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Director, Human Sciences

Position Summary

The Director, Human Sciences is responsible for catalyzing and generating new philanthropic initiatives and grant programs that span the Foundation’s Human Sciences portfolio. The Director, Human Sciences works closely with other senior Program colleagues to lead the Foundation’s core activities in project development and management. The Director, Human Sciences oversees and manages a team tasked with implementing strategic priorities and developing high impact projects and programs with special emphasis on basic research, field-building, cross disciplinary work and academic engagement.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Develop a range of projects and funding opportunities in the human sciences that address big questions aimed at advancing the Foundation’s mission.
  • Cultivate and expand networks within the disciplines of human sciences and related fields that attract both leading researchers and promising younger scholars.
  • Communicate the mission of the Foundation both internally and externally, especially to researchers, academic institutions, members of the media, as well as to other audiences interested in the foundation’s mission.
  • Oversee the development and execution of long-range strategic plans related to the Human Sciences portfolio.
  • Participate in all aspects of the open submission proposal review process.
  • Oversee management of active grants and evaluation of closed grants in the portfolio.
  • Create and manage programming for the Foundation’s Annual Meetings as requested.
  • Manage the Human Sciences Department staff including a Program Officer and a Program Associate.
  • Create and manage annual department budgets.
  • Review external communications concerning the department and its work with the Department of Communications.
  • Establish relationships with and cultivate co-funding from organizations with similar funding goals.
  • Consult with the Templeton Press on current and future publishing initiatives.
  • Organize conferences and symposia relevant to the Foundation’s mission.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities.

Criteria & Relevant Skills

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in philanthropic funding of academic research.
  • Minimum of 5 years in topics related to Human Sciences
  • Masters required, Ph.D. preferred
  • Excellent communications and networking skills – including experience in and connectivity with a variety of audiences.
  • Interest in developing research networks through funding initiatives.
  • Strong personal interest in shaping the future fields of Human Sciences aligned with the Foundation’s mission.
  • Strong personal interest in the Foundation’s mission is essential.
  • Travel is required.
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