Program Assistant, Schusterman Fellowship

Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies | Washington, DC, United States

Posted Date 1/12/2022


Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies (Schusterman) strives for a future in with the United States and Israel live up to their ideals and achieve more just and inclusive societies.  We work to advance racial, gender and economic equity in the U.S., as well as to foster a more joyful and diverse Jewish community. In Israel, we work toward a secure homeland for the Jewish people, a thriving democracy and an inclusive society that cares for its most vulnerable. We aim to drive and support long-term systemic change through investments in leaders, organizations and U.S. public policy.


Our culture is built on a foundation of principles that guide our attitudes, behaviors and interactions in the workplace. We look for people to join our team who are trustworthy, excellent, risk-takers – and who are committed to equity. Team members who are trustworthy look to build connections with others, are open to feedback and cultivate a culture of caring and respect. We strive for excellence by driving toward measurable results and consistently growing our knowledge and skills for maximum impact. We look to take risks by demonstrating curiosity and finding new, innovative ways of working. We strive to create a work environment rooted in equity where all members of our team feel a sense of belonging, are treated fairly and have the ability to have to use their voices to effectively advance our mission. 


The Program Assistant (PA) is a member of the Schusterman Fellowship team which is part of the larger U.S. Jewish Grantmaking Team, based out of Schusterman’s Washington, DC office. The PA will have the opportunity to support the implementation of strategic initiatives related to talent and leadership. The PA will help operate Schusterman’s flagship leadership development program, the Schusterman Fellowship and Senior Fellows (alumni) experience – programs designed to develop and retain exceptional professional and volunteer talent in the Jewish nonprofit sector. 


Fellowship Program Support and Administration (60%) 

Outcome: The Program Assistant will support the Program Associate, Senior Program Officer and Director in implementing all aspects of the Fellowship program, ensuring efficient administrative processes and providing excellent support to Fellows. 

  • Create and manage project timelines for major initiatives such as Schusterman Fellowship gatherings and recruitment processes, keeping the Schusterman Fellowship team accountable to moving forward. 
  • Provide administrative support, including tasks like updating contact information in our database and processing payments for Schusterman Fellows' leadership development pursuits. 
  • Serve as liaison between Fellowship team and technology team, ensuring the program’s technology needs are communicated and met. 
  • Draft Schusterman Fellowship emails, newsletters and website communications related to the ongoing implementation of the program. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Schusterman Fellowship program participants, coaches, facilitators and grantee partners.
  • Match Schusterman Fellows with executive coaches from our coaching pool who will support them through their leadership development journey. 
  • Support Schusterman Fellows through the leadership assessment process whereby they are seeking feedback from colleagues, supervisors and direct reports. 
  • Help Schusterman Fellows make matches between their leadership development goals and leadership providers on our preferred provider list, identify, research new partner providers, and maintain the list. 

Team Learning and Support (30%) 

Outcome: The Program Assistant will support the Fellowship team’s posture as a group of “relentless learners,” contributing to the team’s ongoing learning and strategy development. 

  • Adapt our standard surveys to evaluate satisfaction with Schusterman Fellowship gatherings and impact of gatherings on Schusterman Fellows' leadership growth; analyze survey results, making recommendations about program changes based on feedback.? 
  • Contribute to monthly strategy discussions regarding the program.
  • Attend relevant external events (e.g., convenings, webinars) and provide takeaways and analyses as relevant to team learning.
  • Apply a Racial Equity, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion [REDI] lens to all aspects of the work.
  • Promote Schusterman’s values of collaboration, humility, equity, impact and optimism, and contribute to a culture of trust, excellence and risk-taking with the Schusterman Fellowship team. 

Other Duties as Assigned (10%) 

Outcome: The Program Assistant will support the Fellowship team and the broader Schusterman team with other projects and initiatives as they arise.  


  • Builds productive relationships with colleagues across the organization. 
  • Demonstrates a commitment to racial equity, diversity and inclusion. 
  • Demonstrates willingness to learn and adapt. 
  • Simultaneously manages multiple tasks effectively and efficiently.
  • Consistently demonstrates a high level of attention to detail. 
  • Demonstrates clear and proactive communication in relation to both projects and people. 
  • Demonstrates excellent judgment. 


The following qualifications are representative of the high level of demonstrated skills, maturity, judgment and ability to work with a wide range of constituencies required of Schusterman employees: 

  • Minimum of 1 year of previous relevant experience. 
  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience.
  • Previous experience with Jewish community nonprofit and/or philanthropy sector a plus.
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills necessary to develop cooperative and effective working relationships with supervisory personnel, co-workers, colleagues, current grantees, vendors, facilitators and Fellows. 
  • Analytical and research abilities necessary to use data to assist with development of strategic decisions. 
  • Proven skill and comfort in prioritizing, multi-tasking and efficiently delivering high-quality work product. 
  • Experience, college and/or internship, with program or project management. 
  • PC skills (with proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint), as well as a thorough knowledge and comfort of basic web skills required. Experience with Salesforce a plus. 
  • Ability to travel up to 2% domestically and up to 2% internationally. 


Competitive salary band of $65,000 - $75,000 based on experience and on Schusterman’s commitment to internal equity. A strong benefits package is also included. Schusterman encourages ongoing professional development and supports activities aligned with one’s individual career growth plan. Schusterman does not cover relocation expenses for this position. 


Interested Candidates should visit to complete an Application.


Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Schusterman promotes diversity and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religious creed, disability, genetic information, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Salary65000.00 - 75000.00 Annual
Full Time
Administrative Support | Engagement | Fellowship | Philanthropy
Organization Type
401(k) or 403(b) plans | Auto Allowance | dental | FSA | Life Insurance | medical | Paid Holidays | paid vacation | parental leave | vision
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