Location: Philadelphia metro area,
Department: Individual Freedom and Free Markets
Reports to: Vice President, Programs
Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package
based on qualifications and experience
Employee Type: Regular, Exempt
Travel: Domestic and international travel as
Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a
Organization and Position
The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst
for discoveries of relevance to Big Questions that have animated
human thought across times and cultures, about fundamental
realities and how we might live well in light of those realities.
We support research in disciplines ranging from fundamental
physics, astronomy, evolutionary biology, and genetics, to
psychology, sociology, philosophy, and theology. We encourage
open-minded and rigorous intellectual engagement between
scientists, philosophers, and theologians, as well as between
scholars, public intellectuals, journalists, and the general
public. In all our work, we strive to spur curiosity and accelerate
discovery. To accomplish this, we make grants to build capacity for
and support academic research on a wide range of topics within the
Foundation’s mission, as well grants to disseminate information
about that research and stimulate popular enthusiasm for more.
To advance the Foundation’s mission and strengthen our team, the
Foundation is seeking a Director of Individual Freedom and Free
Markets (IFFM). This Director, IFFM will be responsible for
catalyzing and generating new philanthropic initiatives and grant
programs in the areas that span the Foundation’s Individual Freedom
and Free Markets portfolio. They will work closely with other
senior Program colleagues to lead the Foundation’s core activities
in project development and management. The Director, IFFM will
oversee and manage a team tasked with implementing strategic
priorities and developing high impact projects and programs with
special emphasis on basic research, field-building, cross
disciplinary work and academic engagement.
Areas of Responsibility
- Develop a range of projects and funding opportunities in free
markets, entrepreneurship and the enhancement of individual
freedoms that advance the Foundation’s mission.
- Create new, cutting-edge funding initiatives that attract
leading researchers, nurture promising younger scholars, foster new
fields of inquiry, build networks among scholars with diverse
perspectives and encourage engagement between those who espouse
free markets principles and those who do not.
- Oversee the development and execution of long-range strategic
plans related to the Individual Freedom and Free Markets
- Participate in all aspects of the open submission proposal
- Oversee management of active grants and evaluation of closed
grants in the portfolio.
- Manage the Individual Freedom and Free Markets Department
- Create and manage annual department budgets.
- Communicate the mission of the Foundation both internally and
externally, especially to researchers, academic institutions,
members of the media, as well as to other audiences interested in
the foundation’s mission.
- Review external communications concerning the department and
its work with the Department of Communications.
- Organize conferences and symposia relevant to the Foundation’s
- Establish relationships and cultivating co-funding from
organizations with similar funding goals.
- Report to the JTF Board of Trustees on grant making activity in
IFFM and coordinate breakout sessions or plenary speakers for the
Templeton Annual Meeting as requested.
- Participate in professional development opportunities.
Required Qualifications, Skills, and
- 5 to 10 years of relevant experience in philanthropic funding
of academic research.
- Master’s degree or equivalent experience.
- Excellent written and oral communications and networking
- Ability to manage multiple projects and to meet deadlines.
- Professional, collegial and able to work well with others.
- Interest in developing research networks through funding
- Strong personal interest in shaping research in and advocacy
for free markets aligned with the Foundation’s mission.
- Strong personal interest in the Foundation’s mission is
- Travel is required.
We are committed to caring for our employees and their families
through exceptional benefits. We pay for 100% of employee medical,
dental and vision premiums, and generously contribute to family
premiums. We provide life insurance, short-term disability coverage
and long-term disability coverage at no cost to employees. We offer
a 401(k) retirement savings plan with an employer match and
additional discretionary contributions. Paid time off includes
generous vacation, sick, and personal days. The Foundation offers a
unique donation program, enabling employees the ability to direct a
$5,000 donation to a mission aligned organization of their choice,
with no employee donation required.
The position will be based in the Foundation’s offices, located
in West Conshohocken. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, team members
may work in-office or remotely through 2021. The Foundation
does plan to resume in-office operations in January 2022.
West Conshohocken, PA is a short drive (~15 miles) from
Philadelphia and there is a nearby commuter train station with
service into downtown Philadelphia. The offices are close to
residential and commercial districts with multiple restaurants.