Research Associate

Hiring Organization: 
Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation
City and State: 
New York, New York

Position Description

This position, which reports to the Executive Director, will support all of the Foundation’s grantmaking. The Research Associate will investigate issues of interest to the Foundation, perform due diligence on potential grantees, prepare background memos and reports for the Board of Trustees, and communicate regularly with the partners, grantees and Trustees of the Foundation.

Located in a small office environment with an Executive Director and Grants Administrator, the Foundation seeks a hands-on, detail-oriented, self-motivated person who is able to effectively contribute to the Foundation’s grant making process. Excellent writing and communication skills are required. The Research Associate will work closely with other members of the team to review incoming letters of interest and grant applications, research and report on the performance of grantees and potential grantee organizations, review work plans and budgets, and investigate new investment opportunities. The Research Associate will also assist with other administrative functions, and help to deploy strategies to optimize the grants administration process.


  • Researching and reporting on issues and organizations the Foundation is interested in
  • Reporting on the progress of active grants
  • Communicating effectively with Trustees, grantees, grant seekers, and other staff
  • Collaborate with staff on improving the grant making process
  • Working with the Grants Administrator to ensure that all data has been appropriately logged in the database
  • Designing and pulling reports from the grants database
  • Contributing content to the Foundation’s website:
  • Assisting with Board meeting preparation and follow-up

Qualifications & Experience Required

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Ability to research, analyze, and report clearly and concisely
  • Excellent computer skills, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Empathy, humility, patience, and a sense of humor
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • A motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and productively
  • Experience with database management is a plus
  • Experience/interest in impact investing is a plus
  • Some office experience, preferably in a nonprofit or foundation environment, is a plus
  • This is an entry-level position

This position is available on July 1, 2019. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with a candidate’s experience. Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter as a single PDF to describing their specific qualifications by Friday, June 28, at 5 p.m. Please include 'Research Associate - YOUR NAME' in the subject line. References must be made available upon request. Only applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.

About the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation

The Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation was established by Irving Goldman in 1984. The Foundation’s mission is to make a measurable difference, of lasting value, on important issues affecting the fundamental quality of human lives. Presently, the Foundation is seeking to achieve its mission by:

  1. providing resources to important areas of need;
  2. building the capacity of organizations with the potential to have a lasting impact on people’s lives;
  3. providing seed grants for specific initiatives in order for them to flourish;
  4. strategically addressing the root causes of important societal issues. 

With grants totaling just over $11 million in 2018, the Foundation currently focuses on four key areas: Jewish continuity (through environmental engagement, innovative communities, youth leadership, synagogue renewal and spiritual growth); connections between sustainable local agriculture and food and nutrition in public schools; medical education; and breast cancer eradication. Apart from one major funding commitment in Israel, the majority of the Foundation’s funding to date has been allocated in the New York metropolitan area, but our work is not limited.

How to Apply: 
Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter as a single PDF to describing their specific qualifications by Friday, June 28, at 5 p.m. Please include 'Research Associate - YOUR NAME' in the subject line.
Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 28, at 5 p.m.
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