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Program Officer, Individual Freedom and Free Markets

John Templeton Foundation
Program Officer, Individual Freedom & Free Markets
West Conshohocken, PA

Organization & Position Summary

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. We believe that economic well-being is an important component of human flourishing.

The Individual Freedom & Free Markets Funding Area supports education, research, and outreach projects to promote individual freedom, free markets, free competition, and entrepreneurship. Grounded in the ideas of classical liberal political economy and with a commitment to the moral equality of all human beings, we seek and develop projects that aim to advance freedom, widespread prosperity, and human flourishing for all. Whether by academic research, instruction, public outreach, or supporting debate on public policy, our grants contribute toward making the world more just, more prosperous, and more conducive to human flourishing. The Department’s priorities include advancing current research in and scholarly engagement with the classical liberal tradition (and fields related to political economy and Politics, Philosophy, & Economics), bringing greater attention to the important role of basic individual freedoms, human rights, & pluralism, and advancing market and enterprise—based solutions to poverty.

We are seeking a Program Officer, Individual Freedom & Free Markets (IFFM) to develop new projects, to support market solutions to major social challenges, to advance human rights & individual freedom, and to fund new scholarly research grounded in the classical liberal tradition. The Program Officer should bring ideas that shape creative and innovative proposals in these areas as we expand a grant making portfolio contributing to economic well-being and individual freedom in the United States and abroad. The Program Officer is responsible for the development of new funding proposals and the management of the full life cycle of the grant process within the area of Individual Freedom & Free Markets. The Program Officer’s specific activities include the review of grant proposals, communicating with applicants and grantees regarding the application and review process, collaborating with our evaluation team to determine the impact of our grants, developing new projects to advance the mission and vision of the Foundation, and representing the Foundation at relevant meetings and conferences.

The Program Officer reports to the Director, Individual Freedom & Free Markets.

The Program Officer will be based in West Conshohocken, PA and 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. 

Areas of Responsibility

  • Participate in all aspects of the grant submission and grant review process.
  • Review and analyze grant proposals, prepare funding recommendations, monitor grant activity, help grantees with change requests, and manage the Foundation’s relationship with project teams.
  • Communicate the Foundation’s mission and the department’s goals to relevant stakeholders, both internally and externally.
  • Develop special projects in collaboration with the Program Director or Vice President.
  • Evaluate the performance of grants and grantees in conjunction with the Planning and Evaluation department.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in other grant-making departments to develop and implement projects that benefit from a range of disciplinary perspectives and professional expertise.
  • Participate in site visits for active grants.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities.
  • Attend relevant professional conferences.

Criteria & Relevant Skills

  • D. or Master’s Degree in related area (including, but not limited to economics, political science, philosophy) preferred
  • 5+ years of related professional experience (in academia, philanthropy/grant-making, or the non-profit sector) required
  • Skilled communicator with a record of excellence in writing and editing proposals, papers, presentations, etc.
  • Adept relationship builder able to forge and maintain professional networks, including with scholars working within the classical liberal tradition and with organizations advancing individual freedom and free markets
  • Strong analytic skill and detail-orientation when gathering information, evaluating ideas, reviewing budgets, and making decisions
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and to meet deadlines
  • Strong personal interest in research on and advocacy for free markets aligned with the Foundation’s mission
  • Strong personal interest in the Foundation’s overall mission is essential.
  • Travel is required (approximately 25%)

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in the Individual Freedom & Free Markets Funding Area/this position and your salary requirements
  • Résumé

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: https://talentmarket.org/candidates/apply-for-your-dream-job/

Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire@talentmarket.org.

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.