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Careers

The Foundation is currently accepting applications for the following open positions.  Follow the links below to learn more about job responsibilities, qualifications sought, and how to apply.

Program Director

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM Higher Education

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation seeks a Program Director to lead its program in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM Higher Education (“the DEI-STEM program”), to start July 1, 2020. Founded in 1934 and headquartered in New York, the Sloan Foundation makes annual grants of approximately $85M, primarily in support of research and education related to science and economics. The full inclusion in higher education of all members of our society was a keenly felt concern of Alfred P. Sloan himself, and it has been a core element of the Foundation’s work since its inception.

The purpose of the DEI-STEM program, with annual grantmaking of approximately $7M, is to increase the diversity of higher education institutions and the work force in STEM fields and economics. A significant part of our grantmaking is designed to improve access, inclusion, and equity at the graduate level for students from historically underrepresented groups.  Most of such funding flows through two large sub-programs, the Minority PhD Program’s University Centers for Exemplary Mentoring and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership. Both aim to develop the diversity of the professoriate and serve students who identify as African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, or American Indian/Alaska Native. The Foundation also makes grants supporting select initiatives that promote broadly the interests of higher education and professional advancement of women and underrepresented minorities within STEM fields and economics.

The central role of the Program Director is to provide strategic and tactical leadership for all aspects of the DEI-STEM program. The Program Director will assess the impact and cost-effectiveness of current grantmaking strategies, propose and initiate changes where appropriate, and propose and develop new initiatives. In doing so, they will appoint, charge, and consult with appropriate advisory bodies, as well as with fellow Program Directors and the president of the Foundation. They will oversee all grantmaking in the program and manage all ongoing grants and relationships with grantees. They will lead the periodic formal evaluation of grantmaking programs within the DEI-STEM program, and of the program as a whole. They will be expected to collaborate in grantmaking with funding entities such as government agencies and other foundations, as well as with other Program Directors at the Foundation. They will be chiefly responsible for representing the program to the Board of Trustees. They will also represent the program externally, for example to other foundations, professional associations, disciplinary societies, and the media.

Grantmaking at the Foundation is a shared and collaborative endeavor, and the Program Director will be expected to participate fully in the collective work of the Foundation. In particular, they will be a member of the program committee composed of the Program Directors and the President, reading and evaluating proposals across the programs of the Foundation. In addition, they will be expected to provide consultative input, where needed, into DEI aspects of grantmaking in other Foundation programs. Every proposal solicited by the Foundation is required to include a substantive Attention to Diversity statement, articulating how the work that is proposed will include specific elements that address historical underrepresentation in STEM and economics and that actively promote the goals of greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the scientific enterprise.

The successful candidate will provide intellectual and administrative leadership for the DEI-STEM program. They will be expected to have a demonstrated passion for issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, along with a multi-faceted record of achievement equivalent to that of a tenured professor. Effective administrative experience in higher education at the university or systems level is strongly preferred, especially professional experience in leading programs to support DEI in STEM and STEM education. Past experience as a participant in such programs would be valuable, as would expertise in formal program evaluation. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or an equivalent terminal degree, preferably in one of the sciences, engineering, mathematics, economics, or a related social science discipline.

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and members of other underrepresented groups to apply for this position. The Foundation actively seeks and encourages applications from candidates who would broaden the diversity of backgrounds and lived experiences of the Foundation’s staff.

To Apply:

All applications should be sent to pdsearch@sloan.org. Please attach to the email a single pdf that includes both a Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae, and use your “last name, first name” when naming this pdf document. For full consideration, applications should be received by December 15, 2019.

Program Associate, Digital Information Technology

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Digital Information Technology program seeks to hire a motivated, dynamic Program Associate who will support existing grantmaking and serve as a thought partner to the Program Director as the program explores new directions. This is a two-year position, potentially renewable for a third year.

Major Responsibilities

The Program Associate will work closely with the Program Director on program strategy, researching potential new directions and mapping the landscape of potential grantees, reviewers, events, and projects for further investigation. With input from the Program Director, the Associate will also conceive and lead a program of activities to facilitate more robust communication and collaboration among grantees.

On a day-to-day basis, the Program Associate will triage inbound Letters of Inquiry, help review proposals, and support grant management processes. Much of the Foundation’s work takes place through iterative revisions of and comments on proposals and internal memoranda, and the Program Associate must be skilled at expressing complex ideas in straightforward writing (and helping others to do so). Over time, the Program Associate will take primary responsibility for elements of the grant workflow, sourcing external reviewers and developing grants themselves under the supervision of the Program Director.

A modest amount of travel is to be expected, and the Program Associate will need to be able to display careful judgment when representing the Foundation at meetings and workshops.

Education and Experience

An ideal candidate will have deep familiarity with the natural, social, and/or information sciences; PhD or equivalent experience preferred, as a nuanced understanding of universities and other research institutions will be crucial for success. Strong communication and organizational skills required, as is at least some familiarity with contemporary computational and data science tools. Self-motivation and the ability to work independently are important, as is a certain humility in the service of grantees.

