The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ("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 for employees

Employment Opportunities

Grants Manager

The Foundation seeks a 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 successful candidate will 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; an ability to read and understand organizational budgets; and, excellent written and oral communication skills.

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Program Officer

The Foundation seeks an inaugural Program Officer for Humanities in Place.  Reporting directly to the Vice President for Programs and Research (VP) the Program Officer shapes and directs the Foundation's grantmaking in a variety of histories and voices into public, media, and memorial spaces, widening the range of complex public storytelling.  The Program Officer will work with historic and memorial spaces, with institutions such as didactic museums, and with conveners of public experiences that may be digital or ephemeral.  As a new program area, the Program Officer will develop a staffing plan for Humanities in Place, and serve on a team of program leaders who advise the VP and the president on broader strategic concerns.  The Program Officer will also contribute actively to various collective activities and special initiatives of the Foundation.  The successful candidate will have a minimum of seven to 10 years of experience in arts, humanities, and/or other relevant field; 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 public art, commemorative or memorial spaces, with a fluency in the intersection of art, culture, humanities, and social justice; and, an understanding of the role of philanthropy in the public, media, and memorial sector.

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Program Associate

The Foundation seeks a Program Associate in the Higher Learning program.  Reporting to the Senior Program Officers, the Program Associate assists in the review and preparation of materials in the grantmaking process.  Responsibilities include providing various forms of support for the program officers in the grant-making process, monitoring and evaluating the progress of grant-funded activities, communicating with principal investigators and financial directors at grantee institutions, and assisting with preparation of documents for quarterly board meetings.  The successful candidate will be thoughtful, highly motivated, able to anticipate and move forward with various aspects of the program's workflow, solutions-oriented, collaborative, and congenial, with well-developed writing, communication, and organizational skills.  Master's degree preferred.  However, outstanding candidates without an advanced degree but who have at least several years of grantmaking experience will be considered.  Candidates who have earned a PhD within the last two years will also be considered.

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Program Associate

The Foundation seeks a Program Associate in Arts and Culture.  The position reports to the program officer with responsibility for the performing arts sector including theaters, dance companies, festivals, orchestras, opera companies, arts presenters, and the artists supported by these institutions, and requires demonstrated experience with some, if not all, dimensions of this grant portfolio.  This position combines independent work on grantmaking activities (such as corresponding with grantees about proposals, reviewing reports, and assisting with preparing recommendations and other materials for trustee meetings and convenings), research, and work with colleagues around the Foundation.  The successful candidate will hold a bachelor's degree; advanced degree in a performing arts-related discipline, arts administration, or MBA; three-to-five years of experience working in a performing arts-related institution and/or foundation; experience in theater will be particularly valued; and, be thoughtful, highly motivated, solutions-oriented, collaborative, and congenial, with well-developed writing, communication, and organizational skills.

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Senior Cybersecurity Engineer

The Senior Cybersecurity Engineer ("Engineer") reports to the Director of IT and collaborates closely with members of the IT staff, including the Manager of IT Infrastructure Operations.  The Engineer is responsible for day-to-day cybersecurity tasks of the Foundation's IT protective services, risk management, engineering, analysis, and investigations.  The Engineer collaborates with the Foundation's IT Infrastructure outsource providers, Foundation staff, consultants and/or service firms, to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and accessibility of Foundation technology services.  The Engineer oversees and works to improve the Foundation's Security Information and Event Management ("SIEM") competency.  The successful candidate will have a minimum of six years of professional IT experience, working hands on in a complex, outsourced, enterprise-level technology infrastructure; operations experience in areas of IT security management, familiarity with SOC2 type I and II, NIST, ISO27001 security and similar frameworks; and, experience with a hybrid cloud environment (integrating on-premise technology with hosted cloud environment) is highly preferred.

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Research Associate

The Office of the President is seeking a thoughtful, highly motivated, energetic, and congenial colleague with well-developed research abilities, strong communication competencies, standout organizational skills, and familiarity with and curiosity about current issues in the arts and humanities.  The Research Associate position is a one-year fixed term opportunity, with the potential of a second year by mutual agreement.  The successful candidate will hold a bachelor's degree with a major in the humanities or an advanced degree; have experience completing and coordinating research projects; an analytic ability to gather, summarize, and visualize data; and, an intention to pursue a graduate degree in the arts, journalism, or social sciences.

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Internship Opportunities

Investment Intern

The Foundation is seeking an Investment Intern to work with the Investment Team during a 10-week intensive program.  The Investment Team is responsible for managing the Foundation's endowment which comprises over $6 billion in assets across public and private investments.  The Investment Intern will support a range of projects throughout their time at the Foundation and will gain exposure to a wide spectrum of investment opportunities and asset classes.  The successful candidate will have completed sophomore or junior year by May 2021 at an undergraduate institution; have a strong academic background, including quantitative coursework; and, a compelling interest in and knowledge of the financial markets.

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