Program Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000.00
Maximum: $55,000.00




New York
New York
United States



The Taft Foundation is a private foundation established in 2007 by Donald Taft. The goals of the Foundation are primarily to support nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of life for children living with serious medical conditions and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since inception, The Taft Foundation has focused on providing financial resources to high-performing community based organizations primarily in southeastern Florida and New York City metropolitan areas.

The Grant Process

The Taft Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. Grant proposals solicited by the Foundation are subject to significant due diligence, including hands-on contact between the Foundation’s Board Members, staff, and advisors.

The Position

The Program Associate will work directly with The Taft Foundation Board, President, and Program Team and will be responsible for a blend of administrative and programmatic tasks. This is an ideal position for an individual with a strong interest in the non-profit sector, starting out in their professional career. The Program Associate will gain exposure to a wide range of high-performing non-profit organizations, build an understanding of the philanthropic sector, and will have the opportunity to make substantive contributions within a small program team. The successful candidate will be a curious, energetic person, an excellent writer, and a quick learner equally capable of working independently or as a team member and comfortable in a small team environment.


Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Provide administrative support to Foundation leadership and Program Team (e.g. travel arrangements, itemized expense reports, scheduling, calendar management).
  • Review and distribute all incoming correspondence.
  • Manage scanning, filing, and updating physical files, as needed.
  • Lead efforts to produce materials and arrange logistics for monthly board meetings (e.g. proactively coordinate board book content and production, arrange catering, attend meeting, prepare minutes, draft grant letters).
  • Manage grant planning documents to support the team in reaching annual goals.
  • Together with Program Team, manage Salesforce database with integrity including, but not limited to, data entry and running of reports for portfolio analytics.
  • Coordinate with associated administrative professionals (e.g. Kramer Levin).


Program Support

  • At the direction of the Program Team and/or Board members, provide research on trends and opportunities in the Foundation’s funding priorities.
  • Assist Program Team with research/analysis related to grantees or the grant making context.
  • As gain experience, work with Program Team to review, draft, and/or edit materials for specific grants, grantees, or topics.
  • Assist team in ongoing communication with grantees.
  • Manage special projects, as needed.


Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. 
  • One-to-two years minimum work experience, preferably in an office setting.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint in a Windows environment.
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in the nonprofit sector and interest in learning the Foundation’s grant-making approach and areas of interest.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong critical thinking skills.
  • Good research and analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of Salesforce database or similar programs a plus.


Personal Characteristics

  • Willingness to take direction, work independently and as a team member.
  • Well-organized and self-motivated with a strong work ethic.
  • Ability to prioritize well on time-sensitive projects; ability to balance competing priorities.
  • High professional standards and expectations.
  • Sound judgment and an ability to exercise discretion.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Flexibility and sense of humor.



The position is full-time. Salary $45,000 - $55,000, commensurate with experience.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

If interested, email a cover letter and resume to info@taftfoundation.orgThe Taft Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.