Insights: Work with Echidna! We are hiring a Program Associate.

Role: Program Associate

Term: Full Time

Location: San Francisco, California

Compensation: $65,000 – $75,000, commensurate with experience

Application Deadline: August 9, 2021 (applications reviewed on a rolling basis)

Target Start Date: October 15, 2021 (or sooner if available)


Echidna Giving is a private funder with one sole aim: getting more girls into better schools to live better lives. Investing in girls pays dividends for us all: what she learns in school can transform her life, her family, her community, and her nation for generations to come. That’s why we’re committed to bring quality, gender-responsive education to both girls and boys in lower-income countries. Because when all kids learn equally, our world becomes more equal, too. (Learn more at

Echidna Giving has a small but mighty team and is looking to grow. We will be deploying our grant dollars over the next 40 years or so, growing from our current $20M annual grant budget to a $100M annual grant budget in the coming years. Although we are one of the largest funders in the international education space, Echidna Giving is still a start-up in learning mode. We pride ourselves on our teamwork, our relationships, and our ability to move quickly. The Program Associate will need to be self-motivated to work independently and autonomously, flexible — including to take on unanticipated roles as required when working on a small team — and approach work with a proactive and collaborative spirit.


Echidna Giving is seeking a Program Associate to join the Echidna Giving team. S/he will report to Echidna Giving’s Managing Director and support our Managing Director and Senior Program Officer to develop and manage our grants portfolio. Currently, for this role, Echidna is expecting a hybrid model, with the majority of days in the office in San Francisco and an opportunity to work remotely up to 2 days a week.


Grant Management (50%)

  • Help source new grants by conducting organizational landscaping, researching and writing organizational profiles, etc.
  • Support grant due diligence — review and comment on proposals, review financial statements, conduct reference checks, etc.
  • Read, summarize, and comment on grant reports
  • Document grantee meetings and follow-up steps
  • Draft grantee communications
  • Prepare grant summaries
  • Develop materials and slides for Echidna Giving board meetings

Research and Communications (25%):

  • Track developments in the field and summarize key reports for the team
  • Conduct relevant research related to strategy development
  • Manage and grow Echidna Giving’s social media presence

Meetings, travel, and events (25%):

  • Prepare background materials and briefing documents for travel
  • Compile background materials for advisory panel meetings, grantee meetings, and other Echidna Giving events
  • Support in travel preparations and meeting scheduling


  • 5+ years of experience in the philanthropic or nonprofit sector
  • Degree or experience in international education preferred
  • Experience working and/or living in low and/or middle income countries; ability to work effectively across cultures, languages and country contexts
  • Willing and able to travel internationally up to 20% time
  • Analytical, strategic, pays attention to detail, good organizational skills, ability to reprioritize, collaborative approach to work
  • Work collaboratively, building relationships, trust, and credibility with members of a team, management and external stakeholders
  • Ability to take specific direction when necessary, along with a high level of independent judgment and initiative. Ability to anticipate needs and creatively address problems with appropriate, timely solutions
  • Open to feedback from interested parties as a way to improve the effectiveness of your work and strengthen Echidna Giving’s impact
  • Database experience and ability to learn new systems quickly; experience in SmartSimple a plus
  • Strong computer skills; experience with G-suite preferred
  • Ability to proactively manage workflow to meet deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Foreign language skills a plus
  • Candidates that are flexible, mature, have a sense of humor and an ability to work with a team of varying backgrounds and styles will have the greatest success at Echidna Giving 
  • Ability to work from the San Francisco office


If you or someone you know might be a good fit for the above needs, please send an introductory email and your resume to with the subject line: Program Associate.

Echidna Giving is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse pool of candidates in this search.