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

Program Associate

Reporting to the Program Officer for Public Knowledge, the Program Associate will work in close collaboration with the Senior Program Officer and Public Knowledge program staff on many aspects of the grantmaking process.  This position combines independent work monitoring grant activities and conducting grants-based research with work that is in collaboration with colleagues in the program and around the Foundation.  The work of the Program Associate is highly detail-oriented and requires accuracy, the ability to anticipate outcomes, multi-tasking, flexibility, cool-headedness, precision, patience, efficiency, and discretion.  The successful candidate will hold a bachelor's degree; advanced coursework or degree in library and information science, digital humanities, or a related field is desirable; have 3–6 years of experience working in a collecting, cultural heritage, or academic institution, or related experience; and, demonstrated knowledge of organizational practices and field-wide trends in libraries, archives, and/or technology, particularly as it relates to social justice work in the arts and humanities.

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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; 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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Director of Operations

The Foundation seeks a Director of Operations to serve as a trusted advisor and resource to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), and is the integration and communication point for operational aspects of the Foundation on behalf of the COO.  The Director of Operations will act as a key resource in directing attention and resources to priority matters and ensuring effective leverage of the COO.  The Director of Operations is a strategic partner to the COO and works across all areas of the Foundation to enhance operations and to align departments' goals.  The successful candidate will have approximately 10–15 years total work experience; a minimum 5 years of experience as a business/administrative/project manager; an advanced degree (MBA, JD) is strongly preferred; significant strength in IT strategy and needs assessment coupled with expertise, and experience with various IT concepts/workflows and implementation of large-scale enterprise solutions; and, proven overall business planning acumen.

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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

There are no current intern opportunities.

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