The 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 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 and student loan repayment programs for employees


Employment Opportunities

Systems Manager

Reporting to the Director of Grants and Data Management, the Systems Manager will serve as the primary manager of the Foundation's grants management system, Fluxx, and work to ensure that all users are able to work effectively within the system.  The Systems Manager will work with staff from across the Foundation to identify system enhancements, with a focus on working to streamline our processes and improve user experience and design, in alignment with the Foundation's strategies and priorities.  The Systems Manager will manage the configuration and implementation of these enhancements within the system, as well as the implementation of new Fluxx releases and product enhancements.

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Senior Grants Manager

Reporting to the Director of Grants and Data Management, the Senior Grants Manager will supervise the Grants Managers and the Grants Management Coordinator and work closely with the Director of Grants and Data Management to ensure the team is functioning effectively and in alignment with the Foundation's values and priorities.  The Senior Grants Manager will help to coordinate the grantmaking processes and will review the grant application materials, to ensure compliance with IRS and Foundation requirements.  The Senior Grants Manager will also review and compile materials that serve as the basis for the grant review and approval processes, including materials for review by the Board of Trustees.  The work is detail-oriented and requires excellent communications and project management skills, positivity, and a deep understanding of the grantmaking strategy and processes.

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Library & Archives Assistant

The library & archives assistant is a full-time position that reports to the Foundation's director of library and archives, and works closely with other staff within the library.  The library & archives assistant will have an opportunity to acquire experience in a small, specialized library that supports the Foundation through research and information services centered around a collection of primary and secondary sources in the humanities, arts, higher education, and philanthropy.  In addition to carrying out recurring, time-sensitive responsibilities key to maintaining the library and archives, the library & archives assistant will be an active partner in the library's multifaceted support of Foundation research and learning.  We are seeking a thoughtful, motivated, energetic, and collaborative person with well-developed communication competencies and exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.  This is an ideal position for an individual enrolled in or considering a graduate program in library and information science.

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Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

The Foundation is seeking a Chief Legal Officer and Secretary ("CLO") to join its Senior Leadership Team. Reporting to the President, the CLO will serve as a Foundation Officer, providing strategic and sound legal, business and governance expertise for the Foundation in a fast-paced operating environment.  In addition to serving as the Foundation's most senior internal legal advisor, the CLO will also serve as the Secretary to the Board of Trustees, assisting the Board in carrying out its fiduciary duties and overseeing all operations related to the preparation for and execution of efficient and effective Board meetings.  As a member of the senior leadership team, the CLO will contribute to the overall management of the Foundation by offering ideas and insights that will help shape the Foundation's strategies, polices, and operations by partnering with the Chief Program Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Communications Officer, Chief Investment Officer, Chief of Staff, and Chief Human Resources Officer, among others.  The CLO will lead the legal team as well as staff who support the Secretary and administrative duties and will collaborate closely with the officers and staff across the Foundation.

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Chief Administrative Officer

Reporting to the President, the Chief Administrative Officer ("CAO") is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and provides strategic and sound expertise for the Foundation in a fast-paced operating environment.  As a member of the Senior Leadership Team the CAO will contribute to the overall direction of the Foundation by delivering ideas and insights which will help shape ongoing strategies, policies, and organizational effectiveness, as they begin their new approach to institutional thinking, and a new assessment of both their grantmaking and operations through the lens of social justice.  Through a team of direct reports, the CAO will oversee Grants and Data Management, Grant Accounting, Business Operations, Facilities Management, will be responsible for organizational effectiveness throughout the enterprise, and will collaborate closely on a wide range of projects with the officers and staff across the Foundation.  The CAO may lead foundation-wide projects.

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Investment Analyst

The Mellon Foundation is seeking an Investment Analyst who will be part of the fourteen-person Investment Team.  The Investment Team is responsible for managing the Foundation's endowment which comprises approximately $9 billion in assets across public and private investments.  The Investment Analyst will report to a Senior 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.

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Security Engineer

The Security Engineer ("SE") will lead technical security operations across the Foundation, reporting to the Information Technology Director, who also serves as the Foundation's Information Security Officer.  The Security Engineer is a wide-ranging, hands-on role in securing information assets, providing end-to-end safeguarding of information, and maximizing the resiliency of critical systems to support business needs. Detecting and responding to incidents is a primary function of the role.  The SE collaborates closely with a diverse and talented team of experts across the IT staff, our partners in Operations and Business Systems, and colleagues and stakeholders across the Foundation.  The ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the business regarding security issues while ensuring that the Foundation's information assets are adequately protected is essential.

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Internship Opportunities

Content Intern

Dual reporting to the Senior Content Strategist and Producer and the Web Editor and Social Media Manager, the Content Intern will participate in a part-time, 10-week program (15–22 hours per week) in the Communications department with a special focus on what goes into making original storytelling content.  The Content Intern will provide a wide range of administrative, organizational, and research support, and take part in the concepting, design, and execution of content campaigns across a range of topics.  This is an opportunity to expand your nonprofit communications and digital marketing knowledge and build practical skills by working with a fun and energetic team who are committed to the values reflected in our mission statement. 

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