Research Fellow (TWF)

The Wallace Foundation—an independent, national, New York-based philanthropy with $1.8 billion in assets—traces its origins back more than half a century to DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace, founders of The Reader’s Digest Association. Our work is grounded by our core values, which guide how we work together, and our mission and approach, which describes what we do. We aim to create a workplace where we all can thrive and contribute in support of our mission.


We seek to improve complex social systems in ways that are meaningful, measurable, and sustainable. We value behavior that demonstrates a commitment to Mutual Respect and Support, Diversity, Continuous Learning, Collaboration, Excellence, and Accountability.


The Research Fellow is a new role for Wallace, designed as a one-year, half-time position (20 hours/week). If mutually desirable, the fellowship may be extended for an additional year. This opportunity is particularly well-suited for a graduate student working towards a Ph.D. in one of the fields of education leadership, the arts, or youth development. The position offers a distinct opportunity to integrate this scholarship to strengthen, deepen and expand Wallace’s knowledge base, inform our grantmaking, and participate in research design, while learning about the philanthropic sector. The position reports to the Director of Research.

At Wallace, research is an integral part of our strategy design grounded in our interdisciplinary teams, our commitment to learning, and our focus on dual goals for our initiatives: (a) benefits for our grantees and those they serve, and (b) benefits for the broader field through credible, relevant knowledge. By comparison, at most foundations the focus for research is on evaluation of the work of the grantees or the foundation. Research at Wallace spans four areas: arts cultural institutions, youth arts, education leadership, and youth development.  Current directions include working with arts organizations centered on communities of color, developing equity-centered principal pipelines, and exploring equity-centered approaches to youth development generally and youth arts programs specifically.

We offer flexible scheduling and can consider remote candidates, although we prefer candidates who are able to occasionally travel to our Manhattan offices to participate in key in-person meetings once they resume at some point after Labor Day.


The salary for this half-time position is $45,000.


Click here for more information or to apply. The Wallace Foundation has retained the services of NPAG to support this search. We ask interested candidates to submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications and how this position fits with their current, short, and mid-term plans, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.

We will begin reviewing resumes starting the week of June 21st. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Wallace Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to maintaining a diverse workplace where differing perspectives are a source of strength.


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  • Erin Roberts
    published this page in Job Board 2021-07-01 14:28:30 -0400