Mellon 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 Foundation's benefits program is intended to offer employees multiple choices in high-quality benefit plans, comprehensive core benefits, and the flexibility to choose optional benefits. We seek 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 and student loan repayment programs for employees


Employment Opportunities


Program Assistant

The Foundation seeks a Program Assistant for the Higher Learning program. The holder of the position will provide grant management, administrative, clerical, and logistical support for the program as well as administrative support to the Senior Executive Assistant and the Executive Assistant. He/she/they will participate in various collective activities of the program and the Foundation, and on occasion may take on special assignments. The Program Assistant will have an opportunity to acquire experience in the administration of the grantmaking process, and in working with higher-education professionals. This position combines independent work on ongoing grantmaking activities (such as reviewing reports, responding to calls and correspondence from grantees, and assisting with preparing grant proposals); collaborative work with colleagues on program planning, special projects, and organizing meetings hosted by the program; and administrative support functions focused on meeting scheduling and program officer travel arrangements. The Program Assistant will report to the Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Planning. 

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Director, Human Resources Operations

The Foundation seeks a Director, Human Resources Operations. The primary purpose of this position is to lead and assume accountability for strategy development, design, implementation, administration, and governance of all compensation plans, benefits programs, and pension plans. In addition, the Director is responsible for ensuring the integrity of HR data management and reporting as well as managing efficient and effective HR processes, including collaborations with internal partners and external vendors. The role will ensure all programs align with Foundation objectives, are competitive, sustainable, and continually enhance equity and inclusion. Through these programs, supports the Foundation’s ability to attract, reward, and retain key talent. Finally, ensures all local, state, and federal legal and regulatory requirements are met.

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Events Coordinator

The Foundation seeks an Events Coordinator. The Events Coordinator is primarily responsible for supporting the event leads with logistical organization, metrics analysis and reporting, planning, and other tasks related to the execution of internal and external events at the Foundation’s offices, virtually, and at off-site locations across the US. The successful candidate will work independently to support the events function as well as closely and collaboratively with events staff, communications, and leadership teams across the Foundation following guidelines and processes in accordance with established policies and procedures. This position is within the Mellon events function, which reports to both the Office of the President and Communications.

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Senior Events Manager

The Senior Events Manager is a full-time position that is primarily responsible for the development and flawless execution of internal and external-facing strategic events, which may include conferences, panel discussions, seminars, retreats, film screenings, board meetings, celebrations, or other convenings both at the Foundation’s offices and at off-site locations across the US (and occasionally abroad). Under the supervision of the Director of Events, the Senior Events Manager is responsible for leading and project managing all aspects of events as assigned. The individual will work both independently and as part of a team following guidelines and processes in accordance with established policies and procedures.

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Database Analyst

The Grants and Data Management team seeks to fill a database analyst position to support grantmaking and grant management functions at the Foundation. Reporting to the Senior Manager, Grant Administration and Information, the Database Analyst is responsible for grants information and processing tasks within the Fluxx system. The Database Analyst will assist the grantees and staff from across the Foundation with queries about Fluxx, and assist with staff trainings. The work is detail-oriented and requires excellent communications and problem-solving skills, positivity, patience, and a deep understanding of both the grants management system and grantmaking procedures.

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Applications Manager

The Foundation seeks an Applications Manager to provide application support to the end users as well as assist in management of the various enterprise applications reporting to the Information Technology Director. The Applications Manager collaborates closely with a diverse and talented team of experts across the IT staff, colleagues, and stakeholders across the Foundation. The ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the business is essential.

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Internship Opportunities

Program Intern

The Foundation seeks a Program Intern to provide support for the Arts and Culture program area. This is a hybrid (in-person and remote) 10-week, full-time position with a start date in June 2023. The intern will provide a wide range of administrative, organizational and research support. This internship is ideal for a student seeking an opportunity to work arts and culture administration in a nonprofit organization.

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Archives Intern

The Foundation seeks an Archives Intern to provide support in the Nathan Marsh Pusey Library. This is a 10-week, full-time position with a start date in June 2023. Working within the Foundation’s library, the intern will gain experience in web archiving by supporting a review of institutional web collections. The intern will also gain experience in project management and designing workflows using archival databases and software. No prior experience with web archiving is required; it is expected that the intern will learn on the job. This internship is ideal for a student seeking experience working with archives and records management in a nonprofit organization.

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