Executive Director
University of California Santa Barbara
United States

Executive Director, The Foundations Institute

Job #JPF01767
  • College of Letters & Science - Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences - Psychological and Brain Sciences

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 1st, 2020

Next review date: Wednesday, Jul 15, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.



The Foundations Institute (TFI) at University of California, Santa Barbara is seeking applications for an open, full-time Executive Director position—Academic Coordinator pay title—with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2020. This will be a one year position with a comprehensive benefits package with the possibility of renewal subject to performance and funding availability. The salary is based on UCSB’s salary scales for an Academic Coordinator III, with the possibility of additional, off-scale salary depending on the skills and experience of the selected candidate.


TFI is a new organization that creates disruptive intellectual and scientific communities in order to foster radical progress in academic disciplines, sociopolitical systems and technological industries. This unique institute, created in partnership with the Max Planck Society and housed in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is a research facility at which junior and senior scholars congregate to critically assess the most fundamental ideas in academia and society at large.

TFI’s community includes:

• junior and senior scholars in residency
• a public, external board with preeminent international scholars and scientific writers
• an internal, executive board with leaders from the host institutions

Through its residencies and events, TFI solicits proposals that address the status quo, foundational weaknesses, foundational alternatives and a novel research question, all with the goal of disrupting a commonly accepted, but seldom challenged, scientific viewpoint. Event types include symposia and workshops and bootcamps, at which senior scholars share promising heterodox approaches with junior scholars.


Develop, communicate and foster TFI’s strategic vision; curate, organize and host international scientific meetings, including those described above; lead efforts to disseminate meeting outcomes as peer-reviewed publications and/or popular science features; partner with UCSB and MPS to raise funds from federal agencies, private foundations, and private philanthropists; and serve as the inaugural chief operating officer of TFI, overseeing its financial, facilities, and human resource activities, all in close collaboration with TFI’s steering committees and boards.


A PhD in a scientific field is required at the time of application.

At least three years of previous experience in building and leading a complex science-based enterprise that includes:

  1. Basic research
  2. Grant writing
  3. Organizing workshops, symposia and/or conferences.


At least three years demonstrated experience in:

  1. Successful fundraising from a variety of sources, both public and private.
  2. The dissemination of scientific discoveries to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.


Availability to travel occasionally within California and the U.S., and internationally, especially to Germany.


Applications received by July 15, 2020 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01767

• Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include:
• Curriculum Vitae
• Cover Letter (Please explain how your prior experience translates to the administrative and scientific aspects of this position)
• Two letters of reference are required. Reference letter writers should speak to the applicant’s abilities with regards to this position.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, California

Learn More

More information about this recruitment: https://www.tfi.ucsb.edu/


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 letters of reference required

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