Job Posting – Program Associate
Posted May 23, 2017 and posting ends June 16, 2017.
To apply, please submit cover letters and resumes by email to ProgramAssociate@hjweinberg.org no later than June 16, 2017. No phone calls, please. Thank you.

Foundation Background
The Weinberg Foundation grants approximately $100 million each year to nonprofits that provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable individuals and families, primarily in the US and Israel. The Weinberg Foundation administers most of its grant funding in its priority communities: Maryland, Northeastern Pennsylvania, greater Chicago, Hawaii, and Israel.

The Weinberg Foundation is committed to funding nonprofits in the Jewish community, as well as the community-at-large, with particular emphasis on assisting the lowest-income and frailest older adults so they may live out their lives in dignity. Other areas supported by the Foundation include: preparing the workforce for 21st century jobs, ensuring that people’s basic needs are met, increasing the independence and integration of people with disabilities, and providing high quality education for children.

Job Description – Program Associate, Israel and Small Grants
The primary professional responsibilities for this position are to support the Program Director for Israel and lead the Foundation’s Small Grants Program.

Israel
In Israel, the Foundation awards capital grants, including building renovation and construction, as well as program and operating grants. Over the past three years, the Foundation has provided nearly $37 million in grants to Israeli nonprofits. Grants are intended to improve the lives of low-income older adults, children and youth at risk, individuals with disabilities, and the underemployed and unemployed who seek a career track.

Specific work responsibilities

  • Support and partner with the Program Director leading the Foundation’s grantmaking in Israel on grant review and management.
  • Pre-screen grant applicants by phone and email to ensure eligibility.
  • Investigate and analyze grant applications for projects and organizations in Israel. This will involve reviewing capital grants that include building renovation and construction to ensure that the projects align with the Foundation’s mission, goals, and capital project requirements. It also entails reviewing financial statements, developing grant recommendations, and taking into consideration internal and external opinions.
  • Partner with and support the Program Director for Israel to assist with special projects and research as needed.
  • Conduct site visits in Israel, either in person or using social media resources such as Skype, Face Time, etc.
  • Review and prepare Excel reports, including budgets and projections, for Israel grantmaking, with the guidance of the Program Director for Israel.
  • Learn the Foundation’s grants database, GIFTS, and track grantee history, payment requirements, communications with grantees, and evaluation reports.
  • Keep track of all Israel grants and their status as well as documents related to each grant.
  • Assist in compiling, editing, and drafting grant-related materials, including grant agreements.
  • Track progress of grant payments and ensure that Israel grantees are receiving timely grant payments.
  • Read progress and final reports and assist in closing grant files at the end of a grant cycle.
  • Meet weekly with Program Directors to discuss grant proposals.
  • Maintain a timely turn-around time from receipt of application to award of grant in collaboration and with the guidance of the Program Director for Israel.
  • Participate in meetings with grantees and potential grantees.
  • Attend Program Committee Meetings with Trustees, Foundation President/CEO, and Program Directors.
  • Represent the Foundation at public events, as assigned or asked, and serve as an ambassador in a respectful and diplomatic style at all times.

Small Grants Program
Started in 2007, the Small Grants Program helps smaller Maryland, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Greater Chicago nonprofits more easily and efficiently apply for grants of up to $50,000 a year for up to two years. The Small Grants Program includes all Foundation grantmaking areas: Basic Human Needs & Health; Disabilities; Education, US; General Community Support; Older Adults; and Workforce Development.

Specific work responsibilities

  • Lead the Foundation’s Small Grants Program.
  • Pre-screen grant applicants by phone to ensure eligibility for the Small Grants Program.
  • Investigate and analyze grant applications for the Small Grants Program. This includes reviewing financial statements and proposals, developing grant recommendations and taking into consideration internal and external opinions.
  • Conduct site visits in Maryland, and on occasion in Northeastern Pennsylvania and greater Chicago, using social media resources such as Skype, Face Time, etc. as appropriate.
  • Work with Program Directors to complete smaller program grant recommendations as requested.
  • Work with Program Directors who will train, teach, and serve as internal peer reviewers of Small Grants Proposals.
  • Review and prepare Excel reports, including budgets and projections, for the Small Grants Program.
  • Learn the Foundation’s grants database, GIFTS, and track grantee history, payment requirements, communications with grantees, and evaluation reports.
  • Meet weekly with Program Directors to discuss grant proposals.
  • Maintain a fast turn-around time from receipt of application to award of grant utilizing the existing grant review process in collaboration and with the guidance of the Managing Director of Programs and Grants.
  • Read progress and final reports and assist in closing grant files at the end of a grant cycle.
  • Assist in compiling, editing and drafting grant-related materials.
    Participate in meetings with grantees and potential grantees.
  • Attend Program Committee Meetings with Trustees, Foundation President/CEO, and Program Directors.
  • Represent the Foundation at public events, as assigned or asked, and serve as an ambassador in a respectful and diplomatic style at all times.

Experience and Skills Needed

  • Excellent writing, verbal, analytical and organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Knowledge of the organized Jewish community and Israel.
  • Understanding of social-service needs, programs and outcomes in Maryland.
  • A commitment to the mission and values of the Foundation.
  • Writing ability is a critical component of this job. You must be able to demonstrate a consistent ability to write clear, concise, and smooth English prose, grammatically correct, with an emphasis on brevity.
  • Ability to read, retain, and analyze a large amount of information and then organize key facts in a logical and meaningful format.
  • Ability to manage time, handle pressure, and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledgeable about, or have a willingness to become deeply familiar with philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in Israel.
  • Demonstration that you are engaged in the community and interested in public affairs and activities in Maryland and Israel--keeping up with current events, as well as articles relevant to the Foundation’s work. The job requires a significant amount of reading.
  • Proficient with computer software such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Internet research.
  • Ability to drive to site visits across Maryland.
  • Ability to use social media.
  • Ability to listen carefully to applicants and to be accessible and approachable.
  • Flexibility and a desire to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects.
  • Ability to work independently, yet also effectively as part of a close knit, collaborative team.
  • Must be able to take initiative and prioritize, and work well under pressure.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • A sense of humor and humility.

Successful applicants will be required to answer questions by email, participate in multiple interviews, complete a writing test, provide strong current references and authorize a full background check as allowed by applicable law.

The Weinberg Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination, including harassment, based on legally protected characteristics. The Foundation embraces workforce diversity and is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal opportunity laws.