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Program Officer Duties

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Program officers oversee a foundation’s work to review proposals and manage current grants and individual projects. People in this position might a have Master’s degree in public health administration, public policy, public administration or business administration. According to, a program officer in 2010 earned an annual salary of $44,112 to $75,456.


The review process for a program officer includes review of submitted proposals, budgets and grant reports. A program officer also reviews and approves the final evaluation plan for funding of a program.


As a program officer, you'll prepare the presentation for funding recommendations. You'll also prepare program monitoring methods for special projects, and negotiations for specific objectives to be placed in grant contracts. Other duties include preparing assigned program areas related to current issues and future goals.


In addition to the review and preparation responsibilities, program officers must perform administrative duties. These include database management, website maintenance and newsletter development. You will also create award notification letters for individual programs, handle general correspondence, and compile and analyze data.