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

Office Services Manager

Reporting to the Director of Facilities, the Office Services Manager will manage general administrative and clerical support for the Foundation.  Additionally, the Office Services Manager will provide coverage during breaks for reception (approximately an average of three hours per day).  Additional responsibilities include courier package handling, supply ordering, copying, and document production services for the Foundation.

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Program Associate

The Foundation seeks a Program Associate in the Higher Learning program.  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 thrice-yearly 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.  Graduate degree preferred.  However, outstanding candidates without an advanced degree but who have at least several years of grantmaking experience will be considered.

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Program and Research Assistant

Reporting to the Senior Program Associate and partnering closely with the President's Office team and other colleagues across the Foundation, the Program and Research Assistant will provide programmatic, research, and logistical support to the grantmaking work of the President's Office, with a particular focus on the Puerto Rico initiative and our emerging initiative on the criminal legal system.  We seek a candidate with knowledge about, and lived experience relating to, the US criminal legal system and/or the history, culture, and art of Puerto Rico and its diaspora.  This position includes independent work on on-going grantmaking activities; episodic or long-term research projects; collaborative work with colleagues across program areas and around the Foundation; and limited administrative work.

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Operations Administrative Coordinator

The Operations Administrative Coordinator is a full-time position that reports to the Director of Operations and Business Systems, and also takes assignments from and works closely with other Operations team members.  The role is detail-oriented and requires flexibility, adaptability, and creativity to accomplish the basic priorities along with tasks arising from the circumstances of the moment.  The successful candidate will hold a bachelor's degree, preferably in business, and have a minimum of 2–3 years full-time experience in an office environment.  

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Internal Communications Manager

Reporting to the Chief Communications Officer, the Internal Communications Manager will be part of a growing team of communications professionals interested in producing and communicating meaningful, relevant, and impactful work at the Mellon Foundation.  The successful candidate will be a very hands-on communications strategist, motivated by the opportunity to partner with people at all levels of the Foundation and to steward our mission through our culture so that our employees are informed, engaged, and empowered to be successful working at Mellon.

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Internship Opportunities

Program Intern (Arts and Culture)

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 2022.  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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