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Manager, Legal Operations

Robyn Harris

I enjoy studying, exploring and gaining a deeper understanding of the issues that impact our world. So, to work for a Foundation that is engaged in the discovery concerning life’s biggest questions is a wonderful gift to me. My position gives me the opportunity to utilize my educational background, international business experience and technical skills. Working at the Foundation provides many intellectual challenges as we assist the organization navigate the legal parameters of philanthropy while maintaining adherence to the Foundation’s Charter, Bylaws and guidelines.

Vice President, Programs

Kimon Sargeant

When I was trained as a scholar, all the pressures and incentives in the academy pushed me to dig deep and specialize in a narrowly defined area. For me, one of the great pleasures — and challenges — of working at the Foundation is that we have to do the opposite: we need to read broadly, look globally, and build bridges between our priorities and the talented people working in research and other fields. It’s not easy, it’s always interesting, and it’s rarely the same thing twice.

Human Resources Manager

Emily Hoffman

My role enables me to combine my personal interest in pursuing research surrounding life’s biggest questions with my skills and experience in the HR field. The learning culture at the Foundation has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. I am recognized and feel appreciated when contributing my ideas. I find joy in working at the Foundation because I am supporting a meaningful purpose and the remarkable people who teach me something new every day.

Our Benefits

We are committed to caring for our employees and their families through exceptional benefits.

Medical, Dental & Vision

The Foundation pays for 100% of employee healthcare premiums and generously contributes to family premiums.

401(k)

The Foundation offers a tax-advantaged 401(k) retirement savings plan with a variety of institutional investment options, a generous employer match, and additional discretionary contributions.

Life & Disability Insurance

Basic life insurance is provided without cost to our employees and provides access to supplemental life insurance plan options for employees and their families. Short-term and long-term disability coverage is provided at no cost to our employees.

Paid Time Off

Staff members receive generous paid vacation, plus 10 days paid sick leave and 5 paid personal days. Additionally, the Foundation observes a business holiday schedule with a floating holiday each year.

Paid Parental Leave

In conjunction with the Foundation’s short-term disability plan, employees are eligible for salary continuation during a maternity leave. Additionally, staff members are eligible to receive up to 6 weeks paid parental leave for time away for the birth or adoption of a child.

Staff Donation Program

The Staff Donation Program allows employees to allocate $5,000 to a charity or organization that aligns with Sir John’s philanthropic vision. Every approved donation request is made in the employee’s name with no employee donation required.

A careful choice of a career can contribute to humanity as well as provide personal fulfillment and growth.

-Sir John Templeton

Current Opportunities

Director, Philosophy & Theology

The Director, Philosophy and Theology is responsible for catalyzing and generating new philanthropic initiatives and grant programs that span the Foundation’s interests in a broad range of philosophical topics and theological traditions.

Director of Human Resources

The Director of Human Resources will report to and work collaboratively with the Chief Financial & Operating Officer (CFOO) and be a contributor to culture and a strategic driver of employee experience in this mission driven environment.

Vice President of Communication and Engagement

The John Templeton Foundation seeks an enterprising and thoughtful leader to serve as its Vice President of Communication and Engagement as it begins a new era of outreach and influence.

Coordinator, Program & Grant Operations

The Program & Grant Operations Coordinator is responsible for ensuring consistent grant making and grant monitoring processes at the Foundation.

Director, Life Sciences and Genetics

The Director, Life Sciences and Genetics is responsible for catalyzing and generating new philanthropic initiatives and grant programs that span the Foundation’s portfolio in Life Sciences and Genetics.

Director, Human Sciences

The Director, Human Sciences is responsible for catalyzing and generating new philanthropic initiatives and grant programs that span the Foundation’s Human Sciences portfolio.

Program Officer, Natural Sciences

Reporting to the Vice President, Natural Sciences, the Program Officer, Natural Sciences, is responsible for implementing the strategic and operational objectives of the Foundation’s investments in the Natural Sciences.

Officer, Planning & Evaluation

The Officer collaborates with Planning & Evaluation and grantmaking colleagues to inform strategy, monitor grant portfolio performance, assess performance against expectations and the Foundation's mission, and provide insight that improves programmatic decision-making.

Program Associate

The Program Associate will support grantmaking for the departments of Natural Sciences, Philosophy and Theology, and Global Strategies. 

Communications Associate

The Communications Associate’s activities include assisting with digital activities, advertising campaigns, conducting research and providing planning and administrative support to the Communications department.

Administrative Associate, Office of the President

The Administrative Associate provides administrative support to the President, the Executive Assistant to the President, and the Senior Fellow.

Speaker Series

Our monthly Speaker Series provides opportunities for our employees to gain valuable insights into a variety of research areas that the Foundation supports. Many of our speakers are current or former grantees whose work addresses our major Funding Areas.

Service Days

Staff are invited to participate in service days throughout the year in order to give back to communities in the greater Philadelphia region and beyond. To date we have built a library in a local high school, hosted a reading initiative and book giveaway in a local elementary school, and partnered with a local organization to pack meals for hunger relief.

Annual Staff Outing

Our Annual Staff Outing invites staff, family, and friends to enjoy time out of the office together. We have hosted special events at local Philadelphia favorites such as the Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Zoo. Most recently, we joined the Phanatic to cheer on the Phillies at a home game.

Open Forums

Monthly Open Forums provide an opportunity for communication of important information that affects all team members. Each open forum includes staff presentations on our grant making activities or other aspects of our work at the Foundation.