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

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

Archives Intern

The Foundation seeks an Archives Intern to provide support in the Nathan Marsh Pusey Library.  This is a 3-month, full-time position.  Working within the Foundation's library, the intern will gain experience in archival arrangement and description by processing a set of organizational records, and will use tools such as ArchivesSpace to support this work.  The intern will also have the opportunity to engage in historical research and develop educational material for staff outreach, as well as assist in digital preservation and records management initiatives.  The successful candidate will be a current library and information science graduate student, preferably with a specialization in archives; have knowledge of basic archival principles of processing, arranging, and describing collections; and familiarity with archival collection management systems.

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