Grants Program Analyst, Momentum Fellow (BFF)

ABOUT THE MOMENTUM FELLOWSHIP

The Momentum Fellowship is a program offered through Philanthropy Northwest to diversify the field of philanthropy. We do this through developing a pipeline of leaders of color and other underrepresented groups in foundations across the Pacific Northwest. This fellowship works with new and current practitioners in philanthropy to build leadership skills; explores issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking; and network with other philanthropic professionals. Along with the day to day functions of the specific position, fellows participate in cohort retreats, monthly cohort calls, professional coaching, and networking opportunities.

ABOUT BEZOS FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Bezos Family Foundation believes children are born with potential and deserve the experiences and environments needed to learn and thrive. Our programs and funding are guided by the science of learning and aim to transform how we support all young people—especially those furthest from opportunity—to pursue their own path for success.

THE JOB

The grants team sources and supports grant partnerships with organizations whose work is aligned with the foundation’s vision. Our partners are innovators that work in early learning, K-12 education, and adolescent development research and practice. This role will provide research, data gathering, and analyses to support the foundation’s grantmaking functions.
 
The fellowship is a permanent and full-time position located in Seattle, WA. Ideal candidates are from diverse communities underrepresented in philanthropy, and are interested and committed to developing a career in philanthropy.  

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct literature reviews and prepare written summaries of trends and advances in topic areas that are aligned with the foundation’s current portfolios (early learning, K-12, adolescent development) and new areas of interest.
  • Review and summarize qualitative and quantitative research and reports from aligned organizations, grant partners, and research institutions, with comfort assessing and translating financial, statistical, and impact data.
  • Produce and present written and verbal summaries of research efforts to internal stakeholders.
  • Conduct initial screening of letters of inquiry and grant proposals.
  • Support due diligence on prospective grantee organizations and evaluate organizational health.
  • Provide back up to the grants associate as needed to manage and track grants documentation and payment processes, including grant agreements, tax verification, payment schedules, transmittal letters, fulfillment, and progress reports.
  • Serve as secondary administrator of the grants management system, ensuring accuracy and completeness of all grants records and current contacts.
  • Coordinate, prepare, and send advance materials for grant meetings.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of two to three years relevant experience; nonprofit or education experience is a plus.
  • Robust analytical skills and comfort with both qualitative and quantitative data (e.g., impact measurement, financial, and statistical analysis), and able to effectively synthesize analyses for multiple audiences.
  • Excellent writing skills with ability to translate complex concepts into simple (elegant) prose.
  • Strong project management skills and exceptional attention to detail; ability to organize a workplan and execute against deadlines; appropriately seek input from team members.
  • Curiosity, keen listening skills, and a consultative, problem-solving approach to challenges.
  • Ability to effectively track and execute on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and a willingness to jump in where needed.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office tools and content management systems (Salesforce a plus).
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work with diverse team members.
  • Comfort with ambiguity.

CHARACTERISTICS

The successful candidate will possess the following attributes:

  • Professional and proactive approach to problem solving.
  • Excellent research, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize projects and manage available resources.
  • Strong work ethic; willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
  • Unwavering integrity, ethics, and sound judgment; comfortable with an open and transparent work environment.
  • Innovative, resourceful, and conscientious of organization’s brand and assets.
  • Strategic thinker, ability to map daily responsibilities to the organization's overall mission and goals.
  • Ability to work proactively and take initiative to support changing needs of the team.
  • Ability to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply for this job position, please submit your application to hr@philanthropynw.org no later than JUNE 2. Resumes will be screened as they come in and the position will remain open until we find our ideal candidate. Please submit your application as a single PDF file and name your file: Grants Program Analyst + First and Last Name. Your application should include the following:

  • Cover letter: Prepare a cover letter that addresses why you're interested in the Momentum Fellowship, your qualifications for this position, and your salary requirement.
  • Resume: Tailor your resume to this position.
  • Essay: Respond to the following required three essay questions. Your response should be no longer than one page single-spaced per question.
    • Please tell us about a time when you worked with an individual, organization, group or community that challenged you to reach beyond your own life experiences, values or perspective. How did you balance working effectively with others while staying true to your own values and perspective?
    • What does leadership mean to you and how do you want to grow as a leader?
    • Why are you interested in a career in philanthropy?

Bezos Family Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and supports workplace diversity.


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