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Program Associate, Child Well-being

Title: Program Associate, Child Well-being
Location: New York, NY 
Reports to: Program Director, Child Well-being
Status: Full time, exempt (must have ability to be in-person)

The mission of the Doris Duke Foundation (DDF) is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research, and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. DDF’s activities are guided by the will of Doris Duke, who endowed the foundation with financial assets that currently total over $2 billion.

The Child Well-being Program aims to support programs and activities that promote children’s healthy development and protect them from abuse and neglect. The program has undergone significant evolution and growth over the past decade, and today is one of the major national programs of DDF. Over time, the program has moved from direct support for child welfare services to a series of strategies aimed at addressing the root causes of child abuse and neglect. To view examples of past grants, please visit the What We've Funded section of our site.

The program associate for the Child Well-being Program supports the director and the program officer by managing and overseeing administrative, budgeting, event-planning and communication matters related to the program. The program associate is a contributing member of a high-performing three-person team. The duties of the program associate are under the direction of the director and the program officer.


  • Provide administrative support for the Child Well-being Program team.
  • Coordinate travel, meetings and logistics for Child Well-being Program staff and events.
  • Prepare memos, draft contracts and manage electronic files.
  • Coordinate the grant application process and draft grant agreements.
  • Collaborate with Child Well-being Program staff to manage tasks, projects and timelines for the portfolio of active grants.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with grant selection committees, potential applicants and grantees.
  • Research and report on topics relevant to the Child Well-being Program's work.
  • Update and maintain the Child Well-being Program's portion of the foundation's website in collaboration with the foundation's Communications Department.
  • Assist with drafting, reviewing, and editing internal and external reports, presentations and other communications.


  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in a related social science or health field.
  • Outstanding organizational skills with an excellent attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
  • Strong computer and internet skills with a high level of experience in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to take initiative and make independent informed decisions, sometimes on behalf of the director and the program officer.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Versatility and adaptability, with the ability to manage many projects and several priorities simultaneously.
  • Self-motivated team player who works cooperatively and positively with other employees.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication and editing skills.


  • Experience in accounting, database and web content applications (e.g., Great Plains, SurveyMonkey, Mailchimp and content management systems).
  • Strong interest in child abuse prevention, early childhood development or public health.
  • Two-plus years’ work experience in a professional setting.


  • Anticipated salary range is $61,000-$74,000, and the final offer will depend on experience.
  • Industry-leading benefits.

As a condition of employment, new hires/employees are required to be up to date with an FDA-authorized vaccination against COVID-19, including bivalent booster; proof of vaccination series and boosters will be required upon beginning/continuing employment. Reasonable accommodation for legally required exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case-basis in accordance with applicable law.

Send resumé with cover letter to Include your last name followed by “Program Associate CWP, DDF” in the subject line. No phone calls or in-person applications, please.

The following values underpin everything we do in pursuit of our mission across the Doris Duke Foundation:

Integrity: We must be honest and ethical in all that we undertake. As a private foundation, we are accountable to the many stakeholders affected by our work.

Excellence: We will insist on the highest standards of performance in fulfilling our mission, will ground our work in best practices and will make decisions based on the best available information.

Openness and Imagination: We will be a listening and learning organization that is responsive to ideas and opinions from a variety of sources. We value imagination and creativity, the ability to think in new ways about the work we do and how we do it.

Collaboration: We value a collaborative and supportive environment in which to advance our mission and objectives. Creating a working environment that promotes trust, honesty and respect within our organization is as important as earning the trust and respect of our colleagues and peers in the fields in which we work.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: We believe in the essential value that a diverse set of perspectives, experiences and abilities brings to the table. Our commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice is an ongoing, active engagement reflected in our funding areas, grantees, museums, centers, board and staff. At the core of our work is a dedication to serving and learning from organizations and individuals addressing inequities and working toward a more just, healthy and inclusive society. (Learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and how we incorporate this value into our work.)

The Doris Duke Foundation is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and workplace culture. We provide equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, marital status, military or veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law; and we strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.