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Program Associate

Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation
Job Title: Program Associate
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New York
New York
Job Search Ends:
July 31st, 2018
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Position Description

This position, which reports to the Executive Director, plays a critical role in all of the Foundation’s grant making.  The Program Associate will research issues of interest to the Foundation, perform due diligence on potential grantees, prepare background memos and reports for the Board of Trustees, and communicate regularly with the partners, grantees and Trustees of the Foundation.   

Located in a small office environment with an Executive Director and three trustees, the Foundation seeks a hands-on, detail-oriented, self-motivated person who is able to effectively contribute to the Foundation’s grant making process.  Excellent writing and communication skills are required.  The Program Associate will review incoming letters of interest and incoming grant applications, research and report on the performance of grantees and potential grantee organizations, review work plans and budgets, investigate new investment opportunities, and recommend organizations for future grants.  The Program Associate will also assist with filing and other administrative functions, while working carefully with the Executive Director and the Grants Administrator to develop strategies to optimize the grants administration process.


  • Researching and reporting on issues and organizations the Foundation is interested in
  • Keeping track of pending requests and grant opportunities
  • Reporting on active grants using selective criteria
  • Communicating effectively with Trustees, grantees, grant seekers, and other staff
  • Collaborate with staff  on improving the grant making process
  • Assuring the accuracy and integrity of information in the grants database
  • Researching and reporting statistics on grants for the Executive Director and Trustees
  • Answering general program and application questions received by phone/email
  • Working with the Grants Administrator to ensure the grant submission and reporting processes (processing grant applications, ensuring applications meet application standards, ensuring all data has been appropriately logged in the database) are successful
  • Contributing content to the Foundation’s website: http://jigff.org/
  • Design and pull reports from the grants database
  • Assist with preparation for Trustee meetings

Qualifications & Experience Required

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
  • At least two years of office experience, preferably in a non-profit/foundation environment
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to research, analyze, and report clearly and concisely
  • Excellent computer skills, including Excel, PowerPoint and Word 
  • Experience with database management
  • Experience with Blackbaud GIFTS a plus
  • Experience/interest in impact investing a plus
  • Empathy, humility and a sense of humor
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • A motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and productively

This position is available on July 30, 2018. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with a candidate’s experience. Interested candidates should send a resume and thoughtful cover letter describing your specific qualifications and interest in the position. References must be available upon request. Only applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.

Send information to:

pjames@jigff.org or

Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation

417 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor

New York, NY  10016

About the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation

The Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation was established by Irving Goldman in 1984. The Foundation’s mission is to make a measurable difference, of lasting value, on important issues affecting the fundamental quality of human lives. Presently, the Foundation is seeking to achieve its mission by providing resources to important areas of need; building the capacity of organizations with the potential to have a lasting impact on people’s lives; providing seed grants for specific initiatives in order for them to flourish; and ultimately, strategically addressing the root causes of important societal issues. 

With grants totaling just over $8 million in 2017, the Foundation currently focuses on four key areas: Jewish continuity (through environmental engagement, community service, youth leadership, synagogue renewal and spiritual growth); the cure and eradication of breast cancer; sustainable agriculture on Long Island and in the Hudson River Valley, and medical education. Apart from one major funding commitment in Israel, the majority of the Foundation’s funding to date has been allocated in the New York metropolitan area.

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