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Program Officer - Patrick P. Lee Foundation

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The Patrick P. Lee Foundation was established in 2007 when Patrick P. Lee sold International Motion Control (IMC), one of the world’s premier manufacturers of shock absorption and vibration isolation products. We are a private, family foundation dedicated to having immediate and measurable impact in two key investment areas – education and mental health.

In education, we are dedicated to advancing opportunities for promising students. The cornerstone of the Foundation’s education strategy is the Lee Scholarship Program, which ensures students are well positioned to enter the workforce upon graduation with minimum debt. Through our institutional partners, we support post-secondary scholarships in the fields of engineering and technology. Lee Scholars are entrepreneurial, embrace innovation and understand the importance of being a leader in and out of the classroom.

In mental health, the Foundation is committed to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by serious mental illnesses. We strive to strengthen the workforce, expand programs and services, advocate for increased public funding and build the mental health literacy of the community.

The Foundation utilizes a strategic grant making approach, identifying organizations and/or programs that target our specific areas of interest. To help inform our work, we proactively meet with nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, mental health providers, stakeholders, community leaders and fellow funders.

Position Summary:

The primary responsibility of the Program Officer, which is a new position, will be to implement the expansion strategy of the Foundation’s engineering scholarship program. Identification of new university, college and community college partners and helping to grow existing programs will be a focus of this position. The Program Officer will also support the Foundation’s mental health initiatives by working collaboratively with current and potential grantees. Time will be spent reviewing grant proposals, performing essential due diligence and preparing reports for the Executive Director and the Grant Committee.

In addition to grant management duties, the Program Officer researches community needs and national issues that impact the work of the Foundation and shares the findings with the Executive Director and Grant Committee.

This exempt position reports to the Executive Director. The Program Officer is expected to work full-time in person at the Foundation office in Williamsville, NY. Since meeting with Lee Scholars and college partners is an important part of the Program Officer’s duties, reliable transportation is required. As needed, the Program Officer will also represent the Foundation at community events.


  • Implement the Foundation’s expansion strategy for the engineering scholarship program
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of post-secondary and graduate scholarship programs
  • Explore opportunities to build a national alumni network of Lee Scholars
  • Identify meaningful ways for the Foundation to engage with Lee Scholars
  • Manage the Distinguished Lee Scholar Award process including the facilitation of selection committee meetings
  • Prepare written grant reports for the Executive Director and Grant Committee
  • Participate in monthly Grant Committee meetings
  • Monitor progress of grantees and ensure compliance with contract terms, including completion of interim reports and progress towards achieving key objectives
  • Research best practices in mental health to identify opportunities aligned with the Foundation’s interests and funding priorities
  • Maintain accurate records in Foundant, the Foundation’s grant management system
  • Occasional travel to central and western New York and, as needed, other geographic regions in the United States
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

The ideal candidate will be:

  • An individual who believes strongly in the values and the mission of the Foundation
  • Able to maintain confidentiality of all work products and discussions related to the Foundation
  • An excellent communicator with strong written and verbal skills
  • Highly self-motivated and organized; attentive to details, able to meet deadlines, prioritize assignments and manage multiple tasks
  • Approachable and able to develop meaningful relationships with colleagues, grantees, community organizations, and other stakeholders
  • Professional with a demeanor demonstrating humility, respect, and cultural sensitivity to represent the Foundation in diverse forums and organizational relationships
  • A “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of process and grantmaking activities; the ability to dig deep into issues
  • A high degree of initiative and energy; productive and results-oriented
  • One who has experience, or understands the importance of, working in a highly professional, close-knit, team-focused environment

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree - Minimum of 7-9 years work experience in non-profit, education or a related field
  • Knowledge of and/or demonstrated interest in higher education

Other Requirements:

  • Excellent computer skills, including working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with Foundant (grant management) or other database systems a plus
  • Reliable transportation


  • Competitive range is $65,000-$72,000 depending on experience. The Foundation offers a comprehensive benefits package including, paid time off, and a retirement plan.

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume as a PDF document via email to The cover letter should explain your interest in the position and what contributions you would bring to the Lee Foundation.

To be considered, applications must be received via email. No calls please.

The Lee Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture.