Position Announcement: Program Associate

Are you a people person interested in making a difference for nonprofits serving our community and by supporting early learning initiatives? Whidbey Community Foundation is searching for a part-time Program Associate to join our team.

Until Whidbey Community Foundation was formed in 2016, Whidbey Island was the only area in the Puget Sound region not served by a community foundation. A community foundation acts as an independent, publicly supported philanthropic organization established and operated as a permanent collection of endowed funds for the long-term benefit of a defined geographic area – in this case Whidbey Island. A community foundation also raises money to meet immediate needs, provides leadership on community issues that affect nonprofits by serving as a facilitator, convener or mediator, and providing technical advice to area nonprofits.

The Program Associate will be an independent, well-organized professional who thrives in a dynamic environment of multiple priorities. In concert with the Program Director, a volunteer Executive Director, and active Board of Directors, you will focus on maintaining smooth program operations and contributing to the overall efficiency, quality, and capability of our programs and services. You will be called on to show initiative, persistence, and commitment to supporting the nonprofits on Whidbey Island and the donors who desire to support our community, both in the short-term and in perpetuity.

Additionally, the Program Associate will support the mission and goals of the Partners for Young Children (PYC) Island County Coalition (a fiscally sponsored program of WCF for early learning coalition building in Island County). The broad mission of PYC is to strengthen families and support developing children early in life.  In this role, the Program Associate will work in partnership with the PYC Steering Committee of the Island County Coalition to provide vision, direction to, and implementation of projects and advocacy efforts that will support the coalition in strengthening families through early intervention, family support and early learning initiatives.

The ideal candidate must be able to perform well under pressure and respond positively to change, with an ability to hold a neutral perspective in the face of competing priorities. The ideal candidate is also an independent, big-picture thinker and self-starter who has foresight and anticipates needs. They must be a creative problem-solver and proactive decision-maker, and be quickly able to prioritize tasks.

The Program Associate position will start as a part-time position, up to 20 hours per week with the potential of increasing with the availability of funding. Initial hourly rate will be $20 – 25, based on skills and ability. Hours and pay rate will be reevaluated at a three-month review.  Since Whidbey Community Foundation does not at this time have an office, the position will be flexible in schedule and location. The staff member may work out of their home office, as long as it is located on Whidbey Island. Supervision will be provided by the Program Director. This hire must be comfortable taking initiative independently without direct daily supervision. The Program Associate position is guaranteed through December 31, 2022 based on grant dollars available for PYC work, with the potential for a more permanent position.

For more information, see the Position Announcement.

Applications are requested by December 27, 2020. Include the following information:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Names, Phone Numbers, and Emails for at least two references

Applications can either be emailed or mailed to: