It’s a time of transition.

The McElroy Trust, established in 1965 in Waterloo, Iowa invests in deserving young people of Northeast Iowa. R.J. McElroy’s commitment to youth and education has extended far beyond his lifetime to benefit many, many young people. The McElroy Trust has awarded grants in excess of $65 million and works each day to carry McElroy’s vision forward.

The McElroy Trust is searching for a qualified individual to serve as Program Officer. Paid staff for the McElroy Trust consists of the Executive Director, Program Officer and a seasonal intern.  We rely on the Program Officer to be engaged in many parts of the organization, including: office management, grantee support, community engagement and program leadership.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Programs: Implement the McElroy Trust’s signature programs: World’s Greatest Spring Break for Kids, Gold Star for Outstanding Teaching, Doctoral Fellowship program and Youth Emergency & Opportunity Fund.

  • Communications: Regularly develop and share stories via the Trust’s communication vehicles, including website and social media.

  • Grants Management: Provide exceptional customer service to our grantees and applicants throughout the request process.

    • Support a portfolio of grantees in the execution of their work, including problem solving and site visits.

    • Manage the internal online grants management system

  • Community Leadership: Support the McElroy Trust’s leadership agenda by the development of strategic initiatives and partnerships. Assist in preparing for board and community meetings.

  • Administrative: Manage the operations of the office. Such as: grant payment processing, internal financial management and other duties as assigned.

Personal qualities/ skills the Program Officer should demonstrate:

  • A clear commitment to the mission of the McElroy Trust.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including active listening, relationship building while balancing divergent views, dependability and professionalism, among others.

  • Knowledge of and curiosity about issues affecting young people in a diverse community.

  • Ability to gain proficiency in our online grants management system.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Ability to work with technology systems.

  • Experience in the nonprofit sector, specifically with grant writing, fundraising and community leadership.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.


To apply: Create a profile in our online grants management system (if you’ve been an applicant to the trust, please use a personal email address) Note special instructions in the online system.

The application deadline is January 31st at 5:00 p.m.

If you have trouble logging into our system, don’t worry. Here’s what you can expect in the application:

  • Describe how two or three of your previous experiences would set you apart in this position. (2500 characters)

  • Choose one of our programs and suggest three things you would do to strengthen it.
    Programs: World's Greatest Spring Break for Kids, Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the McElroy Trust Fellowship Program  (1000 characters)

  • What questions do you have about the position? (750 characters)

  • Resume upload

If you have questions, please call us at 319-287-9102. The McElroy Trust office is closed for the holidays until Wednesday, January 3rd.

Megan McKenzie