Reports To: Academic Programs Manager

Class: Exempt/full-time


The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a nonpartisan research and grantmaking organization that engages with academics and policymakers to better understand and address the effects of economic inequality in the United States and the broader global economy. Important elements of Equitable Growth’s mission include in-house, academic-quality research, as well as grantmaking to academic economists and other social scientists to support new research on inequality, mobility, growth, and related issues. Building a stronger bridge between academics and the policy community is key to our work, with the goal of making new research relevant, accessible, and informative to the policymaking process.

Equitable Growth has an immediate opening for an Academic Programs Associate, whose primary responsibilities will be the continued development, implementation, and maintenance of Equitable Growth’s Academic Programs’ systems, processes, and guidelines, including continuing to develop the organization’s grant management platform in Salesforce.


  • Work with the Academic Programs Manager to ensure timely, efficient, and accurate grantmaking.
  • Develop and improve academic funding systems, processes, and guidelines, including all phases from application and review to award and administration.
  • Take the lead administrative responsibility for a grant program with an annual budget of $750,000.
  • Monitor progress of grantee research by reviewing financial and narrative reports; follow up with grantees and their universities as needed to obtain necessary information and provide administrative assistance.
  • Develop content for and maintain the Grant Program section of the website. Prepare high-quality written material in support of Academic Programs and grant management process.
  • Ensure quality information management related to grants by overseeing the regular maintenance of grant files, reporting calendars, and updating of internal documentation.


  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple complex processes and track activities and outcomes to successful conclusion.
  • Ability to adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Experience with evaluating and/or building the operational and financial capacity of nonprofit organizations (desired).
  • High degree of discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality of work records.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and professionally as well as communicate effectively by phone and email.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects, separating mission critical from the nonstrategic, with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able to understand the importance of the position for the success of the organization.


  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook (required).
  • Proven ability to learn other computer software programs, particularly CRM systems including Salesforce, and enter and maintain accurate data and information.
  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of experience or an associate degree and commensurate years of experience in academia or grant giving.

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is actively committed to promoting and maintaining the importance of diversity to its work. We encourage everyone across the spectrums of race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, age, gender identity and expression, educational background, sexual orientation, and religion to apply.

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