Program Associate, GreenLight Greater Newark

  • GreenLight Fund
  • Newark, NJ
  • Apr 13, 2022
Full time Administrative Communications Entry Level Research

Job Description

Organization Overview 

GreenLight Fund is a national nonprofit with a local focus that partners with communities to create opportunities for inclusive prosperity. 

Each year we facilitate a community-driven process that matches the local needs of individuals and families not met by existing programs, to organizations with track records of success elsewhere. Working with communities, we identify, invite in and launch proven organizations, providing collaborative support so they can quickly take root and deliver change. 

Everything we do is designed to remove barriers to inclusive prosperity all too often rooted in racial inequities. Our impact increases exponentially as we address one specific, community-identified need each year, in each GreenLight site. 

Since 2004, we have launched 39 portfolio organizations across eleven sites, invested $26M, and attracted an additional $169M from other funding sources, reaching more than 417,000 individuals and families in 2021 alone.

To learn more about the GreenLight Fund, please visit

Position Overview 

GreenLight Fund Greater Newark is seeking an organized and research-focused Associate who is passionate about community change.  This individual works independently and has a passion for equity and addressing economic mobility for historically under-resourced communities in the greater Newark area.

The Associate must thrive in a start-up environment, be energized to build value from the ground-up, learn quickly, and communicate well. Must bring personality and perspective to GreenLight’s work on complex social issues while also being a true servant-leader and consummate team member. Strong written and oral communication skills, database management and attention to detail are critical for success in this role. 

The Associate will lead and support diverse 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 Greater Newark, and work collaboratively across the GreenLight Fund national network of sites.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Research and Due Diligence 

  • Research current, relevant greater Newark 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 501(c)(3) 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

Marketing Communications and Investor Relations  

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

Culture and More

  • Share additional talents and input for continuous improvement  
  • Assist with creating operational norms standards and building GreenLight brand locally  
  • Articulates and applies historical context of racism and understands the current reality of communities of color in order to support racial equity  
  • Actively demonstrates a commitment to supporting equity and inclusion and serves as an advocate with colleagues, partners and communities 
  • Travel to 2 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 greater Newark

Operations and Administration 

  • Prepare presentations and supporting materials for all Selection Advisory Council meetings, including agendas, reports 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 internal management, data and reporting systems (experience with Salesforce, Apricot and Box is a plus, but not required)  
  • Work in partnership with National GreenLight team members to successfully coordinate events featuring recently selected portfolio organizations 
  • Manage GreenLight Greater Newark interns and fellows, as needed 
  • Support GreenLight Greater Newark portfolio organizations, as needed 

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.

  • Experience working in greater Newark communities -- work in nonprofit, social justice-focused organization, or social enterprises 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
  • Understanding of social impact measurement and financial sustainability  
  • Experience using CRM databases (e.g., Salesforce, Apricot) and Microsoft Excel 
  • Willingness to quickly learn and analyze data/new information 
  • Independent thinker with the ability to take initiative, think creatively and lead 
  • Immutable belief in GreenLight Fund’s mission
  • Flexibility, humor and a passion for serving the metro Atlanta community 
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in a related field such as sociology, public health, business, product design, liberal arts, psychology, international relations, or sustainable development


Candidates must reside in the greater Newark area. 


The salary range for this position is $55,000 - $65,000 commensurate with skills and experience. 

GreenLight offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401k match, and generous PTO and parental leave, as well as short- and long-term disability, life insurance, FSA, EAP, remote work assistance, and professional development stipend.  

To Apply 

Please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you learned about this opportunity, as a single PDF attachment titled, “Last Name, First Name”, addressed to GreenLight Fund via our website at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

GreenLight Fund is committed to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion at every level of the organization. GreenLight Fund recognizes and appreciates the value of building a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive work environment. GreenLight Fund takes pride in being an equal opportunity employer regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental ability, race, region, sexual orientation or veteran status.  

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$55,000 - $65,000

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