Program Associate, GreenLight Bay Area

  • GreenLight Fund
  • Oakland, CA
  • May 26, 2022
Full time Administrative Communications Marketing Communications Nonprofit-Social Services 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 Bay Area 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 Bay Area region.

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 Bay Area, and work collaboratively across the GreenLight Fund national network of sites.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Research and Due Diligence 

  •  Research current, relevant Bay Area social issues and priorities facing low-wealth 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 Bay Area’s social media (Twitter), and e-newsletters via Mailchimp
  • Maintain the GreenLight Fund Bay Area website pages and contribute to blog postings
  • Support execution of GreenLight Bay Area’s annual donor stewardship/investor relations plan, including investor outreach, cultivation, engagement, and stewardship  
  • Conduct prospect research on potential Bay Area 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 Bay Area at mission-aligned community events
  • Maintain GreenLight Fund Bay Area’s investor database in Salesforce

Operations and Administration 

  • Prepare presentations and supporting materials for all Selection Advisory Council meetings, including agendas, reports, and research/diligence findings 
  • Tracking of site expenses, monitor site donations
  • 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 
  • Maintain internal management of data entry and contact/file management data and reporting systems within Salesforce, Apricot, and Box 
  • Manage GreenLight Bay Area interns and fellows, as needed 
  • Support GreenLight Bay Area portfolio organizations, as needed 

Culture and More

  • Managing up: Proactively strive to optimize success for the Bay Area Executive Director, anticipate and prioritize workload during weekly meetings, approach the work with flexibility and positivity, and analyze potential risks/challenges/opportunities while meeting the needs of the local Executive Director 
  • Resourceful in navigating systems and processes with little oversight
  • 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 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 the Bay Area

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 Bay Area communities -- work in nonprofit, social justice-focused organizations, or social enterprises preferred
  • Outstanding research, writing, and communication skills required
  • Deep commitment to improving the lives of residents and an understanding of issues facing historically underserved communities 
  • 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 Bay Area communities 
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in a related field such as sociology, public health, business, product design, liberal arts, psychology, international relations, public administration, or sustainable development


Candidates must reside in the Bay 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-