Careers

Overview

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is a nonprofit organization that makes grants in four core program areas:  Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Heritage, Scholarly Communications, and International Higher Education and Strategic Projects.

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

Program Associate

Reporting to the Program Advisor & Chief of Staff (PACOS), the Program Associate will have an opportunity to be involved in many aspects of the grantmaking process and in providing research support for the President's Office.  The successful candidate will be thoughtful, highly motivated, energetic, collaborative, and congenial, with well-developed communication and organizational skills.  This position combines independent work on on-going grantmaking activities (such as corresponding with grantees about proposals, reviewing reports, and assisting with preparing dockets and other materials for trustee meetings) and research with collaborative work with colleagues in the President's Office and around the Foundation on, for example, compliance, program planning, program-related event coordination.  The work is detail-oriented and requires flexibility, cool-headedness, precision, patience, efficiency, good humor, and discretion.  The ideal candidate would hold a bachelor's degree; advanced degree in a humanities discipline, social science, law, or related fields is preferred.  The position is not suitable for PhDs.

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Program Assistant

The Foundation seeks a Program Assistant in the Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities department.  The holder of the position will provide administrative, clerical, and logistical support for the program as well as administrative assistance to the Senior Program Officers.  He/she will participate in various collective activities of the program and the Foundation, and on occasion may take on special assignments.  This position combines independent work on on-going grantmaking activities with collaborative work with colleagues on program planning, special projects, and on organizing meetings hosted by the program.  The Program Assistant will report to a Senior Program Officer.  The ideal candidate would hold a bachelor's degree, preferably in the humanities or social sciences, or would be a student currently working toward an MA or equivalent.  Experience with grants administration preferred.

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Senior Program Officer, Scholarly Communications

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invites nominations and applications for the position of Senior Program Officer (SPO) for Scholarly Communications.  The successful candidate will be an individual who is deeply immersed in innovative conversations around the challenges and opportunities that exist in the field of scholarly communications today and its future.  Drawing upon her/his/their academic background and administrative experience in a related field, the next SPO will ensure that cultural and scholarly records are preserved for future work, teaching, and research; that records are accessible broadly; and that the economics surrounding this work are viable outside of for-profit industries.  She/he/they will also embrace the possibility of reimagining and redefining this program area to best meet the challenges and opportunities of today through initiatives such as prioritizing the support of community-engaged research and knowledge or building previously underprioritized areas, in addition to the work traditionally supported by the Foundation.

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Senior Program Officer, Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invites nominations and applications for the position of Senior Program Officer, Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.  Succeeding Gene Tobin, this person will have the opportunity to collaborate with other thought leaders to provide vision and programmatic oversight for the Foundation's work in supporting the intersection between the humanities and the public good.  The incoming HESH senior program officer will be a leading voice on issues surrounding the role of higher education, particularly the humanities and liberal arts, in addressing some of the most difficult challenges facing society today.  She/he/they must be conversant and comfortable within the many varied spaces of higher education, including institutions serving historically underrepresented groups, large research universities, small private colleges, comprehensive institutions, independent research institutes, and other education- and humanities-based cultural organizations.  She/he/they must be bold and collaborative, providing forward-looking leadership that reinforces the role of the humanities in diverse and inclusive societies and supports those institutions and initiatives that creatively bring humanities scholarship to the forefront of public discourse.

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Executive Vice President for Programs and Research

The next Executive Vice President for Programs and Research (EVP) will be the trusted partner to the President, helping to shape the programmatic direction of the Foundation.  In this role, the EVP will provide intellectual leadership to the Foundation and represent Mellon in the larger academic and cultural arenas.  They will work to advance the Foundation's interest in the humanities and higher education, conceptualizing, sharpening, refining, and reshaping grantmaking strategies.  They will come to the position with a sterling reputation as an accomplished intellectual and progressive leader.  The EVP will play a critical role in evaluating program priorities.  This leader spans the Foundation's efforts to build diverse and inclusive grantmaking, to strategies that create pipelines for equitable leadership within fields.  The EVP will bring expertise, an innovative and open mindset and a commitment to inclusive practice in their approach.  The Mellon Foundation seeks an accomplished and visionary leader who is passionate and committed to the humanities.  In addition to deep expertise and credibility in the humanities with strong academic credentials, leadership chapters outside of the Academy would be attractive.

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Internship Opportunities

No current opportunities

Contacting Human Resources

Please address all inquiries to HumanResources@mellon.org.