Program Associate

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California, United States
$65,000.00 - $75,000.00
Jul 02, 2021
Jul 31, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Role: Program Associate

Term: Full Time

Location: San Francisco, California

Compensation: $65,000 - $75,000, commensurate with experience

Application Deadline: August 9, 2021 (applications reviewed on a rolling basis)

Target Start Date: October 15, 2021 (or sooner if available)



Echidna Giving is a private funder with one sole aim: getting more girls into better schools to live better lives. Investing in girls pays dividends for us all: what she learns in school can transform her life, her family, her community, and her nation for generations to come. That’s why we’re committed to bring quality, gender-responsive education to both girls and boys in lower-income countries. Because when all kids learn equally, our world becomes more equal, too. (Learn more at


Echidna Giving has a small but mighty team and is looking to grow. We will be deploying our grant dollars over the next 40 years or so, growing from our current $20M annual grant budget to a $100M annual grant budget in the coming years. Although we are one of the largest funders in the international education space, Echidna Giving is still a start-up in learning mode. We pride ourselves on our teamwork, our relationships, and our ability to move quickly. The Program Associate will need to be self-motivated to work independently and autonomously, flexible — including to take on unanticipated roles as required when working on a small team — and approach work with a proactive and collaborative spirit.



Echidna Giving is seeking a Program Associate to join the Echidna Giving team. S/he will report to Echidna Giving’s Managing Director and support our Managing Director and Senior Program Officer to develop and manage our grants portfolio. Currently, for this role, Echidna is expecting a hybrid model, with the majority of days in the office in San Francisco and an opportunity to work remotely up to 2 days a week.



Grant Management (50%)

    Help source new grants by conducting organizational landscaping, researching and writing organizational profiles, etc. Support grant due diligence — review and comment on proposals, review financial statements, conduct reference checks, etc. Read, summarize, and comment on grant reports Document grantee meetings and follow-up steps Draft grantee communications Prepare grant summaries Develop materials and slides for Echidna Giving board meetings


Research and Communications (25%):

    Track developments in the field and summarize key reports for the team Conduct relevant research related to strategy development Manage and grow Echidna Giving’s social media presence


Meetings, travel, and events (25%):

    Prepare background materials and briefing documents for travel Compile background materials for advisory panel meetings, grantee meetings, and other Echidna Giving events Support in travel preparations and meeting scheduling



    5+ years of experience in the philanthropic or nonprofit sector Degree or experience in international education preferred Experience working and/or living in low and/or middle income countries; ability to work effectively across cultures, languages and country contexts Willing and able to travel internationally up to 20% time Analytical, strategic, pays attention to detail, good organizational skills, ability to reprioritize, collaborative approach to work Work collaboratively, building relationships, trust, and credibility with members of a team, management and external stakeholders Ability to take specific direction when necessary, along with a high level of independent judgment and initiative. Ability to anticipate needs and creatively address problems with appropriate, timely solutions Open to feedback from interested parties as a way to improve the effectiveness of your work and strengthen Echidna Giving’s impact Database experience and ability to learn new systems quickly; experience in SmartSimple a plus Strong computer skills; experience with G-suite preferred Ability to proactively manage workflow to meet deadlines Excellent verbal and written communication skills Foreign language skills a plus Candidates that are flexible, mature, have a sense of humor and an ability to work with a team of varying backgrounds and styles will have the greatest success at Echidna Giving  Ability to work from the San Francisco office



If you or someone you know might be a good fit for the above needs, please send an introductory email and your resume to with the subject line: Program Associate.


Echidna Giving is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

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