The Program Associate is a term-limited position of two years (with the option of renewing for a third). She/he/they will gain systemic exposure to emerging technologies and their relationship to the production and dissemination of knowledge, experience that could be valuable to any number of career trajectories.

The Foundation maintains an emphatic commitment to all forms of diversity in its programs and among its staff, and we welcome and encourage applications from candidates from groups who are traditionally underrepresented in science and technology.

About the Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a fast-paced, rigorous environment that supports basic research and broad public engagement with science, technology, and economics, and the Digital Information Technology program aims to foster general advances in the production and dissemination of knowledge through technological innovation while maintaining strong ties with specific application contexts across the foundation’s research programs.

Applications

The start date of this position is flexible. If you are constrained by commitments made for the 2019/2020 academic year, do not let that deter you from applying for the position.

We offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits. For consideration please send cover letter and resume to hr@sloan.org. In the subject line please put the job title Program Associate, DIT.   The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Investment Director

THE ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grantmaking institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors, the Foundation makes grants in three broad areas: direct support of research in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics; initiatives to increase the quality and diversity of scientific institutions; and efforts to enhance and deepen public engagement with science and scientists.


JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is seeking an Investment Director to assist with the management of a broadly diversified portfolio composed of investments in asset classes that include public equity, fixed income, hybrid credit, alternative strategies, and private investments.

All investment team members are generalists and have the responsibility to implement the investment policy established by the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees. The Investment Director has responsibilities across all asset classes and reports to the Chief Investment Officer.   

Assignments and duties of the Investment Director include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conceptualizing, executing, and evaluating investment strategies across private equity, public / private credit, alternative strategies and public market investments.  Continually exploring, identifying, evaluating, and recommending new investment opportunities and managers. 
  • Developing investment recommendation memos for review and refinement by the Chief Investment Officer for presentation to the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Taking an active role in ongoing investment management and risk management and contributing to the asset allocation and risk allocation process for the entire portfolio.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the performance of existing investments and investment managers through continuous review of portfolio analytics, manager meetings, and manager communications. 
  • Executing due diligence reviews on prospective investment managers and working with the Investment Operations Manager on operational due diligence.
  • Staying abreast of market conditions and developments that may affect the Foundation’s investment holdings.
  • Participating in the institutional investment community, representing the Foundation, maintaining relationships, sharing information, and assessing trends.
  • Supporting the Chief Investment Officer in all aspects of Investment Committee relations, presentation preparation, asset allocation, and liquidity management.
  • Working with colleagues on continuously developing and following the best practices and procedures for investment monitoring, analysis, and reporting.
  • Adhering to and ensuring compliance with the Foundation's investment policy; Code of Conduct; the investment team's policies and procedures; and all relevant legal, regulatory, and ethical standards.
  • Traveling both within and outside the U.S. to meet with existing and prospective managers, and to attend annual meetings, and conferences.

 

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

The Investment Director position requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent and eight or more years of substantive investment experience. Desirable experience includes the evaluation, monitoring, and selection of public equity, private equity, credit, real estate, and alternative strategies including but not limited to discretionary macro, relative value, commodity trading advisors, and multi-strategy funds.  An MBA or CFA is preferred.


KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS:

The Investment Director position requires a broad knowledge of and passion for investment markets, instruments, and practices.

  • Successful applicants will demonstrate strong critical intelligence, analytical and quantitative skills, and a high level of attention to detail.  Using these attributes, applicants will be able to conduct and interpret in-depth analyses without losing sight of the larger picture, identify key problems, and suggest solutions.
  • The position requires an individual who is self-motivated, proactive, and has the confidence, courage, and intelligence to develop and promote strong, non-consensus investment recommendations. 
  • Exceptional communication skills are required to convey ideas and results to colleagues formally and informally, in writing and verbally, in a logical, concise, and coherent manner, and to be highly effective in external interactions. 
  • Strong team orientation with high energy, excellent interpersonal skills, a passion and talent for mentoring, and the capacity to work productively with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently and in a group, as well as under pressure/tight deadlines.
  • Computer skills should include a strong command of information management applications including Excel and PowerPoint. Familiarity with eVestment, Caissa, and Backstop is an advantage. 


TO APPLY:

For full consideration for the Investment Director position, please apply by February 21th following the directions below:

Required Documents:  Resume, Cover Letter (both PDF format)
Email to:                        hr@sloan.org
Subject Line:                  Application – Investment Director – [Last Name], [First Name]

You will be contacted directly should your background and qualifications be a match. Work samples and references may be requested during the interview process. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!

