Academic Director - Atlantic Fellows programme

London School of Economics and Political Science - International Inequalities Institute

Salary is competitive with Departments at our peer institutions worldwide and not less than £69,016 (bottom of the pay band) pa inclusive.

This is a fixed term appointment for 5 years.

The LSE’s International Inequalities Institute (III) is looking to appoint its Academic Director to lead its Atlantic Fellows Programme. This is an outstanding opportunity for a senior public figure to lead what is expected to become the leading Fellowship programme in the world devoted to tackling inequalities.     

The Atlantic Fellows programme, housed within the III has been awarded £64 million from Atlantic Philanthropies to host 600 Fellows over the next 20 years, starting in summer 2017. These Atlantic Fellows will all be committed to addressing inequalities, with a particular concern to share experiences from different parts of the world, especially the global south. The Atlantic Fellows programme includes diverse routes, involving MSc scholarships with bespoke additional leadership convening; an innovative non-residential route for Fellows involving short courses and project work; and structured visiting Fellowship positions. The Atlantic Fellows programme will be delivered with the assistance of academic nodes in different parts of the world, and non-academic collaborating partners.

The Academic Director will take overall responsibility for all aspects of the Atlantic Fellows programme. This will include liaison with colleagues in the III and elsewhere at the LSE, with Atlantic Philanthropies, and also networking with academic and non-academic collaborating partners across the globe. The Academic Director will act as the leading ambassador to the programme and it is expected that s/he will need to travel regularly as part of the role.

We anticipate this post will appeal to a senior academic with a leading research profile and a public presence on inequality issues. It may also appeal to public figures, professionals and campaigners with a proven record of activism and leadership who have the capacity to direct this Fellowship programme at the LSE.

The Academic Director will work closely with the Deputy Director, who will be tasked to deliver and coordinate the practical aspects of the Atlantic Fellows programme under the Director’s supervision. This will allow the Director to lead on the strategic vision, networking, research and engagement activities which will be vital for the success of the Atlantic Fellow’s programme. The programme is designed by LSE and our global partners to be a beacon of the Atlantic Philanthropies legacy for understanding and addressing international social, cultural and economic inequalities, and will be a flagship programme within the LSE.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

For further information about the post, please see the job description and the person specification.

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The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 31 January 2017 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

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