Philanthropic Associate

The Philanthropic Associate will be a member of the firm’s Philanthropic Advisory Services team that provides a variety of philanthropic advisory services to the firm’s individual and family clients. They will maintain positive contact with attorneys and staff and observe confidentiality of client and firm matters.

Job Summary

  • Support the existing philanthropic advisory team to review and analyze grant applications and nonprofit organizations in a variety of issue areas, including education, the environment, health and welfare, youth development, arts and culture, and social justice
  • Draft written materials for team members and client review
  • Monitor and evaluate grants made by firm clients, including communication with existing and potential grantees
  • Research philanthropic and nonprofit issues areas in support of client interests
  • Support other Philanthropic Advisory activities where necessary, including such activities as client meetings, educational efforts, or cross departmental services for clients (including coordinating reporting for tax preparation, trust administration, investments, or other administrative needs)
  • Work directly and collaboratively to support the firm’s legal and fiduciary professionals in the service of client’s philanthropic interests
  • Represent the firm and client foundations in the nonprofit and philanthropic community, at meetings, events, and conferences

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and two to three years’ experience in the nonprofit, philanthropic, or equivalent sectors
  • Outstanding writing, editing, communication, and organization skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach to the work, in order to maintain effective relationships with clients, firm colleagues, and stakeholders
  • Knowledge of the philanthropic and nonprofit communities in Boston and New England
  • Basic understanding of nonprofit and individual financial statements
  • The ability to travel by private or public transportation to locations throughout New England
  • The ability to work independently within deadlines
  • The ability to work collaboratively with a variety of audiences, both at Hemenway & Barnes and in the community
  • Facility with technology, especially Microsoft Office Suite, database, presentation, cloud-based, and other software skills

About Hemenway & Barnes LLP

Hemenway & Barnes LLP provides legal, fiduciary, family office, and philanthropic advisory services to individuals, families, business owners, and nonprofit organizations. Hemenway & Barnes’ Philanthropic Advisory practice works with individuals, families, foundations, and other giving vehicles to provide philanthropic planning, grant research, strategy, planning, and administrative support to a wide range of clients.

Hemenway & Barnes is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.

We encourage applications from a diverse pool of candidates and base employment decisions on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications.

We support an inclusive workplace and are committed to creating a welcoming environment for all employees.

To Apply

If you possess the skills and credentials we are looking for, please submit your resume and cover letter, in strict confidence, for consideration to