Associate, Programs

Aug 10, 2021

About the Peterson Foundation

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is working to secure a healthy, growing economy by addressing America’s long-term fiscal challenges. The Foundation partners with leading policy experts, elected officials and the public to build support for solutions to put America on a sustainable fiscal path. As a non-partisan organization, the Foundation engages in grant-making, partnerships, and research to educate and involve Americans from a variety of perspectives.

Position Summary

Tackling complex fiscal issues and fostering meaningful action requires developing a broad reach with a high impact public profile. To be successful, the Foundation must leverage sophisticated communications strategies geared toward public policy “influentials” and the American public at large.

The Associate, Programs will play a critical role in supporting the development and execution of current and brand-new strategic programs that support the mission of the Foundation and strengthen its impact and reach. These programs will be targeted towards Gen Z and other key audiences, will address traditional and emerging issue areas for the Foundation, and will be cross-functional and interdisciplinary, involving a unique blend of grants, partnerships, and internal efforts.

Reporting to the Senior Manager, Programs, the Associate will work collaboratively across the organization. As the Foundation identifies and launches new initiatives and programs, the Associate will work on project management, research, analysis, and implementation. The Associate will also engage with external partners, consultants, and vendors, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the initiatives and programs this individual will support. More specifically, the responsibilities include:

Project Management and Implementation:

  • Serve as project manager with internal and external stakeholders to track performance of key programs targeted towards raising awareness of fiscal issues, with a focus on Gen Z audiences
  • Participate in program-related working groups and report to the Senior Manager on project status, decisions, milestones, schedule, and risks
  • Facilitate grants management and contracts process by preparing paperwork; liaising with the Grants team, Legal, and partner organization(s); organizing review process and feedback; and developing materials for leadership review of grant proposal
  • Strengthen organizational processes and systems, including anticipating, planning, and coordinating internal logistics and needs across projects
  • Support the development and implementation of program events, including coordination with internal and external stakeholders as well as participation in planning meetings
  • Ensure all stakeholders (internal and external) are engaged and aligned to the program goals

Research and Synthesis:

  • Perform research on issues related to mission and programs and provide analysis and recommendations to allow the Senior Manager, Programs and Vice President, Programs the ability to make strategic and well-informed decisions
  • Assist with development of program reports and presentations for executive management
  • Track brainstorming and planning conversations and draft follow up planning documents with strategic recommendations, action plans, processes, and updates

About the Successful Candidate:

To Apply

  • Approximately three to five years of experience in program or project management, professional services, financial services, government, or related experience
  • Interest in and knowledge of public policy, fiscal policy, and public affairs
  • Strong analytical skills, adept at research, and impeccable attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Skilled in working independently and collaboratively as part of a team, as well as experience engaging external partners and/or working cross-functionally
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and have the organizational skills to prioritize and manage numerous projects at once as they evolve and change
  • A desire to learn and grow as well as receptive to receiving instruction, direction, and feedback


Bachelor’s degree required. Public policy, political science, economics or related major a plus.

To apply, please send a brief letter summarizing your interest and a resume to Subject header on the e-mail should be: “Associate, Programs.”

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.

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