Summer 2019 Junior Associate, Resource Development

Location: San Francisco
Deadline: April 24, 2019

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region? You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation.

Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation’s Resource Development team seeks a junior associate (JA) to work in our San Francisco, CA office during the summer 2019 program period from June 17 to September 6, 2019.

The Asia Foundation’s Resource Development (RD) team, based in San Francisco and New York, takes the lead role in the Foundation’s private sector fundraising efforts, raising funds from corporate, foundation, and individual donors. Working closely with the Program Specialists Group, 18 Country Offices, the Office of the President, and Global Communications, RD works to identify and secure new private funding opportunities that align with The Asia Foundation’s mission, goals, and strategies.

During the 12-week program the JA will:

  • Research relevant grant opportunities through prospect identification, analysis, and evaluation.
  • Create a portfolio of outward-facing donor collateral (including well-designed, high-quality infographics and executive summaries) that aligns with fundraising priorities. 
  • Support development of effective grant proposals based on the funder’s needs incorporating accurate and pertinent information in the proposal or application.
  • Interface and communicate with individuals at all levels of the Foundation and assist various department staff in writing proposals and creating donor collateral.
  • Maintain a professional and cordial relation and positive attitude with funders to ensure quality of proposals meets funder requirements and criteria.
  • Prospect research / donor mapping: The JA will use a broad spectrum of sources (including database subscriptions; industry periodicals; and other online resources) to identify, analyze, and evaluate relevant prospects financial capacity, funding interests, and organizational alignment. JA will synthesize large quantities of data and produce in-depth analyses of 50-100 prospects.
  • Donor collateral: The JA will produce several outward-facing communication pieces that will be used to provide prospective donors with clear, concise, and compelling information regarding key programs. This will include: a one-page overview on our work supporting women workers in factories and corporate supply chains; programs addressing the Future of Work in Asia; and short program menu items for the Women’s Empowerment (WEP), Books for Asia (BFA), and Leadership and Exchanges (LeadEx) programs.
  • Proposal development support: RD will need support on several proposals beginning this summer due to a peak in volume. The JA will work with field offices and corresponding program units to develop proposals focusing on Southeast Asia, technology programs, and other program areas as assigned.

The Junior Associate working with the Resource Development team will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience working on a broad array of tasks critical to private sector fundraising for an international development NGO. This assignment will focus on supporting the RD team’s efforts to build partnerships with institutional funders (foundations and corporations) for projects in Asia. The JA’s work will focus on three core areas: 1) Prospect research and donor mapping (40%); 2) Design and production of outward-facing donor collateral, in collaboration with program units and field offices, on key strategic programs (30%); and 3) Proposal development support for planned proposals focusing on Southeast Asia, Technology programs, Books for Asia, and LeadEx (30%). We expect our experience working with a JA to be mutually beneficial: the JA will have an opportunity to gain substantive (not solely administrative) and guided (working primarily with Raina Han and Oliver Petzold) work experience and to collaborate with many other teams across the Foundation, including RD, Global Communications, field offices and program units (especially Technology Programs, WEP, BFA, and LeadEx). Meanwhile s/he will provide the RD team with much needed support on the key work streams described above.


The position for the Douglas K. Bereuter Program for Junior Associates in Asian Affairs is expected to be very competitive. We are seeking talented, high-energy individuals who will benefit from their affiliation with the Foundation and contribute to the organization as well.

Candidates must have the following:

  • Received a post-graduate degree within the past two years. In addition, to be considered, a candidate must have completed and obtained this degree prior to the beginning of the program period. The summer 2019 program period is June 17, 2019 to September 6, 2019.
  • Completed graduate studies in Asia-related areas: international relations, international development, public administration, public policy, law, political science, economics, women’s empowerment and/or sociology with work experience in Asia.
  • Authorization to legally work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Great organizational skills.
  • Great computer skills.

Who are we looking for?

The ideal candidate is someone who understands, appreciates, and seeks to strengthen the leadership capacity of emerging leaders in Asia and the United States for positive reform efforts. The candidate is passionate about Asian development and has boundless enthusiasm for working collaboratively in a multi-cultural environment

Why work at The Asia Foundation?

You will have the opportunity to help solve some of the toughest challenges in the development/aid sector. Address environmental problems in the region, improve access to legal information, enhance civil society, promote government engagement/collaboration, and encourage learning and awareness.

You will work in an innovative environment and build lasting relationships. The Asia Foundation, its donors, and its partners are unmatched throughout the region. This is an opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most accomplished leaders, influencers, and social entrepreneurs working in Asia today.

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The Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

No phone calls please.

This position offers medical, dental, and vision benefits.

**Must be legally eligible to work in the United States **

The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.