Program Analyst

Program Analyst

The Public Welfare Foundation, a private, national grantmaking foundation with assets of approximately $500 million based in Washington, DC, is seeking a Program Analyst.

About Us:

For over seventy years, Public Welfare Foundation has supported efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. Today, our efforts focus on catalyzing a transformative approach to justice that is community-led, restorative, and racially just through investments in criminal justice and youth justice reforms. These efforts honor the Foundation’s core values of racial equality, economic well-being and fundamental fairness for all. The Foundation uses a multidisciplinary approach in its structured grantmaking, investing in a range of policy advocacy, organizing, technical assistance and capacity building, leadership development, and piloting demonstration projects in jurisdictions across the country with a goal of supporting the implementation of an alternative vision of justice that is rooted in communities.

General Description:

The Program Analyst (PA) is responsible for working directly with and providing support to the three Program Directors leading each of the Foundation’s program areas, and to the President & CEO. Collectively, these staff members develop grantmaking strategies and then solicit, review, and recommend grants to the President & CEO and Board of Directors of the Foundation.

This is an opportunity to get on the ground-floor of implementing a new strategic framework at the Foundation. The PA works with all of the program staff “behind the scenes” to undertake background program research to support grantmaking, analyze trends, identify emerging leaders in the space, and help the foundation learn from its programs; prepare internal and external documents describing the grants; and provide substantive support for program meetings and conferences conducted by the Foundation involving grantees and other relevant stakeholders.

Program Analyst duties include:

  • Meeting with current grantees via video chat to discuss program progress or challenges.
  • Representing the Foundation at a funder briefing or meeting on emerging criminal justice issues.
  • Analyzing grant proposals/prospective grantees and presenting recommendations on proposals for potential funding.
  • Directing the planning for Foundation-sponsored events (e.g. Grantee convenings and webinars, stakeholder meetings, issue briefings, etc.).
  • Researching and presenting policy issues in target jurisdictions.
  • Writing grant proposal summaries and current grantee updates.
  • Developing key messaging points, PowerPoint presentations, issue briefs, and one-pagers for internal and external use.
  • Developing recommendations for how to measure and evaluate progress across the grantee portfolio.

Full Program Analyst Position Description

How to Apply:

Interested candidates may apply by submitting a cover letter, resume and writing sample (2-5 pages max) via email to: Please include “PWF 2020 Program Analyst” in the subject line.

Priority will be given to complete applications received by February 10, 2020.


  1. Education: College degree in a relevant field (minimum).
  2. Work experience: At least 3 years full-time work experience including facilitating meetings and/or workshops, coordinating projects, and writing for internal or external audiences preferably in the non-profit sector. Demonstrated work in juvenile justice, criminal justice, or with people directly impacted by the legal system preferred.
  3. Skills: Excellent writing, research/inquiry, and verbal communications skills are essential. Project management and ability to track multiple competing deadlines and priorities across a range of topics. Basic computer skills and literacy including word processing and spread sheets are also required.
  4. Capabilities: Excellent capacity for analysis and critical thinking, fostering teamwork, and high reliability for completing assigned work on time. Ability to work independently and across several program areas with ease and demonstrate good organizational skills, good humor, flexibility, and maturity.
  5. Conditions: Ability to travel 5% of time.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $65k- $75k with an excellent benefits package including subsidized health care and transit, 15 days annual leave, 10 sick days, 3 personal days and a generous contribution to 401k plan after 1 year. Metro accessible location.

Diversity and equal opportunity employment reflect the core values of the Public Welfare Foundation. Employment opportunities at the Public Welfare Foundation are based on individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, citizenship, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.