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Director, Philosophy & Theology

Position Summary

The Director, Philosophy and Theology is responsible for catalyzing and generating new philanthropic initiatives and grant programs that span the Foundation’s interests in a broad range of philosophical topics and theological traditions. The Director, Philosophy and Theology works closely with other senior Program colleagues to lead the Foundation’s core activities in project development and management. The Director, Philosophy and Theology 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, and academic engagement.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Develop a range of projects and grant opportunities in philosophy and theology that advance the Foundation’s broad interests in Science and the Big Questions and other key topical areas.
  • Communicate the mission of the Foundation both internally and externally, paying special attention to researchers, academic institutions, and related networks, as well as to general audiences.
  • Oversee the development and execution of long-range strategic plans for the Philosophy and Theology department and contribute to the strategic planning efforts of other departments.
  • 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 and Staff Meetings as requested.
  • Serve as supervisor and manager for Program Officers and/or Program Associates who work in grantmaking areas related to Philosophy and Theology.
  • Collaborate with Foundation colleagues to cultivate geniality, high trust, and a shared sense of excellence among staff.
  • Create and manage annual department budgets.
  • Cultivate relationships and co-funding arrangements with other funders on philosophy and theology topics.
  • Consult with the Templeton Press on current and future publishing initiatives.
  • Organize conferences, meetings, or events that are relevant to the Foundation’s mission.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities.

Criteria & Relevant Skills

  • Ph.D. in philosophy, theology, or a closely related area.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant scholarly experience in philosophy, theology, or related areas.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in philanthropic funding of academic research.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • A record of excellence in writing and editing proposals, papers, presentations, and/or web content.
  • Excellent communications and networking skills, including experience in and connectivity with a variety of audiences.
  • Ability and willingness to travel for programmatic purposes.
  • Interest in developing research networks through funding initiatives.
  • Strong personal interest in shaping the future of philosophical and theological work related to the natural and human sciences.
  • Strong personal interest in the Foundation’s mission.
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