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Program Associate

Program Associate
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Job Description: 

JMC Philanthropic Advisors is a Santa Monica-based boutique consulting firm that provides long-term management and organizational development services for family foundations, corporate giving programs and philanthropic individuals. Our mission is to translate each client’s passion for giving into an effective strategy for change, according to the donor’s values and priorities. 

JMC seeks a Program Associate to carry out and support client grant making and initiatives. S/he will use research, analytical, problem-solving and written and oral communication skills to research various client funding areas, obtain a strong base of knowledge in defined fields of interest and facilitate the grant making and evaluation processes within these focus areas. 

In concert with JMC Senior Leadership, the Program Associate will:

  • Conduct research, develop written materials and present information to advance client understanding on a particular issue or organization.
  • Identify funding opportunities and work with key individuals at prospective grantee organizations to solicit applications for funding.
  • Define and monitor grants for accountability and impact measurement.
  • Support development of special funding initiatives.



  • Write summaries of grant proposals and mid-term and final reports and, as appropriate, present to clients.
  • Conduct complete due diligence on organizations applying for grants, including reviewing proposals, financial analysis, follow-up calls and site visits as needed. 
  • Establish relationships with relevant community organizations and stay informed regarding nonprofit programming and sector trends.
  • Work closely with JMC staff and partners to develop individualized client giving strategies.
  • Work in a team setting that encourages thought partnership and promotes effective project coordination.
  • Work independently on projects and with clients as appropriate. 
  • Help develop and/or fine-tune grant making documents and processes.
  • When appropriate, support Senior client managers with the following:
  1. Manage and maintain yearly calendar of deadlines and tasks
  2. Follow-up on client interests
  3. Coordinate meetings and setting agendas
  4. Organize sits visits
  5. Manage ongoing grants and initiate new grants
  • Assist with other tasks or activities as needed to support JMC, its clients and their grant making activities.


Criteria for Success

  • Exemplary writing skills
  • Close attention to detail and extremely high quality work.
  • Excellent research, analytical and reasoning skills.
  • Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to speak publicly and work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Capacity to prioritize tasks with excellent project management skills.
  • The ability to develop strong relationships and partnerships with diverse individuals remotely and in-person
  • Commitment to personal learning and development, a propensity for reflection, and openness to feedback
  • A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of flexibility.
  • High level of professionalism, diplomacy, discretion, and confidentiality.



  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred.
  • Previous grant making experience preferred.
  • Experience working collaboratively across the nonprofit, private and public sectors.
  • Experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies to affect change preferred.
  • Financial analysis skills preferred, including the ability to analyze audited financials, balance sheets and business plans of nonprofit organizations.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and general computer savvy required.


Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience and position duties.Paid vacations, holidays, parking and 401k benefits provided.


To Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to ­­­­­­­[email protected] by July 16, 2018. No phone calls or in-person visits please unless invited. Due to a high number of applicants, we unfortunately will not be able to respond to every resume we receive.

JMC Philanthropic Advisors is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome a diverse pool of candidates.