Goldman Environmental Foundation
Program Associate – Prize Alumni Relations
San Francisco, CA
About the Organization:
The Goldman Environmental Foundation was established by Richard & Rhoda Goldman in 1989 to honor
and inspire grassroots environmental activism around the world. The Foundation administers the
Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s largest prize for grassroots environmental leaders. The Prize
is awarded each year to environmental heroes from six geographic regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands
& Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America. The Prize is presented at ceremonies
each April in San Francisco and Washington, DC.
The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural
environment, often at great personal risk. Each winner receives a significant and unrestricted cash
award, international recognition that enhances their credibility, and worldwide visibility for the issues
that they champion. The Goldman Prize views grassroots leaders as those creating positive change
through community or citizen participation in the issues that affect them. By putting a spotlight on these
individual leaders, the Prize seeks to inspire ordinary people to take extraordinary actions to protect the
For more information, please visit http://www.goldmanprize.org/.
Program Associate – Prize Alumni Relations
The Goldman Environmental Foundation (GEF) seeks a Program Associate to play a crucial role
interacting with past Prize winners. GEF’s alumni relations programs provide guidance and assistance to
the winners and the Program Associate will work at the heart of this effort to support this extraordinary
group of grassroots activists.
The Program Associate will play a leading role in maintaining close relations with Goldman Prize winners
to help ensure their safety and security, make them aware of networking opportunities supported by
the Foundation, and offer them periodic opportunities to apply for grants in support of their work. This
position requires an organized, outgoing, and highly personable individual who is capable of engaging
comfortably in a variety of tasks—from logistics to external relations—with people from all walks of life
and all corners of the globe.
Working in collaboration with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, and Program Officers, the
Program Associate will focus in three areas:
1. Defense of Prize Winners: The Program Associate will communicate regularly with Prize winners
to maintain awareness about threats to their safety resulting from their environmental work
and build stronger relationships with winners so they will alert GEF if new threats arise. After
identifying Prize Winners at risk, the Program Associate will assist the Program Officers and
senior staff in providing appropriate support to enhance winners’ safety and security.
2. Networking Program: The Program Associate will work closely with the Deputy Director to
develop, implement, and coordinate individual and group networking opportunities for Prize
winners. In doing so, the Program Associate will coordinate with GEF’s communications staff to
share Prize Winner updates for possible publication in the Foundation newsletter and on social
3. Grantmaking Program: The Program Associate will oversee all aspects of the grants program,
from soliciting proposals from Prize winners to managing grant disbursement through GEF’s
Donor Advised Fund.
The Program Associate will report to the Deputy Director.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Program Associate will perform the following and other duties as assigned:
Defense of Prize Winners
• Solicit and respond to Prize winners’ assessment of risk or hardship, including physical, professional, and digital concerns.
• Administratively support expert-conducted risk assessments and interventions for both past and current Prize winners.
• With the program staff and the Deputy Director, work with security experts to continually develop and coordinate the risk
assessment and intervention processes.
Alumni Engagement and Networking Support
• Under the guidance of the Deputy Director, manage existing alumni network tools (including
Google Listserv); develop and implement new tools for past Prize winners to share information,
contacts, updates, etc.
• Maintain Salesforce database with Prize winner communications, contact information, and status.
• As co-primary Salesforce administrator, train other staff in the use of Salesforce as needed.
• In close collaboration with the communications team, actively solicit, share, and track Prize
winner updates through social media and other tools.
• Share pertinent and timely information with Prize winners regarding GEF initiatives and
programs and external opportunities.
• Assist in event planning and sponsorship activities; research and communicate new
opportunities for group and individual Prize winner networking.
• Stay informed on major domestic and international environmental issues and news.
• Correspond with Prize winners about the grantmaking program; distribute program information,
respond to questions, and request proposals.
• Manage grant proposal review, including researching and writing proposal summaries.
• Prepare grant recommendation dockets for review by the Next Generation Advisory Committee
and the Board of Directors; facilitate grant proposal review and approval process.
• Liaise with Donor Advised Fund personnel to vet, approve, and manage grant payments.
• Coordinate and maintain annual internal timeline of grantmaking cycle and process.
• With the Executive Director, review and update the grants process as needed.
Prize Winner Selection, Tour Planning, and Logistics
• Participate in review and discussion of Prize nominees and selection of candidates.
• With full staff, edit and format docket write-ups of candidates for clarity and consistency.
• Support program officers to organize the Prize winner tour, including maintenance of the web-based itinerary for both tours (San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC), and contributing to the creation of pre-tour memoranda for Prize winners regarding tour events, itinerary, and logistics.
• Coordinate and staff meetings for Prize winners with NGOs and other relevant stakeholders, as requested.
• Staff hotel in San Francisco to provide Prize winners with on-site assistance.
• Provide translation/interpretation assistance for Prize winners as necessary.
Skills and Experience
The desired applicant possesses the following:
• 3+ years of professional experience, preferably in a nonprofit/environmental organization
• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
• Fluency in Spanish (written and verbal) required, additional language skills desirable
• Experience with grantmaking, events management, and/or membership relations desirable
• Strong research, writing, and editing skills
• Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
• Effective, clear, and positive communication skills
• Knowledge of current international environmental issues
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google calendar, and Salesforce programs
The following personal attributes are desired:
• Dedication to the mission of the Prize
• Comfort working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and locations
• A personable, flexible, tenacious, diplomatic, and respectful demeanor
• A collaborative work style and desire to be a team player
• High energy level, impeccable integrity, entrepreneurial spirit, and a sense of humor
Compensation and Location
Goldman Environmental Foundation offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. This position will be located in San Francisco, California.
CEA Recruiting is assisting Goldman Environmental Foundation with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements through CEA’s job portal. Please direct all applications and inquiries to CEA Recruiting.
This position will remain open until filled.
The Goldman Environmental Foundation is equal opportunity employer.
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