Weinberg Foundation Opportunities

From time to time The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has openings for highly qualified professionals and support personnel who have a strong commitment to the Foundation’s mission of improving the lives of low-income and vulnerable individuals and families.

The Weinberg Foundation is currently seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Library and Special Projects Coordinator. This job posting will close on Friday, October 31, 2014.

Program Associate, Library & Special Projects

Foundation Background/Culture

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 U.S. and Israel. Since 1980, the Foundation has distributed grants totaling $1.7 billion. Current total assets under management are approximately $2 billion, and are invested across a range of asset classes.

The Weinberg Foundation administers most of its grant funding in its “hometown” communities: Maryland, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Israel, and the Former Soviet Union. These areas represent deep, personal ties to the life and legacy of Harry Weinberg.

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.

Specific Job Description

Work responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Provide administrative assistance to the Program Officer in charge of the library project and the Program Director in charge of Education with all duties relevant to the Baltimore Elementary & Middle School Library Project.
  • Attend many Library Project meetings as well as early childhood project meetings as a staff member (including emailing invitations to participants, ordering food, setting up room, taking notes during the meeting, etc.).
  • Communicate with the up to 40 Library Project partners and previous year schools four times a year. This could include standard email updates to the group about specific details of the projects, alert the group to upcoming events, and inquire in case anyone has any questions.
  • Provide first drafts of written summaries to the Program Officer on library-project work items including, for example, partnership and school meeting summaries.
  • Make sure all post-meeting work is completed, such as sending thank you emails for attendance, updating those who missed the meeting with the meeting summary and key issues, etc.
  • Provide administrative support to the Program Officer when she develops new partnerships in order to address the specific needs of project sites and partners.
  • Meet weekly with Program Officer to discuss project components.
  • Maintain spreadsheets and other project management tools in order to track the status of libraries and early childhood centers under construction and during operations. Strong Excel skills important to the job.
  • Attend and help staff library events (some occur before and after traditional business hours).
  • Assist in the coordination of summer library activities.
  • Complete all other Library Project specific duties as assigned by Program Officer, Director of Community Affairs or Foundation President.
  • Always serve as a positive and professional representative of the Weinberg Foundation.

Experience and Skills Needed:

  • Strong writing, verbal, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • 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. A writing test will be required.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Ability to drive to site visits across Maryland (including owning your own car and having it actively insured).
  • Ability to listen carefully and to be accessible and approachable.
  • Ability to read, retain, and analyze information and then organize key facts in a logical and meaningful format.
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism to improve one’s performance.
  • Proficient with computer software such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and general
  • Internet  research.

  • 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.
  • Have a serious focus and capability when it comes to organization skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in foundation, grant making or relevant philanthropic work.
  • Desirable: knowledge of social welfare issues, especially direct services to the poor.
  • Developed project management and/or event planning skills with particular emphasis on working well in teams.
  • Strong initiative and ability to solve problems with little supervision.
  • Ability to manage time, handle pressure, and meet deadlines.
  • Sense of confidence balanced with diplomatic, respectful style, serving as an ambassador for the foundation in public settings.
  • High-motivated, well-organized individual who is comfortable with a variety of stakeholders and backgrounds.
  • Familiar with additional library projects.
  • Needs to have 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.

The Weinberg Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It embraces workforce diversity and is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal opportunity laws. The foundation encourages all qualified applicants to apply.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume including a summary of relevant work experience and a statement of particular interest in this position, along with salary range requirements, to Libraryandspecialprojectscoordinator@hjweinberg.org no later than end of business on Friday, October 31, 2014. If the Foundation is interested in speaking with you, expect to be contacted within 30 days of submission. No phone calls, please. Thank you.

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