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

Executive Assistant (Humanities in Place)

The Foundation seeks an Executive Assistant in the Humanities in Place program.  The Executive Assistant is a full-time position that reports to the Program Officer, and works collaboratively with other members of the Humanities in Place department as well as staff throughout the Foundation.  The work is detail-oriented and time-sensitive, and the executive assistant will need to be proactive, adaptable, timely, discreet, measured in manner, sensitive both to the priorities and to the circumstances of the moment, and adept at problem-solving.  They will also need to be an exceptionally clear written and oral communicator.  There will be substantial calendaring, travel arrangement, and project management skills required, and it is anticipated that scheduling will account for most of the appointee's time and energy.

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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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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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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

No Current Opportunities