Communications Assistant


JOB SUMMARY:

The Communications Assistant (CA) will primarily assist in the execution the day-to-day operations of the Foundation’s communications function. The CA will be responsible for creating original content for the Foundation’s website, publications, and social media channels; will develop graphic, written, digital, policy and other resources for use by the Foundation’s programs; respond to press and grantee requests; draft and edit press releases; create and maintain Foundation contact lists, and work with the Communications Manager to identify and meet the communications needs of the Foundation’s grantmaking programs.


JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Assist in the development of new content for the Foundation’s publications and outreach channels, which may require conducting and transcribing interviews with program directors and grantees, performing research, writing, and/or copyediting.
  • Monitor and manage the Foundation’s social media presence.
  • Assist with updates to the Foundation’s website by uploading and publishing content through the site’s content management system.
  • Proofread press materials and website content and ensure their adherence to the Foundation’s in-house style guide.
  • Monitor media coverage related to the Foundation’s staff, trustees, programs, awards, activities, and key grantees.
  • Manage and update contact lists.
  • Manage internal Foundation communications events calendar
  • Answer requests from the media and grantees by providing strategic guidance and resources as required.
  • Maintain Foundation’s image library. Clear photo rights.
  • Work with grantees and affiliated foundations to coordinate media announcements.
  • General administrative tasks.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

  • Successful candidates will have an interest in science and scientific inquiry, a belief in its capacity to make the world a better place, and an enthusiasm for the challenges and rewards of science communications.
  • Proven writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree. Formal or informal training in either communications or in one or more scientific disciplines a plus, but not required.
  • 1-3 years’ work experience in a communications role recommended, but not required.
  • Experience and familiarity in online community management, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, including excellent attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. Professional competence in these systems a plus.
  • Familiarity with Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Good judgment to solve problems and make decisions independently.
  • Adaptability, with the ability to manage many projects and several priorities simultaneously.
  • Ability to work cooperatively, enthusiastically, and productively in a small team.


HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates must submit a personalized cover letter and resume via email to HR@sloan.org with “LAST NAME – Communications Assistant” in the subject line. Applicants will be required to complete a proofreading and writing exercise as part of the interview process. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive, welcoming environment where every employee has the tools and opportunity to succeed.


Investment Operations Manager

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Investment Operations Manager has primary responsibility for fund data management, cash management and treasury, reporting and reconciliation, operational due diligence on investment managers, and for managing the investment operations processes. The position's responsibilities also include ensuring data and documentation control, maintaining technology resources, as well as other functions that support the successful implementation of the Foundation’s investment strategy.

The Investment Operations Manager reports to the Chief Investment Officer and works closely with that position as well as with other members of the Foundation's investment group to ensure the effective operation of the Foundation's investment functions.  The position requires oversight and coordination of all investment operations processes and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversee investment accounting and performance reporting, valuation, cash flows and data reconciliation. Forecast portfolio cash flows and prepare forward looking asset allocation models.
  • Manage execution of investments, including treasury functions, trading, rebalancing, KYC and AML processes. Oversee new accounts, prepare and fulfill legal documentation requirements, coordinate information flow from external fund managers to the Foundation and custodian bank, and maintain up-to-date records.
  • Establish and maintain best-in-class processes and internal controls to ensure the integrity of the financial data and to support the investment team functions
  • Manage external vendor relationships (custody, brokerage, risk system, data management, etc.) and function as the main point of contact between the institution and the vendors
  • Support annual audit process and work closely with the Finance team at Sloan Foundation on all matters related to audit, monthly reconciliation and cash management.
  • Execute operational due diligence reviews on prospective investment managers and maintain ongoing review of existing managers.



EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

The Investment Operations Manager position requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent and five or more years of substantive exposure to traditional and alternative investment strategies. Desirable experience includes leading the reporting, operations or middle office function at an asset management firm including valuation, trading, compliance and managing counterparty relationships. A background in accounting is also a plus.



KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

The Investment Operations Manager position requires an individual who possesses high levels of analytic ability and intellectual curiosity, and a working knowledge of investment management in alternative investments such as hedge funds and private equity partnerships. An accounting background or strong familiarity with fund administration and account valuation for alternative investment products is preferred.

  • The position requires an individual who is self-motivated, pays a high attention to detail, is  proactive, and has the confidence and resourcefulness to work independently without the need for detailed guidance.
  • Successful applicants will demonstrate superior organizational and quantitative skills as well as strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. The incumbent must be able to effectively communicate ideas and results to colleagues formally and informally, in writing and verbally, in a logical, concise, and coherent manner, and to interface with external managers, custodian and service providers, as appropriate.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a collaborative work style and team-oriented approach
  • Computer skills should include a strong command of information management applications including Excel and PowerPoint. Familiarity with Backstop, Caissa, and Burgiss is an advantage. 



TO APPLY

For full consideration for the Operations Manager position, please apply following the directions below:

Required Documents:  Resume, Cover Letter (both PDF format)

Email to: hr@sloan.org

Subject Line: Application – Operations Manager – [Last Name], [First Name]

You will be contacted directly should your background and qualifications be a match. Work references may be requested during the interview process. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!

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