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Associate Program Officer


Associate Program Officer

Posted 03/22/2024
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The Spencer Foundation is conducting a search to hire a team member at the Associate Program Officer (APO) level. This position reports to the Director of Programs.

Primary Responsibilities

Working with Foundation staff on grant-making, 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 and reviewing 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 the development of new research initiatives, which may be based on literature reviews, conversations with leading researchers, conference proceedings, and findings from recent grantmaking, for example.
▪ Planning and organizing convenings on important topics at the intersection of research, policy, practice, and equity with grantees and other scholars.
▪ Representing Spencer at meetings, conferences, and in outreach activities
▪ Participating in the development of systems for capturing data from Spencer-sponsored research grantmaking.


▪ PhD or comparable graduate degree(s); substantial focus on research and concentration in education or related social science field required.
▪ We are particularly interested in candidates who have expertise in assessment, quantitative research methods, higher education, or disability studies.
▪ Evidence of continued engagement with scholarly work and strong research and analytic skills; active program of research.
▪ Commitment to equity & belonging.
▪ Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and competing demands and to establish priorities and meet deadlines.
▪ Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication skills.
▪ Experience collaborating within an organization, as well as a demonstrated ability to work with efficiency and diplomacy. Commitment to collaboration and working as part of a team that engages in collective, equitable decision-making.

Salary commensurate with experience.

The Foundation currently operates in a hybrid environment, working in the office 2-3 days per week. Additional days in the office may be required as needed. Associate Program Officers serve in term-limited appointments of up to 4 years.

The Spencer Foundation is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage applicants of different backgrounds, cultures, gender experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, physical disability, or length of time spent unemployed.

Email a letter of interest and current resume to:
Kellyn Gawel, Associate Director of HR and Administration

Deadline: April 30th (applications will be considered until the position is filled)

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