Environmental Associate via CGBD

Overbrook Foundation

New York, NY, US

The Overbrook Foundation is a progressive family foundation that supports organizations advancing human rights and conserving the natural environment.

Job Summary: The primary function of the full-time Junior Associate is to support the Environment Program Director in programmatic and administrative matters on a daily basis. The Program Junior Associate reports directly to the Environment Program Director and works closely with the small, dedicated Foundation team.

Major Responsibilities:

• Helps identify the Foundation’s environment program grants;
• Provides ongoing support in the development of grants and program management, including conducting background research on prospective grantees, reviewing and assessing active proposals for consideration when appropriate;
• Prepares grant recommendations for review by the Foundation’s Board of Directors;
• Researches and writes papers on relevant environmental topics;
• Assists Environment Program Director in tracking incoming letters of inquiry and conducting correspondence with the inquiring organizations;
• Oversees tracking, reporting and filing of requests to the Environment Program area that are declined by staff and not recommended to the Board for consideration;
• Drafts Minutes for Board of Director Meetings;
• Schedules appointments, meetings and makes travel arrangements for the Environment Program Director;
• Conducts research on topical issues related to Environment Program area;
• Sets up presentations, documents, reports, and letters using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, GIFTS, and Excel;
• Assists Environment Program Director in web management and filing for materials related to Environment Program area;
• Contributes regularly to The Overbrook Foundation’s blog and Twitter;
• Contributes to maintenance and updating of The Overbrook Foundation’s website;
• Provides backup assistance for all staff members as needed including setup and cleanup of meetings;
• Works closely with Human Rights Program staff on cross-program initiatives;
• Assists grants management staff in assembling materials for Board of Directors Meetings and in other administrative tasks;


• Three to five years of related experience, preferably in the nonprofit, environmental, or philanthropic sectors
• Excellent administrative and writing skills
• A passion for environmental conservation and human rights
• Problem-solving skills and initiative
• Self-starter with initiative
• Sense of humor and positive attitude
• Fluency or proficiency in Spanish and experience with Latin American grant making or nonprofit work a plus
• Fluency with Microsoft Office software, and quick learning with new software

Interested applications, please send resume and cover letter to Nikole LaVelle at [email protected]. The cover letter should specifically address why you might want to work at a private philanthropic foundation and your interest in the environment.

No phone calls please.