Associate Program Officer

Spencer Foundation
Chicago,  Illinois


As the Spencer Foundation expands its work in developing new research initiatives, we seek 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. The appointment entails a three-year non-renewable contract. An additional one-year non-renewable term may be considered.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to

Working with Program staff on developing and sustaining research programs,

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 the Foundation at meetings and conferences.

Participating in the development of systems for capturing data from Spencer-sponsored research grantmaking.

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

-Reviewing grant proposals and facilitating external reviews.
-Providing comment on proposals in the program areas of inquiry.
-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.

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. 

-Evidence of continued engagement with scholarly work in her/his 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 Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Mail a letter of interest and current resume by June 30, 2012 to:

Director of Personnel
The Spencer Foundation
625 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60611