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Program Associate, Environment

Title: Program Associate, Environment 
Location: Virtual and in-office (650 Fifth Ave., 19th floor, New York, NY) 
Reports to: Program Officer, Environment
FLSA: Full-Time - Exempt 

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties. The Environment Program’s mission is to ensure a thriving, resilient environment for wildlife and people and foster an inclusive, effective conservation movement. The Environment Program is evolving its work to focus at the intersections of nature, climate change and equity, and will be supporting conservation efforts that lead to positive outcomes for biodiversity, climate and communities.


The Program Associate for the Environment Program (EP) works collaboratively with a three-person team responsible for over $15M in grantmaking annually. The Program Associate is responsible for advancing important functions of the program, including managing and overseeing administrative, budgeting, communications and grants management matters. The Program Associate is responsible for certain programmatic duties, requiring basic knowledge of environmental issues, particularly those related to land, water and wildlife conservation, land-based climate mitigation and adaptation, and/or racial and socioeconomic inequities related to land and conservation.

  • Provide administrative support for the EP team.
  • Coordinate travel, meetings and logistics for EP staff and events.
  • Prepare memos, draft contracts and manage electronic files.
  • Coordinate budget and accounting processes for EP staff, including purchasing.
  • Draft and edit content for grantee and foundation communications.
  • Collaborate with EP staff to manage tasks, projects and timelines for the portfolio of active grants.
  • Coordinate the grant application process and draft grant agreements.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with grant selection committees, potential applicants and grantees.
  • Research and report on topics relevant to the EP’s work.

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in an environmental field;
  • An understanding of and interest in environmental issues, particularly those related to land, water and wildlife conservation, land-based climate mitigation and adaptation, and/or racial and socioeconomic inequities related to land and conservation;
  • 2+ years’ work experience in a related field managing projects and supporting other staff members;
  • Strong computer and Internet skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office; training will be provided on other foundation platforms (communications, budgeting, grants management);
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated success managing multiple projects and priorities;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proven ability to think critically and to perform quantitative/qualitative data analysis; 
  • Ability to collaborate and take initiative to further the goals of the program;
  • Committed to engaging in the foundation’s efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion, and an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a racially/ethnically diverse environment;
  • Flexibility to operate in a virtual and physical office environment, as the work requires.

As a condition of employment, new hires are required to be up to date with an FDA authorized vaccination against COVID-19, including booster; proof of vaccination series and booster will be required upon beginning employment.  Reasonable accommodation for legally required exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case-basis in accordance with applicable law.

  • Medical and dental benefits with limited employee contributions for qualifying employees.
  • Paid holidays.
  • 4 weeks paid vacation
  • Flexible schedule.
  • Tuition reimbursement (up to $5,250.00 per calendar year)
  • 401(k) plan with employer contribution equal to 15% of base pay.


Send resume with cover letter to Include your last name, followed by "Program Associate - Environment" in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until filled. No phone calls or in-person applications, please.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and workplace culture. We provide equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, military or veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law; and we strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.