Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Human Resources, Nonprofit and Social Impact

Vice President of Science Leadership and Culture

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Chevy Chase, MD

This position has been filled.

About HHMI

As a nonprofit research organization and philanthropy, HHMI’s mission is to advance the discovery and sharing of scientific knowledge to benefit us all. We employ outstanding scientists to conduct innovative research into significant biological questions, provide research and education grants, offer free classroom resources, and share stories of science. HHMI is known for our “people, not projects” ethos – identifying and then generously and flexibly supporting talented scientists as the surest path to discovery and innovation. HHMI believes that the best science is conducted with a spirit of openness and inclusion, so that current and future scientists everywhere can access and build on research progress.

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About the Opportunity

Last fall, HHMI announced a renewed commitment to advancing racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in academic science. At this pivotal time in its history, HHMI seeks an inaugural Vice President of Science Leadership and Culture (VPSLC) who will be a member of its senior leadership team. The ideal VPSLC will be a scientist with academic experience as well as a change agent with a track record of influencing and integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work throughout an organization.

The VPSLC will provide vision, leadership, and management for the Center for the Advancement of Science Leadership and Culture (CASLC). The goal of CASLC will be to advance HHMI’s mission by the following:

  • Serving as a center of expertise for advancing DEI in HHMI’s new and existing scientific and educational programs and in support of other DEI initiatives that focus on HHMI’s workforce;
  • Providing general supervision of HHMI’s science-focused DEI goals across programmatic departments;
  • Finalizing and launching resources for the development of skills to help maintain inclusive environments throughout the HHMI scientific community;
  • Leading HHMI’s precollege, undergraduate, and graduate science education programs (other than programs focused on educational media or based at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus); and
  • Serving as a resource and thought leader across and beyond the greater HHMI community on advancing DEI to help create a healthier academic research ecosystem in the U.S.
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