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Program Associate

Organization and Position 

The mission of the John Templeton Foundation is to serve as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to life’s biggest questions. As a grantmaking organization, we fund research and outreach across a broad range of disciplines. We encourage civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians, as well as between such experts and the public at large. Led by a unique vision and extraordinary people, we seek to advance human wellbeing by funding the best ideas and capitalizing on what we learn.

The Program Associate will support grantmaking for the departments of Natural Sciences, Philosophy and Theology, and Global Strategies.  These departments seek to support projects that address Big Questions concerning the origin and nature of the universe, free will, the interaction of scientific knowledge with traditional beliefs and values, and many other topics.

To advance our mission and strengthen our extraordinary team, the Foundation is seeking a Program Associate who will assist in the full life cycle of grantmaking and grant monitoring process and provide administrative support for the departments of Natural Sciences, Philosophy and Theology, and Global Strategies, as well as for the Vice President, Natural Sciences.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree and at least three years of relevant professional experience.  Knowledge of the grantmaking process is desirable but not required.  Our new Program Associate will have excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills.  Demonstrated competence in Microsoft Office, primarily Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. A strong personal interest in the Foundation’s mission is essential.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Assist with the full proposal intake and proposal review process, from submission through grant award, which includes external reviews, project budget analysis, and the preparation of documents for review by the Foundation President and/or Board of Trustees.
  • Collaborate with department staff and Program Operations staff to maintain Charter compliance in all grants and grantmaking activities.
  • Assist department staff in preparing recommendations, reports, and other documents for the Foundation President and/or the Board of Trustees.
  • Track grantee documents, review financial and expenditure-responsibility reports, and manage change/amendment processes for active grants.
  • Track grantee events and provide content for the Communications events calendar.
  • Respond to inquiries from Applicants and Project Leaders.
  • Provide administrative support to the department in various ways, including: drafting departmental correspondence, coordinating meetings, making travel arrangements, and processing expense reports.
  • Assist with the creation and tracking of the departmental budget.
  • Assist with special research and/or administration projects that facilitate interdepartmental cooperation and support the overall mission of the Foundation.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • At least 3 years of relevant professional experience; preferably in a foundation or academic setting. Knowledge of the grant making process desirable but not required.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Professional experience in an administrative office setting preferred.
  • Strong skills in written and oral communication.
  • Ability to work and communicate with professionals in various academic fields.
  • Ability to take initiative for new projects and work independently.
  • Ability to attend to details while also managing multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated competence in Microsoft Office, primarily Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with Salesforce or comparable database systems is preferred.
  • Strong personal interest in the Foundation’s mission.


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, short-term disability coverage and long-term disability coverage at no cost to employees.  We offer a 401(k) retirement savings plan with an employer match and additional discretionary contributions.  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.


The Foundation’s offices are located approximately 15 miles outside of Philadelphia in West Conshohocken, PA.  West Conshohocken is a residential and commercial community in close proximation to major highways and many restaurants.  A train station is within walking distance.

To learn more about the Program Associate role, or to apply, please visit www.templetoncareers.org.

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