Program Associate, The Philanthropic Initiative (TBF)

Position Summary

The Philanthropic Initiative’s (TPI) Program Associates serve as members of TPI’s professional staff, focusing primarily on supporting programmatic and strategic planning work for TPI clients and projects. They work collaboratively as a member of a team supporting specific TPI client engagements in designing, developing, managing and evaluating philanthropic programs and strategic plans; supporting client relationships; and researching philanthropic issues. Program Associates assume administrative responsibility for selected projects and programs. They also play an integral role as a TPI staff member, from client engagements and knowledge development to marketing and strategic planning.

Department Summary

TPI provides comprehensive philanthropic consulting and program management services to individual donors, families, foundations, and corporations, and also works to promote high-impact philanthropy nationally and globally through research, writing and donor education.

Essential Functions

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Client Support/Consulting – including administrative and research support for TPI project teams. Responsibilities include conducting due diligence on grant proposals; review of funding requests; tracking and monitoring funded projects; logistical and other support for client meetings; project management; scheduling and conducting site visits with or on behalf of clients; and development of materials to support client needs.
  • Program Management and Support – including ongoing administration and support for programs and projects such as scholarship programs, college success programs, grants programs, and other initiatives that TPI designs and manages on behalf of clients.
  • Research/Writing/Program Design – including research on social issues, best practices, and model approaches; benchmarking research; community needs assessments; identifying and presenting funding opportunities, including ideas for programmatic initiatives; and assistance in preparing briefing papers and other materials to support client needs.
  • Support for Strategic Planning and Facilitation – work may include design and implementation of surveys of key stakeholders and grant recipients; compilation of materials for strategic planning projects; and assisting with preparation for planning sessions/retreats with clients.
  • Scholarship Management and Support – work may include managing logistics and communications around scholarship programs; providing support to facilitate scholarship review processes; and organizing workshops and other events for scholarship recipients.
  • Event Planning and Coordination – including events connected with corporate volunteer programs, college success programs, grantee convenings, etc.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Individuals assigned to this position may perform other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions & Physical Demands:

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time;
  • Ability to use a computer keyboard for extended periods of time; and
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds occasionally.


Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Two years of relevant work experience or the equivalent preferred; and
  • Interest and/or experience in education, college success, and/or other social issues preferred.

Skills, Abilities, Competencies:

  • Strong computer skills utilizing Microsoft Office products including Access, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel as well as Internet research and database management;
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks, organize and manage projects with multiple components, and implement complex activities;
  • Able to take initiative and be resourceful; problem-solver;
  • Resourceful, motivated and able to work independently;
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills;
  • Very strong attention to detail;
  • Strong research, writing, proofreading and basic editing skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to interact well with a diverse range of people and work as part of a team;
  • Able to work under the pressure of tight deadlines; and
  • Good sense of humor and willingness to be flexible.

To Apply

All applications should be submitted online. Go to and select “Program Associate, The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI)” to complete our online application process. Diversity candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer.

The content is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job.  It is not intended to constitute an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents, who are or become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act or applicable state law, must be able to perform the essential functions of the job (including those listed above) either with or without reasonable accommodation.  Reasonable accommodation, if any, will be determined by management in consultation with the employee on a case-by-case basis.

This job description is intended to be general and may be revised from time to time.  At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different or additional duties from time to time.






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