LASIF / Education Program Associate
The California Community Foundation (CCF) is a nonprofit grantmaking foundation that administers almost 1,600 individual charitable funds to meet existing and emerging needs in the Greater Los Angeles area. CCF is one of the largest and fastest growing community foundations in the United States. With assets of more than $1.6 billion, CCF has awarded more than $1.6 billion in grants and received more than $1.8 billion in contributions over the past ten years. Since 1915, CCF has been helping individuals, families, corporations and nonprofits establish and develop their philanthropic visions.
We envision a future where all Angelenos thrive – a future where the productive capabilities of Angelenos contribute to the health and well-being of our communities. The fate and future of every resident is interwoven, and our success as a community will be defined by how we improve the quality of life of all residents, especially our most vulnerable. We also envision a future in which more donors impact the challenges of Los Angeles and beyond, fulfilling their passions and creating a diverse spectrum of opportunities and philanthropic legacies.
For 100 years, the passion of our living and legacy donors has defined and built the California Community Foundation. Their generosity and dreams for a better tomorrow make our drive for meaningful social change possible. We partner with individuals and families to not only pursue their own personal passions but to collaborate with us, along with the public, private and nonprofit sectors, in transforming Los Angeles County.
The program associate works closely with program officers and staff to enable California Community Foundation (CCF) to carry out its education, and scholarships competitive grantmaking in an accessible, fair, and thoughtful manner. The position is responsible for project and research support, grant proposal analysis, outreach, grant monitoring and management and community relations. As part of CCF’s strategic plan, staff work in collaborative, integrated teams across portfolios in order to address systemic issues in vulnerable, low income communities including CCF’s work advancing opportunity for English language learners, young men of color, first-generation college students. The program associate supports Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund and Education Pipeline; as such, supports the Director of LASIF, and Education Program Officer.
- Grant Process Management: In collaboration with the Grants Management Team, assists with the intake, review, and processing of grants. Monitors and reports regularly to program officers on proposals and the grant process including grant agreements, progress reports, payment requests, and other related correspondence. Updates and maintains databases. Works closely with the Grants Management Team to apply due diligence standards, develop new reports and improve processes. Communicates and meets with grantees as needed. Supports program officers in tracking grant budgets.
- Grant Proposal Analysis: Under the direction of the program officer, assists with review of applications for funding support through written analysis, site visits, knowledge of the field, interviews with other funders and comparisons with other funding requests.
- Project and Research Support: Researches and analyzes trends and issues of importance to CCF from written materials, interviews, community meetings, online resources, or other useful sources. Presents findings in written and oral formats to program officers and others as appropriate. Assists with special projects for CCF, ensuring a thoughtful and reasonable process, timely preparation and coordination of key activities and materials for partners, review panels, advisory committees, and CCF’s Board of Directors. Maintains accurate database of initiative partners and records (i.e., minutes, meeting materials, invoices, vendor contracts etc.), coordinates special project timelines and handles meeting/events logistics. Interacts with grantee and community partners to collect and maintain various data projects with multiple parties.
- Community Relations: Represents CCF in philanthropic activities to further build community foundation relationships and enhance their operations. Represents CCF in foundation and community groups related to grantmaking interest areas. Participates in donor events and outreach activities as requested during and outside regular business hours.
- Outreach: Under the direction of department management and program officers, works directly with grantseekers to provide clarification of community foundation priorities, direction regarding application procedures, and feedback on proposals. Seeks opportunities to inform nonprofit organizations of opportunities to partner with the foundation.
- Internal Integration of Work: Identifies opportunities for and integrates the functions and skills of civic engagement, grantmaking services, sustainability, marketing and communications and development and donor relations into their grantmaking to increase focus on systemic change. Engages with internal and external resources to secure necessary competencies.
- General: As appropriate, assists other departments and works as a member of interdepartmental teams to ensure the effective and efficient operations of CCF. At all times, demonstrates cooperative behavior with supervisors and coworkers. Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
- Experience: A Minimum of 3 years of work or volunteer experience working with or in a nonprofit agency. Experience in research, writing and data management preferred.
- Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in a related field or comparable work experience is preferred.
- Project Management Skills: Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to think critically and prioritize work to adjust to multiple demands.
- Communication Skills: Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Ability to prepare and deliver presentations both internally and externally, and to comfortably interact with diverse audiences as well as nonprofit and community groups. Proofreading and editing skills a plus.
- Technology Skills: Internet competency and strong computer proficiency, including mastery of the Microsoft Office software suite and a familiarity with database software, is required. Working knowledge of Blackbaud software preferred, with a willingness and ability to learn appropriate database, spreadsheet and other computer programs
- Team Work & General Skills: Ability to work well independently and as team member. Ability to take initiative, and follow tasks through to completion. Ability to lead a team toward CCF's goals, leveraging each team member's skill set.
- Requires the ability to sit and work at a desk for several hours at a time.
- Requires the ability to travel and attend meetings, presentations and events outside the office, which may require occasional use of a motor vehicle for transportation to other locations. Due to the nature of external appointments and/or responsibilities requiring travel to locations not easily accessible by public transportation, driving is an essential job responsibility for this position.
- Work may require weekends and/or extended work day.
- Punctuality and satisfactory attendance are essential functions of the job.
This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. A generous benefit package is provided to all full-time staff, including medical, dental, vision, LTD, life, FSAs and retirement benefits.
How to Apply
To apply to this position, please visit our website at www.calfund.org and select “Careers” or go to http://www.recruitingcenter.net/clients/calfund/publicjobs
CCF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.