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Program Officer, Nuclear Security - International Program

Company Overview

Carnegie Corporation of New York ("the Corporation") was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.”  It is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential American grantmaking foundations. 

Job Summary

The Corporation seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial expert to serve as Program Officer to lead its grantmaking on nuclear security and risk reduction, as part of the International Peace and Security Program within the International Program.

The Corporation’s International Program advances knowledge and seeks a more peaceful world through policy-relevant research and outreach, capacity building, dialogues, and public-private partnerships. The Corporation is a leading philanthropic actor on nuclear security issues, with annual investments of some $10 million per year and three decades of successful partnerships with governments and international organizations.

The Program Officer must possess a deep understanding of nuclear weapons policy and the international security landscape. The ideal candidate will have experience working in at least one senior position in government, academia, journalism, or in a nongovernmental organization. Applicants should have experience in policy research, communications, and in program design, strategy, and evaluation. Ideal candidates will have a track record of overseeing project implementation, effectively working in teams, and managing against deadlines and budgets.

This position affords an opportunity to lead the process of designing, executing, and overseeing a grant portfolio to prevent the spread or use of nuclear weapons. The Corporation has a long history of high-impact partnerships to reduce nuclear risk. Recent initiatives improved the sector’s capacity for innovation, strengthened the Nuclear Security Summit process, and stimulated new thinking about the effects of technological change on arms control and crisis management. For more details, visit


Planning and Strategy

  • Maintain a wide breadth and depth of knowledge about current trends, professional practices, and developing policy issues.
  • Collaborate with the Program Director and fellow Program Officers to develop high impact grantmaking strategies.
  • Invite, review, and respond to inquiries in the Program area. Offer professional advice and field expertise to applicants and grantees.
  • Work with grantees to develop and modify strategies to improve effectiveness.
  • Develop briefing papers and reports that contribute to the Corporation’s understanding of new approaches and best practices.
  • Organize advisory committees or ad hoc structures to inform and advance the Program's goals.


  • Review, assess, and act on new proposals.
  • Review proposed budgets, staffing, work plans and anticipated project outcomes.
  • Review proposals through internal and external expert. assessment to identify strengths, weaknesses and risks.
  • Manage active grants, assess progress, and respond to financial and programmatic reports.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with current and prospective grantees.
  • Ensure that sound financial controls are in place for each grant and that funds are spent wisely and according to grant agreements.
  • Develop guidelines for measuring the success of programs and grants. Manage evaluation of grants and participate in assessing Program strategy.

Corporation Support

  • Provide leadership, e.g., public speaking, written publications, moderating panel discussions.
  • Organize and coordinate Corporation-sponsored meetings of grantees and key field experts.
  • Represent Carnegie Corporation externally.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Sophisticated understanding of the national security and nuclear security landscape.
  • Master's degree in a related field
  • At least ten years of experience in a related field.
  • Demonstrated success working with relevant government agencies, nonprofit enterprises, and policy leaders.
  • Familiarity with research and trends in nuclear deterrence, arms control, nonproliferation, disarmament, and fissile materials management.
  • Proven ability to define program objectives, evaluate progress, and independently manage projects through a complete lifecycle.
  • Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative analytical skills for evaluating grants and proposals.
  • A strong commitment to help the Corporation improve the impact of its grantmaking.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Independent initiative and a collegial spirit in sharing ideas and receiving feedback.
  • Adaptable, flexible nature.
  • Willingness to travel frequently

Benefits and Perks

  • Employee paid health insurance; including medical, dental, life, long term care, and short-term disability, plus a substantial contribution to a retirement plan account, and a generous paid time off program.
  • Corporate discounts including gym memberships

Carnegie Corporation of New York is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversifying its workforce and is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity (“EEOC”) laws.  The Carnegie Corporation of New York strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, height and weight, disability, and any other characteristic protected by law.  The Corporation abides by all applicable rules and regulations in its recruiting and employment practices including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws.

Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.  No phone calls, please.

Application deadline:  February 15, 2020.



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