[game_edu] program officer position at macarthur
drew at waxebb.com
Fri Jun 26 14:37:45 EDT 2009
hi all - apologies for the cross-postings... but thought there might
be people interested in this opportunity at macarthur (more info
below... thanks, drew
The MacArthur Foundation
Job Title: Program Officer, Digital Media and
Learning FLSA: Exempt Position
Program/Dept: Human and Community Development Reports To: Director,
The Program Officer will work with colleagues and the Director of
Education on all aspects of the Foundation’s grantmaking in digital
media and learning, which aims to determine how digital media are
changing the way young people learn, play, socialize and participate
in civic life, and to understand the significant implications for the
formal and informal institutions of education—schools, libraries, and
museums among them—that those changes entail. The Program Officer will
be responsible for managing grantmaking activities in this area, and
will design and refine grantmaking strategies, identify prospective
grant recipients, review and evaluate proposals, and prepare grant
briefs; manage complex program elements; monitor grantee performance
and grant strategy implementation; represent the Foundation at program-
related meetings and conferences; plan and convene meetings related to
grantmaking; and keep abreast of current issues in the field.
MacArthur grantmaking in education explores one of the most
significant forces shaping student learning and educational
experiences in and out of school in the 21st century— rapidly-evolving
new technologies, including digital media. Through research,
demonstrations, and innovations in schools, libraries, museums and
other institutions, the Foundation is helping to build a new
interdisciplinary field at the intersection of digital media and
learning. Grants are provided to scholars, educators, designers and
practitioners to explore the hypothesis that digital media are
changing how young people think, learn, interact, confront ethical
dilemmas and engage in civic life, and that there are significant
implications for the formal and informal institutions—schools,
libraries, and museums among them—that contribute to the education of
This role offers a good opportunity for an experienced professional
who is interested in exploring an opportunity that brings together
interests in research, learning, and youth development, with a
specific emphasis on the role of digital media.
Essential Responsibilities And Duties
1. Implement and adapt grantmaking strategies as conditions change.
2. Assist in the design and implementation of new initiatives.
3. Work with prospective grantees to develop proposals that
advance grantmaking strategies.
4. Evaluate letters of inquiry and grant proposals, conduct
background research and due diligence, prepare grant recommendations
for funding and responses to unsuccessful proposals.
5. Manage a caseload of active grants, review periodic reports,
and maintain accurate records and constructive contact with grantees.
6. Keep abreast of current events, developments and issues in the
field to maintain a balanced and objective perspective and approach to
7. Build and sustain relationships with leaders and others in the
8. Oversee and help manage the digital media and learning website
9. Represent the Foundation at conferences and other public
events, including as keynote speaker or panel participant
Other Responsibilities And Duties
1. Serve on internal Foundation Committees from time to time.
2. Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills And Experience
The Program Officer role requires graduate training and experience as
a researcher or designer, with a strong grasp of research and
theoretical literature relating to learning, adolescent development
and new media, and practical, “on-the-ground” experience with youth,
in libraries and museums or schools. He or she must be familiar with
significant thought leaders and national organizations in the field,
and to be a respectful, collaborative colleague who can build bridges
and actively engage diverse staff members, designers, entrepreneurs,
youth practitioners, policymakers, and especially researchers in
productive, vigorous debate. The Program Officer must have strong
interpersonal skills and be able to function as part of an
interdisciplinary team, and to work across disciplines and sectors in
a rigorous environment of thoughtful intellectual exchange.
Excellent analytical and communications skills, including writing,
presentations and public speaking, are required. Other essential
skills include: effective interpersonal relations and an ability to
organize and convey problems and issues clearly and succinctly; an
ease with and openness to people who hold diverse views; and a good
sense of organization and talent for managing multiple tasks with
significant initiative. The Program Officer should be self-confident,
collegial, and diplomatic, and have an appreciation of the role of a
grantmaking institution. Computer literacy is a prerequisite for
consideration, including a high level of comfort with “do-it-yourself
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
Office environment. Intermittent physical activities required that
include bending, reaching, sitting and walking during working hours.
Local and national travel required. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable a person with physical disabilities to perform the job.
To apply, candidates should visit www.macfound.org and click on “About
the Foundation” and then “Career Opportunities”. (Electronic
Submissions are preferred.) Application deadline: TBD No phone
The Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and benefits from the
various perspectives and talents of a racially and culturally diverse
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