job: program associate, Oakland CA
colist at comm-org.wisc.edu
colist at comm-org.wisc.edu
Fri Jan 12 19:05:19 CST 2007
[ed: this job post includes salary info.]
From: "Sue Hutchinson, Common Counsel" <sue at commoncounsel.org>
Please post. Thanks!
WORK FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
PROGRAM ASSOCIATE POSITION
With Common Counsel Foundation
The Common Counsel Foundation seeks an energetic, eager-to-learn
individual to join a dynamic team committed to making an impact in the
philanthropic sector and social change community. If you are a highly
capable individual seeking a challenging, fast-paced and demanding
environment where resourcefulness and independence are essential – you
will find this opportunity exciting.
Located in historic Preservation Park in Oakland, California, the Common
Counsel Foundation (CCF) is a consortium of small family foundations and
individual donors, each that support a variety of economic, social and
environmental justice initiatives across California and the Western
States. Common Counsel members make approximately $1.5 million in grants
annually. In addition to its grantmaking programs, CCF operates two
residential retreat programs for social change organizers and writers:
Windcall and the Mesa Refuge.
Common Counsel is known and respected for its timely, responsive and
collaborative grantmaking; support for grassroots movement building
through small, strategic grants and retreat programs; shared values
between staff, board and programs; and for its focus in specific issue
areas that range from living wage campaigns to immigrant rights, voter
education, civil rights, environmental organizing (especially in Native
American communities across the West), and campaign finance reform.
The Program Associate works closely with the Executive Director and
Senior Program Officer on all aspects of Common Counsel’s programs
including grantmaking, the Mesa Refuge retreat, and donor development.
The core responsibility of the Program Associate is the efficient
administration and coordination of Common Counsel’s year around program
work. Regular responsibilities include:
1. Overseeing general office operations and reception.
2. Responding to all inquiries and requests for information (via phone,
mail, email) by grant-seeking organizations, organizers, and potential
3. Assisting in all aspects of the grantmaking process, including
screening proposals, maintaining proposal files, preparing grant
agreements, contracts and grantee lists, analyzing grantee progress
reports, and helping to write and prepare dockets (grant recommendation
4. Administering Common Counsel’s small grants program, the Grassroots
5. Maintaining grantee and organizational outreach databases.
6. Assisting with the preparation, development and planning of outreach
for the Mesa Refuge retreat program; assisting with the retreat’s
selection process and coordinating communication with national selection
7. Assisting with development, planning and coordination of Common
Counsel’s special projects, events and meetings.
The ideal candidate will have a work history in the non-profit sector
and will demonstrate a commitment to human rights, the protection and
preservation of the environment, environmental justice, and economic
justice. Prior organizing and/or development experience with a
community-based social change organization is preferred. The qualified
candidate must be able to work independently in a small organization
with multiple projects and will be expected to initiate and complete
tasks without extensive supervision. She/he must be able to manage
multiple and competing priorities, work well under pressure with a
variety of individuals and to balance multiple deadlines. Prior project
management and editing experience preferred. Strong written and verbal
communication skills are required. Proficiency in using Microsoft
programs (Word and Excel) and Filemaker Pro databases is required. Prior
experience with MacIntosh computers and website design and maintenance
is preferred, but not required. Occasional travel for board meetings and
national conferences may be required.
As the first point of contact for community-based organizations and
organizers approaching Common Counsel member foundations, the Program
Associate must demonstrate resourcefulness, patience and discretion.
Common Counsel staff values a sense of humor, enthusiasm, attention to
detail, high standards and a willingness to work as a team.
Salary and Benefits
The Program Associate position salary is $32,000-$35,000 depending on
experience. Common Counsel Foundation offers a flexible schedule, plus
generous health, dental, retirement, and vacation benefits.
Please send via e-mail, a cover letter, resume, short writing sample
(including docket write-ups if available) and three references to
Cynthia Carey-Grant, Executive Director at admin at commoncounsel.org by
January 25, 2007.
Or via US mail:
Common Counsel Foundation
678 13th Street, #100
Oakland, CA 94612.
No telephone calls, please.
Common Counsel Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
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