Program Associate

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 05-10-2018
The Case Foundation, created by Jean and Steve Case in 1997, invests in people and ideas that can change the world. The Foundation is in the business of catalyzing movements around social innovation by revolutionizing philanthropy, unleashing entrepreneurship and igniting civic engagement. As we enter our 21st year of work, we are driving at two major movements—impact investing and inclusive entrepreneurship. Within both movements, we see boundless potential to get all oars in the water to help solve our most pressing social problems.
The Program Associate will be a key member of the Foundation’s social innovation team, which works collaboratively to develop and implement partnerships, programming and movement catalyzing initiatives within the Foundation’s strategic priority areas. The Program Associate, reporting to the VP, Social Innovation, will support the social innovation team by contributing to the development and management of programs and grantmaking through the following job responsibilities.
Job Responsibilities:
Program Support: The Program Associate will work with the social innovation team to support the implementation of the Foundation’s programs in all necessary aspects, including: program strategy and execution, internal measurement and evaluation and partner development.
  • Support the active projects for all movements and programs at the Foundation, including partner management, landscape research, logistics and event support.
  • Draft issue and event briefing documents to inform Foundation executives and program leads when necessary.
  • Contribute in team discussions and brainstorms to help generate innovative program and marketing ideas.
  • Serve as primary liaison to the Office Coordinator for the social innovation team, including providing necessary information for vendor payments and contracts, responding to funding requests and coordinating meetings and events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Research and Evaluation: The Program Associate will work with Social Innovation team members, to conduct key research and evaluation to contribute to ever-improving the Foundation’s strategic program design and implementation:
  • Conduct research as needed on key topic areas that are aligned with existing or potential program areas.
  • Support the monitoring and reporting on the Foundation’s programmatic efforts by tracking program-specific outcomes and broader movement measures.
  • Participate in planning for Foundation programs, initiatives and long-term goals.
  • Track best practices in the field, and maintain a breadth of knowledge about current trends, emerging issues, policy interventions and innovations in the Foundation’s areas of focus.
Grants Administration: The Program Associate will work with the Director of Social Innovation and Senior Vice President of Strategic Operations on completing the following duties related to the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy: 
  • Execute proper due diligence of potential grantee partners.
  • Draft all grant agreements.
  • Ensure all grantee reporting requirements are met, on time.
  • Oversee and report on the Foundation’s grants budget and expenditures, and coordinate timely and accurate payments with accounts payable.

The Program Associate should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
  • A high level of energy and self-motivation with a passion for continuous learning.
  • Detail-oriented and organized.
  • Exceptional professionalism, follow-through and people skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Confidence and enthusiasm when communicating to both external partners and the internal project team in both formal and informal presentations.
  • A flexible and enthusiastic approach to work, including the humility and grace to work effectively with others in a collaborative, fast-paced environment, a "can do" attitude.

  • Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • 2-5 years of relevant experience.
  • Passion for social change with knowledge of philanthropy, and interest in the field, including nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurship, racial and gender equity, civic engagement, etc. 

This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC.
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