Executive Director (0379U) UC Berkeley Center for the Science of
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The University of California, Berkeley seeks a dynamic and
accomplished leader to serve as the Executive Director of the UC
Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics (BCSP). The BCSP is
a novel, interdisciplinary initiative to explore the psychological
and biological effects of psychedelic compounds as well as their
spiritual and cultural roles. The three highly integrated program
areas of Research, Public Education, and Training will
significantly contribute to science, scholarship, and
The vision of the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of
Psychedelics is a world where the power of psychedelics is
available to benefit people and all of their relations. To achieve
this vision, the BCSP's mission is to harness the power of a great
public university to improve health and well-being for all through
culturally informed psychedelic research and education.
The BCSP is an organized research unit (ORU) that is
administratively housed within the Helen Wills Neuroscience
Institute. The BCSP reports within the division of the Vice
Chancellor for Research and contains interdisciplinary programs
that span multiple institutes, schools, and departments on the
Berkeley campus. The Executive Director will report to the Faculty
Director and receive guidance from the BCSP Executive Committee
The BCSP Executive Director will manage and develop a large,
complex academic/research center of high visibility to achieve
research, public education, and training objectives that have been
established by the Center's Executive Committee. The incumbent will
formulate program strategies, goals, policies, and long-term
planning for review by the BCSP's Executive Committee and will then
implement the selected plans and policies. In partnership with
University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR), the Executive
Director will oversee fundraising efforts to raise significant
income through philanthropic gifts and will create and manage
revenue generating partnership agreements with external vendors and
partners. The Executive Director will also manage a rapidly growing
team of researchers, educators, and support staff, will define and
implement a publications program, and will become recognized
externally as a subject matter expert in the field. A priority for
this position is to create and support programs that eliminate
historical patterns of marginalization, inequity, and
appropriation, particularly those involving Indigenous
The Executive Director will be expected to:
- Serve as administrative head of the BCSP and primary liaison
between the BCSP Executive Committee, other BCSP team members, and
the BCSP Advisory Board (to be established)
- Lead BCSP staff and academic directors in developing and
implementing programs and operations
- Ensure integration and alignment of projects and activities
across the various program areas. These span multiple disciplines
and units at UC Berkeley, including the Helen Wills Neuroscience
Institute, Department of Psychology, Department of Molecular and
Cell Biology, School of Journalism, Graduate School of Education,
and School of Optometry.
- Current projects in the research program include: neuroimaging,
perceptual, and cognitive studies of the effects of psilocybin in
human subjects; mapping of the subjective dimensions of the
psychedelic experience in human subjects; characterization of the
enduring transformative effects of psilocybin on emotion, stress
regulation, and inflammation; studies of the molecular and cellular
bases of psychedelic-induced plasticity in experimental animal
- Current projects in the training program include: development
of an immersive experiential learning program for training
psychedelic guides/facilitators; ethnographic study of participants
in this training program.
- Current projects in the public education program include: a
massive open online course (MOOC; Psychedelic Science 101); a
newsletter for a large international audience; a BCSP podcast; and
the Ferriss - UC Berkeley Psychedelic Journalism Fellowship
- Foster innovative, interdisciplinary research collaborations,
assess needs, and establish necessary research capability and
capacity, including regulatory and compliance issues related to
working with Schedule I compounds in human participants and animal
- Oversee financial stewardship for the BCSP, including
partnering closely with University Development and Alumni Relations
to support and advance philanthropic fundraising efforts of the
BCSP, including allocation and monitoring of existing funds
(currently $8 million in restricted and unrestricted funds)
- Develop and execute strategic plans for philanthropic and
earned revenue financing programs, including ensuring ongoing
sustainability of these programs.
- Represent the BCSP on committees and participate in activities
at the campus, national, and international levels.
- Serve as a spokesperson for the BCSP. Contribute substantially
to efforts to elevate the recognition of the BCSP among the
academic community, as well as the general public, and promote the
BCSP as a leader in the psychedelic field.
- Create and negotiate partnership agreements and contracts to
deliver BCSP program offerings.
- Work with BCSP team members to foster healthy cultural norms
that ensure a team-oriented approach and strong morale.
- Ability to articulate an organization's story in a compelling
way to internal and external constituents; demonstrated ability in
translating complex scientific topics to diverse audiences with
varying levels of knowledge.
- Expert oral and written communication skills; strong political
- Expert ability to think creatively and independently on
concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.
- Expert skills in creativity and organizational management to
build and oversee a program within a complex organization,
including administrative, budgetary, and human resources
responsibilities and financial management principles and
- Strong project management and collaborative leadership skills
and the ability to move projects with diverse stakeholders to
timely completion while maintaining an understanding of long-term
organizational goals, as well as prior experience with budget
forecasts and management of different funding sources.
- Expert skills to engage, inspire, and steward relationships to
raise substantive funds for research and/or social impact programs
and can successfully close commitments.
- Proven record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
within an organization.
- Excellent ability to manage personnel and to lead and motivate
cross-functional teams, including administrative and scientific
- Knowledge of applicable research administration and
- Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent
- Strong passion for the role and impact of research.
- Terminal degree in a related area (PhD, JD, MD, etc.).
- Experience working in academic, government, and/or nonprofit
- Strong understanding of the psychedelic field.
- Demonstrated success in fundraising; and experience in
cultivating and increasing philanthropic support and closing
commitments from donors and foundations.
- Demonstrated expertise with sponsored projects research,
contracts / grants, human subjects research, and/or animal care
& use in research.
Salary & Benefits
This is a full-time career position. Salary is commensurate with
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by
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How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment
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