Atlanta, GA

Senior Associate, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Organization
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States.  The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families.  The Foundation distributes approximately $187 million annually in grants to organizations that help states, cities, and neighborhoods improve the life outcomes of these children and families.

Position Overview
The senior associate is a full-time, senior-level professional position. Senior associates have opportunities to deepen their formal knowledge, expand their networks and challenge their thinking to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children and distressed neighborhoods. The senior associate for education achievement at the Atlanta Civic Site is responsible for leading the design, implementation and evaluation of the education strategy.


  • Implement strategic planning, oversight and deployment of technical assistance
  • Serve as a technical resource providing content expertise and strategic input to Foundation staff
  • Prepare budget requests for assigned projects and monitor project spending
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining positive relationships with key contacts, leaders, public officials, residents and organizations
  • Perform financial, statistical and policy analyses in support of reform initiatives
  • Represent the Foundation’s mission, principles and work by participating in meetings, public presentations and the preparation of written materials
  • Use Foundation resources in an equitable manner with regard to race, ethnicity and gender
  • Perform administrative duties in support of 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.

Unit Specific Requirements

  • Manage grants that advance results to ensure children in Neighborhood Planning Unit-V (NPU-V) are on a pathway to healthy academic and socioemotional development
  • Expand the education strategy to better support the development of NPU-V residents from birth through post-secondary education, with a focus on boys and men of color
  • Support replication of birth-through-third-grade model and use of the two-generation approach
  • Work with other funders on a co-investment strategy in support of the public school system
  • Collaborate with partners, stakeholders, grantees and other funders to pilot initiatives and projects focused on minimizing and eliminating generational poverty
  • Supervise and manage the program assistant assigned to the education achievement portfolio
  • Participate on the Atlanta Civic Site leadership team


  • Minimum requirement includes a graduate degree in business administration, law, community development, political science, human services, urban planning and development, public policy, public administration or a related field. Senior public sector experience may substitute for a graduate degree. Doctorate in a related field preferred.
  • Substantial relevant post-graduate experience in public human services management and/or private sector experience that includes a background in implementing outcome-oriented initiatives for low-income children, youth and families
  • Experience in self-managed, task-driven initiatives with the ability to balance multiple demands related to multiple projects and deadlines

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Strong strategic planning, management and public policy analysis abilities
  • Exceptional writing ability and excellent oral communications skills
  • Intellectual curiosity, creativity and a preference for diverse professional challenges
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; ability to learn other software applications and technologies
  • Ability to build analytical frameworks, models and approaches for use in system change efforts
  • Ability to effectively use social media for achieving program objectives
  • Commitment to a service concept of philanthropy
  • Ability to travel extensively, up to 25 percent of the time

Physical Demands/Workplace Environment

The work is performed primarily in an office setting with regular 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 and earnings history. A strong benefits package will be provided.

How To Apply
Please apply online at

Jestine May
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
701 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

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