The Foundation is currently hiring for the following openings:
The William T. Grant Foundation seeks a Research Assistant to join our team. 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 Research Assistant coordinates letters of inquiry (LOI) for research funding; contributes to research and writing for the Program department; and provides limited administrative support to Program department staff. The Research Assistant also helps to ensure that information about the Foundation’s interests and grantmaking is accurately reflected in communications materials.
This is an exempt position. The salary range is $58,500 to $70,000 and is commensurate with experience. The Foundation also offers a highly competitive benefits package, which includes health, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending account; 403(b) contributions; 11 yearly paid holidays; and an annualized 25 total vacation, personal, and sick days. We require all employees to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as a condition of employment. The Foundation will consider requests for reasonable accommodations on an individual basis in accordance with applicable legal requirements.
1. Coordinate letters of inquiry (LOI) for select grants programs (i.e., Major Research, Officers’ Research, and Requests for Proposals) and the Early Career Reviewer Program.
- Coordinate and administer applications and review processes. This includes managing deadlines, organizing the internal review process, and corresponding with applicants.
- Assist in reviewing letters of inquiries and Early Career Reviewer applications.
- Assist in writing and updating text pertinent to the grants programs. This includes application, review, award, and reporting documents, as well as information on the website and in newsletters.
2. Contribute to research and writing for the Program department.
- Assist with literature searches, report coding, and reviews.
- Maintain resources for grantees and potential applicants.
3. Provide additional support for the Program department.
- Assist with external communications with potential applicants.
- Assist with writing, editing, and proofing documents, including written communication with the Board on specific grant programs.
- Support note taking and planning for meetings with grantees and others.
- Assist with recruiting external reviewers for applications.
- Maintain files and databases related to applications, reviews, work processes; and produce reports therefrom.
- Provide technical support to applicants.
- Evaluate and recommend improvements in application and review process.
4. Work with Communications staff to help ensure that information about the Foundation’s interests and grantmaking is accurately reflected in communications materials.
5. Contribute to department operations.
- Participate in projects and activities, including updating grants procedures and improving our online grants management system.
- Contribute to the development of timelines related to letter of inquiries and Early Career Reviewer program.
- Bachelor’s Degree required.
- Strong writing skills required. Editing experience preferred.
- Ability to reason scientifically required. Coursework or training in research design and methods preferred. Preferred knowledge of youth-serving systems (e.g., education, juvenile justice, child welfare).
- Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills, including ability to work independently and handle diverse administrative responsibilities, required.
- Working knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Office suite, and the Internet required. Experience with a grants management software (e.g., SmartSimple) is highly desirable.
- Good communication skills with all levels of internal staff and the public required.
- Desired traits include attention to detail, problem-solving ability, sound judgment, initiative, high productivity, maturity, flexibility, collegiality, and being a team player.
How to apply:
Submit a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information for three references to email@example.com. In the subject line, name the job for which you are applying and indicate where you saw this announcement. We are reviewing materials on a rolling basis; applications submitted by November 17 will be in the first set for review. The position will remain open until filled. The William T. Grant Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
The expected start date is January 3, 2024, but is negotiable in the event of conflicting prior commitments. The candidate hired for this position is required to work in the Foundation’s New York City office. Currently, employees may work remotely up to two days per week.
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 at $389 million in August 2023. Our annual budget is in excess of $20 million. The Foundation is based in New York City and has a full-time staff of 19.
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In addition to awarding research, career-development, and mentoring grants in our two primary focus areas, we seek to strengthen mentoring for early-career researchers of color, improve the production of methods and measures in the field, and forge connections between research, policy, and practice through limited communications and capacity-building activities.