Fields: social change, policy, progressive, advocacy, philanthropy
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
About the Organization: The Fund for New Jersey, a private grantmaking foundation, works to improve the quality of public policy decision-making on the most significant issues affecting the people of New Jersey and our region. Our grantmaking advances systemic and sustainable solutions to public problems through the work of policy, advocacy, analysis, and organizing. The Fund is active on issue areas including budget & finance, climate & environment, criminal justice, education, housing, immigration, poverty, and public media.
About the Position: This is a two-year position beginning October 2018 and continuing for 24 months. The Program Associate will contribute to programmatic and strategic work of The Fund:
- Contributing to invitation, review, and evaluation of grant inquiries and proposals
- Conducting site visits with potential and current grantees
- Preparing materials and presenting grants quarterly for board consideration
- Managing and reporting grantmaking data and outcome evaluations
- Representing The Fund at meetings and conferences
- Completing issue-focused research to support and expand grantmaking
- Generating and distributing information about The Fund and the work of its grantees, including preparation of bi-monthly news updates
- Managing digital communications and developing social media and website content
- Preparing background materials and coordinating logistics for meetings
- Managing grants database and assisting with program-related correspondence
Frequent travel throughout New Jersey is required. The Program Associate will be encouraged to develop her/his own expertise and, in consultation with the President, work responsibilities will be adjusted to make best use of the Program Associate’s particular skills and interests. The Fund has a small, energetic, and highly collaborative staff. It offers an exceptional work environment with opportunities for mentorship and networking. The Fund promotes, values, and respects diversity.
Special Requirements/Qualifications: The strongest candidate will have demonstrated academic and professional experience, including:
- Bachelor’s degree including coursework in policy, politics, economics, sociology, environmental studies, or related fields. Graduate work a plus.
- Understanding of and enthusiasm for public policy and social change related to an array of issues affecting New Jersey.
- Strong multitasking skills; ability to coordinate, organize, prioritize and execute multifaceted workload with competing deadlines.
- Ability to carry out responsibilities with sensitivity, discretion, and diplomacy.
- Familiarity with social media and media management tools.
- Excellent writing, research, and editing skills.
- Strong technology skills and ease with basic quantitative analysis.
- Ability to think clearly, listen well, and ask good questions.
Estimated Salary: Salary beginning at $40,000, with excellent benefits
Deadline: September 21, 2018
Fund for New Jersey