State Policy Network

Philanthropy Roundtable

Program Associate

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Discipline: Policy
  • Contact:
  • Location: 1120 20th Street NW Suite 550S Washington, DC 20036
  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2021


The Philanthropy Roundtable is a well-established organization in the philanthropic sector, serving as a resource for hundreds of donors and foundation leaders. Its mission is to foster excellence in philanthropy, protect philanthropic freedom, and help donors advance liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility.

The Roundtable is undergoing an exciting period of change. In 2019, the board of directors approved a new strategic plan that outlines an ambitious vision to build and sustain a vibrant American philanthropic movement that strengthens our free society. A new President and CEO took the helm on June 1, 2020 and is leading the organization toward its five-year goal: to be recognized, among individual donors as well as foundations, as the leading champion of philanthropic freedom, and more widely known and utilized as a trusted resource for philanthropists seeking to advance liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility.

With this goal in mind, the organization is building a group of experienced program directors and associates to provide due diligence assessments and landscape analysis as well as support donor collaborations for those who align with and explicitly support the Roundtable’s guiding principles. This role will lead the team that provides the information necessary for donors to make the best investment decisions when allocating their philanthropic dollars. This is an exciting opportunity to inform the work of multiple donors and foundations.

Since 1991, The Philanthropy Roundtable has served individual philanthropists and foundations that are refining their philanthropic strategies to maximize the impact of their resources, as well as emerging donors and entrepreneurs who are developing their philanthropic plans. The Roundtable is the leading organization in the United States focused on promoting and defending the power of private giving and the means to create wealth to make charitable giving possible.

Job Summary

Programs Associates are part of a dynamic team committed to supporting a robust movement of donors who share our principles and want to invest their philanthropy in strengthening a free society. The ideal candidate has interest in research to support philanthropy in giving areas where liberty, opportunity and personal responsibility are core values. The idea candidate will be a strategic, self-starter who is passionate about the mission of the Roundtable and has a demonstrated interest in one of the following areas: America’s founding principles, pathways to opportunity or supporting strong communities.

Job Duties

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Support the completion of high-quality due diligence of organizations by engaging with these organizations and their programming by completing research and compiling data from various sources.
  • Complete research requests from program directors as assigned.
  • Support the production of written content, research and analysis to help share examples of philanthropic excellence through a wide variety of channels including white papers, briefings, blogs, videos, webinars, interviews, and digital items for social media.
  • Support the content elements for large- and small-scale donor convenings events.
  • Help meet the needs of Roundtable donors looking for advice and support in making well-informed investment philanthropic decisions in line with the Roundtable’s giving principles, the donor’s intent and our shared values.
  • Support the collaborative efforts of working groups for donors committed to transforming a specific sector.


  • At least 1 year of research or work experience in one or more of these subject matter areas: education, civics education, poverty, criminal justice reform, economic freedom, Constitutional rights, foreign policy or other areas relevant to advancing liberty, opportunity or personal responsibility.
  • Demonstrable experience in producing excellent written and digital content and a developed ability to deftly communicate information to those outside your field
  • Existing relationships with experts and leaders working that can be leveraged to expand the Roundtable programming and network
  • Versatility to be both a self-starter who takes initiative while also being highly collaborative, energetic and supportive team member
  • Possess strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Able to complete high-quality projects, juggle multiple projects at once, and consistently meet deadlines with enthusiasm and professionalism
  • High standard of integrity and able to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Endorses and is motived by the guiding principles, mission, and vision of the Roundtable
  • Passionate about philanthropy and its role in strengthening a free society.

Travel: Up to 10 percent of time. All travel will be domestic. 

How to apply

To apply please send cover letter, including your interest in the Roundtable’s vision, mission, guiding principles, and your salary requirement, along with a writing sample and your resume to Suzi Marchena at

Philanthropy Roundtable
Washington, DC