Job Announcement: Program Officer – Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – Energy & Science Programs

PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP is posting this position as part of an informal partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. We have been asked to disseminate this job announcement. Please consider this position.


Opportunity: Program Officer (Energy and science programs)

Roles and Responsibilities:
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation seeks a bright, highly motivated, and well-organized individual with five to ten years of experience for the position of Program Officer in its energy and science program areas.
The Program Officer serves as the Foundation’s key manager of grantee relationships for the assigned program areas. The position works closely with the Program Directors and President to help manage the current grant portfolio, evaluate and respond appropriately to new grant opportunities, and develop new program strategies. The position monitors and evaluates grantee progress and new opportunities through site visits, reports, publications, conferences, and workshops. The Program Officer stays abreast of developments and emerging trends in relevant fields, and reviews and synthesizes research across multiple engineering, physical and social science disciplines to inform the Foundation’s grantmaking in these areas. The position reports directly to the President, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit founded in 1934, makes grants to support research and education in science, technology, economic performance, and the quality of American life. As of December 31, 2012 the Foundation’s endowment was ~$1.7 billion. The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and seeks a broad and diverse pool of candidates for this position.

The Program Officer position for the energy and science program areas requires a generalist with broad interest and expertise in energy technology, policy, economics, and regulation. The successful candidate will also have a strong interest in and familiarity with physical and social sciences generally. Breadth of knowledge and interests are important attributes for a successful Program Officer at the Foundation. The position requires 5-10 years of experience in the public, non-profit, and/or private sector, preferably in multiple, challenging assignments or in interdisciplinary scholarship; a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in engineering, science, economics, or or a multi-disciplinary degree covering two or more of these fields; and a strong record of achievement and relevant experience.
The Program Officer position requires a high level of intellectual, analytic, problem-solving, leadership, entrepreneurial, and management ability. The position requires sound judgment and integrity and the ability to analyze novel situations objectively based on available information, formulate and evaluate possible courses of action, and respond or offer recommendations in an appropriate manner.
The position requires superior organizational and quantitative skills as well as strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. The position also requires good project, budget, and time management skills. The position requires proficiency in digital communications, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Professional, and the ability and eagerness to learn additional information technology applications and systems.
The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively in a small, collaborative, and semi-structured environment with Program Directors and others having a wide range of educational backgrounds and experience, including the Foundation’s managerial and support staff.

This is an exempt position. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation offers competitive compensation and benefits.
For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume to Gail Pesyna (

Published by Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the University of California Davis. She previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at The Graduate School at UMBC, and was Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She was Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development for the University System of Maryland (12 institutions). She is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) –, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research on global diversity in STEM continues, and she is an international speaker, covering nearly all continents, for groups and conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the Pacific Sciences Congress. Her personal website is: Connect with her on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull;

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