is a private, philanthropic foundation that empowers conservation
leaders to protect the irreplaceable lands, waters, and wildlife of
western North America.
APPLICATION PROCESS: The application deadline is
8:00 a.m. (PDT) on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. After this
deadline, please contact us before submitting an application.
Please submit a cover letter and resume, combined into
one document either in PDF or Microsoft Word
format. Email your
application to firstname.lastname@example.org,
and use “Program Associate” in the subject line.
- June 27-30: First-round interviews by Zoom or phone for
- July 13-15: Second-round interviews for those who advance
- Week of July 18: Reference checks and hiring decision
We hope to have a new employee start as soon as possible
We maintain a hybrid work environment that allows for both
in-office and remote work. We schedule required office days each
month, therefore all-remote is not an option. Employees are
expected to reside in the Puget Sound region within a commute of
Wilburforce’s office in north Seattle.
Consistent with Wilburforce’s vaccination policy, all staff,
including new hires, are required to be fully vaccinated and
boosted for COVID-19, except those granted reasonable
accommodations in accordance with applicable law.
Wilburforce Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The
Foundation does not discriminate in employment opportunities or
practices on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual
orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status,
gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or any other
classification protected by local, state or federal law.
For more information about the Foundation and its priorities,
please visit the Foundation’s website at www.wilburforce.org.
Program Associate for Yellowstone to Yukon
Reports to: Program Officer, Yellowstone to
Compensation: $85,000 - $105,000
Benefits: Health, Dental, Long-term Disability,
Retirement, Vacation, and Wellness leave, and more.
Location: This position is based in the
dog-friendly Wilburforce offices in the Greenfire Campus in
Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Employees are expected to
reside in the Puget Sound region at the time of employment.
About Yellowstone to Yukon Program: The
Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) ecoregion is a worldwide model for large
landscape conservation that encompasses Yellowstone National Park
in the south, stretching 2000 miles north along the spine of the
continent to the Yukon, where the mountainous corridor spills out
onto the Arctic plains. The Foundation’s goal is to achieve
landscape-scale connectivity and climate resilience by protecting
and connecting wildlife and wildlands across the region. The
Foundation supports collaborative community-based efforts that
sustain biodiversity, landscape connectivity, climate resilience,
and sustainable communities.
Program Associates work closely with their Program Officer and
other staff to advance the outcomes described in the Foundation’s
Strategic Framework. Core responsibilities include: 1)
supporting the Program Officer in activities that advance Y2Y
regional strategies; 2) building and nurturing relationships with
grantees, consultants, and other partners; 3) supporting efforts to
improve grantee knowledge and capacity; 4) undertaking a range of
grantmaking activities and acting as a link between grantees and
the foundation staff who manage grantmaking processes; 4)
researching, preparing, and/or delivering reports or other
presentations; and 5) working with the entire Wilburforce team to
create and maintain a collaborative, inclusive, team-oriented work
- Work in partnership with the Y2Y Program Officer to implement
the Foundation’s Yellowstone to Yukon strategies.
- Research issues, projects, and organizations related to
regional strategies, and stay informed on key issues relevant to
- Review and analyze documents submitted by grantees, and assist
in the preparation of written recommendations about grants and
programs for consideration by the Foundation’s Board of
- Work closely with the Program Officer to assess, prioritize,
and address the knowledge and capacity needs of grantees and assist
in aligning the support necessary to increase the organizational
effectiveness of Y2Y’s grantee pool.
- Work closely with Program Officers and Program Associates from
other geographies or issue-based programs on collaborative
- Coordinate travel and logistics for Y2Y program site visits,
events, and meetings; draft meeting agendas.
- Develop and maintain strong communication and relationships
with grantees, funders, and other partners, and engage in
substantive strategic conversations.
- Work with the Foundation’s grants management team to coordinate
grantmaking processes and activities, and ensure compliance with
relevant regulations and laws that guide grantmaking
- Assist in monitoring and reconciling Y2Y grantmaking
- Represent the Foundation and program region at conferences and
meetings with grantees, foundations, government
agencies, community members and a variety of other
entities. Must be able to travel within the United States and
- Assist in the development and implementation of evaluation for
the Foundation’s program grants and activities within the
- Collaborate with staff on issues and strategies that may affect
the work of other programs and impact the goals and mission of the
Foundation as a whole.
- Participate in the Foundation’s internal diversity, equity, and
inclusion capacity-building efforts.
- Work with the entire Wilburforce team to create a positive,
inclusive, engaged, and productive organizational culture.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
The following factors are desirable in the candidates we hope to
- Lived and/or professional experience in the nonprofit sector,
ideally advocating for or organizing environmental, conservation,
social justice, and/or other change efforts.
- Lived or professional experience in conservation science,
policy, law, and/or advocacy.
- Analytical and critical thinking skills.
- Experience working with foundations and grants, from either the
grantmaker or grantseeker perspectives.
- Written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- An ability to work proactively, effectively, and efficiently
without a high level of supervision.
- Ability to prioritize, organize, and effectively handle
multiple projects, consistently meet regular deadlines, and work
under pressure with ease and humor.
- Ability to travel as needed and attend both weekday and weekend
meetings and conferences when necessary.
- Proficiency with technology including Microsoft Office Suite,
MS Teams, Adobe Acrobat, and teleconference platforms like
Zoom. Experience with customer relationship management
software is ideal, especially a grants management system. (We
currently use Salesforce.)