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TLL Temple Foundation

Program Officer Economic Development

– Lufkin, Texas
Employment Type Full-Time

Program Officer for Economic Development 

The Program Officer will be part of a team that focuses on economic development and education. The Program Officer will participate in developing, managing and evaluating a portfolio of grants and initiatives which align with the foundation’s strategic plan. As one of the primary liaisons with the community, the Program Officer will maintain and develop relationships within the foundation’s service area and maintain a knowledge base of current trends and activities within the service area. In addition, he/she will help to identify prospective investments, manage due diligence and other pre-grant interactions with potential grantees, and assist grantees with developing proposals which relate to the foundation’s strategic priorities.  


The T.L.L. Temple Foundation (TLLTF) is a private family foundation headquartered in Lufkin, Texas.  TLLTF was established in 1962 by Georgie Temple Munz to honor her father, Thomas Lewis Latane´ Temple.  It was her wish to create a foundation to improve the quality of life for residents of Deep East Texas, the geographic area wherein the Temple family operated its business enterprises and accumulated its wealth.  The foundation’s trustees remain committed to East Texas and recently adopted this mission:  The T.L.L. Temple Foundation works alongside families and communities to build a thriving Deep East Texas and to alleviate poverty, creating access and opportunity for all.  The foundation’s mission will be realized through program areas including education, economic development, health and human services, arts and culture, and conservation and the environment.


The foundations geographic priority area is 24 counties.  Within East Texas, TLLTF focuses upon 22 rural counties and one primarily urban county.  Miller County, Arkansas (Texarkana area) is the 24th county.  The foundation’s total assets are approximately $450 million, and the foundation’s annual distribution is approximately $22 million.  More information about the foundation is available at:


Position Purpose

The T.L.L. Temple Foundation recently completed an in-depth strategic planning process.  The process allowed foundation board members and staff to assess the possible impact of the foundation’s internal resources, expertise, values, interest, and priorities against our region’s needs and the opportunity for impact in Deep East Texas.  The Program Officer will be part of a team which works to ensure the foundation’s philanthropic activities in education and economic development are aligned with the foundation’s strategic plan. The Program Officer reports to the Senior Program Officer for education and economic development.

Essential Functions of the Program Officer Position

  • Work effectively and collaboratively as a member of the foundation’s program team to build, manage, and monitor a portfolio of grant programs and/or initiatives aligned with the foundation’s strategies to ensure the residents of the region have the skills needed to obtain and retain high quality jobs.  
  • Participate in developing the foundation’s strategic plan to enhance systemic opportunities that support regional collaboration and expansion for economic growth. 
  • Work with leadership to develop comprehensive initiatives that examine systemic barriers to building a regional workforce talent through collaborative initiatives between employers, community, leaders, and educators in region.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of best practices, trends, changes to government regulations or law, and other related aspects of the field through research, continuous learning, and developing a network of partners and experts.
  • Analyze state and national data sets related to the foundation’s priorities and provide analysis in a usable and actionable format.
  • Identify organizations with aligned interests, goals, and strategies, which might serve as potential funding partners.
  • Assist in organizing foundation-sponsored convenings of grantees and key field experts.
  • Review grantee reports, monitor performance in meeting strategic objectives, and collaborate with grant manager to respond to grantee inquiries and problems.
  • Monitor grants in progress and review grants that have completed their grant period to determine if they have achieved intended results.
  • Obtain knowledge from grant evaluations which can be utilized by both the grantees and the foundation.
  • Research and review grant proposals by gathering information from experts, making site visits, and analyzing information.
  • Maintain awareness of the changing needs and emerging opportunities in the foundation’s service area as they relate to foundation goals.
  • Develop reports to aggregate evaluation results and communicate the foundation’s impact.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to meet the needs of the foundation.


Experience and Knowledge

Preferred experience of five or more years working within the field(s) of economic development, education, and/or nonprofit management.  Familiarity with key issues related to cross-sector systemic approaches to building a workforce talent pipeline, preferably in rural settings.        


Bachelor’s degree is required with preference of a master’s degree in a related field of study.

Skills and Attributes

  • Knowledge of economic devolvement, Texas public and higher education, and/or non-profit sector.   
  • Understanding of the intersectionality of economic development and education preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; proven ability to be flexible in a team-oriented approach with diverse groups of people.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong analytic and problem-solving skills.
  • Content expertise in economic development and education preferred.
  • Knowledge of program evaluation and determining results.
  • Excellent planning, organizational, multi-task and time management skills.
  • The personal qualities of good judgment, diplomacy, sense of humor, and integrity.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer relations skills, including understanding the need for respect in all interactions with internal and external audiences.


Compensation and Benefits

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with background and experience. The foundation offers an excellent benefits package (medical/dental insurance, retirement plan, and earned time off).

Application Information
Apply by visiting the 
foundation's job portal.  Respond to the questions, upload a cover letter addressing how the applicant’s background and experience relate to the advertised responsibilities and qualifications, upload a resume, and provide the names and contact information of three references. References will not be checked without applicant's permission.  


Application materials should be submitted electronically through the foundation's job portal to:


Sylvia Leal, Ed.D

Senior Program Officer for Education & Economic Development

T.L.L. Temple Foundation

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