Program Associate via Idealist

Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN)

Rockville, MD, United States 馃嚭馃嚫


The Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) seeks a full-time Program Associate for its Rockville, MD office. 

The Program Associate will help HEFN build environmental health and justice philanthropy by developing high-quality programming and communications for grantmakers.  

HEFN is a membership network for foundations and donors. Its mission is to mobilize philanthropy to advance environmental health and environmental justice through solutions-focused on critical issues like toxics, drinking water, fracking, and climate change. 

The Associate will manage and execute HEFN鈥檚 programming and communications work, to include:

Program Development

路      Design and execute grantmaker webinars and member calls.

路      Develop programming for philanthropic events.

 Manage Annual Meeting

路      Recruit and staff planning committee.

路      Oversee agenda development, speaker recruitment, publicity, and attendee outreach.

路      Oversee meeting logistics in coordination with meeting planner.

Writing and Editing

路      Maintain HEFN鈥檚 website, including new content development.

路      Maintain HEFN鈥檚 blog, Giving InSight, including writing posts and managing guest posts.

路      Produce reports and briefing papers for HEFN members.

Manage HEFN鈥檚 social media presence

路      Develop social media and communications plan.

路      Maintain HEFN social media pages.

路      Highlight environmental health and justice philanthropy through placements in other blogs, social media outlets, and publications.



路      Familiarity with environmental health and environmental justice issues;

路      Excellent writing and editing skills and experience writing for the Internet, reports or briefing papers, and other professional writing; 

路      Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; 

路      Extensive computer skills (expertise with Microsoft Office, internet research, social media required; experience with Salesforce, design programs, and website content management preferred);

路      Ability to work independently and as part of a team;

路      A bachelor鈥檚 degree (master鈥檚 a plus); and

路      At least three to five years of relevant professional experience.

路      Experience with nonprofits or foundations, with collaborative projects, and with event planning would be helpful.

Skills and Attributes

The ideal candidate will thrive in a small team environment. Reliability, integrity, flexibility, a quick mind, and a sense of humor strongly valued. Additional skills and attributes:

路      Understanding of the connections between environmental conditions and health, including the roles of race, place, and class.

路      Proven ability to manage multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines while maintaining quality and attention to detail.

路      Ability to travel.

锘縒e strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

How To Apply

[email protected]

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to [email protected], with your email subject line reading: 鈥淧rogram Associate.鈥 No phone calls please.


Salary is commensurate with experience.

 Very generous benefits including health insurance, retirement, professional development, and paid vacation.