Apply By May 9: The 2016 Piper Trust Resident Scholars Program

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Piper Trust Resident Scholar Program

Sponsored by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Resident Scholars Program provides a dynamic opportunity for promising early professionals to work at a place-based philanthropic organization. Piper Trust supports organizations that enrich health, well-being, and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County, Arizona; it concentrates its efforts in six areas: arts and culture, children, education, healthcare and medical research, older adults, and religious organizations. The Trust strives to be more than a grantmaker by convening groups to address community issues, bringing in national thought leaders to enrich dialogue on critical topics, and fostering collaboration among social profit organizations and foundations.

The Resident Scholars Program is a two-year, full-time commitment at Piper Trust in Phoenix, Arizona/Maricopa County. Two Scholars will ultimately be in residence with a one year overlap. The inaugural Scholar will begin in summer to fall of 2016.

The Resident Scholars Program experience will be tailored to the Trust’s needs and will include a wide range of substantive assignments including researching topics related to the Trust’s grantmaking interests, working with grantees and grantmaking strategies, communications, assessment and strategic learning efforts, and social profit capacity building programs. Working in collaboration with Trust staff, scholars will gain knowledge about the field of philanthropy and the social profit world and will share their learning through discussions and writing. A substantial focused project will be encouraged and mentored.

Candidates for the Resident Scholars Program must have an undergraduate degree (a graduate degree and/or social profit work experience will add to a candidate’s competitiveness); excellent writing and computer skills are essential. A demonstrated desire to work in public service or the social profit sector is important as the Trust views the position to be a valuable early career opportunity.

How to Apply

To be considered for the Resident Scholars Program, applicants must submit the following: a cover letter (include how you heard about the program), a detailed resume, two letters of recommendation, and an essay (approximately 1,600 words or less) discussing what the applicant hopes to gain from the experience and what he/she hopes to offer to the work of the Trust and the community. These materials should be combined into one pdf document and emailed to

Submissions are due on May 9, 2016. Finalists will be contacted for a phone and/or in-person interview. Selection of the inaugural 2016 Scholar is targeted for early-June 2016. Piper Trust Resident Scholars will receive a stipend of $45,000 per year, plus full health benefits, professional development support, and work-related travel expenses. Housing, transportation, and living arrangements are the responsibility of the Scholars.

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust is a private foundation and an equal opportunity employer, without discrimination of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, or any other protected characteristic established by law. For more information about Piper Trust visit:

For questions – contact: Karen Leland, Director, Communications by email or (480) 556-7125