The California Endowment (TCE) is searching for a mission driven Program Associate to join the Northern Region team.

This role is responsible for supporting the North Region, Education Justice and Justice Reinvestment teams in a collaborative manner with other Program Associates and in close coordination with the Program Managers leading work in those teams.

Candidates with experience managing and tracking a large volume of relationships, providing analytical and research support, and assisting with communication initiatives in a community organization or grant making space preferred.  Genuine interest and participation in community rooted organizing to reverse historical and structural inequities desired.


The California Endowment is a private, statewide health foundation established in 1996 whose mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.  We’re changing the narrative around health to ensure health and justice for all.  And each day we, along with our community partners, seek ways to improve the state of health in California.

Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, we have regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. We challenge the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. Instead, we believe that health happens in neighborhoods, schools and with prevention.

For more information on the Endowment, please visit www.calendow.org.


The Program Associate will support Program Managers and Senior Program Managers (Program Managers) in the strategic implementation of organizational and regional program strategies and grantmaking  through a range of program activities grounded in racial justice and with a primary focus on power-building centered in community organizing.. The type of activities program associates are responsible for include, but are not limited to, grant making, grant monitoring, assisting grantees with grant proposals, analytical and research support, and providing consultation, technical assistance, information, and other support to strengthen capacity of community partners to engage in collaborative community-led change strategies.  The program associate will assist with providing information on technical assistance and support to community partners. The ideal candidate will be able to think and react strategically in response to continually evolving organizational and community priorities and opportunities. They will thrive in a dynamic environment that involves relationship building with diverse constituencies in a team environment. Program Managers will be responsible for the day to day assignments provided to the program associate.


  • Participates in team-based strategy development with Program Managers, Managing Director, and other departmental staff.
  • Works in conjunction with Program Managers and grant applicants to develop and submit grant proposals in accordance with approved strategies.
  • Analyzes solicited grant proposals with Program Manager and conducts necessary due diligence.
  • Participates in meetings with Program Managers to discuss grant proposals.
  • Tracks grant progress to ensure timely approvals.
  • Provides regular updates to Program Managers regarding status of grant applications documents and of funded projects.
  • Tracks and manages grant budget (large grants, small grants, sponsorships, GIFTS) as requested by Program Managers.
  • Supports the effective and timely delivery of information and technical assistance to grantees and other key partners.
  • Prepares and submits small grants and sponsorships with management approval.
  • Reviews, analyzes and prepares grantee progress reports and payments, including invoices, for Program Manager approval.
  • Research, communications, meetings and other support:
  • Responds to programmatic inquiries from within and outside the foundation.
  • Participates in community engagement, partnership development, and other relationship-building activities.
  • Provides analytical and research support to Program Managers, regional teams, statewide systems-focused strategy teams, and ad-hoc interdepartmental workgroups.
  • Assists Program Manager in communications activities such as preparing presentations and developing materials that describe programmatic work and strategies
  • Assists in communication and implementation of special initiatives.
  • Collects, tracks and posts stories and events for internal TCE communications purposes.
  • Participates in workgroups within the department and across the organization and captures site accomplishments and site-specific reports.
  • Assists in designing, organizing and implementing TCE-sponsored projects and convenings such as funder’s forums, site, regional and statewide convenings.
  • Completes special projects as assigned.


  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Excel and Outlook.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills, as well as the ability to synthesize information.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with diverse populations.
  • Strong organization and multi-tasking skills, experienced balancing and adhering to deadlines.
  • Ability to work flexible work hours.

Minimum Education:

  • Coursework in health, social science, public policy or related subjects helpful.
    Undergraduate degree preferred.  Master’s degree in public health, health policy or other related discipline a plus.

Minimum Experience:

Two to four years of successful experience in health care research and analysis in a community setting and/or two to four years of successful work experience with grassroots organizations engaged in advancing social change.
Experience in grant development/writing and project management highly preferred.


$32.03 – $36.06/hour


A cover letter must be uploaded with application and resume to be considered.

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