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Associate Program Officer


Associate Program Officer

Posted 05/04/2021

The Spencer Foundation seeks to hire an Associate Program Officer to work with Foundation staff to implement goals in the major programmatic areas. The Associate Program Officer will report to designated members of the Program staff. We are particularly interested in a Program Officer with expertise in early childhood education or developmental psychology, literacies, and/or special education.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Working with Foundation staff on the process and management of submitted proposals and grants, including:

  • Reviewing grant proposals and facilitating external reviews.
  • Providing comments on proposals across field-initiated and Foundation-initiated programs.   
  • Preparing and presenting proposal recommendations.
  • Writing summaries of progress reports from grants.
  • Coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating activities and outcomes for a portfolio of initiatives or grants. 

Working with Program staff on developing and sustaining research programs, including:

  • Writing analytic reviews to support developing new research initiatives, which may be based on literature reviews, conversations with leading researchers, conference proceedings, and findings from recent grantmaking. 
  • Planning and organizing conferences on the emerging research agendas with grantees and other scholars.
  • Representing Spencer at meetings and conferences. 
  • Participating in the development of systems for capturing data from Spencer-sponsored research grantmaking.
  • Engaging in outreach and university visits as a representative of Spencer.

Preparing regular reports and presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences, summarizing development and recommendations for key program areas, including:

  • Assisting in the development of reviews, summaries, and informative reports.
  • Contributing to the development and drafting of materials for public dissemination. 


  • A PhD, EdD or other comparable graduate/professional degree with substantial concentration in education or a related social science field is preferred.  Expertise associated with literacies, early childhood education or developmental psychology, and special education is preferred. All methodological traditions are welcome.
  • Evidence of continued engagement with scholarly work in his/her field.
  • Evidence of strong research and analytic skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and competing demands and to establish priorities and meet deadlines. 
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in a role requiring collaboration within an organization, as well as a demonstrated ability to work with efficiency and diplomacy.

Salary commensurate with experience. The appointment entails a four-year non-renewable contract. The Spencer Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. 

Email a letter of interest and current resume by June 1, 2021 to:

Kathryn Gray, Director of Personnel 


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