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Program Director, Public Engagement with Science, Department of Philosophy

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country".


Job Overview

The University of Cincinnati (UC) seeks to fill a full-time staff position to serve as Executive Director of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) and Program Director for the UC Center for Public Engagement with Science. We invite applications from candidates with an interest in nonprofit leadership in the academic sector. 


Approximately 75% FTE is dedicated to serving as Executive Director (ED) of the PSA. The ED is the executive leader of the PSA, responsible for overseeing the organization's administration, programs, and activities. The ED works closely with the President, Governing Board, and PSA committees to develop and implement initiatives that further the mission of the organization, such as public outreach, expanding and diversifying the membership, and fundraising. Key responsibilities include overseeing business office operations (including budgets and financial transactions); managing the PSA website, member communications and social media presence; facilitating board meetings; serving as the principal liaison with the editors and publisher of the journal Philosophy of Science and, above all, ensuring the successful functioning of PSA biennial conferences.


The remaining 25% FTE is dedicated to serving as Program Director of PEWS. The Program Director serves on the PEWS leadership team, managing organizational matters, budget and fundraising, website, and communications.

Essential Functions

  • Direct project teams and oversee group programs; provide instruction.
  • Perform needs assessment by evaluating programs for quality, appropriateness of content and effectiveness of materials and make recommendations.
  • Develop and write program materials, address inquiries, provide information and maintain records.
  • Oversee budget, approve and monitor expenditures and prepare financial reports.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures.
  • Act as a liaison with internal departments, external entities and community organizations.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need.

Required Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Eight (8) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

  • Four (4) years of experience in program development or business administration.
  • Some positions may require one (1) year of supervision.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  •  A graduate degree (Masters or PhD) in philosophy or another discipline in the humanities or sciences is preferred.
  • Experience with event organization, managing budgets, and/or office management is also preferred.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.

Application Process

Applicants must complete our online application.  In addition to the online application, please include a cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the position, curriculum vitae or resume, and the names of at least three references. The online application includes a statement of commitment and contributions to diversity; applicants will be evaluated on this commitment, as well as their appreciation for the University of Cincinnati's culture of inclusion and equity.  You should use the Additional Documents feature to make sure all required documents are attached. 


This is a continuing appointment with an annual salary of $60,000 (negotiable) and benefits. Anticipated start date is negotiable with the aim of January 3, 2022.


Review of applications is expected to begin on November 15, 2021.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependant on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 74563 


Program Director, Public Engagement with Science, Department of Philosophy

Date:  Nov 13, 2021

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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