Job Post, Templeton Foundation

Program Officer Opening at John Templeton

We are currently recruiting for a new Program Officer position in Human
Sciences at the John Templeton Foundation. Full details are here:

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
* 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
* 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
* 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.

Visit to learn more and submit your

Nicholas J. S. Gibson, Ph.D. | Senior Program Officer, Human Sciences | John
Templeton Foundation

300 Conshohocken State Road, Suite 500 | West Conshohocken, PA 19428, United

P: +1-610-941-2828 | F: +1-610-825-1730 |

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