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Program Assistant (temporary)

Capitol Impact has an immediate opening for an entry-level Program Assistant who will be responsible for supporting administration and operations associated with a variety of public policy projects and programs, including the Linked Learning Alliance. Capitol Impact is a Sacramento-based firm specializing in policy development, capacity building, and project management and implementation.

This is a half-time, temporary position, through July 2017 with the possibility of extension.

Program Assistants support a variety of policy, programmatic, project, operational, or other work on teams within the firm.

Principal responsibilities:

  • Serve as Assistant to the President for the Linked Learning Alliance, with responsibility for dynamic scheduling of the President's complex and highly sensitive calendar as well as expense tracking, travel and meeting logistics, and related duties.
  • Provide administrative support for the day-to-day implementation of multiple Capitol Impact projects as part of the reception team.
  • Assist with coordination of governance activities for the Linked Learning Alliance, including meeting and event arrangements, executive search support, and board meeting preparation and minutes.
  • Build strong working relationships and effective communication with partner organizations, advisory committees, key leaders, and officials.
  • Manage reports and compliance in accordance with contract, grant, and regulatory requirements.
  • Build, manage, and use data bases.
  • Produce, design, and compile reports, fact sheets, presentations, briefing books, and other creative materials.
  • Maintain currency in relevant news media, blogs, and other sources for public discourse.
  • Work as part of a team, and act in a backup capacity to the firm’s staff in a variety of settings.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Competency and experience using the suite of Microsoft Office tools, including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be a self-starter, able to work independently and with a diverse team.
  • Must demonstrate goal-oriented work ethic and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle numerous tasks concurrently and adapt to a fast-paced environment.
  • Adept at developing and implementing diverse programs across multiple projects.
  • Ability to lead and work as part of a diverse team.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • An Associate, Bachelor's, or other degree.
  • Experience managing an executive's complex calendar and a variety of competing requests for meetings, speeches, appointments, and events.
  • Experience using Microsoft Project or an equivalent project management tool and/or strong skills in databases, charting/graphics, and presentation software
  • Policy content knowledge and/or experience in education and workforce development, and an understanding of Linked Learning.

We have found that these criteria are strongly related to success in positions like this at our organization. If you believe your talent is the perfect match for this job at an extraordinary level but are missing one or two of these requirements, you may attach one piece of highly creative evidence or demonstration to your online application. Whether you include a video, a presentation, a dance routine, or any other demonstration is entirely up to you.


$36,000 - 45,000 annual full-time equivalent (i.e. $1,500 to $1,800 per month at entry-level for this half-time position), depending on education and experience, plus a benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision coverage, biking and transit subsidies, as well as 401(K) matching, with new hires typically starting between the range minimum and midpoint.  The range is determined by external grants and contracts and is not subject to negotiation, so please do not apply if your salary requirements exceed this range.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Positions are open immediately until filled. 

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