Racial Equity in Journalism Fund Program Associate

Borealis Philanthropy
March 25, 2021
126 N 3RD ST STE 500, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Job Type


Program Associate

Reports to: Program Officer

Department: Programs

Employment Classification: Fulltime and Remote

Salary: $50,000-$63,000

 About Borealis Philanthropy

As a philanthropic intermediary, Borealis Philanthropy builds bridges between funders and organizers by creating opportunities for impact-driven investment in movements building a future that serves all of us.  We connect Grantmakers to organizations that share their mission. We team with philanthropy to conceive, develop, and implement grantmaking initiatives that resource the many innovative organizations within each of our respective grantmaking funds. Through our collaborative funds, we create opportunities for donors to learn from the organizers on the ground and provide resources to leaders, organizations, and movements pursuing transformational change. In partnering with philanthropy, we remove barriers to funding for grassroots organizations and invest in intersectional movement work across communities so that they have the resources they need to thrive.

Our Values 

Responsiveness, Racial Equity, Trust, People-Centered, Curiosity, Boldness


The Program Associate supports programming, administration, grantmaking, and other operational activities for program funds.  In addition, the Program Associate participates in the cultivating relationships, corresponding and fielding inquiries, and conducting research on topics for new studies, drafting proposals, and identifying potential donors/grantees, etc.?

Under clearly defined guidance and direction of a program officer, the Associate solves routine problems and maintains processes and procedures to ensure effective and efficient operation of programs and fund related projects.


The Racial Equity in Journalism Fund (REJ) was launched in 2019 at Borealis with the goal to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of news organizations led by and for people of color to provide relevant, accurate information to increase civic engagement in the communities they serve. People of color-led news organizations, in particular those led by Black, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islanders, and Indigenous people, lack the capital and multiple streams of revenue to build infrastructure and resources that ensure their longevity in the field, as well as their ongoing growth and innovation. This donor collaborative fund seeks to address the gap in capital and resources faced by these organizations.  Recognizing organizational development and technology improvements are critical for the success of people of color-led media, the Racial Equity in Journalism Fund provides both general support and capacity building resources to invest in the long-term sustainability of its grantees.


  • Provide administrative, logistics, booking accommodations, scheduling, notetaking and planning/coordination support for program projects, such as meetings, trainings, and webinars
  • Track and organize grantee applications and reports and serve as the liaison with grants management to ensure implementation of grantmaking processes
  • Assist with drafting, reviewing and organizing communications to internal and external audiences
  • Maintain and organize program files, gather analytics, and monitor program deliverables
  • Coordinate cross-functionally to administer contracts, process invoices, honorariums, etc.
  • Assist with researching and tracking updates on emerging trends in philanthropy, advocacy, policy, and other relevant program topics
  • Maintain and support the development of tools and resources for program use
  • Collaborate with team members and external constituents to support program objectives
  • Support Borealis’ culture and values; align outcomes, practices, and communications within the organization’s culture
  • Assist with special projects and other duties as assigned
  • Manage and organize Fund databases - maintain updated contact lists for donors, grantees Fund collaborative partners
  • Maintain calendar of Fund deadlines, such as reporting and proposal deadlines to donors
  • Monitor and organize database of online news and stories about Fund grantees
  • Monitoring Fund general email inbox and respond to general inquiries from potential grantees


  • High school diploma: Associates degree preferred.
  • One-year of experience administering multiple projects/programs; 3 years of experience preferred
  • High level of proficiency using systems and tools such as Salesforce, G-Suite, Asana and other project and client management tools

COMPETENCIES (Knowledge, Skills & Personal/Behavioral Attributes) 

  • Ability to organize work, manage time, and build relationships
  • Good communication, (written and verbal) and entrepreneurial skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Excellent attention to detail and commitment to quality

This job operates in a virtual office environment with occasional local and national travel.  This role routinely uses standard office equipment, and the employee is generally subjected to long periods of sitting, typing, and working at a computer. May require the ability to occasionally lift and transport items up to 25 pounds.

Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion:  Borealis is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact [[email protected]]. Borealis is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff team. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women, people with disabilities; and/or formerly incarcerated people.