Atlanta, GA

Program Associate, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Organization

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that works to build a brighter future for the nation’s children by strengthening families, building paths to economic opportunity and transforming struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. The Foundation distributes grants to organizations that help states, cities and neighborhoods improve the lives of children and families.

Position Summary

The Foundation seeks a program associate for its Atlanta Civic Site team who will manage projects that aim to strengthen families, increase access to opportunity and build thriving communities in Atlanta, focusing on three key result areas: family economic success, education achievement and neighborhood transformation. The Foundation’s work in Atlanta centers on six neighborhoods on the south side of the city, known as Neighborhood Planning Unit V (NPU-V).

The program associate will work with the director and senior associates to ensure assigned projects are completed within the scope and budget and in a timely fashion to achieve maximum results. In addition to Foundation staff, the program associate will work collaboratively with grantees, partners and community stakeholders in and outside of NPU-V. Primary responsibilities include jointly designing and facilitating community engagement efforts to address racial and other inequities and to advance equitable outcomes for children, families and communities.


  • Develop comprehensive project plans to be shared with Foundation staff, grantees, partners and other community stakeholders
  • Collaborate with grantees and partners to develop, clarify and execute specific requirements for each project
  • Track assigned project progress and performance, specifically to ensure the successful completion of short- and long-term goals
  • Meet budgetary objectives and make adjustments to projects based on financial analysis and feedback
  • Delegate project tasks as appropriate to Foundation staff, grantees and partners
  • Assist in the development, implementation, management and monitoring of grant-making, partnership and field-building strategies
  • Review the progress of designated grantees and project partners, with a particular emphasis on program development and capacity building; assist with acquisition and management of technical assistance to grantees and project partners; facilitate communication and the exchange of information among grantees and project partners
  • Represent the Foundation at meetings and conferences and assist in organizing and participating in meetings, conferences and site visits
  • Use data and data analysis and conduct and present research in implementing and reporting progress on projects
  • Make recommendations regarding adjustments to investments and advise in the development of new projects
  • Stay current on relevant issues, policies, exemplary programs, resources and information related to the Atlanta Civic Site team’s family economic success, neighborhood transformation and education achievement result areas
  • Provide coordination and support to the Atlanta Civic Site team, respond to requests for materials and information and track and obtain resources and information
  • Exhibit a keen understanding of and have experience working with racial and ethnic equity and inclusion principles in communities of color
  • Exhibit a keen understanding of community strengths, needs and opportunities, and apply an approach to community work that emphasizes strengths and assets
  • Seek to use the Foundation’s resources in an equitable manner with regard to race, ethnicity and gender
  • Demonstrate awareness and appreciation of the Foundation’s mission, values, standards, principles and programs, drawing on Casey’s knowledge management system, intranet, website, staff development sessions and other learning opportunities to establish this competency
  • Manage grantees and consultants
  • Manage community planning, engagement and feedback processes
  • Supervise program assistants, administrative assistants and interns assigned to support the above work

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects, including establishing timelines, managing resources, conducting follow-up and due-diligence visits, communicating with partners and meeting project deadlines and goals
  • Demonstrated skill in the areas of strategic and program planning, organizational development and management and research
  • Demonstrated experience in and knowledge of one or more of the Atlanta Civic Site team’s result areas — family economic success, neighborhood transformation and education achievement.
  • Must be able to work simultaneously on multiple projects, tasks and deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to develop content for blog posts
  • Demonstrated flexibility, maturity and ability to work with a leadership team with varying professional backgrounds and work styles
  • Excellent command of basic software applications and the use of the internet to identify resources, communicate with stakeholders and conduct research
  • Outstanding judgment, initiative and motivation
  • Commitment to improved outcomes for children and families


  • Minimum requirement of a bachelor’s degree in human services, community development, social work, business or related field; ideally holds a graduate degree and has eight to 10 years of relevant work experience
  • At least five years of experience with community-based or policy organizations focused on health and human services, education or economic and community development
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results in a community-based setting, or familiarity with the unique challenges inherent in engaging in community-based philanthropy, highly desirable

Tools and Equipment Used

Telephone, copiers, computer with Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)

Physical Demands/Workplace Environment

  • The work involves occasionally lifting or moving up to 30 pounds.
  • The work is performed primarily in an office setting with up to 20 percent overnight travel required.


This is an exempt position, meaning pay is on a salaried rather than hourly or daily basis. Starting salary is commensurate with experience. A strong benefits package will be provided.

How To Apply

Please apply online at

For additional information, contact:
Jestine May, Human Resources Specialist
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
503 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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