Program Associate

Program Associate

Hiring Organization: 
Greater Washington Community Foundation

Since 1973, the Greater Washington Community Foundation has been a champion of thriving communities and a catalyst for change through local philanthropic engagement, effective community investment, and civic leadership. We work with donors and partners to enhance the quality of life in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, and Prince George’s County. As the region’s largest local funder, we have invested more than $1.3 billion to build more equitable, just, and enriching communities where all residents can live, work and thrive.


Through our grantmaking and community impact initiatives, the Greater Washington Community Foundation works to build an equitable, just, and thriving region where all can prosper.

The Program Associate reports to the Managing Director, Community Investment, and provides support to the Community Investment Team. The Associate’s duties center on programmatic and administrative support for the Managing Director and the Community Investment Team. This position will also include administrative support for a discrete number of funds managed by The Community Foundation. The Program Associate is a pivotal member of the team, contributing to idea generation, strategic thinking, organizational networking, and collaborative team dynamics.

The Program Associate will support team meetings, help with scheduling, conduct outreach, provide coordination support for select programs, and fullfill other as-needed administrative supports required to execute our Community Leadership agenda. It is expected that the Program Associate will support budgeting and financial tracking for a select number of funds— this role will be a liaison role between our grantmaking team and our finance team.

In addition to the duties described in this position description, every role at The Community Foundation is expected to contribute to the overall success of the organization and its goals. This may mean that team members are asked to take on other tasks that may not be listed here. Examples may include working on a project or specific task outside of your standard area of responsibility, participation in an organization-wide task force or special initiative, or being asked to support a colleague when needed. Any additional tasks will be determined by the manager of this role in coordination with the leadership team.


This role requires excellent organizational skills and administrative coordination. The principal responsibilities include the following:

  • Provides administrative and program support to Managing Director, Community Investment, and the broader Community Investment team.
  • Supports scheduling and agenda development for Community Investment team meetings and other as-needed scheduling supports.
  • Provides as-needed technical assistance to internal and external customers centered on grantmaking processes.
  • Serves as primary budget lead and expense tracker for a portfolio of funds, including serving as a liaison between the grantmaking team and finance.
  • Other Community Investment Team duties (as needed). The Program Associate will be asked to provide support from time to time on other departmental initiatives.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred with 1 to 3 years of working experience required.
  • Related work experience with nonprofit or foundation is preferred.
  • Keen organizational skills and background with administration are preferred.
  • Sound judgment, ability to manage time effectively, flexibility, self-discipline and initiative, ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Specific background in any of the following: project management, management consulting, database analytics, public administration, research, community development.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, working well with a wide range of colleagues across geographies; ability to interact respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures.
  • Working knowledge of concepts and demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity.
  • Strong customer service and relationship management skills.
  • Technology fluency with using Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint software. Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge and Blackbaud Grantmaking is a plus.
  • An understanding of philanthropy’s role in the community and a commitment to philanthropy and the mission of The Community Foundation.

Salary starts at $58k and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package, including: company-paid health, vision, dental, and life insurance for employees; Flexible spending accounts; Universal life and long-term care insurance and retirement plan with employer match; Twelve paid holidays; Flexible work schedule.

Application instructions: 

Please submit a resume, a cover letter including your salary requirements in your cover letter and forward it to:

The Greater Washington Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Washington, DC
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3-5 Years
Submitting Organization: 
Greater Washington Community Foundation