Associate, Advisory Services (AA)


Essential Responsibilities


Client Service (~80-90%)


Grant Making and Program Management:

Support the implementation of grant application processes and communications to applicants, including drafting requests for proposals and proposal scoring tools and determining selection criteria and application requirements


Conduct review and analysis of grant applications and potential grantee organizations on behalf of funders, including building systems to efficiently track proposal submissions and applicant information


Contribute to designing and executing equitable programs and initiatives that support grantees, including learning networks, newly created organizations, and donor collaboratives


Contribute to meeting and conference planning on behalf of clients, including agenda development, speaker preparation, and participant management


Project Support:


Support the regular administrative needs of a portfolio of client projects, including frequent email communication with internal and external stakeholders using Outlook, scheduling interviews, meetings, webinars, and focus groups, note-taking for internal and client meetings, knowledge management in SharePoint, and project administration in Arabella’s Salesforce interface, Manifest

Provide additional administrative support as necessary


Research and Analysis:


Conduct, compile, and maintain background research for client projects (e.g., global health issues, climate and energy, education reform, etc.)

Transcribe, synthesize, and analyze notes from interviews with subject matter experts and field leaders, identifying key takeaways and communicating those to team members

Support survey administration, data management, and analysis

Conduct qualitative data analysis and quantitative data analysis using Excel, SPSS or other relevant tools, as necessary


Communications & Deliverable Development:


Support the drafting, revising, and formatting of client reports, presentations, memos, and correspondence using email, Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Produce visual representations of research findings, such as Excel charts, PowerPoint slide decks, and infographics


Internal Projects (~10-20%)


Internal Strategy & Team Objectives: Contribute to team- or firm-wide strategic initiatives

Training and Professional Development: Participate in ongoing training throughout the year and contribute to trainings to support new colleagues

Support firm-wide internal projects


To be successful in this role you’ll need:


A minimum of two years of work experience

An interest in the field of philanthropy and/or social impact, including grants management; Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred

Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail and a strong sense of personal responsibility for one’s work


The ability to provide excellent service, including the ability to efficiently and independently address routine service matters, to suggest effective client-centered solutions when elevating challenges or concerns, and to understand how the team can operate to maintain high-quality service


The ability to complete complex tasks, to use a work plan to undertake projects, and to understand how those projects impact the client, team, and/or firm’s objectives

Excellent research, analytical, and critical thinking skills. The ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and professionally, including the ability to adapt style, tone, and content to various audiences; to make technical information accessible to broader audiences; and to collaborate with others to produce strong written deliverables

Team-oriented, professional, with a positive attitude; the ability to work cooperatively and inclusively with others to achieve shared goals, including knowing when and how to compromise, being willing to proactively help colleagues, and sharing knowledge in various mediums

The ability to understand stakeholders’ perspectives and circumstances, and to build and manage strong relationships that reflect that understanding

The ability to be resourceful, take ownership, and be creative and solutions-oriented when encountering challenges that don’t have obvious answers, including knowing when to elevate challenges along with possible solutions

An enthusiasm for taking on growth and development opportunities, including the ability to accept feedback and use it to improve performance

Experience using Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and PowerPoint

Program and event management experience preferred 




Click here for more information or to apply. 


Submit a resume and a one-page cover letter online. The cover letter should address why you’re excited to work at Arabella and why you’re qualified for this specific job.


Arabella Advisors is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to racial equity. If we can make the application process easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know.


We encourage you to read (or listen to) our DEI statement prior to applying.  We make a particular effort to recruit people of color and members of marginalized groups to apply for open positions. Once you have applied, we welcome your feedback on how you have experienced our values around DEI in the recruitment process.


While Arabella is open to individuals from various locations applying to join our team, please note that we generally are unable to pay for relocation expenses, and all applicants must already be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of application to be considered for this position. 


We will review applications as they are received and look forward to hearing from you.

Total Rewards (compensation and benefits)


This is a full-time position. We offer a competitive and holistic total rewards package that includes salary, bonus, and benefits. Our base salaries are based on a blend of similar sized organizations from different sectors, including nonprofits, foundations, and professional service firms. They are also based on local market rates and differentiated by geography. 


All full-time staff are eligible for our generous benefits package on their first day of employment:

Health insurance- On average Arabella pays 86% of the medical premium, 80% of the dental premium, and 100% of the vision premium

Paid time off- 16 days’ vacation, 10 personal days, 11 company holidays (7 federal and 4 more from a list of inclusive cultural and religious holidays and your birthday), 20 hours’ volunteer leave, 8 weeks’ parental leave

401(k) retirement plan- We offer a 4% employer match on a dollar-per-dollar basis, and there is no waiting or vesting period; all funds contributed by you and Arabella are yours to keep on day 1

Reimbursements for your personal cell phone plan and fitness

Pre-tax withholding for transportation and parking

Bonus incentive opportunities

Access to professional development opportunities


Working with Us


While this position must be based in Durham, NC, Washington, DC, or Chicago, IL please note that due to COVID-19, all Arabella Advisor offices are closed, and we continue to temporarily work in a remote environment. 

When we reopen -- currently anticipated in early 2022 -- we will be returning to work with a hybrid workplace strategy to ensure continued flexibility for our staff, while deepening our strong culture rooted in collaboration and in-person interactions between colleagues. It is our expectation that once we reopen, Arabellans will generally work 2-4 days per week from the office and 2-4 days at home/remotely. We will make reasonable accommodations under the guidelines of the Americans With Disabilities Act. 


We are committed to having a passion-driven, inclusive, transparent, collaborative, healthy, and fun culture. We invite you to visit our careers page to learn more.



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  • Michael Quan
    published this page in Job Board 2021-12-06 10:57:41 -0500