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Program Assistant: Flourishing in Community Grantmaker Initiative

Center for Community Engaged Learning, Rose Hill

Fordham University


Fordham University has an excellent reputation as a dynamic institution located in New York City.  Founded in 1841, Fordham enrolls more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its 9 Colleges and Schools. 


Fordham University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to its employees, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.
We offer tuition remission for employees and their dependents 
A generous employer match towards a 403(b) retirement plan.
As a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Fordham is considered a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, a federal program designed to forgive student loan debt for employees of certain public and certain nonprofit employers.
As part of its work-life balance program, the University provides generous PTO including 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, 2 personal days, 6 summer Fridays, and holidays that include paid time off between Christmas and New year.  
University employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP provides no-cost, professional, and confidential services, to help employees and family members address a variety of personal, family, life, and work-related issues.

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Position Summary

Reporting to the Program Officer, the Program Assistant supports the administrative and operational functions of the Flourishing in Community Grantmaker Initiative. This role is crucial for ensuring the smooth execution of the initiative’s daily operations, including scheduling, project coordination, managing internal budgets and payments, and documenting meetings.


This position plays a key role in facilitating the initiative’s efforts to advance environmental justice and climate justice across targeted communities. This is a three-year grant-funding opportunity.


About the Flourishing in Community Grantmaker

The Flourishing in Community (FIC) Grantmaker Initiative, serving as the EPA Region 2 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaker program, proposes an intersectional approach to place frontline communities in positions of power to advance environmental justice and climate justice in disadvantaged and hard-to-reach communities and communities

disproportionately impacted by climate change, pollution, and other environmental stressors in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.


The program leadership team will employ Fordham University’s infrastructure to provide grants to community-based organizations and other qualifying organizations, institutions, and agencies, prioritizing rural, remote, coastal, and urban communities, low-income communities, communities of color, and other communities and groups which historically have not had the capacity to apply for or receive federal funding for projects in this area. The FIC employs a participatory community-led governance structure and provides wraparound services including mentorship, research assistance, technical assistance, program management, and program evaluation to subgrant recipients and advances project sustainability post-award.


Essential Functions        

Manages and organizes the Co-PI and Program Officer’s calendars, including scheduling meetings, coordinating logistics for program events, and ensuring efficient time management.
Handles correspondence, prepares reports, and maintains comprehensive and organized files.
Arranges logistics for team meetings and other program-related events, including venue booking, participant coordination, and material preparation.
Takes detailed minutes during meetings and distributes summaries to relevant stakeholders to ensure effective communication and follow-up on action items.
Assists in coordinating the subgrant funding process, including application tracking, documentation, and liaison with applicants and recipients.
Supports the monitoring of subgrant projects by compiling reports, updates, and outcomes for review by the Program Officer.
Assists with the management of the initiative’s internal budget, tracking expenditures, processing payments, and preparing financial reports.
Ensures timely and accurate handling of invoices and receipts related to program activities and events.
Supports the creation and dissemination of communication materials and manages content updates for the website and social media platforms.
Helps organize and execute outreach strategies to engage potential subgrant applicants and community partners.
Assists with ensuring program and project compliance with all relevant regulations and guidelines, maintaining accurate records for audits and reviews.
Contributes to the continuous assessment and evaluation of the program by gathering feedback and data for analysis.

Essential Functions Note

This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

The University may assign additional related duties as necessary.


Required Qualifications: Education and Experience        

High school diploma or equivalent
Minimum of 2 years of experience in operations or administration in higher education, nonprofit or policy setting, experience working across a matrix

Required Qualifications: Knowledge and Skills     

Experience with software project management and tracking systems
Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.

Preferred Qualifications 

AA or BA preferred
Fluency or proficiency in a second commonly spoken language in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and/or US Virgin Islands preferred

Minimum Starting Salary: $65,000


Maximum Starting Salary: $65,000


Note: Salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, and skills.







Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its 9 colleges and schools.  It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United Kingdom. 


Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds.


Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories

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