •  Assist in the development of annual reports for the Institute, within your areas;
  •  Execute on all responsibilities surrounding programs, and coordinate the various programs of the Institute so that they are manageable with available staff and resources;
  •   Organize agenda and execution, as part of a team, all relevant meetings with the Board Program Committee, Board members and stakeholders to review plans and engage them in activities;
  •  Support the organization’s communications efforts by writing, editing and contributing to promotional pieces, blogs and policy papers, and participating in communications strategy planning;
  •  Share in the work of outreach and engagement with relevant stakeholders by representing FPI as a thought leader and experiential facilitator among colleagues and networks in the fields of faith and politic, civil rights and leadership development;
  •  Partner with Administrative, Development and Communications staff to advance organizational objectives, resource development and communications goals; and
  •  Execute other duties as assigned.


 FPI will offer a competitive compensation package to attract the most qualified candidates. The organization provides benefits to its employees, including a health care plan, 401K, life insurance, and paid annual leave.


 The Faith & Politics Institute was founded in 1991 with the hope of providing opportunities for meaningful interactions and experiences among those who lead and serve our nation. In 1997, the Institute sought to involve members of Congress more closely with its work and Representatives Amo Houghton (R-NY) and John Lewis (D-GA) agreed to serve as the honorary co-chairs of the Institute's Board of Directors. With their leadership, the Institute’s work expanded considerably, increasing participation of members of Congress with an interest in reflection and conversation across racial, religious, ideological and party lines.

 The Institute's programs encompass three general areas of leadership, including:

  •  Leading from Within: Provide opportunities for members and staffers to strengthen their inner dimension of leadership
  •  Leading Across the Divides: Foster a spirit of reconciliation across lines of race, religion and political party
  •  Leading in service: Engaging the public in programs that bring together leaders and their constituents

 Activities within these three broad areas include reflection groups, retreats, pilgrimages, and public forums. The weekly reflection groups and occasional retreats are important opportunities for elected officials and political leaders and professionals to connect their role with their greater calling as human beings and leaders. The public forums include lectures and engaged dialogues by well-known speakers whose promote or whose lives reflect courage in the political arena. The pilgrimages allow men and women from both houses of Congress, along with senior staff leaders and special guests, to participate in trips that provide information, inspiration, and opportunities for reflection on the lessons to be learned from past struggles, such as the civil rights movement.

 To apply send cover letter, resume and 2-3 related writing samples in an email with the subject line “Program Officer” to: