Program Associate

Jews of Color Initiative
Jews of Color Initiative
Employment Types:
55,000 – 65,000 USD per year
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The Jews of Color Initiative is a U.S.-based, and centered effort focused on building and advancing the professional, organizational, and communal field for Jews of Color.

The Initiative focuses on grantmaking, research, and community education. It hosts the nation’s first-ever philanthropic and capacity building fund expressly dedicated to responding to racial injustice through helping further establish, fortify and building-out the field of support for Jews of Color.

The Jews of Color Initiative (JoCI) formally launched in 2018, is doing groundbreaking work at the intersection of Jews of Color and Jewish Community. As JoCI grows in terms of size, scale, reach, and budget, the Initiative is seeking a skilled Program Associate excited about supporting the organization in its next stage of impact and excellence.

The Jews of Color Initiative is a fiscally sponsored project of the Tides Center, a public charity located in San Francisco, CA. The Center offers unique opportunities for emerging and existing charitable activities, by providing a solid infrastructure for groups working to promote progressive social change on a local, national, and international level.

ABOUT THE POSITIONThe Program Associate will join JoCI’s nationwide remote team with colleagues currently in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York City, Washington D.C., and Connecticut. This role assists with duties and tasks related to the planning and execution of programs, events, and grantmaking. The Program Associate is also responsible for supporting and enhancing the connections between JoCI, Jewish Community organizations, and Jews of Color. The position is an exempt, full-time, 40 hours per week and reports to the Senior Director of Programs.


The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

JoCI Program Support & Coordination

  • Working with the Executive Director, Senior Director of Programs, and the JoCI professional team to develop and implement efficient systems for managing information, projects, and communications
  • Project manage and coordinate coordinating various projects and efforts with a special focus on educational programs, presentations, and speaking engagements
  • Engaging with community daily as a public facing professional at JoCI, helping to meet the needs of a variety of stakeholders.
  • Developing and maintaining evolving lists of resource recommendations for our work
  • Simultaneously handling multiple projects with excellent independent decision making, organizational skills and efficiency
  • Scanning the country for potential partnerships, making connections and nurturing relationships
  • Supporting the Program Officer in stewarding successful grantee relationships
  • Supporting the Director of the New York City hub with elements of program execution
  • Independently maintaining organized contact lists for strategic use with stakeholders of all types
  • Crafting presentations and reports related to work and as assigned by colleagues
  • Broadly supporting organizational programs, workshops, and events

JoCI Organizational Support

  • Producing and distributing correspondence memos, letters, and forms
  • Maintaining confidentiality of highly sensitive information
  • Replying to email, telephone or face to face inquiries
  • Working with the Senior Director of Programs and Senior Director of Finance and Operations to develop and update administrative systems for greatest efficiency
  • Resolving administrative problems with a proactive approach
  • Advancing the profile and reputation of the Initiative through positive, productive, and efficient engagement with all stakeholders
  • Successfully prioritizing and addressing conflicting needs
  • Other duties as assigned


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Qualifications and Experiences:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree or significant demonstratable training in a specific content area with deployable conceptual training and framing skills
  • At least 3 years of professional experience, including experience with launching and/or managing projects
  • Experience networking disparate groups and cohort building
  • Experience understanding budgets and/or with tracking and reporting program expenses
  • Highly developed strategic thinking and execution skills
  • Well-organized, self-directed, with superior attention to detail
  • Exceptional written, editing, and text-based skills
  • Refined ability to anticipate, intuit, prioritize and take initiative
  • Fluency-level skills and adaptive approach to technology including Outlook, Google Drive and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Verifiable track record of achieving successful outcomes within complex environments
  • Positive experience as part of and ability to thrive in and navigate complex multiracial environments
  • Experience with and passion for understanding U.S. Jewish communities, politics and policies

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the confident ability to:

  • Hold and treat the Initiative’s work with intentionality, care and absolute discretion
  • Support all aspects of planning and implementing a fast-paced and growing national Initiative, as needed
  • Work well in a fast-paced, relationship-driven culture that values creativity and iteration, and is comfortable with changing course and re-prioritizing as necessary
  • Thrive in a collaborative team environment and maintain a collegial spirit when sharing ideas and receiving constructive feedback
  • Thoughtfully collaborate with other staff when appropriate
  • Set priorities, work independently, multi-task with regular interruptions, problem solve, and coordinate projects successfully
  • Work effectively and diplomatically with all members of the Jews of Color Initiative community and network including community leaders, clergy, funders, organizational leaders, and colleagues
  • Hold diverse/complex/sometimes conflicting views about Jewish communal pain-points is essential (ex. Israel and Palestine, is anti-Zionism anti-Semitism? The Women’s March)
  • Work in both in-person and virtual environments
  • Work efficiently across time zones. This position will regularly interface with colleagues across the U.S., and on occasion outside of the US as well
  • Work during infrequent evening/weekend hours as needed


The compensation for the Program Associate role ranges from $55,000 – $65,000 commensurate with experience and comes with benefits.


The Program Associate will work inside an office environment, as well as indoor and outdoor venues on occasion.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regular sitting, standing, typing, and repetitive computer use. Occasional walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, pushing, pulling, lifting, kneeling, and twisting. Frequently communicates with others and must be able to exchange accurate information.

We know that you may not have every skill listed above and encourage you to apply if: you meet the large majority of required qualifications, are hard-working and self-starting, are ready to be on a fast-paced, agile, and quickly growing team, and think you would be a fit for this role with JoCI!


  • This application requires a resume with references and a brief video.
  • Your resume should be no longer than 2 pages and should include at least 2 references.
  • Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes and answer these questions:
  • What about this opportunity most interests you?
  • What qualifications do you hold that make you and this role are a great fit?
  • What relevant experience(s) do you have that ensure(s) you’ll be successful as the Program Associate?
  • Videos can be sent as an MP4, MOV, or WMV file.
  • The application deadline is 5pm PT on Friday March 25, 2022.
  • Please email your submissions to

Applicants with Disabilities

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Jews of Color is fiscally-sponsored by Tides Center who is an equal opportunity employer. The Jews of Color Initiative provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, national origin, disability condition, marital status, status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. In addition, the organization affirmatively seeks to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity as it applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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