Program Associate

Job Description: Program Associate

Level: Entry-level to early mid-career

The Crane Institute of Sustainability (“Crane”) is looking for a full-time Program Associate to support the Intentional Endowments Network ("IEN") initiative. This is a unique opportunity to join a growing team driving outsized positive impact by supporting endowments in advancing sustainable investing practices and shifting business practices towards sustainable social and environmental outcomes on a range of critical issues, such as climate change, diversity, gender equality, community investing, sustainable agriculture, income inequality, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and more. 

IEN has a strong culture of collaboration and excellence, with opportunities for the right candidate to take on high-level responsibilities quickly and build a strong network of leaders in the fields of sustainability, finance, higher education, philanthropy, and civil society.

Boston-based applicants are preferred. Knowledge of the responsible investing industry in the US is preferred but not required. A positive attitude, ‘can-do’ spirit, and the ability to work remotely and thrive in a dynamic environment are essential. A brief outline of the role and related skills necessary can be found below.

Crane is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, military status, national origin, age, disability or genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Women and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.



• Network outreach and relationship management with endowments, investment manager, and investment consultants including engaging current IEN members and recruitment of new members.
• Supporting IEN events through outreach, promotion, registration support, and sponsorship solicitation
• Researching topics and contributing to writing reports related to sustainable investing at college and university endowments, including strategies and tools, trends, best practices, and new innovations
• Communications through various media (website, email, phone interviews, in-person meetings, webinars, etc.)
• Database management and administrative tasks related to operations



• 0-5 years of experience
• Excellent project manager able to self-direct and carry project elements forward independently while keeping the team informed on progress
• Cooperative team player excited to work across organizations and across sectors
• Great interpersonal and relationship management skills
• Excellent communication skills, including listening, conversation, public speaking, writing
• Demonstrated interest and expertise in sustainability
• Familiarity with finance and sustainable investing a plus
• Undergraduate degree 
• Passion to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society


Salary commensurate with experience. 

Please send a cover letter and resume to Nicole Harman at [email protected] to apply, and feel free to reach out with any questions. 


About the Intentional Endowments Network
The Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) is a non-profit, peer-learning network advancing intentionally designed endowments that seek to enhance long-term financial performance by aligning investments with institutional mission, values, and sustainability
goals. It supports endowments in pursing the full range of sustainable investing strategies – including ESG integration, impact investing, and shareholder engagement – that will make a significant and critical contribution to creating a healthy, just, and sustainable society.

Working closely with other leading organizations in the field– including Ceres, WRI, Second Nature, AASHE, the Sustainable Endowments Institute, PRI, and CDP– the Network engages key leaders and stakeholders from higher education, foundations, investment managers and consultants, businesses, and non-profits. It provides opportunities for learning and
education, peer networking, convening, thought-leadership and information exchange.

Established in 2014, IEN has held several forums and roundtables with campus partners around the country, maintains a suite of online resources, offers monthly webinars and a weekly news round-up, and publishes resources on key sustainable investing topics. The Network currently has over 140 contributing members, including asset owners representing over $22 billion and investment managers representing over $9.9 trillion in assets. It is guided by a Steering Committee of leading experts in relevant fields.

IEN is an initiative of The Crane Institute of Sustainability, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit based in the greater-Boston, MA.


About Crane
The Crane Institute for Sustainability is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to promoting leadership for sustainability. Crane works with organizations in the higher education, business, non-profit, and public sectors to promote a strategic approach to sustainability, and facilitate collaboration among organizations and across sectors to accelerate progress toward sustainability.



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