Program Associate

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



1226 Vermont Avenue Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


Who You Are:

Are you tired of being treated like a cog in the machine? Perhaps you’re looking for something more challenging and rewarding, to find work that aligns better with your values and self-interest. The Community Purchasing Alliance (CPA) seeks a full-time DC-based Program Associate who shares our vision and has an appetite to grow and deepen the work of our social-purpose cooperative. You’re here because you are driven and able to anticipate the needs of your teammates. You like to work independently and thrive in environments that trust you to work remotely and manage multiple priorities at once. You will be supported by a collaborative, hard working, and adaptive team and will report directly to the Regional Director.

Who We Are:

CPA is a groundbreaking social-purpose cooperative, whose mission is to deliver near-term benefits to members, while building a new vehicle for social change.

What We'll Ask of You:

  • Program Support. Support all programs by helping the Regional Director follow-up on new and existing opportunities with organizations to deliver meaningful savings through:
  • Diligent and persistent follow-up in requesting bills, service contracts and other facility spending information from new organizations.
  • Requesting price quotes and service agreements from vendors for new opportunities
  • Tracking and organizing all new opportunities; consistently follow-up and respond to questions and requests for information
  • Support Group RFPs by coordinating and attending site visits, calling references, and screening new potential vendors who inquire outside of RFP times.
  • Member Check-ins. Quarterly conversations with participating organizations to:
  • review program participation, contract expiration dates; provide updates on programs, and extend peer group invites
  • review equity account balance, dividends, dues,
  • update points of contact, conduct member surveys, capture vendor ratings
  • Initiatory Meetings. Individual outreach to engage with new organizations and network affiliates – congregations who belong to various community organizing groups and denominational conferences; non-profit and school/educational associations; previously engaged organizations and references from past RFP’s
  • Contact Management. Ongoing management of all aspects of CRM including:
  • Updating points of contact for all members and the specific emailing preferences for those contacts at each organization.
  • Testing and updating all methods of contact including emails and phone numbers
  • Build, curate, and organize various email lists according to different target segments (members, prospects, vendors, etc).
  • Maintaining and updating email lists by tagging contacts appropriately according to various lists and maintaining the integration of new contacts into email system and unsubscribes back into CRM.
  • Turnout for Group Meetings. Help increase participation in meetings and events by consistently emailing and calling invitees to share insights from previous meetings.
  • MARVL engagement & calls to collect ratings, reviews for specific vendors and generally increasing engagement.
  • Administrative support. Provide support for scheduling, expense reporting and other tasks to Regional Director including:
  • Note taking at Peer Group Meetings. Take notes and learn to quickly synthesize and prepare to-do lists for follow-ups and emails after meetings.
  • Manage relationships with CPA Members by supporting them in procurement of energy, trash, janitorial, security, landscaping, copier, supplies, and solar
  • Recruit new participants to reach revenue growth and member investment targets
  • Prepare Membership Agreements for new prospective members.

You have/are:

  1. A passion for CPA’s mission and a track record of confirmed results who can inspire and organize members and partners to act and accomplish their aims. Adaptable and persistent.
  2. A fast learner with strong problem solving skills. Experience managing programs reciprocally with institutional constituents and in partnerships across organizations.
  3. A critical thinker with an ability to improve processes to reach, engage, and contribute to members, while crafting a lean, financially sustainable cooperative. Intuitive sense for what is working and what isn’t. Able to regularly evaluate and re-adjust activities and priorities to fit what is yielding the best results. Good internal data management systems and a keen eye towards delivering results in an increasingly efficient manner.
  4. An outgoing people-person with excellent relationship, communication and listening skills working with diverse small and large organizations. Successful at getting meetings with top administrators, and engaging them in CPA’s offerings and mission.
  5. A collaborative, standout colleague who openly invites and engages a variety of opinions and can also make decisions and expertly move a process forward. Integrity, and ability to set a tone of ethics and values. Self-motivated and strong ability to work independently.
  6. Live in the Washington DC area and possess strong intrinsic motivation for the work.
  7. Have reliable transportation. A vehicle would be preferred, or strong ability to get around by bicycle, public transportation, and/or car/ride sharing services.
  8. A flexible schedule. While most of our work is during normal business hours, we do have events and trainings that happen on evenings and weekends you will be expected to attend. 


CPA values diversity. CPA values its staff and offers a strong and competitive compensation package including performance bonuses, health insurance benefits, retirement with matching, and generous paid leave.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply:

**Complete the application form at this link.

Please apply as soon as you’re able, not later than June 25, 2018.

**Please DO NOT send applications and resumes via email.

Applications will be reviewed as they’re received.