The Program Associate works as part of a team of program staff who are implementing a global strategy under the Ford Foundation’s Creativity and Free Expression program area. The Program Associate holds a variety of responsibilities related to the research, analysis, and coordination of programmatic activities with a primary focus on the portfolio grants made to support the team’s strategy. Reporting to the Director of Creativity and Free Expression, the Program Associate serves as a strong conduit for shared learning within the team and across programmatic teams. The Program Associate will be primarily responsible for working with the Director to ensure effective organization, consolidation and trafficking of the high volume of varied information that comes into the unit, in the form of grant requests, representation at events, etc.
The efforts of the Creativity and Free Expression team are organized through two lines of work – Social Justice Storytelling and 21st-Century Arts Infrastructure. Supporting a team of program staff working on these initiatives, the Program Associate supports the grant portfolio strategy and administration as well as grantee relationship management. The Program Associate conducts research and identifies best practices to store and communicate information. In addition, the Program Associate supports the Director and team in analyzing and identifying trends, and serves as the point person to curate and share information on behalf of the team.
- Bachelor’s degree and minimum 3-5 years’ experience working in a program-related support capacity in the social development sector
- Strong proficiency with research, data collection, review, analysis, documentation and reporting
- Strong proficiency with the use of software platforms and high degree of comfort with multiple technology applications, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and databases
- Exceptional organizational and communications skills
- Client-service orientation
- Demonstrated ability to work successfully in multi-faceted, team-oriented environment
- Excellent interpersonal skills, time management skills, and ability to juggle multiple projects at once
- Demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a community of people at work, respecting differences while working toward shared goals, comfort with periods of ambiguity, and constructive participation in ongoing organizational development
Alignment to the Mission and Culture of the Ford Foundation
- Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of equity, fairness and diversity
- Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor
- Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues
- Action-orientated and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and in teams