Building Philanthropy to Build a Better Florida

Program Officer, The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

Publication date: 
January, 2018

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF) is currently seeking a program officer to join the grants team. He/she will report to the Florida Director and will work cooperatively on the grants team, as well as with all other Foundation staff. The successful candidate will possess excellent communication and analytical skills, in-depth knowledge of the community and non-profit sector, and will be a team player capable of putting the common good first.

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation is driven to improve the lives of others, particularly U.S. middle-and working-class families, through results oriented investments in human and social services, education and health and medicine with a special focus on the seven-county metro area of Minneapolis and St. Paul and Lee and Collier counties in Florida.

The following operating principles are essential to the work of RMSFF:

Good Stewardship Counts

We believe in accountability and working with grantees to make sure funds are successfully used for the purposes intended and desired results are documented and reported.

Importance of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action

We believe entrepreneurial thought and action is crucial to the future success of grantees, of the country and its economy and are focused on improving the odds of success for future generations of entrepreneurs.

Rigor and Competition

We believe improvement in the learning and performance of U.S. K-12 students versus their international peers is vital to this country’s future and the future of its economy and that rigor and competition furthers that improvement.

Everyone Matters

We believe that, despite the focus of public policy and resources, there are still significant and persistent human services needs within our areas of geographic emphasis that need to be addressed by those capable of doing so with private resources and that the needs of working- and middle-class families are often overlooked.

Leverage Produces Greater Good

We believe that challenge grants and other forms of grant making can create leverage to gain further financial support and that grantees who are so motivated are excellent partners.












Description of Responsibilities

The foundation seeks a program officer who will assist the Florida Director, and the President, in assuring that foundation grant making opportunities produce positive, sustainable and measurable results. The program officer’s major responsibilities, in addition to administrative support, will be to research program areas of emphasis and specific projects; develop and evaluate grant proposals; assist in the proposal review process; follow-up and ensure proper stewardship from funding partners; establish or enhance relationships with current and prospective grantees; and work with experts in program content to evaluate new areas of potential investment. The program officer will also assist with scholarships, as well as provide assistance for non-profit organizations with regard to outcome measurements and best practices. 

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Working collaboratively with the RMSFF Florida office to align strategies and goals with RMSFF Minnesota office, while providing general administrative support to all areas of Florida foundation work;
  • Working with RMSFF staff to develop strategy and explore new areas of grant making;
  • Analyze conditions and trends in program areas, as well as the local community, as they relate to RMSFF’s program goals;
  • Review LOIs and assist organizations in preparing proposals for the foundation and review proposals within the context of the foundation’s mission and guidelines and make funding recommendations;
  • Conduct site visits on behalf of RMSFF and perform financial and other critical analyses associated with proposals;
  • Evaluate the impact of grants and programs and review and analyze grantee reports;
  • Serve as a resource to grantees or connect grantees with resources within and outside the foundation to assure effective programs;
  • Assist with the administration of the RMSFF scholarship program while developing and maintaining relationships with scholarship beneficiaries and act as a mentor during scholarship process;
  • Assist and represent RMSFF in regard to designated, pertinent and meaningful community initiatives.


  • Ability to synthesize complex issues and concepts on behalf of the greater good of the community; sound judgment; objective
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures
  • Keen conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking skills; an inquisitive nature
  • Commitment to excellence; well-organized; self-motivated
  • Ability to be a team player
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and timetables while maintaining focus
  • Versatile and flexible
  • Detail oriented and precise in carrying out responsibilities
  • Familiarity with technology, ability to learn and adopt new computer programs, and ability to effectively integrate that technology into daily work
  • A bachelor’s degree and five or more years of related experience

To apply

To apply, send a letter of interest, a resume, and a sample demonstrating your writing skills by February 9, 2018 to:

Mary Beth Geier
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
999 Vanderbilt Beach Rd.
Suite 510
Naples, FL 34108

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

About the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

 The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF) is driven to improve the lives of others through results-oriented investments in human & social services, education, and health & medicine with a special focus on Collier and Lee counties in Florida and the seven-county metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The foundation, created in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, was established as a way to give back to the community where Dick and his family grew up and where he built Best Buy to become the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer. Schulze and his family believe that a good education, a supportive family and a strong work ethic prepare children for a successful future. To support that belief, we support organizations operating in the areas of human and social services, education, including scholarship awards to graduating students from eligible high schools, and health & medicine.

In Florida, we focus most of our grant-producing activities on nonprofits serving working and middle class families in Collier and Lee counties.  In Minnesota most of our grant-producing activities occur in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties. A portion of our grant making work is national in character. Our vision is to “enable transformational change benefitting mankind, by connecting, in meaningful ways, with grantees to make strategic contributions that achieve specific, measurable outcomes.

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