Program Officer, Board-Directed and Medical Research Portfolios

Job Type

Full Time


Details: The position is full-time and based in New York City; salary includes full benefits package.




New York
New York
United States


  • Do you have a track record of intellectual rigor and academic achievement?
  • Are you interested in building deep knowledge on a variety of topics?
  • Are you able to remain humble at all times and open yourself up to inquiry, challenge, and change?
  • Are you curious about the role philanthropy can play in adding value to high-performing nonprofit organizations?
  • Can you manage multiple projects and operate swiftly with grace, precision and accuracy?

If you answered YES to all of the above, we invite you to apply to the Robertson Foundation for a full-time position as Program Officer, Board-Directed and Medical Research Portfolios. 

The Robertson Foundation: The Robertson Foundation is a private, family-led foundation established in 1996 by Julian Robertson and his wife Josie. By taking a targeted yet creative approach to philanthropy, Mr. Robertson, the Chairman of Tiger Management LLC., and his family seek to have a positive social impact and create a legacy that reflects the family’s values. At present, the Robertson Foundation is predominantly focused on grantmaking in medical sciences, environment and climate, and public education improvement. In its grantmaking, the Robertson Foundation seeks to optimize the potential impact of its grants.

The Position: Program Officer, Board-Directed and Medical Research Portfolios, is a new position that combines the partial responsibilities of two Program Officers into one, full-time position. Because of the diverse nature of the grantmaking managed and lead by the Program Officer, Board-Directed and Medical Research Portfolios, this position is an ideal opportunity for an individual who is curious by nature and has wide-ranging interests (from medical science and economic development, to leadership, and veteran’s initiatives).

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Building deep knowledge on a variety of topics;
  • Independently managing a grant portfolio by monitoring and evaluating grant progress, budgets, and metrics through site visits and written reports;
  • Working with external advisors and colleagues and reporting to senior leadership;
  • Working alongside Board members to ensure their interests are represented in Foundation grantmaking;
  • Preparing presentations and written materials for internal and external audiences;
  • Directing all portfolio activities, with respective program staff reporting directly or indirectly, while setting and maintaining the standard of operations.

Background and characteristics of strong candidates:

  • An undergraduate degree and relevant post-graduate experience;
  • No less than six-ten years work experience; project-based work a plus; exposure to medical science and/or medical research a plus;
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills with a commitment to continual learning;
  • Excellent written and oral communication;
  • Accurate and meticulous attention to detail in all matters;
  • Ability to synthesize large quantities of information and distill into relevant analysis;
  • Cross-cultural relationship-building skills; able to partner effectively both with not for profit leaders and with leaders from research institutions;
  • Adaptability to a variety of work styles, from fast-paced to quiet and serious;
  • An eagerness to use available peer and industry networks to develop relationships and conduct due diligence;
  • Flexible and adaptable with a sense of humor;
  • Commitment to a collegial, team-oriented workplace; and
  • An interest and willingness to place the Board’s philanthropic interests above your own.


The position is full-time and based in New York City; salary includes full benefits package.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

If interested, please email or send a cover letter and resume to Ruth Brenner at or 101 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10178.

Robertson Foundation values diversity and is committed to the recruitment and retention of individuals of diverse backgrounds, sex, race, religion, age, disability, gender preference and sexual orientation.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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