Solidago Foundation/See Forward Fund
Overall Job Objectives
The Program Associate will serve as a bridge between programmatic and administrative needs of the organization. While the person in this role will be expected to perform with excellence in both capacities, they will be offered ample opportunities to develop program expertise and experience. The person in this role will play a critical role in developing a four new signature projects that will build the case that bottom-up leadership can win big over the long haul. They will take the lead in researching, recruiting, and managing new national and state partners, and participating in national and state coalitions as requested. The associate will also work with senior program staff to provide technical assistance to state and local organizations and partners. The associate is also responsible for working with senior staff on supporting the team’s budgeting, financial analysis, and planning efforts. This includes working with the senior staff to monitor spending and internal budget reports, help create budgets, and answer budget questions during planning. In addition, the program associate will have the opportunity to perform background research and work on other special projects related to signature program projects. The associate will be an experienced, resourceful, and innovative individual with strong leadership skills, evidenced commitment to social justice, and advanced programmatic abilities. The associate reports to the Chief Financial Officer and works closely with the all members of the Foundation team.
• Assists senior staff with monitoring and evaluating grantee performance by reviewing and summarizing grantee reports, maintaining positive relationships with grantees, following up with grantees as needed to obtain necessary information, and providing technical assistance and engaging in problem-solving. Works with grantees to ensure compliance with grant agreements and successful project implementation;
•Works with grants associate & program assistant to ensure timely completion of all proposal review and grants management tasks;
• Communicates with nonprofit agencies, public and private funders, and the general public about the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities, guidelines, and proposal review process
• Help to manage the project planning and reporting process including preparing key planning documents and guidelines;
• Prepare policy briefs, fact sheets, public education campaign materials
• Conduct trainings, presentations, and interviews on behalf of the Foundation at national conferences, events, and legislative meetings and briefings, and represent the Foundation in national coalitions;
• Work with state-based teams and partners to support project goals;
• Maintain internal communication about the program team’s activities, assist with troubleshooting, and modifying strategies and work plans as needed.
• Cultivate and maintain relationships with representatives of foundations, government agencies
• Support the team as needed in organizing meetings convenings, drafting agendas, preparing minutes, organizing travel, organizing conference calls and implementing aspects of work-plans as needed;
• Assists with evaluation of proposals and conducts due diligence, including applicant interviews, site visits, and review of budgets and financial information. Prepares proposal summaries and makes recommendations to senior program staff
• Assist senior project staff with budget development process, working with staff to project expenses and revenue;
• Track project expenses, ensures compliance with policy and procedures, prepares reports as requested to help senior staff ensure on-time and on-budget deliverables;
• Perform other duties and participates in special projects as assigned.
Education and Experience
- The successful candidate will have a minimum of 4 years of relevant experience in advocacy, campaign strategy development and implementation and public policy; including experience working with policy makers, researchers, advocates, and other stakeholders;
- Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred but not required;
- Strong strategic and analytical skills;
- Strong oral and written communication skills, including proofreading and editing;
- Keen attention to detail and a demonstrated track record of producing accurate, high quality work;
- Sound judgment and discretion in handling confidential information, as well as the ability to conduct oneself in a highly professional manner;
- Experience in conference planning preferred;
- Demonstrated proficiency in computer technology including applications for project and data management and electronic calendars (Excel, Windows, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Outlook preferred). Ability to quickly learn software specific to the institution. Experience working with CRM software a plus;
- Excellent project management skills, including the ability to create and maintain files and recording systems accurately;
- Excellent written and oral communications skills, including communicating complex ideas for a general audience;
- Familiarity with the social justice, national nonprofit and/or philanthropic community;
- Comfortable with a high degree of autonomy and a small office environment;
- Or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Competitive salary commensurate with experience; generous benefits. This position will be based at Foundation headquarters. Occasional travel will be required. To apply, submit resume and cover letter, with “Program Associate” in the subject line, to HR@solidago.org. Application materials must be submitted by 8/25/17.