Job was posted on:
May 13, 2022

Associate, Common Ground USA

Washington DC, USA


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Team Summary
Common Ground USA (CG-USA) is Search for Common Ground's most significant investment in supporting a self-sustaining peaceful and inclusive democracy in the United States. Informed by lessons learned as the world's largest and oldest peacebuilding-dedicated organization, CG-USA aims to strengthen collective resilience against political, hate-based, and extremist violence in America, while fostering the conditions for a more inclusive, equitable, and peaceful society.
We are recruiting for a dynamic, highly-motivated, and diverse team of individuals aimed to work across divides to generate locally-rooted, responsive, and sustainable win-win solutions to some of the nation's most seemingly intractable issues. The Program Associate will play an integral role in the business development and program management processes of CG-USA.


  • Supports the “capture” process (developing partnerships, capture planning)
  • Supports the development of winning bids, drafting proposals, and concept notes
  • Supports the creation and implementation of program development strategies
  • Supports the team knowledge management (e.g. maintaining contact databases and ensuring the consistent online filing of documents

Grants Management

  • Supports the upkeep of grants management tracking tools, such as reporting trackers and start-up and close-out trackers for ongoing CG-USA projects
  • Supports the drafting of high-quality donor reports in compliance with donor requirements and CG-USA quality standards


  • Support meeting logistics and staff travel planning
  • Represent CG-USA at external events and conference
  • Perform other supportive, administrative, and minor team management duties as needed


  • Business intelligence: Researches and monitors donors. Analyzes funding opportunities. Ensure internal record-keeping
  • Positioning and donor relations: Represents CG-USA in line with positioning efforts. Produces marketing and communication materials
  • Partnerships: Supports partnership discussions. Conducts partner analysis. Ensure knowledge management
  • Go/No-Go Decisions: Conducts background research, including competitor analysis
  • Capture Planning: Conducts desk reviews. Assembles pre-proposal material. Supports delivery of capture strategy
  • Program Design: Provides input and support. Develops background materials
  • Proposal Development: Drafts specific sections of proposals or concept notes. Lead-writes supporting material development
  • Reporting: Drafts project narrative reports. Compiles project success stories.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Engages and communicates effectively across functions and across teams.
  • Participates in external meetings.
  • Builds relationships and engages effectively with collaborators.
  • Uses resiliency and exhibits flexibility and adaptability to changing tasks and team priorities.
  • With oversight by the supervisor, writes technical sections for team documents, briefing materials, and presentations.
  • Works across functions from a multicultural perspective that reflects consideration of other cultures, other viewpoints, and other ways of doing things.
  • Sensitively recognizes ethical situations.
  • Focuses on the key objectives of a task or project.
  • Creates accurate, organized, and timely work.
  • Is resourceful with time management and technology to prioritize tasks with limited supervision.
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