Resident Scholars Program

Meet Piper Trust’s Inaugural Resident Scholar, 2016-2018
Anna Bettis joined Piper Trust as the inaugural Resident Scholar in August of 2016. In collaboration with Trust staff, she will contribute to a range of substantive projects such as working on grantmaking strategies and strategic learning efforts and conducting related research activities. During her two-year tenure (2016-2018) as a Resident Scholar, Anna will develop and manage a self-designed project that will be mentored and supported by the Trust. Prior to joining Piper Trust, she was a graduate research assistant for the Executive Director of Arizona State University’s (ASU) Global Institute of Sustainability and managed programs designed to advance positive social change at ASU’s Changemaker Central. Anna holds a master’s degree in sustainability solutions from ASU’s School of Sustainability; her graduate studies focused on how to apply sustainability theories that address complex social and environmental challenges at local community levels.

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 Resident Scholars Program experience is tailored to the Trust’s needs and includes 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 gain knowledge about the field of philanthropy and the social profit world and share their learning through discussions and writing. Resident Scholars also develop and lead a substantial project around an issue.

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 complete the online application and include the following attachments: a cover letter, a detailed resume, two letters of recommendation. The application and required attachments must be submitted by January 20, 2017. Finalists will be contacted for a phone and/or in-person interview. Selection of the 2017 Scholar is targeted for March 2017.

Questions? Visit the Scholars FAQ

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.

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