Boston, MA

Program Associate, Education, Barr Foundation

The Organization
The Barr Foundation’s mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts. As stewards, Barr nurtures and enhances vital community assets. As catalysts, the Foundation cultivates and advances the breakthrough ideas that will shape our collective future. Barr focuses on achieving impact as a constructive partner, willing to exercise leadership. Based in Boston, Barr focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts and creative expression, advance solutions for climate change, and connect all students to success in high school and beyond. Founded in 1997, Barr has grown to become one of the largest private foundations in New England with assets of more than $3 billion and a 2022 grantmaking budget of $140 million.

A set of core values, defined by Barr’s founding trustees, expresses our beliefs about what constitutes effective philanthropy and guides how the Barr Foundation carries out its philanthropic mission. Barr is committed to strive for impact, act with humility, invest in leaders, take the long view, center racial equity, embrace risk, and demonstrate curiosity. These core values shape our workplace culture, where we engage in learning opportunities on diversity, equity, and inclusion; seek to analyze and adapt our policies, practices, and grantmaking to better reflect our values; and strive to be a place where everyone is valued and included.

Position Overview
The Barr Foundation is seeking a program associate to provide programmatic and administrative support to members of the education team. The education team members manage the grantmaking, external relationships, research and convening required to advance the strategic goals of the program. In addition, the director manages the budget and operations of the team. This position reports to the senior program officer for the invest in educators portfolio and the program officer for the build public will portfolio.

The ideal candidate must be highly organized and self-motivated, with attention to detail and the ability to prioritize workload. Proven written, computer, and interpersonal skills to manage relationships with a broad range of people and organizations are essential. This is a full-time position with a generous benefits package.

How To Apply

Please visit ADP Career Center to apply for this position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with applications encouraged by June 10, 2022. All inquiries may be directed in confidence to Denise Gillespie, VP, HR Operations and Shared Services, via email at:

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