Program Planner

Position is a full-time, exempt employee who works directly with the Director of Grant Development and is responsible for handling all Planning Department activities assigned by the Director of Grant Development.


* Review, discuss and select grant applications for funding.

* Prepare complete, concise, comprehensive and correct grant applications to local, county, state, federal and/or foundation funding sources.

* Work closely with the Vice President of Grants Development and other program directors in the proposal preparation process.

* Prepare, or assist with preparation of reports or correspondence to funding sources related to funded programs.

* Work closely with the Vice President of Grants Development and Compliance Officer on grant-related reports including budgets, budget narratives, levels of service, performance evaluations and outcome measures.

* Committee involvement related to grant funding, program and department activities.

* Handle all other duties as assigned by the VP of Grants Development, Senior VP’s, President & CEO and other program directors.

* Work on planning and coordination of special events, fundraising activities and community forums.

* Work on social media components (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) to promote agency activities.

* Assist in agency publications.

* Experience with desktop publishing/ digital editing software is preferred.

* Create, produce and manage high-quality content.

* Experience in digital/social media advertising is preferred.
* Bilingual is preferred.


Program Planner will report to and interact directly with the VP of Grant Development on a daily basis.


Program Planner should be organized, have solid writing skills, extensive grant writing experience, be comfortable and confident dealing with the public or funding sources in person, verbally or through correspondence. The person needs to have a thorough understanding of grant writing, related correspondence and effective community interaction.

This person should interact well with others, be self-motivated and self-reliant, take direction and be competent in following a plan from concept through completion.

The Program Planner should have a Bachelors’ degree in communications, public relations, social sciences or human services or year-for-year field experience. Social service experience is helpful, but being organized, motivated and able to work independently are equally important.

To apply for this job email your details to gvernacchio@gatewaycap.org

About Gateway Community Action Partnership

  Gateway Community Action Partnership (formed and incorporated as Tri-County Community Action Agency Inc.) is the designated Community Action Program (CAP) for Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties in Southern New Jersey and also provides services in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May and Mercer counties, as well as Philadelphia, Pa.

  As a CAP, Tri-County helps low- and moderate-income residents identify and overcome barriers to self-sufficiency.

  The agency’s more than 780 employees form a network of professional teachers, social workers, counselors, nutritionists and program planners, all dedicated to making our communities better places to live and work for all residents.

  The staff is guided by President & CEO Albert B. Kelly, founder of Gateway, and senior vice president and Chief Operations Officer Edward Bethea. Together, the agency’s senior management team has more than 51 years of experience in the community service field.

  Gateway CAP is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Its members equally represent business, elected officials and the community served. The agency’s tripartite board is made up of at least one-third representation of the low-income community, one-third representation of local elected officials and the remainder from the general community.

  The agency was incorporated as Test City Child Care in 1972 and expanded its base of services in 1987 when it was awarded the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) as a federally designated community action program. The agency’s trade name was changed to Tri-County Community Action Partnership in October 2002 to better reflect the collaborative efforts with other service providers as well as with state, county and local governments and other entities.

  The agency became Gateway CAP on April 1, 2011 to better reflect its expanded service area.

  Since becoming a CAP in 1987, Gateway has worked with residents, governments, other agencies and private sector institutions to help tens of thousands of local residents help themselves. Gateway CAP provides child care for more than 1,800 children daily, builds high-quality affordable housing, collaborates to do economic development, operates the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program, provides literacy services, assists families maintain stable households, promotes fiscal stability through matched savings programs and serves as an advocate for children and families at the local, state and federal levels. 

  Gateway CAP is a private, non-profit, community based organization with a federal 501-C-3 designation by the IRS.

  As of January 2022, Gateway CAP operates programs in core areas, including housing, child care, health services, literacy, emergency services and community development with an annual budget of approximately $68 million to serve more than 48,000 clients annually in its coverage area.

  These inter-connected programs work at dozens of sites throughout the region, addressing the causes and effects of poverty. All programs aim to guide participants toward a future of self-sufficiency.