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Frequently Asked Questions – Careers at the Stanley Foundation

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Q: How do I apply for a position at the Stanley Foundation?

All open positions are posted online at If there is an opening that matches your skills, experience, and interests, please follow the instructions in the announcement to submit your application. We require cover letters and resumes to be submitted online. We do not accept paper or faxed applications. For many positions, you may also be required to submit a work sample or writing sample. Please see the specific announcement for detailed instructions on what to include with your application.

Q. How can I confirm my application was received?

After submitting your application online, you will receive a confirmation email. If you haven’t received this email within a few days, please contact us at for an update. We strive to reply to every applicant as quickly as possible, but sometimes an unusually high volume of applicants can delay our response.

Q. If I’m interested in more than one open position, can I apply for more than one?

We encourage you to apply for multiple openings if they match your skills, experience, and interests. Because each opening may have unique requirements and a different interviewing team, we ask you to submit a separate application for each opening you are interested in. This ensures the right information is received by the right interviewing team as quickly as possible.

Q: What if I’m interested in working for the Stanley Foundation but don’t see any openings that match my experience and skills?

Continue to check our website. You might also consider signing up with LinkedIn to receive job alerts via our company page. Please note we accept resumes for posted positions only.

Q: What do you look for in candidates and applications?

We look for a range of skills and qualifications that vary based on position. We also look for candidates who exemplify our vision, mission, and values.

People who are successful at the Stanley Foundation tend to be:

  • Team oriented and collaborative
  • Strategic and analytical
  • Solutions oriented and committed to excellence

Q: Are all of your opportunities located in Muscatine, Iowa?

Yes. We do not typically have openings for candidates who would need to work remotely on a full-time basis. While on-site work in Muscatine is mandatory, the Stanley Foundation does provide its employees with flexible work hours and the ability to work remotely on occasion.

Q. Do you have closing dates for posted positions? How long do I have to apply?

We do not set a closing date for positions. We begin reviewing applications as soon as they are received and keep the position posted until it is filled.

Q. The job I’m interested in was reposted. Do I need to reapply?

Yes. Even if the titles are similar, each position is unique, and you must submit a new application to be considered.

Q. What is the interviewing and selection process?

After receiving your application, we will carefully consider your qualifications. While we strive to complete this process as quickly as possible, our response time may vary because of the volume of applicants.

If your application indicates a good match with the position description, you will be contacted by Human Resources to schedule an initial phone interview.

If your skills and background continue to align strongly with the opening, we will schedule a videoconference interview with the hiring manager and other members of the interview team.

Following the videoconference interview, you may be invited for an on-site interview at the Stanley Foundation, where applicants learn more about the role and meet with additional team members. This interview generally lasts a full day. As part of this interview, you may be asked to complete prework or an on-site work sample, or to provide authorization to contact your references.

If an offer of employment is extended, you will be asked to authorize a preemployment background check.

Q: What kinds of benefits do you offer full-time employees?

We offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision insurance. Our retirement plan includes an annual employer contribution of 7% of salary and employer matching contributions. To help balance work, family, and personal needs, we offer generous paid-time-off benefits, including holidays, vacation, health-care leave, and parental leave and a fitness reimbursement program.

Q. Does the Stanley Foundation sponsor employment visas?

No, we are not currently able to provide visa sponsorship to applicants who require or will require a work permit. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Q: Whom do I contact if I have questions, concerns, or technical problems with my application?

Please contact us at

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Policy Program Associate, Mass Violence and Atrocities

Do you want to be a part of a team devoted to real-world change and pushing for innovation on important global policy challenges? Are you a policy professional looking to be part of a mission-driven organization? Are you inspired to identify ways societies can effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from mass violence and build more resilient, peaceful societies? 

We are seeking a program associate to join our team and contribute energy, creativity, and skill to innovative programming on mass violence and atrocities.

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The Spring 2019 issue of Courier highlights some of the impact-driven activities the Stanley Foundation pursue with its partners. This includes stories that resulted from two journalism workshops: one examining the false missile alert in Hawaii, as well as one focused on issues of conflict and instability. This issue also examines how Green Banks could help bridge the climate finance gap, explores a new initiative that hopes to bring gender equity to the nuclear field, and brings you the stories of three teachers who enhanced their understanding of the world through travel. Spring 2019 PDF. Subscribe for Free.

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The Stanley Foundation convenes its Strategy for Peace Conference annually to consider key policy challenges, drawing on the experience and knowledge of invited experts from the public and private sectors.

Concurrent roundtables focused on each of the foundation’s three current areas of programming—climate changenuclear policy, and mass violence and atrocities, with a fourth roundtable focusing on global governance. These roundtable discussions are intended to generate group consensus recommendations for policy change and multilateral action. More.

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