Program Associate

The Burke Foundation is a leading philanthropic institution in New Jersey, with a long history of supporting programs that create equal opportunities for all families and children. The Burke Foundation was established in Princeton, New Jersey in 1989 by the late Jim E. Burke and his wife Diane (“Didi”) Burke. During his 37 years with Johnson & Johnson, Jim Burke built a legacy of visionary leadership and served as Chairman and CEO for the last 13 years of his tenure. Jim received the highest civilian honor in the nation in 2000, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and was named one of history’s greatest CEOs by Fortune magazine. 

In 2017, the Foundation reimaged our grantmaking focus and strategy, identifying prenatal health and childhood development as areas where our investments can achieve the greatest positive impact for New Jersey children and their communities.

Today, we partner with nonprofits to identify, rigorously evaluate, and help scale programs and policies that foster the healthy development of children and families in New Jersey. Using an entrepreneurial, data-driven approach, we identify and support changemakers whose early-childhood initiatives are transforming their communities and improving health and achievement outcomes for children and families. Our grantmaking focuses on supporting healthy pregnancies and births, healthy parent-child relationships, and high-quality early care and education. We are committed to effecting systems-level change; to accomplish this, we partner on shared priorities with peer foundations and government at the state and local levels. Our funding supports statewide initiatives and place-based projects in Camden, Newark, Trenton, and other communities.

To learn more about our history and work, please visit our website,


The Burke Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation based in Princeton, NJ whose mission is to identify, rigorously evaluate, and help scale programs and policies that improve the health and well-being of children and families in New Jersey. We strive to create intergenerational impact by investing in a strong, diverse perinatal workforce and transforming health systems to deliver better care, prevention, and community connections during the First 1,000 Days for babies, mothers, fathers, and families. 

We are seeking a highly-entrepreneurial, talented, and organized person to join our growing team and skillfully support our portfolio of initiatives. The Program Associate will support the Program Team leadership to advance core strategic initiatives, achieve impact, and network and collaborate with key stakeholders, including policymakers, other funders, and experts in the field. The Program Associate will perform duties that include grants management tasks, due diligence activities, research and analysis, demonstrating measurable impact, and communications support. The selected candidate will report to the Program Officer. 

This is a highly-collaborative role requiring focus and flexibility. It will be an opportunity to learn about the philanthropic sector and experience growth at a mission-driven organization focused on the health and wellbeing of children and families in New Jersey through an equity lens. 




Click here for more information or to apply. Please send resume and thoughtful cover letter as a single PDF attachment (filename: LastName_FirstName.pdf), addressed to Sandy Moskovitz at [email protected] with the email subject “Program Associate.” 

We are currently working in a hybrid setting because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which requires being in our Princeton, New Jersey office at least 1-2 days per week. Occasional evening and weekend events may be required, as well as off-site visits and meetings throughout the week. During certain times of the year, a heavier workload may be required. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required.

Applications will be accepted until March 10, 2023; qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview in late March. Estimated start date for the position is late May/June 2023.


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  • Kevin Perez
    published this page in Job Board 2023-02-17 11:51:52 -0500