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Program Associate

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) seeks a Program Associate to support its new mission to relentlessly pursue economic equity, educational equity, and social, ethnic, and racial equity for all Arkansans.

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About the Foundation

WRF affirms the legacy of Governor Rockefeller, who envisioned a thriving and prosperous Arkansas that benefits all Arkansans. WRF is the catalyst for structural change in Arkansas. We lead the way with a deep commitment to equity, great courage in the face of opposition, and bold collaborative relationships with partners who care deeply to change our state and our nation. 

About the Position

The Program Associate will provide support to the Foundation’s Equity Officers. The Program Associate is responsible for a variety of programmatic, communication, and grants management duties in support of the AR Equity 2025 strategic direction. AR Equity 2025 will be released in the spring of 2019.

Duties and Responsibilities

Programmatic

  • Provide project management and communications support for:

    • The Foundation’s core initiatives—the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, ForwARd Arkansas, and Expect More

    • The Foundation’s development of new equity-centered strategies

  • Help prepare, review, and edit board meeting materials

  • Oversee logistics for convenings, including the arrangement of meeting space, catering, handouts, transportation, and technology

  • Create presentation materials and communicate with stakeholders

  • Conduct research on current issues in philanthropy, movement building, equity, and place-based community change

  • Develop and edit strategic communications, such as special reports on the Foundation’s grantees and initiatives, press releases, and e-blasts

  • Contribute to the operations team to ensure efficient operations

Grants Management

  • Support core programmatic activities such as partner relationships, proposal development, and grant processing

  • Oversee the life cycle of approved grants by managing an accurate, timely grant reporting process in coordination with the Foundation’s grants and operations officer

  • Support organizational data management by monitoring, collecting, and analyzing data presented as part of the grants process

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Exceptionally strong organizational skills, sharp attention to detail, and persistence in following through on projects

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Proven ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks independently; effective management of shifting priorities and time-sensitive projects to meet deadlines

  • Excellent computer skills and a willingness to learn new tools and systems

  • Demonstrated flexibility, maturity, and ability to work as a team with program staff, consultants, and persons outside the Foundation

  • Good sense of humor and abiding optimism in the potential for Arkansas to improve people’s lives

  • Strong understanding of and commitment to equity in Arkansas

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.

  • Three to five years of experience preferred in education, economic development, communications, community change, or public policy. Prior experience in the nonprofit sector is preferred.

How to Apply

Apply with a cover letter, resume, references, and one-page writing sample in Word or PDF format. Applications should be directed to Lisa Dixon, program associate and board liaison: ldixon@wrfoundation.org. Please place WRF Program Associate and your name in the subject line.

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The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.