Program assistant


The Program Assistant (PA) will provide administrative and logistical support to two Program Officers   from the BUILD department, including the Philanthropy portfolio. As such, the PA will contribute to the Foundation’s grant making and grant oversight processes, through BUILD generally and through the Philanthropy portfolio specifically, as well as support special events and projects that advance the BUILD and Philanthropy strategies.

The PA will work closely and pro-actively with colleagues on the BUILD team and across the Foundation, including our international offices, to help manage administrative workflows and to ensure smooth-running operations. The Program Assistant may work closely with grants management staff on the production and maintenance of grant information and documentation and may also participate in research and communications initiatives with senior program staff, including event coordination and implementation of special initiatives.


  • Manage calendars, including scheduling individual and group meetings and required follow-up
  • Assist with Program Officers’ work-related travel, including obtaining visas where necessary; assist with developing travel plans and logistical arrangements, including processing expense reports
  • Assist Program Officers in responding to requests for information or other documentation from internal and external sources,
  • Work alongside the Department Coordinator, serving as backup when needed and collaborating, as needed, on workflows, including, but not limited to contract management, administrative tasks and projects, such as:
    • Supporting administration of the Organizational Mapping Tool (OMT) assessment with BUILD grantees by monitoring the OMT email inbox and other tasks as needed
    • Monitoring and coordinating tasks related to contracts, such as reviewing invoices to confirm deliverables have been met, coordinating with the Legal Department for contract review, and confirming appropriate budget classification of contracts
  • Support the intake and review of grant
  • Events team proposals and the tracking and monitoring of grant relationships
  • Support event coordination, including coordinating logistics and liaising with the
  • Coordinate internal and external resources for the flawless execution and tracking of projects, ensuring on-time and on-budget delivery
  • Assist in the onboarding process for new hires/consultants/interns
  • Establish and maintain appropriate files, both physical and electronic
  • Plan and coordinate logistics for site visits and major grantee meetings
  • Undertake Internet-based research and prepare presentations and other materials (including, e.g., PowerPoint or Prezi presentations) for program staff
  • Complete baseline data analyses as needed


  • BA/BS plus a minimum of 2-3 years of relevant office experience or equivalent work experience
  • Direct experience in the nonprofit sector as a staff member, board member, or volunteer, preferably including some international experience
  • Highly functioning administrator who is proactive and able to self-manage, prioritize work assignments across departments, manage multiple deadlines, and represent the unit and the Foundation in any given environment
  • A team player with an ability to work in diverse teams with accountability and responsibility; ability to contribute to a positive, productive, open and supportive environment that motivates everyone to perform at their best
  • A clear communicator; flexible; proactive planning skills, organizational skills, and critical thinking skills; proven ability to problem solve and follow up appropriately on process and procedural issues
  • Direct experience in the nonprofit sector as a staff member, board member, or volunteer, including some international experience, is preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills; ability to manage communications tactfully and professionally with high attention to detail and accuracy
  • Demonstrated proficiency utilizing online information resources and data tools for information retrieval and data entry; experience undertaking internet-based research
  • Detailed knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and Google computer applications, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google Drive, Sheets, Docs, Slides.
  • Experience using and contributing to a formal content or document management system (for example, SharePoint); enthusiasm for learning new tools and technologies and ability to adapt to rapidly evolving applications and systems.

Alignment to the mission and culture of The cosmas Foundation

  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of equity, openness, collaboration, trust, accountability and urgency
  • Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor
  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues
  • Action-orientated and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and in teams

Salary:  Salary is based on experience and on the Foundation’s commitment to internal equity.  A generous benefits package is provided.

Events Manager


The Convening and Dining Operations team has an open position for a Manager of Event Operations to help manage the day-to-day operations, logistics, and production for the Foundation’s robust program of events. The Manager will be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of the Foundation’s event spaces while also playing a pivotal role in the logistics and production of Cosmas Foundation events. Cosmas hosts approximately 3-4 events each month; this number will expand significantly in the next year when the foundation returns to its headquarters where there will be newly renovated spaces dedicated primarily for social justice-related convenings and meetings.

The Manager reports to and partners with the Executive Producer of Events. They will work closely and daily with the foundation’s program and operations teams, third-party food service and property management vendors for events hosted by staff. The Foundation extends its space to grantees and other external organizations; the manager will also work closely with those groups to execute their events.

This position requires a customer service oriented, solutions-based, detail-oriented, energetic person with exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills, who can problem solve quickly and operate calmly in high-pressure situations and work well with people at all levels and from all backgrounds.


  • Manage and take ownership of a portfolio of events assigned by the Executive Producer of Events and oversee the operational planning and execution of those events
  • Develop logistics and production timelines with well-defined deadlines; Ensure event plan project status is effectively communicated to all teams involved.
  • Develop technical run-of-shows
  • Finalize and confirm menus, room setup, and A/V needs for all events
  • Direct and call live shows in absence of the executive producer
  • Participate in regularly scheduled meetings with executive producer, IT, facilities, office of communications and programmatic staff to seamlessly coordinate program content with event logistics
  • Serve as primary liaison for all event vendors
  • Manage budgets, contracts, and payments
  • Assist with venue selection for off-site events
  • Monitor and respond to event feedback and complaints
  • Oversee the full schedule of events taking place in the building and their requirements


  • At least 3 years of experience in event planning, production, or venue management
  • Knowledge and understanding of AV production
  • Excellent conceptual, communication, and writing skills
  • Superior ability to keep multiple projects in play and moving forward simultaneously
  • Consummate team player with a willingness to take on a variety of tasks
  • Knowledge of the latest event management tools and technology


  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of openness, trust, collaboration, equity, accountability and urgency
  • Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor
  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues
  • Action-oriented and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and in teams

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at The Cosmas Foundation, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.