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Program Officer: Mellon Programs

Responsible for administration of the four programs funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: the Career Enhancement Fellowships for Junior Faculty and Adjunct Faculty, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows (MMUF) Dissertation Grants, MMUF Travel and Research Grants, and the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN).  Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading the solicitation and selection of MMUF candidates for the Mellon Dissertation Grants and Travel and Research Grants.
  • Planning and conducting selection events for the Career Enhancement, Dissertation, and Travel and Research Fellowships.
  • Planning and conducting the annual retreat for the Career Enhancement Fellowship (CEF). (Some travel required for selection events and for CEF conference.)
  • Managing all aspects of the MMFPN, including but not limited to organizing regional chapters and regional events, overseeing the mentoring program, planning the biennial conference, reaching out to target audience, and overseeing the newsletter and social media.
  • Creating and editing surveys for all programs to assess program effectiveness and impact
  • Overseeing accurate data collection.
  • Writing reports and updates as required by the Mellon Foundation.
  • Planning and executing special projects in conjunction with the goals and objectives of the Mellon Foundation.
  • Advising and advocating for Fellows in all programs concerning academic and other Fellowship related issues.
  • Assisting MMUF campus coordinators in alumni outreach.
  • Managing two direct reports.
  • Reviewing applications, evaluating credentials, and participating in candidate selection for Travel and Research Fellowship.
  • Working with team to design and develop all application materials under the guidance of the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer.
  • Other tasks as needed for the efficient running of all Mellon Programs at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.


  • Higher education experience and familiarity with university administration
  • Ability to represent the Mellon Programs in a professional manner
  • Strong upbeat personality and flexibility
  • Outstanding work ethic
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills
  • Impeccable written and verbal communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred)
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of people
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems efficiently and effectively and to initiate and implement projects independently

Additional Qualifications

  • Familiarity with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Programs a plus
  • Professional experience with various social media tools
  • Knowledge of Microsoft environments, including Word, Excel, and Access

How to Apply

Interested applicants should forward a résumé and cover letter including salary requirements to opportunities@woodrow.org, with ‘Mellon Program Officer’ in the subject line.

Program Associate: Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is seeking a Program Associate for the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network, funded through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Network comprises alumni from the Mellon Mays Fellows Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program, which encourages students from traditionally underrepresented groups to pursue careers in the academy. The MMFPN provides networking and mentoring experiences for MMUF alumni, with the goal of promoting their successful application to graduate study programs. The Program Associate will be responsible for staffing the daily operations of the program, and must be able to manage multiple projects with excellence and effectiveness. The Program Associate will report to the Program Officer for Mellon Programs.

Responsibilities include (but may not be limited to) the following:

  • Developing and expanding mentoring and networking programs
  • Assisting with webinar, conference and event planning
  • Encouraging and assessing alumni involvement
  • Creating and maintaining databases for reporting and networking
  • Creating printed materials to promote programming, including a quarterly newsletter
  • Overseeing social media content (Facebook, LinkedIn Groups and Twitter) and digital communications
  • Developing and implementing assessments of program activities
  • Provide logistical support to MMFPN alumni chapters in major U.S. cities (volunteer recruitment, event generation, budgeting)
  • Scheduling travel for MMFPN staff to events
  • Coordinating logistics (secure venue, food + beverage, agenda) for off-site meetings
  • Fostering effective communication with MMUF alumni


  • Two or more years of non-profit or other organizational experience
  • Excellent skills in writing, interpersonal communication, and other kinds of communication
  • BA required; MA preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to historically underrepresented groups
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and database management
  • Proficiency with various social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.

To apply, please send resume with cover letter, including expected salary, to opportunities@woodrow.org. Please include ‘Mellon Program Associate’ in the subject line of your email.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX employer. The Foundation is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants, without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran.

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