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Science Program Associate – Physical Sciences

The Kavli Foundation is a nonprofit philanthropic organization dedicated to the advancement of science for the benefit of humanity. A core part of our mission is to identify unmet needs within the scientific community and to work closely with scientists, policy makers and science funders to design and implement programs that have as their aim catalyzing scientific progress and accelerating research discovery.

The Science Program Associate will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of Science Program development and implementation at The Kavli Foundation. While this position will provide support primarily for science programs in astrophysics, nanoscience and theoretic physics, this individual must be strongly curiosity-driven and able to rapidly come up to speed in other scientific disciplines supported by the Foundation, particularly including neuroscience. The Science Program Associate position is hands-on and involves working as a part of a team to ensure the smooth and efficient execution of workshops and events. The Science Program Associate will work under the supervision of a Science Program Officer, but will report directly to Miyoung Chun, Executive Vice President of Science Programs.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Scientific Events: Proactively develop, organize, and execute scientific workshops.
  • Science Overview: Research scientific topics in the physical sciences, with the aim of characterizing the state of current scientific understanding, relevant policy efforts, and the landscape of scientific funding for specific topic areas. Develop a working understanding of relevant scientific experts within a broad spectrum of the physical sciences, engineering and computation, including such as areas as neuromorphic and quantum computing, exoplanets, and artificial photosynthesis
  • Scientific Community Development: Build relationships with our constituents and colleagues.
  • Additional Duties: Contribute to discussions of scientific content. Research, create, and manage scientific content of both databases and web pages. Create slide presentations (.pptx) for oral presentations of material related to research and science funding issues. Write and edit scientific information for scientific correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, and summary documents.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, particularly in drafting and editing a variety of materials with scientific content (letters, white papers, summary documents), as well as preparing presentations with scientific content (PowerPoint)
  • Draw on scientific training to quickly and efficiently research and identify scientists who can productively contribute to scientific workshops and meetings
  • Deep scientific curiosity
  • Strong research and publication record
  • Able to maintain composure under pressure
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Good computer skills using Microsoft Office on Mac (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Ability to use discretion, diplomacy, tact and in keeping information confidential
  • Must be energetic and thrive working in a team setting

Education:

  • PhD in the physical sciences, especially nanoscience, astrophysics, or physics

Background:

  • Experience in all aspects of public affairs, communications and marketing within an education-related enterprise, foundation, or a non-profit organization dedicated to science and technology.
  • Possess a broad-based knowledge of strategic program development.
  • Background in science communication a plus
  • Computer science or data science background a plus
  • Familiarity with web design and database integration
  • Familiarity with scientific terminology, research and writing
  • Experience with nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions

Company Benefits:

  • Compensation commensurate to experience and background
  • Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays
  • Health Benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D, ST and LT Disability
  • Retirement Benefits – 401(k) with a generous match

To apply for this position

Qualified candidates should send a curriculum vitae to Judy Darley at hr(at)kavlifoundation.org  or mail the CV to: The Kavli Foundation, Attention: Judy Darley, Human Resources, 1801 Solar Drive, Suite 250, Oxnard, CA 93030. You may also fax to: (805) 981-6299.
 
The Kavli Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. A background check and a post-offer/pre-employment drug screening are required.
 
 
 

Digital Content Manager/Producer

Currently based in Oxnard, CA, The Kavli Foundation will be in West LA within a year.  Until the new office is opened, there will be some flexibility in conducting work in Oxnard.

The Kavli Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of humanity, promoting public understanding of scientific research and supporting scientists and their work. A major component of our mission is direct public outreach which is implemented largely through our digital content platforms and as such, we are looking for a Digital Content Manager/Producer (DCM/P) to help facilitate this objective.

Working without a reporting staff, the DCM/P will assure that the Foundation’s websites and social media channels are implementing best practices, with the goal of maximizing their reach and maintaining content integrity. The DCM/P is also responsible for the posting and management of web content, ensuring that the websites are up-to-date, editorially proofed and properly functioning. Specific responsibilities include:

Social Media: Working with our freelancers, contractors and staff, manage our social media channels and ensure that best practices are being implemented. Identify and use novel social media tools/platforms that complement or improve our reach. Produce/Manage live conversations/webinars with our audiences which may include: Google Hangouts, Tweet-ups, Facebook Discussions and other multimedia events that generate dialogue about our particular areas of interest.

Content Management: Maintain the Foundation’s digital content by: posting to our sites, assuring the content’s integrity and freshness, copyediting for errors and to maintain a consistent voice. Serve as the primary point of contact for incorporating content and collateral from other departments and provide periodic on-call support to update web content during emergency situations. Ensure that our content and platforms comply with the Foundation’s professional standards. Create graphics and prepare images as needed, with a discerning graphics eye.

Metrics: Establish metrics and provide insight and guidance for the communications team and our digital content producers.

Required:

  • Excellent editing and proofreading skills
  • Experience with Content Management systems, HTML/CSS a plus (Drupal CMS preferred)
  • Highly experienced driving successful social media campaigns
  • Possess a solid understanding of data analytics and interpretation
  • Skilled with Photoshop and Microsoft Office Suite

Preferable Additional Experience:

  • Skilled writer, preferably in science
  • Experienced project manager
  • Experienced with the full Adobe Suite a plus. (InDesign, Illustrator, Premier Pro)

Education:
Minimum qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree plus proven work experience leading digital initiatives at a comparable level of responsibility, preferably at a non-profit Foundation or higher education institution.

Company Benefits:

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays
  • Health Benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D, ST and LT Disability
  • Retirement Benefits – 401(k) with a generous match

To apply for this position

Qualified candidates should send a resume to Judy Darley at hr(at)kavlifoundation.org  or mail the resume to: The Kavli Foundation, Attention: Judy Darley, Human Resources, 1801 Solar Drive, Suite 250, Oxnard, CA 93030. You may also fax to: (805) 981-6299.
 
The Kavli Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. A background check and a post-offer/pre-employment drug screening are required.