Managing Director of Institute
University of California Santa Barbara
United States

Managing Director of The Foundations Institute at UCSB

Job #JPF02214
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences / College of Letters & Science - Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences / UC Santa Barbara

Position overview

Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: September 1, 2022

Application Window

Open date: June 21st, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Aug 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023 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.

Position description

The Foundations Institute (TFI) at UCSB is a new initiative dedicated to organizing scientists from across the disciplines to challenge intellectual and methodological dogmas that threaten to hold back scientific progress. The mission of the Institute is to organize small teams of top scientists to intensively interrogate foundational ideas in individual disciplines that are rarely questioned in normal scientific work. The Academic Coordinator helps steer the Institute, develop its programs and raise money to expand its scope and reach. The Coordinator is a leader of the Institute, and will have first-order influence over its evolution. As such, the position requires an unusual set of talents that include creativity, scientific experience, interpersonal effectiveness and skills at popular and grant writing. Most of all, the ideal Coordinator has a taste for scientific disruption and innovation.

Responsibilities of the Academic Coordinator include but are not limited to:
• Collaborate with the TFI leadership team to plan the long run development of the TFI’s programs and mission.
• Assist with planning and logistics for core TFI events including workshops, symposia and bootcamps.
• Spearhead fundraising efforts via grant-writing and meeting with prospective donors and the UCSB Development office.
• Help to disseminate outcomes of TFI projects to the public via media and social media.
• Help to recruit scientists to lead TFI workshops and other initiatives.

The appointment is in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and the Academic Coordinator will report to the co-Directors of the TFI, and regularly consult with UCSB’s Research Development Team and Office of Development. However, the Coordinator will generally have considerable latitude and autonomy in fulfilling the above responsibilities.

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.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A PhD in a scientific field and a familiarity with the issues surrounding the progress of science is required at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

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.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)

Applicants that are strongly considered will have their references contacted prior to selection for interview.

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Campus Information

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.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA

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