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Programme Officer - Learning Differences Programme

Oak Foundation Learning Differences Programme | Chapel Hill NC 27514 USA | Full Time - 12 Month | Revised: 11/01/2012

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Programme Officer – Learning Differences Programme

 Job title: Programme Officer –Learning Differences Programme

Location: Chapel Hill, USA
Reporting to: Learning Differences Head of Programme
Job status: Full-time position  

The Learning Differences Programme is focused on students engaged in K-12, college educational programmes and the successful transition of students to post-secondary environments . The Programme supports institutions and not for profits that  support the success of students with diverse learning profiles, such as ADD/ADHD, Specific Learning Disabilities/Difficulties and  learning profiles which are not well matched to the expectations of learning environments. Please visit the Oak Foundation website ( ) for a complete 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 conduct due diligence, draft recommendations for funding, as well as maintain on-going contact, communications, evaluation and monitoring of grantee organisations.  This position will contribute to the strategic development of the programme through specific areas of expertise and participate in planning conferences and donor forums .

Position Requirements 

The successful candidate will have an advanced university degree, at least 7 years work experience (preferably 5 or more in the education field), with extensive knowledge of child development, experience working in the non-profit sector and evidence of excellent written and verbal communication skills.   The candidate should have the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Experience in project management and knowledge of the Foundation sector is an advantage. 

Candidates must be willing to travel regularly (monthly), some international travel may be required.

Essential Skills 

Excellent research, analytic, negotiation and communication skills are required for this post as well as management experience.  Candidates must demonstrate a strong understanding of learning through neuroscience research as well as a deep familiarity with the public education arena, including reform efforts, leadership paradigms, use of technology and school change models.

A history of building strong relationships, with the ability to skillfully engage in collaborative work is essential.  Likewise, keen attention to detail, the ability to complete technical writing on a deadline and the ability to organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously is equally important.

Tact, maturity, positive outlook and a sense of humor are necessary assets.


A competitive package of remuneration and benefits will be provided. 

Application Process 

The Foundation welcomes applications from interested candidates. To apply, please send your Curriculum Vitae, cover letter and three references (including a recent employer) by email only to , no later than November 4, 2012. Please no telephone calls, faxes or personal visits.



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Location Chapel Hill, NC, United States
Organization Type Non-profit Organization
Experience Years 7 yrs

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