Program Associate, Policy Reform and Advocacy – State

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) state team, within the External Affairs unit, to manage grants to state 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 they need to thrive by 25. The program associate works with the team’s director, associate directors and senior associates to ensure that assigned projects are completed within the 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 state policy agenda by researching new policy topics and tracking key policy issues
◼ Manage grants and partner relationships under the overall guidance of the associate director and senior associate for state policyServe as liaison to state-level policy partners — KIDS COUNT and State Priorities Partnership grantees — managing grants for six to eight states, with guidance from the associate director for state policy
◼ Serve on the teams developing national KIDS COUNT reports and publications, providing assistance with research and writing
◼ Coordinate and liaise with the KIDS COUNT Steering Committee, developing agendas, preparing Foundation updates and meeting notes, and managing follow-up by team members
◼ Support the development and execution of the External Affairs unit’s South and Southwest strategy
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 in organizing
◼ Recommend adjustments to investments and offer advice on new policy advocacy strategies and efforts
◼ Remain 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 young adults 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, postsecondary education or child and family well-being
◼ Demonstrated ability to achieve results in a state policy setting and/or familiarity with the unique challenges of policy advocacy that involves youth engagement and around racial equity, highly desirable ◼ Demonstrated data expertise, with an understanding of the structure, size and format of data, where to draw and how to capture data, and how to analyze data in order to make recommendations supporting the PRA state team’s policy goals and objectives


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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