Program Associate, , Policy Reform and Advocacy – National

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Posted: 2/25/2021

Position Type: Full-Time

Function: Policy

Primary domain: Foundation/Grantmaking

City: Baltimore

Postal code: 21201

State: Maryland

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$20M +


Mission statement:

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes.

Our work focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities and ensuring access to opportunity, because children need all three to succeed. We advance research and solutions to overcome the barriers to success, help communities demonstrate what works and influence decision makers to invest in strategies based on solid evidence.

As a private philanthropy based in Baltimore and working across the country, we make grants that help federal agencies, states, counties, cities and neighborhoods create more innovative, cost-effective responses to the issues that negatively affect children: poverty, unnecessary disconnection from family and communities with limited access to opportunity.

Position Details:

Job Description:

The Foundation seeks a program associate for its Policy Reform and Advocacy (PRA) national team, within the External Affairs unit, to manage grants to national policy research, analysis and advocacy organizations that aim to strengthen families, increase access to opportunity, and improve child, youth and family well-being and outcomes. Casey works with young people to make sure they have the family connections, relationships, communities, and educational and employment opportunities to thrive by 25. The program associate works with the team director, associate directors and senior associates to ensure that projects are completed within the assigned scope and budget as well as in a timely fashion to achieve maximum results.

In addition to Foundation staff, the program associate works collaboratively with grantees, partners and other stakeholders in the PRA team and across the Foundation. Primary responsibilities include helping design and facilitate efforts to address racial and other inequities and to advance equitable policies and outcomes for children, youth, families and communities.

◼ Work with the PRA team to support the Foundation’s federal policy agenda by researching new policy topics and tracking key policy issues
◼ Manage grants and partner relationships under the guidance of the team’s associate director and senior associate for federal policy, thereby assuming responsibility for a portion of the PRA portfolio
◼ Coordinate and manage cross-Foundation meetings, developing agendas, preparing monthly federal policy updates, preparing meeting notes and managing the group members’ follow-up
◼ Support and advance the Foundation’s racial equity and inclusion focus and priorities within the Foundation and with grantees and other partners; have a keen understanding of and experience with working on racial and ethnic equity and inclusion principles in communities of color
◼ Support the budget development process, organize performance-management data for the Board of Trustees and manage other internal reporting and accountability requirements such as grantee surveys
◼ Collaborate with grantees and partners to develop, clarify and execute policy advocacy strategies
◼ Assist in the development, implementation, management and monitoring of grant-making, partnerships and field-building strategies
◼ Review the progress of grantees and partners and facilitate communication and exchange of information
◼ Represent the Foundation at meetings, events and conferences and assist with organizing
◼ Use data and data analysis, present research reporting progress on policy advocacy efforts
◼ Recommend adjustments to investments and advise on the development of new policy advocacy strategies and efforts
◼ Stay current on issues, policies, exemplary programs, resources and information relevant to the Foundation’s policy agenda and priorities
◼ Provide coordination and support to the PRA team, responding to requests for resources and information
◼ Use the Foundation’s resources in an equitable manner with regard to race, ethnicity and gender
◼ Demonstrate awareness of and appreciation for the Foundation’s mission, values, standards, principles and programs, drawing on Casey’s knowledge management system, intranet, website, staff development and other learning opportunities
◼ Commitment to improving outcomes for children, youth and families

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.


◼ Minimum requirement of a bachelor’s degree in public policy, human services, community development, social work, business or a related field; ideally has a graduate degree and four to six years of relevant work experience
◼ At least three to five years of experience with policy research, analysis and advocacy organizations focused on health and human services, economic security, post-secondary education, racial equity and/or child and family well-being
◼ Demonstrated experience in and knowledge of one or more of the Foundation’s policy priorities (including safety net, health, housing, tax, postsecondary education and workforce) and the public policymaking process
◼Demonstrated ability to achieve results in a federal policy setting or familiarity with the unique challenges of policy advocacy that involves youth engagement and racial equity


A strong benefits package will be provided.


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Please submit your resume and a cover letter describing how you fit the qualifications above, why you are the best person for this job and why working for the Foundation as a program associate interest you. The Foundation will not consider resumes submitted without a cover letter. Read the full job description and apply online at


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