Program Associate (Environment and Corporate Accountability) via Philanthropy News Digest

Wallace Global Fund

Washington, DC, US


The Wallace Global Fund is guided by the vision of the late Henry A. Wallace, former Secretary of Agriculture and Vice President under Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was keenly interested in scientific innovation as a force to enhance human wellbeing and had an abiding faith in the individual’s spirit and capacity to bring about sound and just social change. The Fund was established by his son Robert B. Wallace (1918-2002) in 1995, and grew out of the Wallace Genetic Foundation, founded in 1965 by Henry A. Wallace.

The mission of the Wallace Global Fund is to promote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends.  The Fund supports initiatives related to environmental system collapse, climate justice and rights, corporate abuses and the concentration of corporate power, women’s rights and empowerment, civic liberties and engagement, and independent media. 


The Fund has also been a global leader in the field of mission-related investing, supporting integration between program priorities and social impact investment strategies.  It has also supported the work of the movement calling for divestment from fossil fuels and investment in climate solutions.


More information about the Fund is available at

Job Summary

The Wallace Global Fund, a private foundation based in Washington, DC is seeking an Environment and Corporate Accountability Program Associate.  The program associate will report to the Executive Director and work with the Environment Program Director.

Reports To

Executive Director and Environment Program Director


The Fund seeks a Program Associate to support the Fund’s program activities in the areas of environment, climate justice, corporate accountability, and trade and global financial system reform.

The position requires that the Program Associate support the Executive Director’s program responsibilities and considerable external roles, as needed. Additionally, the Program Associate will spearhead several cross-program priorities focused on corporate accountability, working closely with the Environment Program Director and Executive Director.

Additional administrative responsibilities related to ongoing grant-making, issue-tracking and smaller convenings are also anticipated. 

Specific tasks will likely include:

  • Assist in the development of grants dockets and reports that support the Fund’s work in environmental justice, climate and energy, trade and finance, corporate accountability, and human rights;
  • Assist in the development and/or implementation of evaluation activities for the Foundation’s program activities, individual grants, or clusters of grants;
  • Monitoring political, social and economic trends related to program areas and in geographic areas of priority;
  • Prepare materials such as memoranda and reports for the Fund’s Board and senior staff;
  • Serve as liaison to communications team, preparing briefs for online newsletter and web site;
  • Support Program Directors in convening, meeting planning, and other support for grantee initiatives;
  • Participate in and support cross program planning teams;
  • Support staff in connecting program priorities to investment opportunities;
  • Represent the Fund at external meetings of funders and other stakeholders.


  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree in a relevant field or experience working in a non-profit preferred.
  • Experience working on environmental, trade and global financial systems, corporate accountability and/or justice and human rights. International experience is a plus;
  • Outstanding English language writing ability;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
  • Team player and capable of working in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities;
  • Highly organized, with the proven ability to work independently, meet deadlines and maintain consistent attention to detail;
  • Ability to source, analyze, synthesize, and effectively present information and data;
  • Established commitment to social justice advocacy.


This is a full time position, with an initial two-year contract. Compensation is consistent with the level of the position and experience of the candidate.  Excellent benefits. Please review details regarding the Fund’s work at

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected], at Wallace Global Fund, attention ‘Program Associate Search’. A formal letter of interest should also be mailed to the WGF at 2040 S Street NW, Washington DC 20009.  Finalists will be asked to provide references and writing samples.

Deadline: June 13, 2016.  Position will be filled by mid-summer 2016.

Wallace Global Fund