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Program Associate

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Philosophy & Theology, the Program Associate will play a vital role in the intake, review, management, and close-out of proposals and grants across a range of Program areas. The Program Associate will be involved in grant management in multiple program areas and departments, focusing on grants to organizations that are not registered U.S. charities, the majority of which are foreign organizations

Primary Areas of Responsibility

  • Assist with grant monitoring and administration for Expenditure Responsibility grants (i.e., grants to organizations that are not registered U.S. charities). The majority of these are likely to be grants in the Science and the Big Questions area, with an emphasis on the Natural Sciences.
  • Assist with all aspects of the proposal intake and proposal review process, including review of Online Funding Inquiries and Full Proposals, oversight of external review, and preparation of documentation for all Trustee and Presidential Proposal Review.
  • Track progress of active grants and monitor compliance. 
  • Assist in the review of grantee-submitted reports.
  • Respond to inquiries from grantees and manage grant change requests.
  • Support general office administrative duties related to the Funding Areas of grants undermanagement, including departmental correspondence, budgets, files, meetings and logistics.
  • Support departmental development of proactive funding initiatives

Criteria & Relevant Skills

  • 3+ years professional experience; preferably in a foundation or academic setting.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Some college coursework in either mathematics, physics, astronomy, philosophy and/or theology desirable but not required.
  • Competence in Spanish, Portuguese, or Arabic is desirable but not required.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Skilled oral and written communicator able to work with professionals across internal departments and communicate with external scholars.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to take initiative for new projects and work independently.
  • A team player who is able to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Demonstrated competence in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of the grant making and monitoring processes desirable but not required.
  • Strong personal interest in the Foundation’s mission is essential.

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The mission of the John Templeton Foundation is to serve as a philanthropic catalyst for discovery in areas engaging life's biggest questions. These questions range from explorations into the laws of nature and the universe to questions on the nature of love, gratitude, forgiveness, and creativity.

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