The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (“Foundation”) believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and we believe that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom to be found there. Through our grants, we seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive. It makes grants in four core program areas (Higher Learning, Arts and Culture, Public Knowledge, and Humanities in Place) and through a small number of cross-cutting Presidential Initiatives. The Foundation seeks a Program Associate in the Office of the President to support the work of the Foundation’s Monuments Project.
In 2020, the Mellon Foundation launched The Monuments Project, a five-year, $250 million initiative to reshape the United States’ commemorative landscape by supporting public projects that more completely and accurately represent the multiplicity and complexity of American stories. The Monuments Project builds on the Foundation’s efforts to express, elevate, and preserve the stories of those who have often been denied historical recognition, and explores how we might foster a more complete telling of who we are as a nation.
Reporting to the Program Advisor & Chief of Staff (PACOS) and partnering closely with the President’s Office team and the Program Officer for Humanities in Place, the Program Associate will participate in all aspects of the Monuments Project grantmaking and strategy. Among other responsibilities, the Program Associate will screen and evaluate grant inquiries and concept notes, develop relationships with potential grantees and engage with them in meetings and in written correspondence, help to develop proposal documents, draft internal grant memoranda and other documents, and function as grantees’ primary points of contact for post-award management. The Program Associate will also work closely with other Monuments Project staff to ensure the strategic alignment of all work within the Project, track Project spending, and assess progress against strategic goals as the Project proceeds.
The successful candidate will bring direct experience from the fields of commemoration, public history, public art and design, or similar humanities-based, publicly oriented, justice-focused work. The candidate will be curious, thoughtful, highly motivated, energetic, collaborative, and congenial, with well-developed written and oral communication skills, top-notch organizational capacity, an ability to work independently and exercise careful discretion. This position includes independent work on on-going grantmaking activities, episodic or long-term research projects, collaborative work with colleagues around the Foundation, and administrative work in support of grantmaking out of the President’s Office.
The position requires continuous orientation to programmatic and budgetary detail, flexibility, cool-headedness, effective time-management, precision, patience, efficiency, good humor, and discretion; and the ability to conceptualize and strategize at the programmatic level. We expect the successful candidate will be a collegial, understanding, and generous person in all grantee relations so that stakeholders can feel like partners in a common enterprise.
Responsibilities may include, but will not be limited to the following:
The ideal candidate would hold a bachelor’s degree; an advanced degree in a humanities discipline, social science, law, or related fields or equivalent field experience is preferred. Applicants should also possess:
The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, and excellent working conditions.
Candidates should apply by submitting a thoughtful cover letter describing fit for the position together with a resume to: Program Associate
We will consider each response carefully, but will only contact those individuals whose candidacies we seek to pursue.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (“Foundation”) believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and we believe that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom to be found there. Through our grants, we…