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Planning & Evaluation Associate (1 Year Duration)

Location: Philadelphia metro area, Pennsylvania, USA
Department: Planning & Evaluation
Reports to: Director, Planning & Evaluation
Position Type: Full-time; one year duration

Organization and Position

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humankind. We support research within disciplines ranging from astrophysics, evolutionary biology, and genetics, to philosophy, psychology, and economics. We seek to share and discuss discoveries related to life’s purpose and human happiness.  In all cases, our goal is to spur curiosity and accelerate discovery. To catalyze such discoveries, we provide grants for independent academic research on a wide range of topics that relate to the Foundation’s mission.

The John Templeton Foundation is seeking an Associate to support the review and coding of grant-related data that is vital to the John Templeton Foundation’s strategic planning and grant assessment needs.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Legacy Academic Publications: Review historic academic publications stored in Salesforce, academic databases, and publisher websites to confirm JTF funding. Use Excel and JTF’s web-based software to accurately code data.
  • Monthly Data Processing: Review recent academic publications to confirm JTF funding and identify external funders.
  • Character Virtue Coding: Identify grants and proposals relevant to the foundation’s work in this area of funding. Once grants and proposals are identified, extract academic publications and researchers and store using Excel and JTF web-based software.
  • Grant and Leader coding: Review grants and JTF-supported grantees to extract and code data using Salesforce, Excel and JTF’s web-based software.
  • Ad hoc Projects: Support for other strategic planning and evaluation projects that require internet research, grant review and data management.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s Degree or relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to review and manage data in a way that balances speed, accuracy, inquisitiveness, and diligence.
  • Experience with grant funding and academic research is strongly preferred.
  • Must be adept using internet research (Chrome) and data management (Excel) software. Experience using Salesforce and optical character recognition (OCR) software is beneficial.
  • Strong organizational skills and process orientation.
  • Ability to take ownership of new tasks and work independently.
  • Demonstrates professionalism, dedication and humility.


We are committed to caring for our employees and their families through exceptional benefits. We pay for 100% of employee medical, dental and vision premiums, and generously contribute to family premiums. We provide life insurance at no cost to employees. We offer a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Paid time off includes generous vacation, sick, and personal days. The Foundation offers a unique donation program, enabling employees the ability to direct a $5,000 donation to a mission aligned organization of their choice, with no employee donation required.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the role will be a remote-work position through at least May 2021. The Foundation does plan to resume in-office operations when it is safe to do so (advanced notice will be provided), and the position will be based in the Foundation’s offices, located in West Conshohocken, PA.  West Conshohocken, PA is a short drive (~15 miles) from Philadelphia and within walking distance of a commuter train station into downtown Philadelphia.

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