Research Associate

Funders Concerned About AIDS
May 30, 2024
Remote, United States of America
Job Type


Do you want to….

  • Join a small-but-mighty team of experienced, collaborative, and low-drama colleagues?
  • Work with a network of committed HIV, healthcare, and human rights donors around the world?
  • Organize intersectional programming to support sexual and reproductive health, LGBTQ and gender justice, and HIV-related philanthropy?

If so, please apply to join our team at Funders Concerned About AIDS! 

About FCAA: Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) is a philanthropy-serving organization (PSO) formed by a network of funders in 1987 to take bold actions and push philanthropy to respond to HIV and AIDS. FCAA’s mission is to inform, connect and support philanthropy to mobilize resources to end the global HIV pandemic and build the social, political, and economic commitments necessary to attain health, human rights, and justice for all.++As a global network of funders, FCAA welcomes diverse perspectives, facilitates open communication and debate, and promotes racial and gender equity and all human rights. FCAA’s 14-member Board of Directors are currently based in five countries: France, Kenya, the Netherlands, the UK, and the United States. FCAA currently lists more than 50 grantmaking institutions as members that collectively accounted for half of total HIV-related grantmaking in 2021. FCAA also works with many other philanthropy-serving organizations to inform, connect, and support philanthropy on intersecting issues. The funders that lead and participate in FCAA have extensive experience, perspective, and commitment in responding to pandemics and the consequences for marginalized and inadequately served populations. This is where we come from: It is what informs us, connects us, and motivates our collective energy and philanthropic advocacy.

Overview of the Position:  For close to 40 years, FCAA has served as the preeminent source of information and expertise on the field of HIV-related philanthropy. Through its signature resource tracking publication – Philanthropic Support to Address HIV and AIDS - FCAA has documented trends in the philanthropic response.The Research Associate will play an essential role in increasing the organization’s capacity for research and analysis in support of FCAA’s signature resource tracking efforts.This effort is critical to help FCAA to transform philanthropic practices, and  move resources that effectively support communities impacted by HIV globally.

Research Duties:

  • Support data collection outreach to members and prospective funding organizations, engaging via email and communicating importance of data submission for FCAA’s annual Resource Tracking report.
  • Support research on HIV-related philanthropic funding, including qualitative coding of grants, analysis of funding trends, and gathering supportive data for the writing of FCAA’s annual report and other research efforts.
  • Implement additional data-related research projects, such as collecting EINs, demographics, or addresses for grantee organizations; conducting research on funding flows and gaps for communities globally; or contacting organizations to bolster research/acquire additional data.
    • Conduct research on, track outreach to, and cultivate relationships with HIV-related funders to encourage participation in FCAA’s membership and resource tracking efforts.
    • Support the development and coordination of Resource Tracking Advisory Group.
  • Provide general upkeep of records in Salesforce and clean, prepare, and import datasets into Salesforce.
  • Help ensure data integrity across programs, communications, development and research activities - vet and update account/contract information, groups, committees, and mailing lists, etc.
  • Participate in United Philanthropy Forum’s Knowledge Management Collaborative working group for Drupal/Salesforce users, including attending weekly virtual office hours and one in-person meeting per year at the Forum’s annual conference for professional development and learning opportunities.
  • Research, learn, and work with integrated Salesforce apps to build reports, update fields, create documents, and manage duplicates
  • Assist with periodic upgrades of FCAA’s Drupal/Salesforce system

This position will also include roughly 10% of other cross-functional duties as assigned, which may include administrative and program support.

Qualifications: At FCAA, we know that everyone has different skills, training, and life experiences to bring to the job. Below, you’ll see our “wish list” for this role. If you think your background makes you uniquely qualified for this role, but you are missing some of the skills requested, please consider applying anyway and include in your cover letter what support or training you might need to be successful. Required skills include:

  • Technical savvy with strong aptitude for learning and adapting to new technology.
  • Written and oral fluency in English (additional language fluency is a plus).
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with CRM databases and web platforms (ideally Salesforce with Drupal), MS Office (especially Excel and Outlook), and G-suite/Google Workspace.
  • Substantial experience working with large datasets in Excel and other databases.
  • Organized and detailed-oriented, with the ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects and deadlines while advancing long-term organizational goals.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively as part of a small and motivated team.
  • Interest in at least one domain central to FCAA’s work, including but not limited to HIV, health and human services, LGBTQ rights, human rights, etc.
  • Ability to bring joy, humor, and positivity in the face of challenges.
  • Minimum of 3 years of equivalent experience, including volunteer experience.

Preferred skills and experience include:

  • Strong Salesforce experience, certification a plus.
  • Work or lived experience within the HIV sector.
  • Experience in philanthropy or nonprofit fields.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with the ability to synthesize ideas in a succinct and compelling manner.
  • Proficiency and experience with WordPress, Mail Chimp, Asana, Slack, Zoom, Drupal,  and other emerging technologies.

Work Environment: This role is 100% remote to the continental US, working collaboratively with staff in U.S. Central, U.S. Eastern, and Central European Time Zones. Staff work a 40-hour week, typically between 9am-5pm Eastern time; however, significant flexibility is possible as needed for employees’ personal needs and family duties. Employees work from home and receive a monthly stipend of $125 to support internet and cell phone coverage. All staff also receive a laptop and other equipment as required for their position.This position may include opportunities for both U.S. domestic and international travel. A valid passport is strongly recommended.The health and safety of our colleagues and members is encouraged; FCAA strongly encourages up-to-date COVID and flu vaccinations for its staff.

Compensation and Benefits: The salary is $50-55,000, depending on experience. Excellent benefits, including full medical (United HealthCare) and dental (SunLife), retirement plan contributions (starting in the six month of employment), and a generous vacation schedule. FCAA also provides six weeks of paid parental leave, and the option to use additional short term disability for up to a total of three months.

Application instructions & Timeline: To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume online.  We are unable to accept phone inquiries. Only applicants invited for interviews will be contacted. The interview will be a 2-3 step process, including a skill exercise to vet your comfort with the type of work you’ll experience in this role. FCAA will be accepting applications through the end of June, with the goal of initiating interviews in mid July, with an anticipated start date in early August.

FCAA prioritizes equity, diversity, and inclusion, and welcomes applicants of diverse race, ethnic