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Program Associate, Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey
Date Posted 03/17/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (the Foundation; RWJF), located in Princeton, N.J., is the largest philanthropy in America dedicated solely to health. Since 1972, we have been providing funding, assistance, and research for projects and programs to help people, their families, and their communities be as healthy as possible. The Foundation is committed to working alongside others to build a Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being.
We take seriously our responsibilities, and we pledge to work in ways that reflect our Guiding Principles. These are rooted in equity and influence everything we do at the Foundation. Diversity, inclusion, and collaboration allow our staff’s wide range of experiences, passions, and perspectives to enrich our work and strengthen our ability to address our nation’s most pressing health issues. With a career at the Foundation, you will make a difference.

About the Opportunity
Associates are professional staff responsible for facilitating and supporting the execution of work. They perform a wide range of activities that are specific to their role. Associates work in the Foundation’s Princeton, N.J. office.
The associate will support the Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions team and work closely with the senior director and team members to assist in program development and management, as well as team strategy and functioning. As a relatively new team at RWJF, the associate will assist in strengthening both operational and programmatic approaches to global learning.
All staff are expected to demonstrate a passionate commitment to equity and the Foundation’s vision, values, and Guiding Principles.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Program Operations

  • Assist in overall coordination of team activities, including administrative, operational, and facilitation tasks as needed, including:
  • Prepare reports and materials for Board of Trustees, senior leadership, and strategy meetings.
  • Maintain shared folders and workspaces.
  • Track progress on the theme/unit’s equity plan.
  • Actively participate in theme/unit activities and improving theme/unit functioning.
  • Support grantee engagement, and planning meetings with grantees and other partners.

Program Development and Monitoring

  • Gather, synthesize, and analyze background information relevant to the team and the development of individual programs and projects.
  • Review applications for funding and participate in applicant site visits.
  • Assist in coordinating external reviews for proposals and concept papers.
  • Assist team members in program and project development; monitoring, tracking, and reporting on initiatives and programs, as assigned.
  • Work with key experts and grantees to develop strategies and action plans to fulfill the team objectives.

Grantmaking Processes

  • Work to develop calls for proposals.
  • Understand, implement, and follow the grantmaking processes and policies of the Foundation.
  • Represent the Foundation publicly. Respond to public inquiries.

Foundation and Field Contributions

  • Work with staff and consultants to harvest “learnings” from previous and current grantmaking, and actively disseminate results and “learnings” to other staff, grantees, and the field.
  • Attend external meetings and conferences; prepare trip reports.

Minimum Requirements

  • Commitment to equity and the Foundation’s vision, values, and Guiding Principles.
  • Two (2) years of related work experience in health or a related field, including the social determinants of health, preferably in the nonprofit or government sector; knowledge of philanthropy helpful. Experience with global health and development work is helpful.
  • Experience fostering an inclusive environment working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite and experience with file sharing systems (Dropbox, Google docs).
  • Able to work and think independently with confidence, and in teams, to think imaginatively about opportunities; to create and respond to novel and innovative approaches to addressing an issue; to inspire others to work toward achieving team goals; and to be tolerant of ambiguity and differences in grantmaking approaches.
  • Intellectually curious; able to apply learning to work responsibilities.
  • Collaborative, collegial, team-oriented, and energetic; able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, grantees, consultants, external funders, etc.
  • Strong time, project, and people management skills, ability to balance multiple priorities.
  • Able to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals and periodicals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. Able to synthesize and translate complicated material into clear and simple language.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to make decisions and justify recommendations.
  • Able to travel as required, including internationally (upon resolution of pandemic).
  • Education and experience equivalent to a master’s degree (e.g., Master of Public Health or Public Policy), or a bachelor’s degree and two (2) years of related experience or training, especially in public health, public policy, or a related health, behavioral, or social science field.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions
The incumbent performs job duties in a typical business office environment. Specific physical abilities required by this job include operating basic office equipment. The associate will be required to attend meetings, potentially both on-site and off-site, via phone or videoconference.
To Apply
This position is located in Princeton, N.J. If you are hired, you will be required to work from our Princeton office when our facilities re-open.
Dunlevy & Associates will manage the search on behalf of the Foundation. All interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter via the ZipRecruiter link or search@matchingmissions.com. The cover letter should include the following elements:

  • The name of the position for which you are applying.
  • Why you are interested in the specific position and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  • Any additional professional and/or personal experience that informs your qualifications for the position that otherwise is not obvious from your resume.
  • Your salary requirements for the position.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented applicants.

Post Date: March 15, 2021
Application Deadline Date: Open
This position is located in Princeton, N.J. If hired, you will be required to work from our Princeton office when our facilities re-open.

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