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Program Officer, Human Sciences

Position Summary

Reporting to the Vice President, Programs, the Program Officer, Human Sciences, will share responsibility for the two major types of grantmaking activities of the John Templeton Foundation. First, the Program Officer will assist with and/or lead the development of proactive initiatives that advance scholarship in the social, behavioral, cognitive, and health sciences, especially (but not exclusively) as applied to the scientific study of religion. Second, the Program Officer will assist with the recruitment, review, and management of grant proposals received through the Foundation’s open submission process. This process begins with the review of online funding inquiries, continues with the invitation, review, and recommendation of full proposals, and ends with monitoring grants and evaluating completed work in ways that that contribute to future program development. During the life of a grant, the Program Officer will share responsibility for managing the Foundation’s relationship with the grantee and for official communications about the work of the grant.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Manage the life cycle of the grant process, including the Foundation’s relationship with a Principal Investigator, for initiatives that fall under the purview of Human Sciences.
  • Develop and implement new ideas for grants and projects, collaborating with other program staff as needed.
  • Communicate the “fit with mission” for Human Sciences grants and projects, both internally and externally.
  • Participate in all aspects of the grant submission and grant review process.
  • Develop special projects in collaboration with the Vice President, Programs and the Human Sciences department.
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of grants and grantees in conjunction with the Office of Planning and Evaluation.
  • Participate in site visits for active grants and attend relevant professional conferences.
  • Participate in outreach to potential grantees.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities.

Criteria & Relevant Skills

  • Master’s Degree required in the social, cognitive, behavioral, or health sciences; Ph.D. preferred.
  • Candidates with a demonstrated interest in at least one of the department’s current key projects are strongly preferred.
  • A track record of scholarship in scientific study of religion and/or clinical research is strongly preferred.
  • Experience of interdisciplinary research would be an advantage.
  • 3 – 5 years of professional experience in a foundation or academic setting.
  • Highly organized with strong analytical skills.
  • A proven track record of writing and editing program-related content, proposals, papers, and presentations.
  • Skilled communicator able to work with scholars and members of the academic community, as well as across internal departments.
  • Adept relationship builder able to forge and maintain professional networks.
  • Experience in grantmaking preferred.
  • Willingness to participate in regular domestic and international travel is essential.
  • Strong personal interest in the Foundation’s mission is essential.
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