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


Database Analyst

The Grants and Data Management team seeks to fill a database analyst position to support grantmaking and grant management functions at the Foundation. Reporting to the Senior Manager, Grant Administration and Information, the Database Analyst is responsible for grants information and processing tasks within the Fluxx system. The Database Analyst will assist the grantees and staff from across the Foundation with queries about Fluxx, and assist with staff trainings. The work is detail-oriented and requires excellent communications and problem-solving skills, positivity, patience, and a deep understanding of both the grants management system and grantmaking procedures.

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Program Assistant

The Foundation seeks a Program Assistant for the Public Knowledge program. Reporting to the Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Planning, the Program Assistant will provide grant management, administrative, and logistical support for the program. They will participate in various collective activities in Public Knowledge and at the Foundation, and on occasion may take on special assignments. This position combines independent work on on-going grantmaking activities (such as reviewing reports, responding to calls and correspondence from grantees, and assisting with preparing dockets for trustee meetings) with collaborative work with colleagues on program planning, special projects, and organizing meetings hosted by the program. Occasionally, the Program Assistant will interact directly with grantees who meet with program staff in virtual and in-person meetings. The work is highly detail-oriented and requires accuracy, the ability to anticipate outcomes, multi-tasking, flexibility, cool-headedness, precision, patience, efficiency, and discretion.

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Senior Graphic Designer

Mellon seeks a mission-driven, digitally-oriented senior graphic designer to join its communications team. Reporting to the creative director, the senior graphic design will partner with colleagues within communications and lead projects with staff from across our growing organization, developing strategic, conceptually-driven creative ideas and delivering hands-on executions of our new, award-winning visual identity across all our projects. The primary responsibilities will be to ideate and create concept- and brand-centered design work—with an emphasis on digital design but also including print, social media, and events. This new role will express program area initiatives and messaging outwardly in a thoughtful and design-driven way at a time of visual transformation for the Foundation. 

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Director, Budget and Financial Planning

Reporting to the CFO, the Director, Budget and Financial Planning provides strategic financial planning in support of the Foundation's mission, goals and objectives. The position is responsible for creating and implementing a robust budget and financial planning function across the Foundation, including operations, grants, and capital. The role will lead efforts to leverage technology to enhance the budget and planning process, with strong focus on enhancing reporting and data analysis. The role will work closely across the Foundation, cultivating positive working relationships, open communication and creating deeper alignment on the financial planning across programs and departments at the Foundation. The position requires the ability to be proactive and self-directed and must possess the sound judgment and the initiative to work through complex efforts.

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Digital Producer

Reporting to the Integrated Content Director, the Digital Producer will be part of a growing communications team at Mellon Foundation, tasked with raising the visibility of the Foundation's mission, grantees, and story. Under the supervision of the Integrated Content Director, the Digital Producer is responsible for creating and maintaining innovative, visually dynamic, polished, and crisp digital storytelling using a mix of technical acumen, analytical insight, excellent editorial instincts, and digital design. As a member of Mellon's internal Content and Creative teams, the Digital Producer is responsible for establishing effective web practices and user-centric content and working with developers and interaction designers to make Mellon's website a destination for vital storytelling about the fields in which the Foundation is invested.

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Applications Manager

The Foundation seeks an Applications Manager to provide application support to the end users as well as assist in management of the various enterprise applications reporting to the Information Technology Director. The Applications Manager collaborates closely with a diverse and talented team of experts across the IT staff, colleagues, and stakeholders across the Foundation. The ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the business is essential.

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Front-End Developer

The Foundation seeks a front-end developer to imagine and implement digital projects that bring our mission to life in new ways, and who will work closely as part of a multidisciplinary team to drive the continued digital evolution of the Foundation. Reporting to the IT Solutions Architect, with a dotted line to the Chief Communications Officer, the front-end developer is a member of both the IT services and Communications teams, and partners with colleagues across IT, visual designers, digital content producers and strategists, and other Foundation stakeholders to conceive, develop, and execute top-flight digital projects, which are part of a broader vision to illustrate grantees’ impact on social justice issues, to invite audiences to engage with the world-changing power of the arts and humanities via Mellon’s content, and to advance a more fair and just society.

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Full Stack Software Engineer

The Mellon IT team is looking for a Full Stack Software Engineer with well-rounded experience with application development and system integrations to support various internal projects. The Software Engineer will report to IT Solutions Architect. The engineer will work on multiple projects with various frontend and backend technology stacks and collaborate with internal and external teams.

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DevOps Automation Engineer

The Mellon IT team is looking for DevOps Automation Engineer to implement Cloud infrastructure for the Mellon business applications and build an automation framework to improve manual processes. The DevOps Engineer will report to IT Solutions Architect. The engineer will work on multiple projects with various technology stacks and collaborate with internal and external teams.

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Director of Learning and Evaluation

The Director of Learning and Evaluation is a new position reporting to the Executive Vice President of Programs. The Director has a unique and compelling opportunity to help foster an organization-wide culture of learning and evaluation. The Director will usher in change in a collaborative fashion, acting as a thought partner to leadership and the Program team. The new Director will emphasize interdisciplinary dialogue, imaginative use of learning and evaluation methods, creativity, and risk-taking. The Director will work closely with program staff to promote and support a culture that is hungry for information to assess programs, improve strategies, help both program staff and grantees learn and facilitate sharing those lessons with the broader public.

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Internship Opportunities

No current opportunities