CAREER OPPORTUNITY – Program Associate

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Open Until Filled | Full-time Exempt

The James B. McClatchy Foundation

Founded by Susan and the late James B. McClatchy in 1994, the James B. McClatchy Foundation (JBMF) has a noble mission:

We stand with the people of the Central Valley by investing in education and active civic participation in our democracy.

Toward this end, the Foundation (JBMF) is organized to advance Multilingual Learner students, promote First Amendment speech and expression, and the protection of a free press, and to improve life in one of the country’s most diverse, culturally rich, and economically viable regions, California’s Central Valley.

Despite these assets, the Central Valley faces many critical challenges requiring significant resources. The pressing nature of these challenges is compelling: they should be addressed sooner rather than later. In response to this reality, the Board of Directors has decided to increase its annual grantmaking, with plans to invest all JBMF’s assets in the next decade or so. This decision reflects a commitment to Multilingual Learners in our communities and to the First Amendment. As such, the Foundation is entering an exciting time in its life-cycle and is looking for dedicated and qualified people with integrity to honor this vision and join the Foundation on this journey.

Program Associate – Job Description

The Program Associate (PA) provides support to the program and executive team to deliver on the promise of the Foundation’s grantmaking strategies in California’s Central Valley. In short, this is a critical position to the successful execution of the Foundation’s impact. The Foundation is seeking a dynamic team player and resourceful implementer who can work collaboratively with staff, grantee-partners, key community stakeholders, and volunteers to maximize the Foundation’s impact.

The ideal candidate will have similar experiences working in program development and planning, community engagement with diverse stakeholders, is familiar working collaboratively on a project in a support role and has successfully done this at either a foundation, a community-based or like organization. The candidate will:

Through its work, JBMF lifts community voices by honoring diversity, equity, and inclusion, improves education access, and ensures all people, especially children, have pathways to a fulfilling life in California’s Central Valley – these institutional qualities are core to the Foundation’s values. This position will represent the Foundation and will reflect the diverse backgrounds and talents of the people and communities JBMF serves.  A successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for JBMF work; a spirit of accountability and collaboration; and, a commitment to co-creating powerful stories of the impact of this work that are grounded in rigor and data.

JBMF is an equal opportunity employer and fosters a workplace without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic. JBMF also follows and adheres to the latest COVID safety measure per federal, state, and local county guidelines. We are currently operating in a hybrid workplace model where staff work both in the office and at home, until further notice.

Pay starting at $60-70K with excellent benefits provided to qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements. Please submit cover letter and resume to This posting will remain open until the position is filled. No phone calls and no recruiters please.

Title: Program Associate (PA)

Reports to: Chief Impact Officer

Classification Full-time exempt


The PA works collaboratively with a dedicated team to provide administrative and project support for the execution of grant programs and initiatives. The Program Associate will hold the following three responsibilities under supervision of the Chief Impact Officer:

Program Administration


Community Engagement

Other Responsibilities

Desired Qualifications

Required Qualifications