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 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, 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 ("HESH").  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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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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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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Investment Analyst

The Foundation seeks an Investment Analyst who will be part of a twelve-person investment team that manages over $6 billion in assets.  The Investment Analyst will report to a Portfolio Manager and will have exposure to a broad range of asset classes, including public and private equity, hedge funds, real assets, and/or fixed income.  The successful candidate will have a strong academic background with a bachelor's degree and financial or consulting experience of two to three years; financial modeling skills and general knowledge of portfolio theory, capital markets, private equity, and/or quantitative trading strategies; and a passion for investing, natural curiosity, and desire to understand the financial markets.

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Manager of Projects and Planning

The Foundation seeks a Manager of Projects and Planning for the Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO).  The Manager will be a member of the COO's team, and assist with the shaping, resource and time-tracking, and timely implementation of ongoing and new Foundation-wide projects that sustain and renew the COO's directions in bridging operational and program work and serve as a critical resource to colleagues working across the organization.  This position reports to the COO.  The successful candidate will have a master's degree or higher in an academic discipline related to higher education, the humanities, arts, public policy, business, or other relevant advanced degree; superior organizational, project, and resource-management skills, with strong attention to detail; budget management expertise; and familiarity with the grantmaking process and/or foundation operations.

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Senior Executive Assistant

The Foundation seeks a Senior Executive Assistant to support the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO).  The Senior Executive Assistant is a full-time position that reports to the COO and works collaboratively with other members of the COO's staff as well as staff throughout the Foundation.  The work is detail oriented and time sensitive, and the executive assistant will need to be adaptable, timely, measured in manner, sensitive both to the priorities and to the circumstances of the moment and an adept problem-solver.  He or she will also need to be an exceptionally clear written and oral communicator.  There will be substantial calendaring, proactivity, and project management skills required.  The successful candidate will have excellent knowledge of office administration procedures and the operation of standard office equipment, systems, and programs; a bachelor's degree and 10+ years of C-suite experience is preferred; and an interest in the humanities, the arts, and higher education is desirable.

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Senior Program Officer for Arts and Cultural Heritage

The Foundation seeks a Senior Program Officer for Arts and Cultural Heritage.  Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President for Programs and Research (EVP), the Senior Program Officer (SPO) shapes and directs the Foundation's grantmaking in the arts and in the study and preservation of cultural heritage.  The SPO will serve as a strategic thinker on the arts and cultural heritage ecosystem, a respected liaison to the community of visual and performing artists, arts organizations, and institutions of higher education, a senior member of the Foundation's program leadership team, and a source of information and expertise about developments and opportunities in the broad domain of arts and culture across all media and a wide range of participants and communities.  He or she will serve as a critical resource to the Foundation leadership and colleagues at the Foundation, providing key support on a variety of initiatives, project management, and communications about the arts and cultural heritage.  The successful candidate will be a synthetic thinker; hold a master's degree or higher in an academic discipline related to the arts; have senior-level experience in an arts organization, museum, or institution of higher education; a minimum 10 years professional experience including staff management; and, a record of leadership in the arts including artistic accomplishment, curatorial production, and/or field-related publication.

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Internship Opportunities

No current opportunities

Contacting Human Resources

Please address all inquiries to HumanResources@mellon.org.