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Assistant Director, Public Engagement

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Public Engagement, the Assistant Director will review research results (whether funded by the Foundation or not) in order to translate findings in ways that encourage academic, religious, and general public audiences to engage with the topics within the Foundation’s “Science and the Big Questions” portfolio. The Assistant Director will lead ongoing efforts to gather and collate research findings and program successes from a variety of sources, including Foundation program departments, grantees, journalists, etc. The Assistant Director will likewise manage efforts to distill these results for various public engagement purposes.  Finally, the Assistant Director will collaborate with the other members of the Engagement and Program staff on the design and execution of short- and long-term public engagement initiatives which advance the Foundation’s “Science and the Big Questions” portfolio.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Gather, collate, and distill research results (whether funded by the Foundation or not) for dissemination and public engagement, working collaboratively with Foundation department heads (primarily in programs, public engagement, and communications) as well as with grantees, journalists, and other researchers. 
  • Oversee contracts with freelance writers and editors who can collate, distill, and curate research findings (whether funded by the Foundation or not) for dissemination and public engagement.
  • Translate complex issues into compelling and accessible content for use in Foundation communications and public engagement initiatives.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with journalists and media outlets.
  • Collaborate with Engagement and Program staff on the design and execution of public engagement initiatives. 

Criteria & Relevant Skills

  • 5+ years of professional experience, in public relations, social marketing, communications, or journalism preferably in senior editorial and/or publication management roles.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s preferred.
  • Diverse portfolio of writing samples required.
  • Demonstrated track record or writing and producing print and digital content for a range of audiences.
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills. Ability to tell a story and command attention of an audience.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative and fast-paced environment with a proactive and independent working style, to meet deadlines, to work under pressure, and to handle multiple priorities.
  • Strong personal interest in the Foundation’s mission.

This position will require travel.

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MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the John Templeton Foundation is to serve as a philanthropic catalyst for discovery in areas engaging life's biggest questions. These questions range from explorations into the laws of nature and the universe to questions on the nature of love, gratitude, forgiveness, and creativity.

Our vision is derived from Sir John Templeton's commitment to rigorous scientific research and related scholarship. The Foundation's motto "How little we know, how eager to learn" exemplifies our support for open-minded inquiry and our hope for advancing human progress through breakthrough discoveries.