Program Associate

Program Associate

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
Rasmuson Foundation

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
Experience Level: 
Salary Range: 
Job Category: 
Program Management
Organizational Overview: 

Rasmuson Foundation is an Alaska-focused family philanthropy working to promote a better life for Alaskans by providing grants, bringing people and organizations together, and encouraging others to give back. We work with nonprofits, Tribal organizations and local governments in a range of areas: solving homelessness, health care, the arts, organizational and community development and human services including projects to address domestic violence, child abuse and services for seniors and people with disabilities. Through grantmaking, special initiatives and partnerships, the Foundation contributes to healthy, enriched and productive lives for all Alaskans.

Role Responsibilities: 

Position Summary

The Program Associate provides programmatic support and actively participates in grantmaking processes, working directly with program and other Foundation staff, applicants, grantees and other external audiences. The associate has regular contact with applicants, grantees and the broader community and must work with these individuals with consideration, respect and care.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Communicate with and provide technical and strategic assistance to grant seekers. Inform applicants, grantees and other external audiences of grantmaking processes and procedures. Provide detailed information on proposal and grant requirements. Conduct follow-up on inquiries related to the administration of funded programs.
  • Review applications and proposals and monitor current grantees. Coordinate the grantmaking process, including reviewing proposals and preparing and tracking correspondence, proposals, grant documents, contracts and payments. 
  • Assist with grant monitoring by providing critical analysis and evaluation of grantee progress reports, providing technical assistance to grantees on grant- or contract-related matters, and ensuring timely response to monitoring issues.
  • Actively participate in grant and initiative work as requested, attend team meetings, and collaborate with team members on pending grants, special projects and various other team-related functions.
  • Maintain current, comprehensive information on proposals, grants and contracts in the database and create technical reports culled from the database.
  • Collaborate with internal departments to comply with internal audit procedures, grant-tracking procedures and grantmaking processes.
  • Provide support to program staff on Foundation initiatives and collaborative activities, and to other Foundation staff on program-related matters, including assisting with events and/or outreach activities.
  • Conduct program-related research and special projects as assigned to identify trends and new models, technologies and opportunities to increase the impact of the Foundation’s work.
  • Other tasks as assigned to support the Foundation.
  • Some travel is required.
Candidate Qualifications: 


  • Alignment with the Foundation’s mission and vision.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as a core value.
  • Bachelor’s degree required – master’s preferred.
  • Superior level of writing, editing and oral communication skills.
  • Fluency with Zoom and the Microsoft Office suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, SharePoint and Teams, and demonstrated ability to learn and adopt new software/applications.
  • Ability to work independently and proactively identify ways to contribute that will benefit the overall team.
  • Ability to plan and think strategically, set realistic goals and objectives, and balance multiple priorities.
  • Flexibility and orientation to detail required.
  • An agile and creative intellect who enjoys people and interaction of ideas leading to action.
  • High energy level, confident, team and customer-service oriented, with a keen sense of humor.
  • At least five years professional experience, preferably in grantmaking, nonprofit management, or a related field.
  • Experience in rural Alaska preferred.

Special Considerations

A successful candidate will demonstrate excellent interpersonal, collaborative and analytical skills along with sensitivity to the diverse nature of Alaska. Candidates with experience in one or more of the Foundation’s focus areas (arts and culture, health care, rural issues, education and economic development, civic and philanthropic responsibility, or supporting communities) will receive special consideration.

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How to Apply

Application Contact: 
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:
Application Deadline: 
Open Until Filled
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