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Program Associate, Life Sciences

Location: Greater Philadelphia Area, PA

Department: Life Sciences, Programs

Reports to: Director, Life Sciences

Salary: Competitive salary beginning at $60,000 per year & eligible to participate in the Foundation’s incentive pay (bonus) program

Deadline: There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted until it is filled.

Organization and Position 

The John Templeton Foundation aspires to become a global catalyst for discoveries that contribute to human flourishing by enabling people to create lives of purpose and meaning. We fund research and catalyze conversations across disciplines—from astrophysics, evolutionary biology, and genetics, to philosophy, psychology, and economics – to inspire awe and wonder and help us understand what it means to live a life full of purpose and meaning.

The Foundation’s Life Sciences department seeks to advance basic scientific research on fundamental questions in biology, particularly ambitious ideas that are undervalued by traditional funding sources. The department’s $60 million of active projects are located around the world and represent a range of topics including life’s origin and evolution, and humanity’s place and future within nature. Current strategic priorities include the science of purpose, cultural evolution, and intellectual humility. The Life Sciences department also manages the Genetics portfolio, which supports contrarian basic and applied biomedical research aimed at minimizing future poverty and sickness. It seeks to identify and support contrarian ideas that challenge established paradigms, and has as a current emphasis the epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of disease.

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 Life 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 position will be based in the Foundation’s offices, located in West Conshohocken. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, team members may work in-office or remotely through March 1, 2022.  The Foundation does plan to resume in-office operations after that time. The Program Associate will need to maintain an in-office presence but may work remotely for a portion of their week in accordance with our hybrid work policy.

West Conshohocken, PA is a short drive (~15 miles) from Philadelphia and there is a nearby commuter train station with service into downtown Philadelphia. The offices are close to residential and commercial districts with multiple restaurants.

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

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