Awards Management Associate

Lever for Change leverages investments in solutions to the world’s biggest problems — from racial and gender equity to climate change. By matching donors with problem solvers — through customized challenges and tailored funding opportunities — Lever for Change accelerates social change. Outstanding teams from these challenges form the Bold Solutions Network, which focuses on elevating organizations and catalyzing further funding.

Founded as a nonprofit affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2019, Lever for Change has influenced more than $800 million in awards and provided support to more than 140 organizations to date.

The Awards Management Associate will 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.

Job Description

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


  • Two years of professional experience
  • Minimum of a BA/BS
  • 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
  • Able to manage multiple tasks and projects under tight deadlines
  • Able 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
  • English fluency (spoken and written) required
  • Demonstrated competency in public speaking

This position is based in Chicago, Illinois.  At present, work is remote until March 1, 2022.


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