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Program Associate – Youth Formation
May 2, 2022

The Rees-Jones Foundation Now Hiring:

Position of Program Associate – Youth Formation

The Rees-Jones Foundation is a Dallas based private foundation. Its mission is simple; to serve God by serving others and in the process, enable others to experience the love of Christ in very tangible ways. We do this by supporting non-profit organizations working to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in North Texas, and in international settings. The Foundation is seeking to expand our program staff by adding an associate level program staff member that will provide support to senior program staff working in focused funding areas.

General Description of the Position:

The Rees-Jones Foundation is seeking to expand our program staff by adding an associate level program staff member that will support the Senior Program Officer in the Youth Formation funding area. The primary task of the Program Associate will be reviewing grant proposals, conducting background research, and assisting in the preparation of documents for Foundation Board review.

The Youth Formation Portfolio seeks to encourage character development, mentorship and enriching experiences among children and youth in low-opportunity areas throughout Dallas and Fort Worth.

Ideal candidates are excited to support national and local non-profits that seek to up-level children and youth in the community, enjoy research and learning about local communities, and have a strong team work attitude. Consideration will be given to candidates who are familiar with the non-profit landscape in Dallas and/or Fort Worth, and have one or two years working or interning in the non-profit space.

The Program Associate staff position is considered an entry level position designed for recent college graduates or those with less than three years of experience in the non-profit industry. This position will provide individuals with a path to the Program Officer position, and therefore requires levels of skill, qualifications, abilities, past experience and personal traits sought for Program Officers. Minimum educational requirement for this position is an undergraduate degree. The Foundation particularly seeks individuals who have a strong interest and experience in the work of nonprofit organizations, evidenced from either prior work or volunteer engagement.

Specifics about the Position:

A Program Associate is a full time position. It is considered an entry level position for a future Program Officer and therefore requires levels of skill, qualifications, abilities past experience and personal traits sought for Program Officers. He or she works under the supervision of the Vice President Grants and the Youth Formation Senior Program Officer. Minimum educational requirement for this position is an undergraduate degree, although advanced degrees are considered important. The Foundation particularly seeks individuals who have a strong interest and experience in the work of nonprofit organizations, evidenced from either prior work or volunteer engagement. Because Program Associates will not only represent the Foundation in interaction with the community but will often be seen as representing the Foundation’s values, compassion and empathy to grant applicants, government officials, other foundations and community leaders, excellent interpersonal skills and professional personal conduct and appearance will be very important in fulfilling the position. The primary task of a Program Associate is to evaluate grant proposals, conduct background research, enter the collected data into the Foundation’s database, and prepare documents for submission to the Board of the Foundation as Grant Proposal Summaries.

Position Responsibilities:

  1.  Read, research, and evaluate grant requests as assigned by the Vice President or the Senior Program Officer.
  2. Conduct project site visits.
  3. Conduct pre and post-grant evaluations.
  4. Assist the Vice President or Senior Program Officer and other staff in entering into the Foundation’s database program information, records and files relative to the proposals and maintaining such accumulated grant application and review materials.
  5. Research and develop special in-house reports or assist with Foundation initiated projects under the direction of the Vice President and Senior Program Officer.
  6. Represent the Foundation at gatherings of potential or actual grantees or grantee groups for the purpose of communicating Foundation goodwill, or serving as an informed representative of the philanthropic community. These activities may not always be during regular working days or hours.

Additional:

  • Assist with the preparation of visual presentations and graphic design layout for grant summaries and special grant presentations
  • Research issues for Program Officers in coordination with the Research Associate

Required Skills and Abilities:

  1. Superior verbal and writing communication skills.
  2. Superior analytical and deductive reasoning aptitude, especially the ability to organize and interpret data.
  3. Superior research skills, with experience in advanced Internet information searches.
  4. An understanding and knowledge of sound business practices.
  5. General knowledge of financial accounting principles. Ability to read and understand financial statements.
  6. Knowledge of current office systems and equipment.
  7. Superior ability to discern the appropriate action or response in situations involving human relationships.
  8. Commitment to the philanthropic goals, interests and philosophy of The Rees-Jones Foundation and its founders.
  9. A sense of humor.
  10. A special sensitivity to the needs of and ability to communicate well with people who are culturally, ethnically, racially, and economically diverse.
  11. An ability to treat grant applicants, philanthropic partners and all others with dignity, courtesy and respect.
  12. A team spirit and the ability to work well with other people who have various levels of responsibility both within the operation of the Foundation and in outside community organizations and institutions.
  13. The capability and temperament to deal with varied tasks simultaneously and to schedule and perform work efficiently and promptly.
  14. The capacity to accept confidential information with the willingness and ability to hold such information confidentially within the Foundation.
  15. Ability as a generalist to understand a wide variety of issues related to the Foundation’s program areas.

Other Desirable Traits and Skills:

  1. The ability to collect, analyze and report data regarding the lessons learned from the Foundation’s grant making.
  2. An interest in learning and a willingness to seek out the knowledge of others.
  3. An ability to work independently.
  4. Excellent judgment, an ability to exercise discretion and tact in difficult situations.
  5. Computer experience in MS office: Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Strong computer skills particularly with databases, word processing, and spreadsheets.

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to The Rees-Jones Foundation here.



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