GreenLight Philadelphia: Program Associate,

  • August 01, 2021

Logo of GreenLight FundSince its founding in 2004, GreenLight Fund has worked at the intersection of social innovation and community need. GreenLight Fund focuses on identifying the most urgent barriers to economic mobility for families and children with low-income and addressing them by selecting and bringing in the country’s best social innovations that have proven impact. We do this by running a process in our communities that bring together key local leaders and people with lived experiences to:

  • Identify critical, unmet needs
  • Find and bring into the community innovative, entrepreneurial social programs that can have a significant, measurable impact addressing those needs, and
  • Galvanize local support to help programs reach and sustain impact in the new city

We have successfully run this selection and importation process in our nine sites: Cincinnati, Boston, San Francisco Bay Area, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Detroit, Charlotte, the Twin Cities, and Kansas City. We also recently launched our tenth site in Baltimore in 2021.

Collectively, portfolio organizations across our sites are reaching more than 325,000+ individuals annually with proven, life-changing programs. This number is growing exponentially as we continue to add new sites and new portfolio organizations. 

To learn more about the GreenLight Fund, please visit www.greenlightfund.org

Position Overview 

GreenLight Fund Philadelphia is seeking an entrepreneurial, organized, and research-focused Associate who works independently and has a passion for equity and addressing economic mobility for historically under-resourced communities in Philadelphia. The Associate must thrive in start-up culture, be energized to build value from the ground-up, learn quickly, and communicate well. Must bring personality and perspective to work on complex issues while also being a great teammate.

The Associate will lead and support a diverse array of activities, ranging from research and due diligence on key local issues and prospective portfolio organizations to event management and strategic communications. This position will report to the Executive Director of GreenLight Fund Philadelphia, and work collaboratively across the GreenLight Fund national network of sites.

  Key Areas of Responsibility

Research and Due Diligence 

  • Research current, relevant Philadelphia social issues and priorities facing low-income and historically underserved children, youth and families 
  • Perform local landscape analysis including qualitative and quantitative market research, data evaluation and attending meetings with key stakeholders and relevant local leaders with Executive Director  
  • Conduct due diligence on prospective portfolio organizations, including financial evaluation and impact assessments  
  • Record, synthesize and produce reports and briefs based on analysis and key findings
  • Conduct broad research on trends and national context of nonprofits and social innovation 
  • Maintain internal management, data and reporting systems (experience with Salesforce, Apricot and Box is a plus, but not required)  

Marketing Communications and Investor Relations   

  • Collaborate with Executive Director to create and execute annual communications plan
  • Maintain and contribute regularly to GreenLight Fund Philadelphia’s social media (twitter), and quarterly e-newsletters via Mailchimp
  • Maintain the GreenLight Fund Philadelphia website pages and contribute to blog postings
  • Support execution of GreenLight Philadelphia’s annual donor stewardship/investor relations plan, including investor outreach, cultivation, engagement and stewardship  
  • Conduct prospect research on potential Philadelphia donors/investors, including individuals, corporations and foundations  
  • Lead planning and execution of annual fundraising event, showcasing our newest portfolio organization and impact 
  • Write grant proposals, requests, reports and end of year asks/payment reminders 
  • Represent GreenLight Fund Philadelphia at mission-aligned community event
  • Maintain GreenLight Philadelphia investor database in Salesforce

Operations and Administration 

  • Prepare presentations and supporting materials for all Selection Advisory Council meetings, including agendas, focus area briefs and research/diligence findings
  • Establish local office and related operations, including tracking of site expenses  
  • Work across national sites to identify effective internal practices to replicate and implement locally  
  • Assist with scheduling and follow-up of key meetings and site visits  
  • Perform data entry, including contact and file management in Salesforce
  • Maintain GreenLight Philadelphia’s diligence database in Apricot; prepare and export reports on portfolio organizations as needed
  • Manage GreenLight Philadelphia interns and fellows, as needed 
  • Support portfolio organizations, as needed 

Culture and More

  • Share additional talents/input for continuous improvement and identify other personal growth areas to integrate with the role
  • Assist with creating operational norms standards and building GreenLight brand locally  
  • Articulate and apply historical context of systemic racism and understands the current reality of communities of color in order to support racial equity  
  • Actively demonstrate a commitment to supporting equity and inclusion and serves as an advocate with colleagues, partners and communities 
  • Travel to two national meetings per year (hosted by a GreenLight site) and approximately three site visits per year (meetings and site visit locations will vary)
  • Bring joy, intellect and positivity to your work and the team, along with a passion for investing in change in Philadelphia

Candidate Profile

While we know no one candidate will have every characteristic listed below, we are looking for candidates that demonstrate a combination of the below characteristics and a willingness to learn and grow.

  • At least 2 years of experience working in Philadelphia’s communities -- work in nonprofit or social justice-focused organization preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred
  • Deep commitment to improving the lives of residents and an understanding of issues facing historically underserved communities 
  • Outstanding research, writing and communication skills required
  • Experience using CRM databases (e.g. Salesforce, Apricot) and Microsoft Excel
  • Willingness to quickly learn and analyze data/new information 
  • Independent thinker with ability to take initiative, think creatively and lead 
  • Immutable belief in GreenLight Fund’s mission
  • Flexibility, humor and a passion for serving the Philadelphia community 

Location

Candidates must be in the Philadelphia area. GreenLight is currently working remotely in response to the COVID-19 crisis. We will continue to monitor the situation and make updates accordingly.

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