Reporting to: Director
Length of contract: 21 months
Start Date: November 2021 (flexible)
About Faculty for a Future
Faculty for a Future is a community readying academia to stabilise and regenerate a world in existential crisis.
Accelerating natural disasters and harm to our life support systems are colliding with rising inequality, the flatlining of human flourishing, and falling trust in expertise, institutions, and each other. The human systems driving these crises are themselves shaped by fossil fuels and inequality, and thus often ignore or perpetuate root causes.
Relied on as knowledge producers, educators, and nurturers of tomorrow’s world, academia has the unique potential to help navigate a course to a stable climate, thriving nature, and a fairer society - and make this course resilient to the unprecedented environmental, social and economic instability ahead.
But at present, academia - shaped by the same influences as our other human systems - is not meeting that potential. Knowledge is too often siloed within disciplines and disconnected from local communities. Students are not being prepared for the future, and at worst being taught skills that are perpetuating crises. And the rules and incentives that govern both academics and their institutions too often obstruct meaningful contributions to planetary health and wellbeing.
At this vital crossroads for life on Earth, academia has a moral duty to be at the vanguard of securing a future fit for the next generation - and thousands of academics want to rise to it.
Faculty for a Future exists to empower this community. We are dedicated to understanding and easing the structural and personal obstacles to academia’s evolution. We connect academic trailblazers with each other and with other crucial change-making communities and work together to co-create resources and support that help academics light the way now, and accelerate the evolution of their institutions and the wider policy-making architecture.
Who we are looking for
This is a unique and exciting role for anyone who wants to help shape the future of academia. The person we are looking for will not necessarily have held a traditional role in academia but will be passionate about academia’s potential to play a bigger role in safeguarding the future for all. You will have developed an understanding of the need for academia to evolve, to be fit for future purpose.
It is crucial that you can navigate academia strategically, think freely, and solve problems in changing circumstances. Your ability to think critically, to see the bigger picture and to work across disciplinary boundaries is more important than your disciplinary background.
You will help us to develop the strategy required to deliver Faculty for a Future’s mission, and manage a number of projects within this strategy. You will have the opportunity to craft the success of the organisation as it launches into the public domain.
Key qualities and experience
We are developing a number of projects, all designed to help academics engage more effectively with power holders and decision influencers. We have flexibility to mould the role to your expertise - we want to maximise your strengths and empower you to make as positive a difference as possible. We also particularly encourage applicants who can make a meaningful contribution to developing Faculty for a Future’s high-level strategy, and develop new projects to meet this strategy.
Planned projects include:
Common responsibilities as part of these projects include:
Please email your CV plus a covering letter (no more than two pages), setting out the ways in which you meet the person specification, why you would like this role and what you can bring to the team, to email@example.com. Closing date - Monday, 28th October. Interviews will be held by Zoom from Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th November.
For further information
If you would like to have an informal chat about the role, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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|Location:||Work from Home|
|Salary:||£30,000 to £40,000 per annum (experience-dependent)|
|Placed On:||13th October 2021|
|Closes:||28th October 2021|
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