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Program Associate, Public Engagement

Location: Greater Philadelphia Area, Pennsylvania, USA
Department: Public Engagement
Reports to: Director, Public Engagement
Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications and experience
Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

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.

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 Public Engagement department.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree.  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 proposal intake and review process, from initial submission through grant award, which includes soliciting external reviews, analyzing the project budget, and preparing 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.
  • Conduct initial review of final grantee-submitted reports.
  • Support the Department Head and the Program & Grant Operations department in closing active grants.
  • Track grantee events and provide content for the Communications events calendar.
  • Respond to inquiries from Applicants and Project Leaders.
  • 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.
  • 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 2021.  The Foundation does plan to resume in-office operations in January 2022.

West Conshohocken, PA is a short drive (approximately 15 miles outside of 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.

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