Programs and Grants Administrator

Created in 2016 by Philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism is a unique non-profit organization whose sole mission is to build sustainable business models for local journalism.  The Institute’s goal is to transform the news industry in the digital age to ensure that high-quality local journalism remains a cornerstone of our democracy.  

Lenfest gifted to the Institute an initial endowment of $20 million and a subsequent $40 million challenge gift for investment in high-impact journalism, initiatives that serve diverse, growing audiences, and news technology and innovation.  Lenfest also gifted ownership of The Philadelphia Inquirer to the Institute.  The Inquirer is now operated as a for-profit public benefit corporation, and it serves as a live lab for the Institutes innovation efforts.  The Lenfest Institute for Journalism is part of The Philadelphia Foundation’s Special Asset’s Fund.

The Institute is seeking a Programs and Grants Administrator, who will play a key role in executing programs and grants, in ensuring a quality experience for our grantees, and in running the processes and producing the documentation necessary for the Institute to meet donors’ expectations and comply with non-profit rules and regulations.

Programs and Grants Administrator

Based in Philadelphia, the Programs and Grants Administrator will help design and execute processes to ensure our programs and grants meet expectations.  These include helping to run our Submittable grant application system, tracking grant applications, communicating with potential grantees, gathering due diligence documentation, managing the grant-review process, producing summary reports, handling grant contracts, and ensuring grant payment.   The Programs and Grants administrator will be central to the operations of the Institute. 

The Insitute runs its own programs and grants, but also does so for major national funders to aid local news in service of Democracy in Philadelphia and around the country.  The Institutes major program funders include large organizations that are interested in supporting local news projects in service of Democracy, as well as individuals.  Large donors include Google, Facebook, The Knight Foundation, The Democracy Fund, The News Integrity Initiative, the Craig Newmark Foundation, the Independence Public Media Foundation, The National Geographic Society and many others.

The Programs and Grants Administrator will also contribute to Lenfest Institute team meetings, events, activities, strategy development, program evaluation, document production, contract tracking, spending analysis, and any other work necessary to the operations of the Lenfest Institute.

Things we look for in a successful candidate:

  • An organized person willing to learn complex processes
  • Great communication and presentation skills
  • Attention to detail, and ability to manage program budgets
  • Experience with grant-making processes and procedures
  • A mission-driven person, who cares about local news, innovation and democracy
  • A person who takes initiative
  • Familiarity with the news industry is a plus

Other Information:

  • The job will be located at the Institute offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
  • Salary targeted between $45,000 and $60,000, plus or minus depending on experience
  • Health Insurance, 401k and other benefits
  • The Institute seeks qualified candidates from all backgrounds

Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected]