Working with the senior program officer and the director of Casey’s Family and Youth Financial Stability, as well as other staff, the program associate helps develop, assess, report on and advance the goals of the unit, as well as of the Foundation’s financial stability and assets portfolio and cross-cutting initiatives. This work includes contributing to the design and strategic planning of investment strategies; helping senior staff, partners and grantees advance policy and practice improvements that benefit low-income families; working with internal and external partners to assist in analyzing and disaggregating population and performance data; reporting on results and presenting the work of key initiatives and grantees; and identifying areas in need of capacity building and innovation.
This position works with and contributes to several areas related to family economic success, including advancing opportunity for youth and young adults in low-income families, as well as policies and programs related to credit building, household savings, asset ownership, consumer financial protection and tax provisions (e.g., the Earned Income Tax Credit) for working families and their children. This position contributes to investment portfolio planning and implementation, as well as to advancing racial and ethnic equity and inclusion practices. This position also may help coordinate periodic cross-Foundation workgroups to support investment portfolio planning and implementation.
- Collect information, synthesize materials and conduct analyses based on secondary research materials, labor market information, socioeconomic data, interviews and other qualitative and quantitative sources of information
- Develop materials and reports describing projects and analysis, as well as policy or program implications, and present project findings and implications to diverse audiences
- Assist and participate in the development and organization of internal and external meetings, conferences and site visits; represent the Foundation at meetings and conferences as needed
- Assist in the planning, development, management and monitoring of grant-making and investment strategies (e.g., reviewing and analyzing proposals and budgets, preparing correspondence, handling grant letters and payments, and maintaining records on grantees)
- Review the progress of selected grantees; contribute ideas and assist with management of technical assistance or other support to grantees, where applicable; and facilitate learning andknowledge-sharing communication among grantees
- Make recommendations regarding adjustments to existing investments and advise in the development of new strategies and areas of work
- Work with partners, grantees and funders in the field
- Contribute to the Foundation’s knowledge of performance management and evaluation
- Coordinate with communications team to articulate and promote portfolio investments and learning
- Provide support to senior staff, including responding to requests for materials and information, as well as tracking and obtaining resources and information
- Keep abreast of relevant issues, policies, exemplary programs and related information
- Exhibit sensitivity to, and respect for, diversity in personal, professional and business relationships on behalf of the Foundation. Must maintain a firm commitment to the Foundation’s mission of improving results for children and families, promoting racial and ethnic equity, and creating pathways to opportunity
- Seek to use Foundation resources in an equitable manner with regard to race, ethnicity and gender
- Demonstrate awareness of, and appreciation for, the Foundation’s mission, values, standards, principles and programs, drawing on Casey’s knowledge management system, intranet, website, staff development sessions and other learning opportunities
- Perform administrative duties in support of the above work
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
- Minimum requirement of a bachelor’s degree in public policy, human services, business, education, economics or related field; ideally a graduate degree (e.g., a law degree or master’s degree in public administration, public health, social work, business administration) and relevant work work experience
- Five to seven years of experience with community-based, government, research, policy or advocacy organizations focused on human services, economic security, financial services, postsecondary education or workforce, economic or community development
- Experience working with multidisciplinary teams and working effectively with people from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds, including youth and young adults
ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Knowledge of current issues, concepts and practices related to any or all of the following: youth development, equity and economic security policies and programs, child and family programs, economic or community development, human services, immigrant integration, workforce development
- Experience managing projects, including establishing timelines, managing resources, conducting timely follow-up, using effective communication methods, meeting deadline and budget goals, and working with peers in a team environment
- Ability to communicate complex ideas effectively, both orally and in writing
- Ability to navigate and interpret basic U.S. Census information and statistical data sets
- Demonstrated knowledge of a range of qualitative and quantitative methods for evaluating programs
- Ability to summarize information, prepare and present reports and make recommendations based on final analysis
- Demonstrated flexibility and maturity to work successfully with team members of varying work preferences and styles
- Demonstrated proficiency using the internet and basic software applications, including Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel (pivot tables and macros) and other data-management software packages, as well as online survey instruments
- Attention to detail and the self-discipline to work independently, seeking supervision when necessary
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
- Telephone, copiers, computer with Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT
- This work is performed primarily in an office setting, with up to 30 percent requiring overnight travel.
- This is an exempt position, meaning pay is on a salaried rather than hourly or daily basis.
Please submit your resume and a cover letter describing how you fit the qualifications, why you are the best person for this job, and why working for the Foundation as a program associate interests you via this jobs portal. The Foundation will not consider resumes submitted without a cover letter.