The William T. Grant Foundation is seeking a researcher to join our staff as a Program Officer. The Foundation is a national funder of high-quality research on children and youth in the United States. Our current focus areas are: 1) programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes; and 2) strategies to improve the use of research evidence in policies and practices that affect youth. Our funding spans various social science disciplines and across child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, employment, youth programs, and education.
The position is a member of the Foundation’s Senior Program Team, which is responsible for setting program directions, developing and implementing new program initiatives, reviewing grant applications, supporting grantee work, and representing the Foundation with external audiences. This is an exempt position.Position responsibilities include:
- Directing the Foundation’s two career development programs for researchers: the William T. Grant Scholars Program and Mentoring Grants;
- Reviewing research proposals across the above and other grant programs and facilitating peer review of them;
- Supporting grantees by reviewing their progress and assisting them in meeting the goals of their grants;
- Developing and improving research initiatives. This may include reviewing literature, synthesizing findings from funded research, and surveying researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other funders about the field’s needs;
- Organizing meetings with grantees, other funders, policymakers, and practitioners;
- Overseeing consultants and vendors who support the Foundation’s programs;
- Building the Foundation’s relationships with other funders, policymakers, practitioners, and researchers;
- Representing the Foundation at conferences and other meetings; some travel is required;
- Writing about the Foundation’s research initiatives for research, policy, and practice audiences.
- Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the social sciences or an allied field;
- At least two years post-Ph.D. in a full-time position in research, practice, or policy affecting youth;
- Expertise in social science theory, methods, and data analyses related to the Foundation’s research interests; preference for advanced qualitative methods expertise;
- Demonstrated success producing, publishing, and presenting high-quality research;
- Interest in supporting the scholarship of others;
- Excellent written and oral communications skills;
- Excellent project management skills in juggling multiple demands, establishing priorities, and meeting deadlines for self and others; preference for supervision experience;
- Ability to work with junior and senior staff with professionalism and respect; and
- Integrity, interpersonal skills, wisdom, and good judgment.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter describing interests in and qualifications for the job responsibilities; curriculum vita; two representative research publications; and contact information for four references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is January 3, 2022, but is negotiable in the event of conflicting prior commitments. The William T. Grant Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.About the William T. Grant Foundation
The William T. Grant Foundation supports research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. The Foundation’s focus areas are reducing inequality in youth outcomes and improving the use of research evidence in ways that benefit young people. Its grantmaking centers on high-quality empirical research that has the potential to advance theory, build evidence, and inform policy and practice. The Foundation’s assets were valued over $400 million as of June 30, 2021. Our annual budget is in excess of $19 million. The Foundation is based in New York City and has a full-time staff of 19.Note: We currently are working remotely; however, when we reopen our offices, all staff members are required to work in our New York City office.