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

The Foundation seeks a Program Associate in Arts and Cultural Heritage (ACH).  The position reports to the program officer with responsibility for the visual arts sector including conservation/preservation, museums, contemporary arts centers, and other cultural and higher education institutions, and requires demonstrated experience with some, if not all, dimensions of this grant portfolio.  The position requires close collaboration with the program director, program officers, ACH program staff, and other Foundation staff, particularly with grants management associates in the general counsel's office.  The successful candidate will be thoughtful, highly motivated, solutions-oriented, collaborative, and congenial, with well-developed writing, communication, and organizational skills.  This position combines independent work on grantmaking activities, research, and work with colleagues around the Foundation.  The ideal candidate would hold a bachelor's degree; advanced degree in a visual arts-related discipline, arts administration, or MBA; plus three-to-five years of experience working in a visual arts-related institution.

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Grants Manager

Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Grants Manager will provide support in a fast-paced office that will include extensive editing, fact-checking, and proofreading, reviewing and monitoring grant recommendations, files, and grant documentation, including grant budgets, proposals, and reports, to ensure compliance with IRS and Foundation requirements, word-processing, preparing and assembling board materials, researching and writing reports, answering calls, and serving as a principal liaison with the Foundation staff.  The work is detail-oriented and requires flexibility, positivity, effective time-management, precision, patience, efficiency, and discretion.  The ideal candidate would hold a bachelor's degree; have a proven ability to take direction but also to work with minimal direct supervision and manage multiple projects, while being a committed team player; the ability to read and understand organizational budgets; and, excellent written and oral communication skills.

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Program Assistant

The Foundation seeks a Program Assistant in the Office of the President.  Reporting to the Program Advisor & Chief of Staff, the Program Assistant will provide programmatic, logistical, and research support to programmatic work in the Office of the President.  The successful candidate will be thoughtful, highly motivated, energetic, collaborative, and congenial, with well-developed communication and organizational skills.  This position includes independent work on on-going grantmaking activities, episodic or long-term research projects, collaborative work with colleagues in the President's Office and around the Foundation, and administrative work in support of grantmaking out of the President's Office.  The ideal candidate would hold a bachelor's degree, preferably in the arts or humanities, or would be a student currently working toward an MA or equivalent.  Full-time experience in a fast-paced, high-volume office environment and experience with grants administration is preferred but not required.

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Program Officer, Arts and Cultural Heritage

Reporting directly to Program Director Emil Kang and managing a small team, this person contributes to the overall strategic direction of the Foundation and shapes and directs the Foundation's grantmaking in the visual arts sector including conservation/preservation, museums, contemporary arts centers, and other cultural and higher education institutions.  The ideal candidate will be an experienced and recognized leader in the field and a strong collaborator who possesses a broad and extensive network; have a minimum of seven to 10 years of experience in the visual arts, art museum, and conservation sector; intellectual agility and an open inquiring mind supported by an advanced degree in a relevant field; an understanding of processes, policy issues, and trends in the visual arts and museum field, with a fluency in the intersection of the arts and social justice; and, an understanding of the role of philanthropy in the arts and cultural heritage sector.

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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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Internship Opportunities

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 2020.  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 a finding aid for staff outreach, as well as assist in digital preservation and records management initiatives.  This internship is ideal for a student seeking experience working with archives and records management in a nonprofit organization.  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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Communications Intern

Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Communications Intern will participate in a full-time, 10-week program supporting the communications department.  The intern will provide a wide range of administrative, organizational, and research support.  The ideal candidate will have completed junior or senior year by May 2020 or working towards a master's degree; have some nonprofit experience with demonstrated ability to anticipate next steps, take initiative, exercise discretion, and apply sound judgment; and must be flexible, highly organized and have a proven ability to juggle multiple and competing tasks and demands and impeccable follow-up and attention to detail.

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