Additional Info:

An ideal Program Associate is a flexible, adaptable team player who is interested in working on a broad range of issues and tasks. This person will run short-term research and analysis projects, help to organize workshops, write grant proposals, and coordinate the work of our member coalitions. This position is a unique opportunity to work across Smart Growth America’s programs, and to learn about a wide array of smart growth topic areas and constituencies.

The Program Associate’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Conduct research and collect data;
  • Reach out to and organize the work of our coalition members;
  • Write memos, blog posts, and reports;
  • Assist team and program leads with accomplishing specific project objectives;
  • Make presentations to clients and external audiences;
  • Manage projects; and
  • Participate in fundraising and grants management activities as needed.

This position requires a self-starting, detail-oriented person with excellent writing, oral communication, research, and organizational skills. A degree in real estate, urban economics, planning, journalism, law, environment or other field related to community development is preferred. In addition, a successful applicant will also:

  • Enjoy working in teams;
  • Keep outstanding to-do lists;
  • Be comfortable juggling multiple assignments and managing their own time;
  • Know how to collect and analyze statistically valid data;
  • Be a whiz with Microsoft Excel;
  • Remain dedicated to delivering high-quality work; and
  • Have a personal interest in smart growth development strategies.
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS or the Adobe Design Suite a plus.

Compensation, location and time frame
Salary commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. Benefits include health insurance, 401(k), and paid vacation and sick time. This position reports to the Vice President for Economic Development.

How to apply
Please send a resume, cover letter, three references, and two short writing samples (no more than two pages each) to, with “Program Associate” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted immediately on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Equal Opportunity Employment
Equal opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Smart Growth America. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.


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