Apr 08, 2018

Program Associate HCAL

  • California Endowment
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
Programs Foundations

Job Description

Position Summary:

The Program Associate will support Healthy California Program Managers and statewide policy teams to advance the strategic implementation of Building Healthy Communities through a range of program activities. The type of activities program associates are responsible for include, but are not limited to, grant-making, grant monitoring, assisting grantees with grant proposals , analytical and research support, assisting with the development and execution of strategic communications activities, and providing consultation, technical assistance, information, and other support to strengthen capacity of grantees to engage in advocacy and communications.  The program associate will assist with providing information on technical assistance and support to grantees and partners. The ideal candidate will be able to think and react strategically in response to continually evolving organizational priorities and opportunities. They will thrive in a dynamic environment that involves relationship building with diverse constituencies and in a team environment.  Program Managers will be responsible for the day to day assignments provided to the program associate.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Works in conjunction with Program Managers and grant applicants to develop and submit grant proposals.
  • Analyzes solicited grant proposals with Program Manager and conducts necessary due diligence.
  • Participates in meetings with Program Managers to discuss grant proposals.
  • Tracks grant progress to ensure timely approvals.
  • Provides regular updates to Program Managers regarding status of grant applications documents and of funded projects.
  • Tracks and manages grant budget (large grants, small grants, sponsorships, GIFTS) as requested by Program Managers.
  • Supports the effective and timely delivery of information and technical assistance to grantees and other key partners.
  • Prepares and submits small grants and sponsorships with management approval.
  • Reviews, analyzes and prepares grantee progress reports and payments, including invoices, for Program Manager approval.
  • Research, communications, meetings, project management and other support:
  • Responds to programmatic inquiries from within and outside the foundation.
  • Participates in meetings, conferences, convenings and other relationship-building activities.
  • Provides analytical and research support to Program Managers.
  • Assists in communication and implementation of TCE directed/generated internal and external projects such as events, conferences and community forums.
  • Works in conjunction with Program Manager to develop and support partnerships and projects with grantees.
  • Identifies and highlights grantee achievements for inclusion in TCE external communications
  • Assists with TCE external communications, including working with Program Managers and Directors to develop messages and content for social and digital media, write blog posts and commentaries, and work with grantees to solicit content about their work and strategies.
  • Assists Program Managers in communications activities such as community and press events, preparing presentations and developing collateral and toolkits that support youth and partnership efforts.
  • Applies project management skills, to include meeting coordination and follow-up, note-taking at meetings, creating project timelines and tracking follow-up activities.
  • Participates in workgroups within the department and across the organization
  • Completes special projects as assigned. Activities may require some travel.



  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Excel and Outlook.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills, as well as the ability to synthesize information.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with diverse populations.
  • Strong organization and multi-tasking skills, experienced balancing and adhering to deadlines.
  • Ability to work flexible work hours.


Minimum Education:

  • Coursework in health, social science, public policy, or related subjects helpful.
  • Undergraduate degree preferred.  Master’s degree in public health, health policy or other related discipline a plus.


Minimum Experience:

  • Two to four years of successful experience in health care research and analysis in a community setting and/or two to four years of successful work experience with grassroots organizations engaged in advancing social change.
  • Experience in grant development/writing and project management highly preferred.


About The California Endowment

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The Endowment’s Web site at www.calendow.org.

To Apply: Please email your resume to HRresumes@calendow.org and include a cover letter describing how you helped advance health and social change through your work at the community level.


The California Endowment is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool.

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