Program Associate 

Foundation Overview

The Peery Foundation is a Palo Alto-based family foundation. Our mission is to strengthen youth and families to build lives of dignity and self-reliance. We do this by investing in and serving social entrepreneurs and leading organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world.                

The Peery Foundation is currently seeking to add a full-time Program Associate to the foundationʼs small but mighty team. The ideal candidate understands that a productive work environment is built by a well supported team of proactive peers. You’re a stickler when it comes to details and love multitasking while keeping things methodically organized and intuitively arranged.  There’s no problem you can’t solve and you always come up with a solution that satisfies others. You thrive on collaboration. You love digging deep on the ‘how’, ‘why’, and ‘what’ of solutions, and aren’t afraid of saying ‘no’.

Program Description

The Peery Foundation’s programmatic giving consists of three geographic portfolios: Local, Regional, and Global. The Program Associate will work with and provide varied support to the foundationʼs Executive Director and Program Directors. He/She will be responsible for day-to-day grant and relationship management as well as much of the administrative work that goes into maintaining those relationships. On occasion, they will be required to represent the foundation at events. The Program Associate will primarily work with and report to the Program Directors, working with the whole team to achieve our org-wide goals.



  • Collate materials/research for meeting preparation
  • Manage and oversee event planning and logistical coordination for PF annual meetings
  • Create monthly reports for internal use
  • Participate in recruiting, selecting, and onboarding new staff

Leads, Grants, and Partnership Management

  • Research prospects and leads
  • Create and process grants documentation
  • Collect and input new grantee information on the website and knowledge management systems
  • Grants timeline management, provide task reminders for Portfolio Directors
  • Respond to any grant updates and record them in our knowledge management systems
  • Participate in strategy development of Portfolios and special projects
  • Maintain and support relationships and communications with grantees, board members, nonprofit partners, and other key stakeholders important to the Foundation’s programmatic work
  • Coordinate and provide critical analysis and evaluation of grantee check ins
  • Work with Portfolio Directors to support pipeline development
  • Support Portfolio Directors with due diligence, specifically reviewing and analyzing proposals and budgets
  • Stay abreast of country/region/issue area news that may affect our grantees and keep Portfolio Directors updated
  • Research policies, resources and other information useful or relevant to t he PF and PF grantees


  • Represent the foundation at local events with grantees and other partners when appropriate
  • Identify and produce reports on relevant issues to the PF mission and Portfolio Directors
  • Other projects a s required by Portfolio Directors and Executive Directo



  • BA/BS degree or equivalent practical experience
  • Nonprofit or foundation experience required
  • Experience conducting due diligence or analytical analysis strongly preferred
  • Knowledge and networks in the Bay Area philanthropic and social innovation circles a bonus
  • Candidate must be authorized to work in the United States


  • Ability to take initiative as well as direction
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritizing effectively, and adapt to a fast-paced environment
  • Positive, can-do attitude and ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to navigate multi-stakeholder situations and dialogue
  • Tactful; able to manage interests of community, grantees, funding partners, and the Peery family
  • Highly creative; able to solve problems in new ways
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; able to interact comfortably whether with school district administrators and city government, with other foundations, or with school children and parents
  • Strong organizational skills                
  • High tech literacy skills. Ideally familiar with Mac OS, MS Office, and related software: Pages, Numbers, Word, Excel. Internet and email savvy a must. Open to steep learning curves on new platforms and systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute and work autonomously
  • High level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
  • The ideal candidate will be humble, bright, articulate, detailed, proactive, a team player and very professional - yet personable and friendly. This position requires a high level of confidentiality; and a sense of humor.


We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, disability, or veteran status. The Foundation seeks to fill this position by July 2016.  This is a full-time position based in Palo Alto, California.  Please send your resume to