The Foundation is currently accepting applications for the following open positions. 

Program Assistant (Public Understanding of Science and Technology)

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is seeking a Program Assistant for its program in the Public Understanding of Science and Technology.

Job title: Program Assistant

Location:  Rockefeller Center, New York, NY  


The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a not-for-profit, mission-driven grantmaking institution dedicated to improving the welfare of all through the advancement of scientific knowledge. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in four broad areas: direct support of research in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics; initiatives to increase the quality, equity, diversity, and inclusiveness of scientific institutions and the science workforce; projects to develop or leverage technology to empower research; and efforts to enhance and deepen public engagement with science and scientists.


The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Program in Public Understanding of Science and Technology, directed by Doron Weber, supports books, radio, film, television, theater, and new media to bridge the two cultures of science and the humanities. The program also supports special initiatives that strengthen science as a social good.


The Program Assistant provides administrative support for all grants related to the Public Understanding of Science and Technology program, coordinating the grant process from initial inquiries through final reporting. This position has a high volume of communication with multiple grantees. There is a large amount of detail and deadlines related to this job and meeting all deadlines is critical to the success of the person in this position. This position handles the day-to-day administrative support for the Vice President and Program Director Doron Weber, assists with the management of the program’s social media accounts, and also coordinates occasional special initiatives including advisory board meetings, internal seminar visits, and external events.

This role provides first-class training, access to prominent leaders and institutions in the arts and sciences, and exposure to cutting-edge initiatives across diverse forms of media and technology. The person in this position must be highly organized and able to work independently with minimal supervision as well as work collaboratively with colleagues on a variety of projects and duties.


Responsibilities may include, but will not be limited to, the following:


  • Schedule meetings and maintain the VP’s very busy, hectic and ever-changing calendar to coordinate extensive travel, public engagements, and program related meetings
  • Manage travel logistics for the VP, such as booking hotel or travel, creating itineraries, obtaining conference agendas etc.
  • Arrange all on-site meeting logistics for VP including catering and IT needs
  • Assist VP with daily time management, including written and oral reminders for meetings and important deadlines
  • General office and grant-related work, such as filing, maintaining program records, preparing correspondence, responding to requests for information, handling phone calls, tracking expenses and various other tasks as assigned
  • Carry out discrete research projects and analysis related to the program as assigned


  • Work with the Program Associate to write content for and monitor all program-specific social media channels, including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook
  • Monitor the web for grantee news
  • Work with communications staff and VP to keep website pages up-to-date


  • Tracking and responding to inquiries, reviewing lists with VP and Program Associate on regular basis, and drafting declinations
  • Data entry into the Fluxx Grants Management system
  • Track the progress of proposals from initial contact to final reporting
  • Communicate directly with existing and prospective grantees, proposal reviewers, and others as required to clarify priorities and procedures, track the submission of materials, maintain the accuracy of data, and ensure completeness of proposal and grant documents
  • Assist VP and Program Associate with organizing, coordinating, and producing proposal materials, ensuring completeness and accuracy before distribution
  • Work with other Foundation departments to ensure timely delivery and processing of grant-related information, and facilitate rapid response to internal questions as they arise
  • Collaborate with colleagues to produce, verify, proof, and track documentation prepared for the Board of Trustees




The ideal candidate would hold a bachelor's degree or higher. Experience with grants administration and social media preferred. Required qualifications include:

  • Minimum 1-2 years administrative work experience.
  • Ability to work proactively with minimal direct supervision and manage multiple projects, while being a committed team player
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills
  • Experience or facility with social media, including drafting copy and running various accounts
  • Ability to read and understand organizational and project budgets
  • Ability to assimilate a high volume of detailed information quickly and accurately in a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to work with a diverse constituency and on multiple tasks, at times under deadline pressure
  • High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office applications; Fluxx experience a plus
  • Experience in film, theater, the arts and/or the sciences a plus
  • Integrity, intelligence, discretion, flexibility, and sense of humor
  • Understanding of and commitment to the goals of the program and the Foundation


The person who will fill this role will be expected to work in the office Tuesday – Thursday and may work remotely on Mondays and Fridays except when job related commitments require the person to be in the office.

