Program Associate, Nonprofit Effectiveness

Date Posted: 
Thu, July 13, 2017
Job Type: 
Job Category: 
Boston, MA
Company Name: 
The Boston Foundation
Company Information: 

The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of about $1 billion. In 2015, the Foundation and its donors paid $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of $123 million. In celebration of its Centennial in 2015, the Boston Foundation launched the Campaign for Boston to strengthen the Permanent Fund for Boston, the only endowment fund focused on the most pressing needs of Greater Boston. The Foundation is proud to be a partner in philanthropy, with more than 1,000 separate charitable funds established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes.

The Boston Foundation also serves as a major civic leader, think tank and advocacy organization, commissioning research into the most critical issues of our time and helping to shape public policy designed to advance opportunity for everyone in Greater Boston. The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), an operating unit of the Foundation, designs and implements customized philanthropic strategies for families, foundations, and corporations around the globe. For more information about the Boston Foundation and TPI, visit or call 617-338-1700.

Job Description: 

Job Description

Title: Program Associate, Nonprofit Effectiveness

Department: Program

Reports To: Program Officer, Nonprofit Effectiveness

FLSA Classification: Exempt FTE: 1

Supervises: None

Position Summary:

The Program Associate works with the Program Officer, Nonprofit Effectiveness and the Associate Vice President for Programs to manage and support the Foundation’s Nonprofit Effectiveness strategy, Open Door Grants program, and Program Department operations.

In this position the Program Associate will support grantmaking, build and maintain internal and external relationships, conduct research, coordinate convenings and events, and handle other administrative responsibilities.

Essential Functions:
•Develop and maintain capacity-building opportunities for individual Foundation grantees and the Greater Boston nonprofit sector;
•Maintain familiarity with best practices in the organizational effectiveness/nonprofit capacity-building fields locally and nationally;
•Coordinate various activities for multiple grantmaking initiatives, including contributing to strategy, implementation logistics, internal and external communication, and evaluation;
•Conduct due diligence on grant proposals and manage Nonprofit Effectiveness grantee calendar;
•Prepare various written materials on a timely basis, including draft correspondence, meeting minutes, talking points, strategy updates, reports and other related materials;

•Conduct research for strategy papers and memos and assist Program Officer and Associate VP in preparing documents for internal and external use;

•Support Program Department goals and priorities in coordination with Associate Vice President for Programs, including department-level budget planning and special projects;
•Track and maintain consultant relationships and various contracts to advance grantmaking strategy;
•Coordinate, in conjunction with other colleagues, all aspects of meetings, convenings, and other events (including coordinating attendee schedules, invitations, meeting preparation, note taking, set-up and clean-up);

•Manage current calendars and appointments for the Nonprofit Effectiveness team and Open Door Grants review process; and perform other administrative tasks as required.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:
•Individuals assigned to this position may perform other duties as assigned.



Education and Experience
•Bachelor’s degree preferred
•3-5 years related professional work experience preferred
•Combination of relevant education and/or work experience will be considered

Skills, Abilities, Competencies:
•Knowledge of nonprofit management and grantmaking due diligence preferred;
•Familiarity with diversity, equity and inclusion work as it relates to nonprofit sector;
•Computer skills utilizing Microsoft Office products, including skill with Word, Excel and Power Point required;
•Ability to manage multiple, simultaneous projects; organize and coordinate projects with multiple components;
•A creative thinker with strong problem-solving skills;
•Ability to work under the pressure of tight deadlines;
•Coordinate teamwork and work as part of a team;
•Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
•Understanding of and commitment to the Foundation’s mission;
•Proactive, participative work style;
•Ability to receive and act on feedback;
•Resourceful and able to work independently;
•Mature interpersonal style, ability to interact well with a diverse range of people.

How to apply: 

All applications should be submitted online.

Go to and select Program Associate, Nonprofit Effectiveness to complete our online application process.

Diversity candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer.