Pillars Fund

Now Hiring: Program Associate

Posted By Pillars Staff  /   January 14, 2021

About Us

Pillars invests in opportunities to elevate and amplify the leadership and talents of Muslims in U.S. civil society. Through our funding programs, campaigns, and initiatives, we support a vibrant and growing nonprofit sector, which has been under immense pressure to protect and defend against imminent threats to the lives and livelihoods of Muslims in the United States. Pillars has been committed to harnessing our collective resources to serve our own communities and contribute broadly to the world around us. Since its founding in 2010, Pillars has invested more than $5 million in opportunities for Muslims in the U.S. to tell their own stories, build community, and fight injustice through the media, arts, public discourse, and civil society.

At Pillars, we are weaving storytelling through every aspect of our work. Whether we are working directly with our grantee partners, creating original content, educating and activating our donor network, or bringing visionary artists and advocates together, we tell stories to work through our shared struggles and shared aspirations.

Job Description: Part-Time Program Associate

The Program Associate supports the design, implementation, and evaluation of Pillars programs—with a primary focus on culture change—and the development of new Pillars initiatives. This involves day-to-day project oversight and management of administrative systems that support program work. The Program Manager works closely with and reports to the Managing Director of Leadership and Culture and collaborates with the entire Pillars team.

The ideal candidate combines exceptional relationship management skills with stellar project management and problem-solving skills and will be able to handle competing—and shifting—priorities. This entry-level position is ideal for a highly organized, detail-oriented individual with a strong interest in Muslim representation in the entertainment industry.

This part-time contractor position is needed from April 2021 to December 2021, with potential for extension beyond this date.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Managing Director of Leadership and Culture and other staff to plan and implement strategies that advance culture change program goals.
  • Draft, proofread, and edit documents and presentations for both internal and external meetings.
  • Draft, proofread, and edit communications with stakeholders, including partners, applicants, fellows, donors, funding institutions, and more.
  • Prepare and distribute event notifications, agenda materials, and manage all correspondence and meeting execution with the highest level of accuracy, efficiency, and attention to detail, including the coordination of contractors and vendors as needed.
  • Sustain culture change programs calendar, coordinating with various stakeholders to schedule press, events, gatherings, and initiatives.
  • Support the evaluation of Pillars culture change programming and participate in assessments of program strategies.
  • Review and research field-wide best practices related to institutional support of artists, Muslim representation in media, and the entertainment industry.
  • Implement and manage culture change fellow application assessment process, coordinating communication and timeline with the advisory panel and staff reviewers.

Attributes of the Program Associate

  • Embodiment of Pillars values and commitment to amplifying the leadership and voices of Muslims in the United States
  • Ability and willingness to develop a deep(er) understanding of Muslim communities in the United States and the issues that impact us across multiple identities
  • Ability and willingness to effectively apply a social justice framework at every stage of planning and execution
  • Media, nonprofit, or other applicable experience
  • Strong critical thinking/analytical skills and an ability to be enterprising, resourceful, and creative
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills and ability to synthesize concepts for multiple audiences
  • Experience planning and executing dynamic, engaging group experiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to demonstrate discretion, empathy, cultural competency, and joy to effectively relate to and work with diverse partners and stakeholders
  • Familiarity, comfort, understanding, and fluency with and of the entertainment industry
  • Excellent time management and project management skills; ability to manage multiple priorities, work independently, and to set and meet deadlines
  • Ability to participate as part of a team and contribute to a collaborative work environment
  • Familiarity with the culture change/narrative change space (preferred)


This is a part-time contractor position. The compensation for this role is $25 per hour, up to a maximum of 20 hours per week.


Pillars has a physical office in Chicago, where all of the staff are based. Currently, our entire staff is working remotely until further notice.

To Be Considered

Pillars ​is ​committed ​to ​building ​​an ​organization ​that ​seeks ​and ​embraces ​diversity, actively pursues equity, ​and ​fosters ​an environment ​of ​inclusion. The Pillars Fund actively seeks diversity across multiple dimensions and does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, socioeconomic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy, marital status, family responsibilities, or any other protected characteristic as established under law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, termination, promotion, transfer, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Those wishing to be considered should submit a cover letter, résumé or CV, and one or two writing or project management samples to info@pillarsfund.org. In your cover letter, please explain why you are interested in this role and how your experience and skills are relevant to the responsibilities and attributes outlined above. Pillars will keep all inquiries and submissions confidential. Candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please apply by February 15th.



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