Program Associate, GreenLight Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 12, 2020
Nov 11, 2020
Position Type
Full Time

Organization Overview 

Since its founding in 2004, GreenLight Fund has worked at the intersection of social innovation and community need. GreenLight Fund focuses on identifying the most urgent barriers to economic mobility for low-income residents in our communities and addressing them by selecting and bringing in the country’s best social innovations that have proven impact. We do this by running a process in our communities that bring together key local leaders to:

  • Identify critical, unmet needs
  • Find and bring into the community innovative, entrepreneurial social programs that can have a significant, measurable impact addressing those needs, and
  • Galvanize local support to help programs reach and sustain impact in the new city

We have successfully run this selection and importation process in our nine sites: Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco Bay Area, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Detroit, Charlotte, the Twin Cities and Kansas City. 

Collectively, portfolio organizations across our sites are reaching more than 110,000 individuals annually with proven, life-changing programs. This number is growing exponentially as we continue to add new sites and new portfolio organizations. 


To learn more about the GreenLight Fund, please visit

Position Overview 

GreenLight Fund Atlanta is seeking an entrepreneurial, organized and research-focused Associate who works independently and has a passion for equity and economic mobility for historically under-resourced communities in metro Atlanta.

The Associate must thrive in a start-up environment, be energized to build value from the ground-up and learn quickly. Must bring perspective to GreenLight’s work on complex social issues while also being a true servant-leader and consummate team member. Strong written and oral communication skills, database management and attention to detail are critical for success in this role.   

The Associate will lead and support diverse activities, ranging from research and due diligence on key local issues and prospective portfolio organizations to event management and strategic communications. This position will report to the Executive Director of GreenLight Fund Atlanta, and work collaboratively across the GreenLight Fund national network of sites.


Key Areas of Responsibility

Research and Due Diligence

  • Research current, relevant metro Atlanta social issues and priorities facing low-income and historically underserved children, youth and families   
  • Perform local landscape analysis including qualitative and quantitative market research, data evaluation and attending meetings with key stakeholders and relevant local leaders with Executive Director 
  • Conduct due diligence on prospective 501(c)(3) portfolio organizations, including financial evaluation and impact assessments 
  • Record, synthesize and produce reports and briefs based on analysis and key findings
  • Conduct broad research on trends and national context of nonprofits and social innovation
  • Maintain internal management, data and reporting systems (experience with Salesforce, Apricot and Box is a plus, but not required)  

Marketing Communications and Investor Relations

  • Collaborate with Executive Director to execute annual communications plan
  • Maintain and contribute regularly to GreenLight Fund Atlanta’s social media (twitter), and quarterly e-newsletters via Mailchimp
  • Maintain the GreenLight Fund Atlanta website pages and contribute to blog postings
  • Support execution of GreenLight Atlanta’s annual donor stewardship/investor relations plan, including investor outreach, cultivation, engagement and stewardship 
  • Conduct prospect research on potential metro Atlanta donors/investors, including individuals, corporations and foundations 
  • Lead planning and execution of annual fundraising event, showcasing our newest portfolio organization and impact 
  • Assist in writing grant proposals, requests, reports and end of year asks/payment reminders 
  • Represent GreenLight Fund Atlanta at mission-aligned community events
  • Maintain GreenLight Atlanta’s investor database in Salesforce

Operations and Administration 

  • Prepare presentations and supporting materials for all Selection Advisory Council meetings, including agendas, reports and research/diligence findings
  • Establish local office and related operations, including tracking of site expenses  
  • Work across national sites to identify effective internal practices to replicate and implement locally  
  • Assist with scheduling and follow-up of key meetings and site visits  
  • Perform data entry, including contact and file management in Salesforce
  • Maintain GreenLight Atlanta’s diligence database in Apricot; prepare and export reports on portfolio organizations as needed
  • Work in partnership with National GreenLight team members to successfully coordinate events featuring recently selected portfolio organizations
  • Manage GreenLight Atlanta interns and fellows, as needed
  • Support portfolio organizations, as needed 

Culture and More

  • Share additional talents and input for continuous improvement  
  • Assist with creating operational norms standards and building GreenLight brand locally 
  • Articulates and applies historical context of racism and understands the current reality of communities of color in order to support racial equity 
  • Actively demonstrates a commitment to supporting equity and inclusion and serves as an advocate with colleagues, partners and communities
  • Travel to two national meetings per year (hosted by a GreenLight site) and approximately three site visits per year (meetings and site visit locations will vary)
  • Bring joy, intellect and positivity to your work and the team, along with a passion for investing in change in metro Atlanta


  • Two years of experience working in metro Atlanta’s communities -- work in nonprofit or social justice-focused organization preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred
  • Deep commitment to improving the lives of residents and an understanding of urban issues facing historically underserved communities
  • Outstanding research, writing and communication skills
  • Experience using CRM databases (e.g. Salesforce, Apricot) and Microsoft Excel
  • Willingness to quickly learn and analyze data/new information
  • Independent thinker with ability to take initiative, think creatively and lead
  • Immutable belief in GreenLight Fund’s mission
  • Flexibility and a passion for serving the metro Atlanta community


To Apply 

Please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter as a single PDF attachment titled, “Last Name, First Name”, addressed to Joli Cooper, GreenLight Fund Atlanta Executive Director to the link listed.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. GreenLight Fund offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.

GreenLight Fund is committed to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion at every level of the organization. GreenLight Fund recognizes and appreciates the value of building a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive work environment. GreenLight Fund takes pride in being an equal opportunity employer regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental ability, race, region, sexual orientation or veteran status. 

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