Program Associate (MRBF)

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Winston Salem, NC


The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation is seeking a program associate to provide program and administrative support for the program team. The program associate also will offer guidance to applicants and current grantee partners about the Foundation’s grantmaking process and priorities.


The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation’s mission is to help people and places move out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic justice. Founded in 1953, the Foundation now makes grants to nonprofit organizations in 11 states in the Southeastern United States. MRBF supports organizations and networks engaged in collaborative, multi-strategy work, particularly those working at the intersections of three mutually reinforcing pathways of change: economic opportunity, democracy and civic engagement, and supportive policy and institutions.

Position Description

The program aspects of this position include:

  • Review and respond to organizational summaries submitted by grant seekers
  • Conduct some due diligence tasks for potential grants
  • Monitor the progress of existing grantee partners
  • Contribute and distribute program-relevant news and policy developments to the program team
  • Conduct research, data analysis and prepare reports as directed by program staff
  • Respond to all requests, deadlines and special assignments from the program director, deputy director and executive director
  • Participate in program team meetings and training sessions
  • Contribute to a transparent organizational culture where ethical policies are understood and lived out by all staff

The administrative aspects of this position include:

  • Coordinate calendars, schedule meetings and phone calls and arrange travel plans for network officers
  • Format, edit and proofread grant documents
  • Organize meetings and special events that support the Foundation’s goals
  • Interact daily via phone and email with grantee partners and grant seekers 


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2+ years of related nonprofit, administrative and/or research experience
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Excellent research and analysis skills
  • Excellent grasp of technology and computer skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Excellent judgment and attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines, multitask, prioritize and work independently 
  • Ability to anticipate information needed to support programmatic efforts
  • Flexibility and willingness to work in a team
  • Commitment to the South and the mission and values of the Foundation
  • Strong interest in moving people and places out of poverty and in social, economic and racial justice

Additional Information

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and generous benefits package. As this position is viewed as an entry to philanthropy, the Foundation expects it to turn over every three to five years. The program associate is a member of the program team and supervised by the program director. We look forward to receiving applications from a diverse pool of candidates. The Babcock Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a diverse staff.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by January 4, 2017.


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