Program Assistant

The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation is a multigenerational family foundation seeking to improve health, educational, and economic outcomes for individuals and families throughout Greater Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. We focus our effort and resources in the areas of biomedical research, community health, education, community needs, and supporting the Jewish community. We aim to back extraordinary leaders, promote innovative approaches to pressing problems, expand access to essential services, and contribute to the vitality of Greater Boston. Because SFF is a lean organization, all staff contribute to a wide range of responsibilities and activities. For additional information on the Foundation and its major initiatives, please visit 


The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation (SFF) seeks a detail-oriented, collaborative, and mission-driven Program Assistant. The position is geared toward a generalist and presents an exciting opportunity to join a committed team at a moment of growth and change at the Foundation. The Program Assistant will be responsible for supporting grantmaking initiatives and programs across a broad set of strategic priorities and will also be called upon to support the day-to-day operations of the Foundation. The position offers opportunities to take initiative, learn many different facets of philanthropy, and grow into a more senior role. 


The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation offers staff a comprehensive package of employee benefits including 20 days of paid time off; 100% employee premium paid plan for medical and dental insurance; retirement contribution; and professional development.  This is an exempt position with a starting salary range of $70,000-$75,000 based on experience.


Click here for more information or to apply. The Program Assistant will work at the Foundation office in Newton, Massachusetts approximately 4-5 days per week during their onboarding. The Foundation's in-person vs. remote work policy is evolving and may change from time to time. The Assistant must have access to reliable transportation to travel within Eastern Massachusetts for occasional meetings and site visits (reimbursed by the Foundation).

The Foundation requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or proof of an exemption granted under the terms of applicable law.

We will review and respond to all applications received. While subject to change, candidates elected to advance throughout the process can expect an initial phone interview with Positively Partners, an interview with the Executive Director and for finalists, an onsite interview day with Smith Family Foundation staff and submission of references. The Foundation seeks to fill this position by winter 2022.

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  • Deanna Norcross
    published this page in Job Board 2022-09-27 09:22:08 -0400