Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Center for Contemporary History and Policy. CHF is the leading global institution dedicated to the history and heritage of the chemical and molecular sciences. CHF develops and maintains world class collections of materials that document chemical achievement; carries out programs of outreach and interpretation; advances public understanding of the role of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries in shaping society; and strengthens the ability of the chemical community to make continued contributions. CHF is located in Philadelphia, PA, in the heart of its historic district

CHF’s Center for Contemporary History and Policy (CCHP) is built on the core principle that historical analysis can inform contemporary policy. The Center is structured around project areas that draw upon diverse historical and contemporary source materials to provide knowledge and advice to stakeholders from industry, academia, government, and citizen groups. CCHP’s current projects are oriented to risk and regulation, innovation and entrepreneurship, and scientific and industrial infrastructure. Established by CHF in 2005, the Center has rapidly gained international recognition in the academic, policy making and R&D communities. In less than three years, CCHP has doubled in size as a result of success in raising external support for new initiatives. In 2007, CCHP will host five conferences, publish two books, carry out independent research leading to several white papers and peer-reviewed publications, and collect over 60 new oral histories of leading scientists and entrepreneurs.

The Director of the Center for Contemporary History and Policy reports to the President of CHF. Key responsibilities include:

• Providing strategic leadership for CCHP, including defining its mission and goals and representing the Center, and CHF, publicly.

• Managing and mentoring program managers in the following areas: history and policy of biotech and pharmaceuticals; chemical history of electronics; social studies of innovation, nanotech, and emerging technologies; and a large core oral history program.

• Identifying new opportunities, developing new projects, and working with CHF’s advancement staff to attract and expand funding.

• Researching and presenting conference papers and publishing scholarly analyses.

Qualifications for the Director include: Ph.D. degree in a relevant historical, social science or scientific field; proven leadership and program management skills; superior written and oral communication skills; and scholarly recognition. Knowledge of the dynamics of nonprofits and experience in fundraising are desirable.

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To be considered for this position, email a cover letter, C.V. or resume, and contact information for three references to: [email protected] or mail to Janis Von Culin, Senior Advisor for Human Resources, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19106-2702. Review of applications will begin April 1, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled. CHF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Contact Info: Janis Von Culin Senior Advisor for Human Resources Chemical Heritage Foundation 315 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 Website: