CFWNC is Hiring a Program Associate


The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC), founded in 1978, is a public charity with a mission to inspire philanthropy and mobilize resources to enrich lives and communities in the eighteen counties of Western North Carolina, including the Qualla Boundary. CFWNC manages charitable funds for individuals, businesses and charitable organizations and makes grants to address the region’s pressing needs and promising opportunities.

Position Description

The Program Associate provides administrative support to the Program Department, including the Vice President, Program Officers, Scholarship Officer and Grants Manager, and supports all aspects of CFWNC grantmaking and scholarship activity. This position also provides support for front desk and phone coverage. The Program Associate reports to the Vice President of Programs and is a salaried position.


• Provide administrative support for all Program Department functions, including work related to various advisory, grant and scholarship committees.

• Communicate effectively with applicants, grantees, students, committee members, nonprofit organizations, donors, fundholders and volunteers, as needed.

• Prepare correspondence, reports, presentations and meeting materials with accuracy and timeliness.

• Provide backup support in greeting visitors to the Foundation’s office, answering the Foundation's main line and directing calls accordingly.

• Schedule and coordinate Program Department meetings and events, assisting with all aspects of planning, implementation and follow-up.

• Prepare materials and record minutes for Distribution Committee meetings.

• Respond to queries regarding grants, scholarships, and Program information.

• Create and update database records and create database reports.

• Update the program, scholarship and grant-related webpages in coordination with Communications Director.

• Other duties as assigned.

This job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of the duties and responsibilities of the position; duties and responsibilities may change without notice.

Desired Experience, Skills and Knowledge

• College degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Significant office-based administrative work experience.

• Strong computer skills, including database experience and advanced Microsoft Office skills.

• Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills.

• Ability to work and think independently.

• Ability to work cooperatively with constituents and coworkers.

• Flexibility; able to adjust activities and priorities and take on new responsibilities.

• Excellent customer service and volunteer management skills.

• Commitment to quality work, continuous improvement and accountability.

• Commitment to CFWNC’s goals and mission.

• Willingness to travel within Western North Carolina.

• Desire to work in a team environment.

Physical Requirements

Ability to lift and carry objects of at least 15 pounds and up to 50 pounds in weight, occasionally lifting overhead. Ability to drive an automobile for up to three consecutive hours at a time. Job duties require approximately 85% sitting/typing and 15% standing/walking. Physical requirements will vary depending upon the specific duties to be accomplished.


Starting salary range for this position is $48,000 to $51,000. Compensation will be commensurate with skill level and experience with an annual performance and salary review. Foundation employees participate in a Paid Time Off accrual system initially equivalent to 25 days off per year, plus nine additional paid holidays, volunteer time off and paid parental/family leave. CFWNC offers participation in group health, dental, vision life insurance and retirement plans to eligible employees. Work location is primarily at CFWNC’s office; however, staff may work remotely up to four days a month.

Application Information

We encourage applications from people with diverse experience and backgrounds. CFWNC is an equal-opportunity employer. Employment opportunities at the Foundation are available to qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. All CFWNC employees are subject to a criminal background check; a criminal record is not an automatic barrier to employment and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter expressing interest and a current resume to Philip Belcher, Vice President Programs, CFWNC via by August 9th. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

CFWNC currently has two open Associate positions. If you are interested in applying for both positions, please indicate that in your cover letter.