Careers

Overview

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ("Foundation") is a not-for-profit, grant making organization that believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom to be found there.  Through its grants, the Foundation seeks to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive.  The Foundation makes grants in four core program areas:  Higher Learning, Public Knowledge, Arts and Culture, and Humanities in Place.

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits and working conditions.

Foundation Benefits:  A Summary

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation benefits program is intended to offer employees multiple choices in high-quality benefit plans, comprehensive core benefits, and the flexibility to choose optional benefits.  The Foundation seeks to provide employees with the benefits that best fit their needs and the needs of their families.  Current benefits include:

  • A competitive salary
  • A retirement savings plan, including employer contributions, as well as the opportunity for employee tax-advantaged savings
  • Comprehensive insurance coverage, including medical, dental, and vision (also covering domestic partners), life and accidental death, and disability
  • General time-off benefits including holiday, vacation, personal, and sick days
  • Employee assistance and referral programs
  • Tuition reimbursement for employees

Employment Opportunities

Creative Director

Reporting to the Chief Communications Officer, the Creative Director will be part of a growing team of communications professionals interested in producing meaningful, relevant, and impactful creative work at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Joining at a moment of transformation for the Foundation (and beyond), the successful candidate will be a very hands on, digitally oriented, and top flight Art and Creative Director who will lead the development of a top-of-class visual identity and will be tasked with ensuring a polished, memorable, and culturally resonant expression of the Foundation brand.  The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of contemporary visual culture, and a drive to do mission-driven work that supports artists, designers, culture-makers, poets, historians, educators, changemakers and others in the arts and humanities.  Across all platforms, the Creative Director will serve as the senior creative leader at the Foundation and will drive the visual output of the Foundation including print, digital, social, interior, and event spaces, all in service of raising the visibility of the Foundation's mission, grantees, and story, particularly the Foundation's recent redoubling of its commitment to social justice in all of its grantmaking.  Comfortable both working conceptually and executing those concepts, the successful candidate will be able to nimbly translate abstract ideas into well-crafted designs, with a strong emphasis on digital design practice.

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Director of Media and Public Relations

Reporting to the Chief Communications Officer, the Director of Media and Public Relations will be part of a growing team of communications professionals at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, tasked with raising the visibility of the Foundation's mission, grantees, and story.  The ideal candidate will have sharp media and public relations instincts and a strong network of positive relationships with reporters at significant outlets.  With consistently good judgment and modern media savvy the successful candidate demonstrates understanding of the cross-platform nature of contemporary media strategy; exhibits strong writing and editing skills for diverse materials for various audiences; works collaboratively and openly and seeks to be of service to other areas of the Foundation, including Foundation program staff; operates very efficiently under tight deadlines while juggling multiple tasks and projects; and, has extensive experience working across levels of seniority including directly with senior leadership.

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Grants Manager

The Foundation seeks a Grants Manager.  Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Grants Manager will provide support in a fast-paced office that will include extensive editing, fact-checking, and proofreading, reviewing and monitoring grant recommendations, files, and grant documentation, including grant budgets, proposals, and reports, to ensure compliance with IRS and Foundation requirements, word-processing, preparing and assembling board materials, researching and writing reports, answering calls, and serving as a principal liaison with the Foundation staff.  The work is detail-oriented and requires flexibility, positivity, effective time-management, precision, patience, efficiency, and discretion.  The successful candidate will hold a bachelor's degree; have a proven ability to take direction but also to work with minimal direct supervision and manage multiple projects, while being a committed team player; an ability to read and understand organizational budgets; and, excellent written and oral communication skills.

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Program Associate

The Foundation seeks a Program Associate in Arts and Culture.  The position reports to the program officer with responsibility for the performing arts sector including theaters, dance companies, festivals, orchestras, opera companies, arts presenters, and the artists supported by these institutions, and requires demonstrated experience with some, if not all, dimensions of this grant portfolio.  This position combines independent work on grantmaking activities (such as corresponding with grantees about proposals, reviewing reports, and assisting with preparing recommendations and other materials for trustee meetings and convenings), research, and work with colleagues around the Foundation.  The successful candidate will hold a bachelor's degree; advanced degree in a performing arts-related discipline, arts administration, or MBA; three-to-five years of experience working in a performing arts-related institution and/or foundation; experience in theater will be particularly valued; and, be thoughtful, highly motivated, solutions-oriented, collaborative, and congenial, with well-developed writing, communication, and organizational skills.

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Internship Opportunities

Archives Intern

The Foundation seeks an Archives Intern to provide support in the Nathan Marsh Pusey Library.  This is a remote, 10-week, full-time position with a start date in June 2021.  Working within the Foundation's library, the intern will gain experience in archival description by reclassifying a set of organizational records according to a newly developed taxonomy.  The intern will also have the opportunity to perform quality control on existing metadata, as well as conduct digital curation.  The successful candidate will be a current library and information science graduate student, preferably with a specialization in archives; have a strong interest in pursuing an archives and records management career in the nonprofit sector; and, knowledge of basic archival principles of processing, arranging, and describing collections.

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Communications Intern

Reporting to the Chief Communications Officer, the Communications Intern will participate in a full-time, 10-week program supporting the communications department.  The intern will provide a wide range of administrative, organizational, and research support.  The successful candidate will have completed junior or senior year by May 2021 or is working towards a master's degree; a strong interest in learning about communications and marketing in a nonprofit setting; and, is flexible, highly organized and have a proven ability to juggle multiple and competing tasks and demands with impeccable follow-up and attention to detail.  

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Investment Intern

The Foundation is seeking an Investment Intern to work with the Investment Team during a 10-week intensive program.  The Investment Team is responsible for managing the Foundation's endowment which comprises over $6 billion in assets across public and private investments.  The Investment Intern will support a range of projects throughout their time at the Foundation and will gain exposure to a wide spectrum of investment opportunities and asset classes.  The successful candidate will have completed sophomore or junior year by May 2021 at an undergraduate institution; have a strong academic background, including quantitative coursework; and, a compelling interest in and knowledge of the financial markets.

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