Program Associate

Aviv Foundation

About Aviv Foundation

The Aviv Foundation seeks to empower people with opportunities to better their lives. We are a private family philanthropy that invests in emergent and proven solutions that hold the potential to create systemic change. In the U.S., we are committed to inspiring and enabling citizens to be civically engaged, improving how the educational and child welfare systems serve and empower at-risk children, and supporting meaningful connections to Judaism. In Israel, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and shared Israeli Jewish identity and advancing peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Position Overview

Aviv seeks to hire an enthusiastic Program Associate to join our professional team. The successful candidate will have strong relational, research, and operational skills and prior experience with nonprofit organizations and/or socially-oriented endeavors. The Program Associate will support the team in building, managing, and monitoring a portfolio of grants and contribute to the development and implementation of our strategies and planning. This role will work in close partnership with our professional team while also operating with autonomy. This is an opportunity to learn about a range of issues, gain exposure to the breadth of philanthropic approaches, and potentially grow into more senior philanthropic and social change leadership positions.


The Program Associate will have diverse responsibilities, including:

  • Researching trends, innovations, challenges, and organizations across Aviv’s areas of investment, and applying learnings to strategic and grantmaking decisions;
  • Reviewing and analyzing grant applications and reports, and providing feedback to guide recommendations for Aviv’s Board;
  • Developing and maintaining trusting relationships with grantees, related organizations, other foundations, and Aviv’s professional staff and Board;
  • Creating clear, concise, and insightful written materials, presentations, and other materials for the Board and senior staff;
  • Continuously learning about Aviv’s areas of investment through attending meetings, events, conferences, and conducting research;
  • Assisting with event planning and other foundation-wide functions; and
  • Identifying potential opportunities to partner with practitioner and external funding organizations, and representing the Foundation publicly.

Qualifications and Experiences

The Program Associate should be entrepreneurial, flexible, curious, and passionate about Aviv’s goals. Specific qualifications include:

  • A bachelor’s degree and two to five years of relevant experience, ideally within foundations, nonprofit organizations, or corporate social responsibility;
  • A commitment to advance Aviv’s mission and values;
  • Strong written, oral, and listening skills;
  • Analytical and research abilities necessary to evaluate grants and to collect and evaluate data;
  • Cultural competence to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds;
  • Exceptional relationship management skills;
  • Commitment to quality, accuracy, and thoroughness, and willingness to be hands-on whenever necessary;
  • Honed research and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally upon occasion, and
  • A sense of humor, patience, flexibility, and warmth.

Compensation, Benefits, and Culture

The Aviv Foundation seeks to build a team of exceptional professionals and approaches compensation with a strong commitment to equity and generous investment in its staff. This is a salaried position ($75,000 – $115,000, commensurate with experience) based in Washington, DC (80% time minimum in our office in Dupont Circle) with excellent benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement plan with employer match, generous paid time off, and professional development opportunities.

The Aviv Foundation has an empowering, collaborative, trusting environment, and our team is driven to do meaningful work every day. All interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to 

Frequently cited statistics show that women and people from underrepresented groups apply to jobs only if they think they meet 100% of the criteria. If you meet many but not all the criteria and feel you may be a good fit for the role, the Aviv Foundation encourages you to apply.

The Aviv Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies. In addition, The Aviv Foundation will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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