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Program Associate

Ruderman Family Foundation
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 20, 2024

Role and Responsibilities

The Ruderman Family Foundation seeks an experienced and creative professional Program Associate to capitalize on the important mission and history of the organization as well as strengthen and expand the organization's program and grant activities. The Program Associate reports to the Deputy Director.


  • Engaging stakeholders in promoting inclusion nationally and globally.
  • Help develop quality programs and initiatives and deliver at a fast pace.
  • Help develop and lead comprehensive, impactful, and innovative programs and grants in concert with the directors and staff.
  • Accomplishes program objectives by selecting and overseeing consultants, community leaders and other business professionals; communicating expectations; planning, monitoring, appraising, and reviewing contributions.
  • Oversees coordination of programs and grants to ensure appropriate and relevant content, as well as proper planning, execution, and evaluation.
  • Provides direct and indirect communication and outreach to and requests and coordinates feedback from key service populations to inform program development and improvement.
  • Represents the organization at professional conferences, association meetings, community meetings, and related events where appropriate.
  • Drafts program budgets in concert with the Business Manager and manages program expense budget.
  • Plays a key role in tracking the progress of Ruderman Family Foundation Awardees, assessing their impact, and sourcing further opportunities for investment of Foundation resources.
  • Assist in accomplishing program objectives by overseeing consultants, community leaders, and other business professionals; communicating expectations; planning, monitoring, and appraising on behalf of RFF.
  • Apply the Foundation’s investment philosophy objectively and consistently across all the candidate organizations being considered, while at the same time continually raising the bar in key areas, like assessing impact, year over year.
  • Provides ongoing communication to all stakeholders with regards to program outcomes.
  • Coordinate direct and indirect communication and outreach, and to requests and coordinate feedback from key service populations to inform program development and improvement.
  • Collaborates with advocacy and communications staff to produce newsletters, brochures, information pieces, and website content.
  • Drafts program budgets.
  • Draft progress reports.
  • Positively contributes to the learning and collaborative spirit of an international foundation.
  • Participates in the Ruderman Family Foundation programs and always represents the organization in the best light.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • BA degree required.
  • Demonstrated experience in working toward positive social change.
  • 4 years of work experience in the Philanthropic field.
  • 2-3 years of Project Management experience.
  • Skilled in developing educational programs and training.
  • Advanced research and writing skills.
  • Experience in budget development and fiscal management.
  • Experienced in organizing online and offline events.

Preferred Skills

  • Ability to lead and advance a team of professionals with a positive attitude.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience developing, building, and coordinating national and/or international programs.
  • Experience working with philanthropic organizations and familiarity with Jewish Family giving initiatives.
  • Ability to work in a family, small office environment.
  • Self-starter with ability to keep on task to meet program deadlines.
  • Social media and website management.
  • Experienced in developing marketing materials.

Personal traits

  • Loyalty, honesty, adaptability, and integrity.
  • Able to use discretion where required.
  • Able to communicate openly in a respectful manner with all levels of the Foundation.
  • Common sense.
  • Charismatic and personable.

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