Program Officer, Natural Sciences

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
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John Templeton Foundation
West Conshohocken
United States of America
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Position Summary

Reporting to the Vice President, Natural Sciences, the Program Officer, Natural 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 research in the physical and mathematical sciences. 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 Natural Sciences.
  • Develop and implement new ideas for grants and projects, collaborating with other program staff as needed.
  • Communicate the “fit with mission” for Natural Sciences grants and projects, both internally and externally.
  • Contribute to the ongoing planning efforts of the Natural Sciences team.
  • Participate in all aspects of the grant submission and grant review process.
  • Develop special projects in collaboration with colleagues in Natural Sciences and related departments.
  • 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 physics, astronomy, mathematics, or a closely related field; Ph.D. strongly preferred.
  • Experience in research and professional networking is essential.
  • Candidates with a demonstrated interest in at least one of the department’s current key projects are strongly preferred.
  • A record of interdisciplinary engagement or scholarship that reaches outside of scientific fields of specialization.
  • At least three years of professional experience at a grant-making organization or an academic institution.
  • Experience in grant-writing and/or grant-making is preferred.
  • Experience with strategic planning and/or program implementation is preferred.
  • Highly organized with strong analytical skills.
  • A proven track record of writing and editing program-related content, proposals, papers, and presentations.


Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
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