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Program Associate

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, founded in 1978, is a nonprofit working to expand philanthropy in eighteen counties of Western North Carolina. The Foundation manages charitable funds for individuals, corporations and charitable organizations and makes grants toward the region’s pressing needs and promising opportunities. 

Job description:

Position Description

The Program Associate provides administrative support to the Program Department, including the Vice President, Program Officers, Scholarship Officer and Grants Manager. The Associate reports to the Vice President of Programs and is a salaried position.


  • Provide administrative support for all Program Department functions, including, but not limited to, work related to various advisory, grant and scholarship committees. 

  • Communicate with applicants, grantees, committee members, nonprofit organizations, donors, fundholders and volunteers, as needed.

  • Prepare correspondence, reports, presentations and meeting materials.

  • Provide backup phone and reception coverage, as needed.

  • Schedule and coordinate Program Department meetings and events, assisting with all aspects of planning, implementation and follow-up.

  • Respond to queries regarding grants and Program information.

  • Data entry for Program constituencies.

  • Website updates, in coordination with Communications Director.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Desired Experience, Skills and Knowledge

  • College degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Significant office-based administrative work experience.

  • Strong computer skills, including database experience and advanced Microsoft Office skills.

  • Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work and think independently; exercise maturity and dependability.

  • Ability to work cooperatively with constituents and coworkers.

  • Flexibility; able to adjust activities and priorities and take on new responsibilities.

  • Excellent customer service and volunteer management skills.

  • Commitment to quality work, continuous improvement and accountability.

  • Commitment to the Foundation's goals and mission.

  • Willingness to travel in Western North Carolina.

  • Desire to work in a team environment.

  • Brings a sense of humor to the position.


Physical Requirements

Ability to lift objects of a minimum of 15 pounds in weight.  Job duties require approximately 85% sitting/typing, and 15% standing/walking. Physical requirements will vary depending upon the specific duties to be accomplished.


Compensation will be commensurate with skill level and experience with an annual performance and salary review.  Foundation employees participate in a Paid Time Off accrual system initially equivalent to 25 days off per year representing vacation and sick time, plus 7 additional paid holidays.  CFWNC offers participation in group health, dental, vision and retirement plans to eligible employees.  All CFWNC employees are subject to a criminal background check.  CFWNC is an equal-opportunity employer.

Submit a cover letter and resume by February 28 to Philip Belcher ( with the subject “Program Associate.” Documents should be in .doc or .pdf format and include your last name in the document title (e.g. SmithResume). A cover letter is required as a writing sample; resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Questions to Philip Belcher. No phone calls please.

Asheville, NC
Philip Belcher (

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