Awards Associate

Lever for Change is looking for an Awards Associate to provide a wide range of support to Lever for Change's Awards Directors and the Lever for Change team.

This is an exciting opportunity for a creative, hard-working professional to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment and to directly support the organizational strengthening and programmatic activities of a philanthropic start-up.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the sourcing and due diligence of highly effective social change organizations through competition processes including critical analysis of proposals, budgets, work-plans, strengths/weaknesses, etc.
  • Conduct qualitative research and analysis through interviews with client staff, other donors, and experts in the field
  • Execute quantitative research and analysis
  • Undertake landscape reviews to inform competition design
  • Thoughtfully develop, draft, and prepare program-related memos, reports, materials, and presentations under tight deadlines.
  • Perform financial analyses, including forward-looking financial projections
  • Prepare clear and compelling presentation materials
  • Present analyses and findings to clients

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Keep abreast of current events, developments and issues in the field of philanthropy in order to maintain a balanced and objective perspective to support grantees and top performing applicants
  • Write extensively for both internal and external purposes
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Three to five years of professional experience
  • A bachelor’s degree or related experience required
  • Mastery of basic statistics
  • Experience writing for external, non-technical audiences
  • Excellent critical thinking skills
  • Ability to access and assess  relevant research publications
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Positive “can-do” attitude and a willingness to do what is necessary to get the job done
  • Well-developed organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to follow tasks through to completion in a timely manner
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects under tight deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative and work proactively
  • Excellent and effective interpersonal skills in working with colleagues at all levels; able to use discretion and maintain confidentiality; cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work diplomatically with diverse constituencies
  • Technologically savvy
  • Demonstrated competency in public speaking

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

The work environment is an office setting.  Intermittent physical activities will include bending, reaching, sitting, and moving around the office during working hours.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a person with physical disabilities to perform the job.

The position is hybrid and based in Chicago, Illinois.

Annual starting salary for this role will start at $89,500.


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