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Program Associate GREJ(I)

Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation

Operations
New York, USA
Posted on Saturday, August 12, 2023

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SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

The Ford Foundation’s Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice - International (GREJ-I) team seeks a collaborative, strategic, and team-oriented Program Associate to help implement and evolve its strategy, focused on the prevention of gender-based violence.

Reporting to the Director of GREJ-I, the Program Associate holds a variety of responsibilities related to research, analysis and the coordination of programmatic activities and serves as a conduit for shared learning within the team and across the Foundation’s programs and regional offices.

The ideal candidate will be interested in the work of the team, possess strong communication, analytical and interpersonal skills, and will feel comfortable collaborating with people of all levels and backgrounds, as well as building relationships with internal and external partners. The hiring pay range for this position is $87,000-$97,000.

At the Ford Foundation, disrupting inequality and building a future grounded in justice is our shared passion. We believe in the inherent dignity of all people - beginning with those we call our colleagues. Every person who works at Ford is a co-creator of our culture and called to embody the beliefs, values, and behaviors we want to see in the world around us. And each of us is encouraged to learn from our mistakes and grow throughout our journey at the foundation.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Principal duties and responsibilities, include but not limited to:

  • Conduct research and support the director and team in analyzing data/identifying trends and summarizing findings via multimedia formats.

  • Act as the team’s information architect and manager -- creating, managing and advising the team on proper usage of documents -- and regularly updating the team page on the company’s intranet.

  • Summarize research findings in written documents, databases, presentations, or multimedia formats.

  • Map and track all grants, including those originating in regional offices, and create periodic reports to support team learning, strategy refinement and grantee support.

  • Monitor grant coding drafts and serve as editor of the team’s strategic alignments to ensure consistency and clarity of data entry and communication.

  • Monitor the level of strategic alignment of grants by the GREJ-I team, and the strategic alignment and coding of foundation-wide grants related to GREJ-I.

  • Enter and compile information for dashboards and specialized reports.

Grantee Relationship Management

  • Under the guidance of the Director, follow up on leads and contacts generated through site visits and meetings and hold preliminary informational meetings with stakeholders.

  • Build relationships with representatives of high level government and international organizations, and identify opportunities to scale up the foundation’s efforts.

  • Coordinate with Department Coordinator and Program Assistants on the logistical arrangements for grantee and network convenings, and Coordinate GREJ-I annual global meetings including design, materials, logistics, follow up and learning -in collaboration with other colleagues.

  • For convenings and site visits, develop and prepare background research and meeting materials.

  • Coordinate peer-to-peer learning agenda for strategic partners, and facilitating joint learning processes.

Relationship Management

  • Develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Lead grantee training and leadership development support offered by the team (e.g., annual communications and fundraising training).

  • Attend relevant meetings and conferences to build relationships and knowledge and advance the foundation’s work.

  • Serve as primary liaison to other programs/initiatives within the foundation.

  • Working with the Strategy & Learning team, create, implement and update learning tools for team learning and to share with other programmatic teams.

Communication & General Administration

  • Coordinate with the Office of Communications on press promos and large events and develop annual grantee communications plans in partnership with the team; Collect and summarize any newsworthy information relevant to the team.

  • Develop presentations and reports on team's strategy, grantmaking, on-going learning, and ad hoc research on civic space trends, as needed for external and internal audiences.

  • Publish between two and four newsletters per year of the GREJ-I program on our intranet.

  • Develop draft talking points and briefing memos for the director, the VP of International Program and the office of the President, for engagement in global fora.

  • Serve as backup for Program Assistants, Department Coordinator and Grants Managers as needed.

  • Respond to requests for information from teams/individuals in and out of the foundation.

  • Support the strategy evaluation and refresh process.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Strong proficiency with the use of software platforms and high degree of comfort with multiple technology applications, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and databases

  • Exceptional organizational and communications skills

  • Client-service orientation

  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a multi-faceted, multitasking environment

  • Demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a community of people at work, respecting differences while working toward shared goals, comfort with periods of ambiguity, constructive participation in ongoing organizational development

  • College degree plus a minimum of 3 years’ experience Strong proficiency with data collection, review, analysis and reporting

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Alignment to Culture and Values

  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of equity, openness, collaboration, trust, accountability and urgency

  • Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor

  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues

  • Action-orientated and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and in teams

Benefits

  • Hybrid Workplace and Flexible Work Arrangement policies

  • Medical and dental benefits for employee and immediate family on first day of work

  • Retirement savings account with matching company contributions of up to 13%

  • Three weeks’ paid vacation in first year of work; four weeks in subsequent years

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Office closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day

  • Professional development initiatives for growth

  • Generous parental leave (maternal and paternal) during new child’s first year (born into family or adopted)

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at The Ford Foundation, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law. The Ford Foundation does not discriminate against formerly incarcerated individuals.