The Foundation is emphatically committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its grant programs and among staff. As such, the Foundation strongly encourages applications from people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ people, and members of other marginalized communities.

The salary range for this position is $75,000 - $80,000



Interested candidates must submit a personalized cover letter and resume via email to [email protected] with “LAST NAME – Program Assistant” in the subject line.

Program Associate for Economics

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is seeking a Program Associate for its program in Economics. This is a postdoctoral position that carries both administrative responsibilities as well as outstanding opportunities to help shape, study, survey, and conduct academic research. This position is for two years with the potential to extend for one additional year, not to exceed a total of three years of employment.


Department:  Economics

Location:  Rockefeller Center, New York, NY    

Start Date:  July 2024


The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a not-for-profit grantmaking institution that supports high-quality and impartial research in science, technology, and economics; projects to foster a robust and diverse scientific workforce; initiatives to strengthen public understanding and engagement with science; and efforts to promote the health of the scientific enterprise.

In economics, the Sloan Foundation supports rigorous scientific research that expands current boundaries of the discipline, has a high expected return to society, and for which funding from other sources is not yet widely available. As one of the largest private funders of economic research, the Foundation has historically had significant impact on the rate and direction of academic activity.

Sloan’s Economics program currently supports work on a range of policy-relevant research areas, including industrial strategy and regional economic development, transportation and infrastructure, caregiving, and the productivity of the scientific enterprise. The program also supports efforts to create public goods that accelerate the production of rigorous empirical research as well as programs to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the economics profession.


The Program Associate has significant responsibilities for developing, evaluating, and managing grant proposals in economics. Excellent communication and organizational skills, along with scholarly judgement and curiosity, are essential. Applicants should have a strong understanding of econometrics and causal inference. The Program Associate works with the Program Director for Economics and directors of other programs across the Foundation to evaluate and improve the empirical methodologies proposed by prospective grantees. A notable feature of the position is exposure to a wide variety of early-stage, cutting-edge research projects that cross the boundaries between disciplines or subfields. Envisioning and enabling collaborations is therefore part of the job.


  • The Program Associate participates in the development of grantmaking priorities and strategies generally and in the solicitation, screening, and processing of specific research proposals. They are expected to keep abreast of trends, challenges, and advances—both concerning topics of interest to Sloan and concerning economics generally—by reading journals, attending conferences, and monitoring social media.
  • In addition to working closely with the Program Director for Economics, currently a Vice President of the Foundation, the Associate also interacts with other Program Directors across the Foundation—both by attending senior staff meetings and by helping to suggest, evaluate, and improve empirical methodologies proposed by prospective grantees in various fields. Strong econometric, statistical, and data science skills are therefore required.
  • Together with a Program Assistant, the Program Associate has responsibility for budgets, timelines, drafts of reports, etc. This requires organizational, administrative, collaborative, and writing skills as well as attention to detail.
  • Together with a Program Assistant, the Program Associate handles communication and coordination both within and outside the Foundation about inquiries, proposals, reviews, grants, and initiatives. This includes regular interaction with leading academics and research institutions, and so requires integrity, discretion, and judgment.
  • The Program Associate is expected to pursue his or her own research projects and career development. Subject to the Foundation’s scheduling constraints and requirements, this may include writing and publishing papers, taking classes, attending seminars and conferences, etc.


This is a position for a recent Ph.D. in economics or a closely related field. Experience working in a firm or a nonprofit organization, especially as a research assistant, would be helpful. The successful applicant will show evidence of thriving with both directed and self-directed tasks. They will also show interest in developing broad perspectives on economics as a field. Integrity, professionalism, and initiative are key personal qualifications.


Employees of the Foundation are expected to work in the Sloan offices in Rockefeller Center, NYC during normal work hours from Tuesday-Thursday and may work remotely on Mondays and Fridays, except when job commitments require presence in the office. The Foundation offers a generous benefit package.

The salary range for this position is $95,000 - $105,000.


Interested candidates must submit a personalized cover letter and resume/CV via email to [email protected] with “LAST NAME – Program Associate, Economics” in the subject line. Please indicate in your cover letter if you plan to attend the ASSA meetings.

The Foundation is emphatically committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its grant programs and among staff. As such, the Foundation strongly encourages applications from people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ people, and members of other marginalized communities.

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