Program Associate



The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), located in Princeton, N.J., is the largest philanthropy in America dedicated solely to health. Since 1972 we have been providing funding, assistance, and research for projects and programs to help people, their families, and their communities be as healthy as possible. RWJF is committed to working alongside others to build a Culture of Health where everyone has a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being.

We take seriously our responsibilities, and we pledge to work in ways that reflect our guiding principles. These are rooted in equity and influence everything we do at RWJF. Diversity, inclusion, and collaboration allow our staff’s wide range of experiences, passions, and perspectives to enrich our work and strengthens our ability to address our nation’s most pressing health issues. With a career at RWJF you will make a difference.

The Foundation seeks a program associate, a professional staff member who will work closely with leadership in the Program unit as well as Foundation staff across our focus areas to facilitate and support ongoing work. The associate, reporting to the assistant vice president, will assist in the effective facilitation of the Program unit activities, conduct project and related research, develop documents and presentations, work with key experts, grantees and applicants to develop strategies and action plans to advance Foundation priorities, and assist in designing and implementing new initiatives, evaluating proposals, and assist with monitoring programs and grants as needed.  

As with staff at all levels of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, program associates are expected to demonstrate a passionate commitment to health equity, the Foundation’s mission and our guiding principles.  


Unit Functioning

  • Facilitate and support program leadership to inform and assist in management of activities across the Foundation's focus areas.
  • Monitor and report to leadership on program budgets.
  • Plan and execute internal and external program events, such as site visits.
  • Prepare documents, reports and presentations.
  • Serve as resource in cross-cutting workgroups on specific issues or operational process improvement initiatives.
  • Participate in unit activities and improving unit functioning.

Strategy Development and Monitoring

  • Gather, synthesizes, and analyzes background information relevant to organizational strategy and the development of programs.
  • Assist in program and project development and monitoring, as assigned by the supervisor. 
  • Help monitor unit progress.

Learning and Dissemination

  • Work with program leadership and themes to assess, evaluate, and disseminate results of programs, projects, and site visits. 
  • Monitor, track, learn from, and reports on unit initiatives and programs. Work with leadership, staff and consultants to harvest “learnings” from previous and current partnerships and grantmaking. Actively disseminate results and “learnings” to other staff, grantees and the field.
  • Assist staff with development of web content, as needed.

Grantmaking Processes

  • Responsible for understanding, implementing, and following the grantmaking processes and policies of RWJF.
  • Provide back-up support to themes/teams as needed.
  • Represent the Foundation publicly regarding program and organizational direction, program funding and grantmaking results.

Foundation and Field Contributions

  • Attend external meetings and conferences for the unit and organization, at the discretion of the supervisor, and prepares trip reports to share learning.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with external stakeholders by conducting research, outreach, and coordination within and outside the Foundation, to develop partnership strategies.


  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and vision and alignment with our values.
  • Personal and professional commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience in health or health care related field, preferably in the non-profit or government sector. Knowledge of philanthropy helpful.
  • Experience working in and fostering an inclusive environment working as part of a diverse team and working with persons from different cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Interpersonal skills; able to develop trusted relationships with colleagues, grantees, consultants, external funders, and others who contribute to program development and management.
  • Good judgment, able to make decisions, justifies recommendations, and be responsive and clear.
  • Project and people management skills, including ability to think and work independently, to be flexible and to manage multiple priorities for various managers, and to be tolerant of ambiguity.
  • Ability to think creatively about opportunities; to create and respond to fresh approaches to addressing an issue; to inspire others to work toward achieving goals.
  • Ability to synthesize material, focus quickly, identify opportunities while continuing to see the big picture.
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to be a positive representative of the Foundation.
  • Research and electronic communications skills.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Education and experience equivalent to Master's degree with two years of related experience or Bachelor’s degree plus four years related experience. 


The incumbent performs job duties in a traditional business office environment. Tasks are generally carried out with no specific or unusual physical or environmental demands. While performing the duties of this job the incumbent is regularly required to work at a desk with a computer for extended periods of time. Specific physical abilities required by this job include operating basic office equipment such as personal computers, duplicating machines, fax machines and standard office telephones. The incumbent may be required to attend meetings, both on-site and off-site, via phone or videoconference.


RWJF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

2019 Annual Message

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Post Date

September 16, 2019


Due Date

September 29, 2019