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Careers at the Community Foundation

The Community Foundation is accepting applications for the following position(s). For additional information, you may contact us at info@cnycf.org.

Job Title: Program Associate

Reports to: Director, Community Grantmaking

Status: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt

POSITION DESCRIPTION SUMMARY: The Program Associate will work with members of the Community Investment team and volunteer board members to provide administrative support that guides the grant distribution process. The Program Associate reviews and monitors nonprofit grant proposals, researches community issues, interacts with nonprofits and represents the Community Foundation in philanthropic groups and community meetings. 


  • Review grant applications and reports
    • Enter data in grants management system
    • Participate in review of grant applications, including site visits, interviews and comparison with other existing community programs
    • Prepare and present written and oral analyses of grant recommendations for Foundation staff, board, donors and/or committee members
    • Help nonprofits understand Foundation priorities, application procedures and decisions
  • Prepare materials for meetings of our board of directors as well as outside initiative
  • Manage the workflow of our community engagement initiatives
  • Conduct research on issues or concerns of importance to the Community Foundation 
  • Participate in activities of the philanthropic field to enhance overall operations
  • Work as a member of a multidisciplinary team to ensure the effective and efficient operations of the Foundation
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Love of Community:  Deep interest in and commitment to the Central New York area, its people and their concerns
  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience desired, though not required
  • Technology Skills:  Comfort working with Microsoft Office, including spreadsheets and data entry
  • Analytical and Organizational Skills: Strong critical thinking skills. Ability to organize and coordinate several activities at one time
  • Relational Skills: Strong interpersonal and networking skills. Ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds. Strong team player
  • Communications:  Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Community Knowledge:  Familiarity with the Central New York area, its opportunities and challenges
  • Reliable Transportation: The position includes considerable travel around the local community to participate in visits to community organizations and events.
  • General:  Good sense of self with demonstrated qualities of integrity, loyalty, discretion and self-motivation.

TIME REQUIREMENT: This is a full-time, exempt position based in Syracuse, NY requiring 37.5 hours per week plus occasional early and late hours for meetings onsite and offsite. Work hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

BENEFITS: Current employee benefits include individual health insurance, annual vacation and sick days, eleven paid holidays, term life insurance, additional disability insurance, parking, 401(k) retirement savings program with employer contribution and match, optional flex spending accounts for medical or dependent care expenses.

SALARY: Salary is dependent on experience. Please include your salary history and requirements along with your materials.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit a letter of interest and resume, which must include salary history and requirements, to careers@cnycf.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Central New York Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

About the Central New York Community Foundation:

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of nearly $193 million. It awarded $11 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $150 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 700 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.cnycf.org