Position Title: Program Associate, U.S. Programs, Community Development
Location: Little Rock, AR
Department: U.S. Programs
Reports To: Program Officer, U.S. Programs
The Program Associate will support the implementation of community and economic development projects and new business development within the U.S. Programs group.
The Program Associate position is integral to the performance of our projects. The Program Associate will support project implementation and coordination of community and economic development projects and new business development within the U.S. Programs group.
Responsibilities include administrative support such as coordinating activities of on-going projects, including monitoring project activities daily, assisting with tracking financial and technical reports, coordinating new business activities, and writing sections of proposals.
Major Responsibilities: Support the Program Officer and Senior Director to implement community and economic development
• Serve as project coordinator for community and economic development projects. This will include processing invoices; provide outreach to beneficiaries; organizing project logistics; coordinating event logistics; coordinating and scheduling meetings with partners and
beneficiaries; supporting staff and subcontractors as needed and managing project files.
• Support the implementation of community and economic development projects by providing direct technical assistance to beneficiaries and/or coordinating outside consultants and subcontractors as required to deliver services to Winrock clients and beneficiaries.
• Track and monitor assigned projects to ensure deliverable and performance requirements are met in a timely and compliant fashion.
• Support the evaluation and monitoring of community development projects. This will include collaborating in data collection, organizing data as needed, and supporting the analysis of project data.
• Support dissemination of project information through website and social media postings.
• Assist in recruiting and managing consultants/subcontractors and purchase orders (draft scopes of work, develop contracts, and manage expense reimbursements and deliverable submission as needed).
• Maintain systems and information for tracking select projects such as donor requirements, project deliverables, project ending dates and project disbursement dates.
• Assist in the preparation of work plans, quarterly and annual reports to funders.
• Conduct research on a range of technical topics, including community development, economic development, rural communities, other support programs, potential new project partners, proposal development, and general communications/marketing of project successes, as
assigned by Program Officers and/or Senior Director, U.S. Programs.
• Gather and compile best practices, success stories, and lessons learned.
• Assist in project start-up and close-out procedures.
• The responsibilities of this role are subject to modifications as required consistent with the achievements of project objectives.
Support U.S. Programs’ new business:
• Serve in the role of Proposal Coordinator, assisting the Proposal Lead in setting deadlines, coordinating tasks, facilitating adherence to the proposal schedule, coordinating, and revising partner inputs, and supporting proposal production and delivery.
• Serve in the role of Budget Coordinator, working with Proposal Lead to develop and finalize the proposal budget and cost documents.
• Write and compile capability statements, CVs, and other non-technical proposal components.
• Coordinate new business operations, including new business meetings (including taking and circulating notes, preparing relevant materials, and organizing logistics); preparing proposal preparation budgets; coordinating approvals, consultant hiring and payment, and travel.
Other new business research/operational assistance, as needed.
• Other Assigned Duties/Tasks
• Represent Winrock at local, regional, and national external events.
• Build and maintain relationships with internal and external audiences.
Education: Associate degree required. Additional certifications in community and economic development or a master’s degree in a relevant field preferred.
• Minimum of one year of experience in supporting projects with a focus on community and economic development and monitoring and evaluation processes.
• Demonstrated commitment to relevant technical issues and project areas is essential.
• Knowledge of and experience in rural community and economic development in Arkansas and
the southern U.S. is a plus.
• Basic financial analysis or budget management experience preferred.
• Knowledge of community and economic development, entrepreneurial agricultural issues and
resources within Arkansas and the Mid-south.
• Demonstrated skills in project planning and budgeting.
• Ability to always demonstrate the highest level of ethical standards, ability to multi-task
and juggle competing priorities while ensuring quality output.
• Demonstrated strong analytical capability and problem-solving skills required.
• Highly organized and able to prioritize tasks.
• Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks.
• Must be a team player with good interpersonal skills and a high degree of diplomacy and tact.
• Working knowledge of U.S. Government and state funder rules and regulations is a plus.
• Must conform to Winrock International’s Code of Conduct, policies, and procedures.
• Must not require sponsorship to work in the U.S.
• Demonstrated professional written and oral skills required.
Computer/ Technical Skills: Proficiency in institutionally supported software, Microsoft Office Suite,
including high proficiency in Excel, required.
Language: Proficient in English.
Required Travel: Ability to travel 25%, post COVID-19 restrictions.
Position-Specific Skills: High attention to detail working in a fast-paced environment.
Physical Demands: Standard office work environment.
Winrock offers competitive pay and an excellent benefits package.
Winrock is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and value diversity and inclusiveness. Winrock recruits, employs, trains, promotes and compensates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law.
At Winrock we have a clear mission: Empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources through unwavering dedication to accountability, equity, innovation, integrity and transformation.
Winrock knows that its success comes from the hard work and steadfast dedication of its diverse workforce. Winrock remains committed to maintaining diversity, inclusion and equity across the entire organization