Open position: Senior Program Associate

02. 06. 18

The Position:

The Senior Program Associate reports to the Chief Program Officer and is a full-time professional position at the Foundation. The Senior Program Associate will work with other Foundation staff, helping to craft and implement investment strategies that can advance the Foundation’s desired results within its four priority areas and help advance its capacity building objectives related to leadership development and using data to drive results.


  • Research and develop ideas for strategic investment
  • Create and maintain strong grantee relationships
  • Serve as a technical resource to grantees in the implementation of the Foundation’s work to achieve measurable results areas across funding strategies
  • Work with identified consultants to build grantee capacity to successfully advance Foundation initiatives
  • Work as part of a team to coordinate efforts in ways that can maximize success across the Foundation’s different priority areas
  • Identify key programmatic and policy opportunities across the State that would support the Foundation’s work
  • Review required grantee information and evaluate grantees in the areas of organizational capacity, efficiency, management, financial stability, leadership and governance
  • Prepare written reports and program and policy analysis
  • Represent the Foundation’s mission and values to public audiences
  • Participate in meetings, public presentations, and the preparation of written materials
  • Work with other staff members to ensure the maintenance of databases related to the work of our grantees
  • Exhibit sensitivity to and respect for differences and demonstrate an ability to work with diverse audiences and constituencies

Qualifications and Experience:

The ideal Senior Program Associate candidate will be someone who is well-grounded in research and practice and demonstrates a fundamental understanding of the array of factors that lead to positive outcomes in one or more of the Foundation’s identified priority areas. He or she will demonstrate an expertise in one or more of the Foundation’s priority areas and be comfortable advancing strategies that are comprehensive and preventative. The Senior Program Associate will be a skilled collaborator who can advance cross-sector approaches to tough problems, and is someone who can work successfully with other partners to leverage public and private support. They will also have experience providing technical assistance to help build or enhance grantee capacity, be skilled in using data to drive decision-making, and be comfortable taking a results-orientation in their work. Finally, the Senior Program Associate will be someone with a working knowledge of policy issues associated with the Foundation’s work.

As importantly, the ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the success of the Foundation’s mission and goals versus individual accomplishment. They will be willing to work as part of a larger team to support all of the Foundation’s priorities and will work closely with grantees to achieve these designated goals. They will also show a commitment to the values and principles of the Foundation and be able to demonstrate that commitment in their work. Finally, given the developmental nature of the Foundation’s work, the ideal candidate will be someone who is flexible in their work style and comfortable with the complexity and ambiguity that are sometimes associated with a growing organization.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree or comparable degree in a human service field and 6 years of work experience in the field and a demonstrated understanding of these issues in the context of Maine is desirable;
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills;
  • Strong knowledge of local and national best practices related to one or more of our priority areas;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide hands-on technical assistance in the field and to supervise others who may do so on the Foundation’s behalf;
  • Good judgment, instincts and excellent social skills;
  • Ability to think strategically and critically;
  • A natural curiosity and desire to learn new things;
  • Knowledge of office practices, processes and computer software programs including Word, Outlook, Excel, and Powerpoint;
  • Ability to work as an effective team member;
  • Ability to produce timely and accurate reports;
  • Ability to travel throughout the state and occasionally nationally; and
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines.

Starting salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. A strong benefit package will be provided as well. 

How To Apply:

To apply, please submit all of the following: a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to by February 27, 2018.

The John T. Gorman Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.