Science Program Officer

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 Kavli Foundation seeks a Science Program Officer.  Reporting to the Executive Vice President of Science Programs, the Science Officer will partner with the President of the Foundation and Executive Vice President of Science Programs in monitoring, developing, and implementing the Foundation’s scientific programs.  These programs include the Kavli Institutes in Science, the Kavli Frontiers of Science (a joint program with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences), Kavli Futures Symposia, Kavli Foundation programs with scientific societies, and other science-related activities of the Foundation.  The successful candidate should bring to the position scientific expertise in the physical or life sciences as well as interest in the foundation’s other sciences, have the ability to gather and analyze information relevant to the Foundation’s science programs, the ability to evaluate programmatic processes and challenges, the ability to develop and implement newly designed programs and to monitor programs in timely manner.  The Science Program Officer will be an integral part of a small staff that operates the Kavli Foundation and its programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

Planning Strategic Future Directions for Science Programs

  • Working closely with the Executive Vice President of Science Programs, the successful candidate will develop future scientific programmatic directions.

Interacting, Monitoring and Evaluating Selected Kavli Science Programs

  • The Science Program Officer will interact frequently with scientists from the Kavli Institutes and other Kavli scientific programs, and will periodically make visits to the science program sites.
  • Such visits are to evaluate the particular program’s scientific accomplishments, identify any current issues, and learn of plans for future.
  • The Science Officer will conduct intensive data gathering, prepare write-ups about programs of the Foundation and be responsible for project coordination within science programs.

Gathering and analyzing information needed to evaluate current Kavli Institute programs.

  • To accurately understand the success of the Kavli Institutes, the Foundation needs to gather and analyze information about the range of institute organizations, members, and on-going programs.
  • surveying relevant literature using scientific knowledge
  • conducting interviews with many members of the Institute to understand its programs in detail
  • participating in conferences, conference calls, and other events where relevant information is presented
  • drafting written materials including detailed reports of information gathered

Should the Foundation consider establishing additional Kavli Institutes, the successful candidate will gather and analyze relevant information.

  • identifying a pool of institutions that might become the home of a new Kavli Institute
  • gathering information needed to vet a candidate institution once that institution has become a serious candidate for a Kavli Institute.
  • preparing a precise summary of information gathered

Organizing, or helping to organize, scientific conferences.

Perform special studies/projects as requested by the President and the Executive Vice President of Science Programs.


  • Ph.D. in Physical or Life Sciences with minimum seven years of experience beyond Ph.D. Knowledge in both the physical and life sciences will be very helpful. A specialty in neuroscience, nanoscience, theoretical physics or astrophysics will be plus
  • Experience and understanding of academic organizational structures and decision making processes
  • Familiarity with funding
  • Strong oral and written skills
  • Ability to synthesize and analyze information
  • Intrinsic curiosity about science is vital
  • Conduct surveys to generate data on science programs as needed bases
  • Ability to work as a member of teams consisting both internal and external stakeholders
  • Skill at handling multiple tasks
  • Ability to convene, facilitate, and develop trusted relationships among the Foundation’s stakeholders
  • Willingness to travel in conjunction with job responsibility; approximately 25% travel.

Benefits offered:

  • Medical and Dental
  • Life Insurance with AD&D
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability plans
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • 401(k) plan with a generous match

To apply for this position

Qualified candidates should send a curriculum vitae to Judy Darley at hr(at)  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.


  • 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)

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)  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.