WHO WE ARE
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies (Schusterman) strives for a future in which the United States and Israel live up to their ideals and achieve more just and inclusive societies. We work to advance racial, gender and economic equity in the U.S., as well as to foster a more joyful and diverse Jewish community. In Israel, we work toward a secure homeland for the Jewish people, a thriving democracy and an inclusive society that cares for its most vulnerable. We aim to drive and support long-term systemic change through investments in leaders, organizations and U.S. public policy.
Our culture is built on a foundation of principles that guide our attitudes, behaviors and interactions in the workplace. We look for people to join our team who are trustworthy, excellent, risk-takers – and who are committed to equity. Team members who are trustworthy look to build connections with others, are open to feedback and cultivate a culture of caring and respect. We strive for excellence by driving toward measurable results and consistently growing our knowledge and skills for maximum impact. We look to take risks by demonstrating curiosity and finding new, innovative ways of working. We strive to create a work environment rooted in equity where all members of our team feel a sense of belonging, are treated fairly and have the ability to have to use their voices to effectively advance our mission.
The Program Associate (PA) is a member of the newly created cross-organizational Policy and Advocacy team located in either Schusterman’s Washington DC or New York NY offices. The PA will work to achieve a more just and inclusive society by supporting policy and advocacy work in Schusterman’s priority areas: Gender and Reproductive Equity, Educational equity, Voting Rights, and Criminal Justice reform. This position will also support Schusterman in using its assets, financial and otherwise, to maximum impact, while looking for new ways of collaborating among colleagues and external funders. This position will report to the Senior Director for Policy and Advocacy.
This position is a key role on the Policy and Advocacy team. Job responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
Project Management & Planning (30%)
Outcome: The program manager will lead projects and strategic planning efforts involving colleagues from Schusterman portfolios and outside consultants that maximize our Policy & Advocacy impact in priority areas.
- Design and manage projects in service of Schusterman policy and advocacy priorities such as the internal Roadmap.
Knowledge Management & Communications (30%)
Outcome: Manage analysis of and presentation of data, insights, and activities so that leadership and colleagues have clear understanding, track key indicators of work so progress is clear.
- Design and write bi-monthly internal Policy & Advocacy update.
- Design and write presentations, memos, and other documents to persuasively and clearly present policy and advocacy plans and priorities for internal and external use.
- Establish and manage an organization-wide system to track government relations activities.
Internal Collaboration (20%)
Outcome: Build relationships across Schusterman teams and knowledge of Schusterman portfolios.
- Establish baseline understanding of portfolios; incorporate needs into processes and products above.
- Participate in team meetings and learning opportunities with select Schusterman portfolio teams.
External Collaboration (20%)
Outcome: Maintain active networks in policy and advocacy sector in order to formulate perspective, identify opportunities, and represent Schusterman at events and meetings to ensure best in class understanding of advocacy tools and strategies and understanding of the context into which our work lands.
COMPETENCIES NEEDED TO BE SUCCESSFUL
- Strong organizational and operational skills without requiring constant supervision or direction.
- Ability to translate complicated information, conversations, and data into precise and clear systems and formats.
- Ability to operate in a complex environment and display resilience and composure during challenging political times.
- Collaborative mindset with ability to build and sustain professional relationships.
The following qualifications are representative of the high level of demonstrated skills, maturity, judgment, and ability to work with a wide range of constituencies required of Schusterman employees:
- 3-5 years direct experience in policy, advocacy, and/or electoral politics.
- A Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience.
- Respect for and experience in politics and policymaking at the local level (not just Federal).
- Some understanding of philanthropy, either from an institutional perspective or from work done in partnership with philanthropic supporters preferred.
- Demonstrated experience managing process and projects with experience in strategic planning.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to adapt communication styles across multiple stakeholders and facilitate productive conversations.
- Passionate, optimistic, and determined to contribute to building a more just and inclusive society.
- PC skills (with proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Commitment to Schusterman priority areas including Gender and Reproductive Equity, Education, Democracy and Voting Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, and the Jewish Community preferred.
- Ability to travel domestically up to 20%.
Competitive salary band of $80,000-$100,000 based on experience and Schusterman’s commitment to internal equity. A strong benefits package is also included. Schusterman encourages ongoing professional development and supports activities aligned with one’s individual career growth plan. Schusterman does not cover relocation expenses for this position.
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Schusterman promotes diversity and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religious creed, disability, genetic information, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.