Program Associate

Posner Foundation

Pittsburgh, PA, USA



Full time

Jan 19

Position Description

The Posner Foundation seeks a full-time Program Associate to support growth in its programs and operations. The Program Associate will have a special emphasis on the foundation’s strategy in its Environment priority area (especially food systems) while providing generalized support to the foundation as it professionalizes and grows its operations and activities. This position requires skill and adaptability across several domains, including strong attention to detail, subject matter knowledge, and excellent communications. The Program Associate will report to and work closely with the executive director, but will also be expected to be able to work independently. This is an in-person position based in our downtown Pittsburgh, PA office.

Position Duties

Program Support

  • Assist with operations, grantmaking, and communications in the foundation’s Environment grantmaking program, with an emphasis on its food systems grants
  • Assist executive director with implementation of the foundation’s Food Waste Strategic Plan
  • Serve as first point of contact with an existing cohort of food waste grantees
  • Provide support on the foundation’s other program areas as requested by the executive director
  • Respond to inquiries and conduct regular check-ins with potential and current grantees
  • Support on planning and executing events
  • Provide thorough updates and/or progress reports to executive director as to grantee activities
  • Participate in learning opportunities to refine program strategy and source funding ideas
  • Conduct travel on behalf of the foundation for grantee site visits and/or learning opportunities
  • Attend occasional board meetings to provide program reports to foundation trustees

Foundation Support

  • Serve as the primary user of the foundation’s grants management software, GivingData
  • Support foundation initiatives, such as grantee matching campaigns, employee matching contributions, and employee engagement opportunities
  • Assist both foundation staff and grantees with post-award administration
  • Provide timely and accurate reports to the executive director on grantmaking data
  • Manage external communications e.g. LinkedIn channel and foundation website

Skills Desired

  • Self-starting, can-do attitude, especially when tasked with from-scratch projects
  • Knowledge of or interest in food waste and food systems
  • Knowledge of or interest in the nonprofit sector
  • Strong written and verbal communication abilities, especially related to providing feedback
  • Good technical skills, especially in setting up new systems
  • A curiosity about new ideas and a willingness to suspend disbelief when useful

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter (including salary expectations) to Anne Marie Toccket at no later than February 10, 2023. 

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