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Position: Advisor

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Status:  Full time, Exempt

Reports to: Executive Director of Science Philanthropy Alliance


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Science Philanthropy Alliance in the search for an Advisor.

Partnering closely with the President and Executive Director, the Advisor will establish, advise, and deepen relationships with high-net-worth individuals and their foundation staff on how to effectively support basic science research. The Advisor will complement the work of the President and Executive Director in the recruitment of new members and advisees to the Alliance, thus building the community of basic science research funders.

As a philanthropic advisor for basic science, the Advisor has the potential to make a significant impact on the future of science funding for decades to come by influencing new commitments, programs, and funding streams to basic science in a philanthropist’s portfolio today. The Advisor will be exposed to a world-class network of philanthropists and scientists and other stakeholders which will allow the Advisor unprecedented access to the basic science philanthropy sector. The Advisor will be learning about the current practices of Alliance members, 25 of the most significant private funders of basic science in the U.S. and the U.K. today.

The mission of Science Philanthropy Alliance is to increase philanthropic support for basic scientific research. It accomplishes this by understanding the opportunities and complexities philanthropists face in funding basic science, and providing advice and learning opportunities for individual philanthropists and foundation staffs on how to support basic research most effectively. Science Philanthropy Alliance believes that philanthropy plays a critical role in advancing basic scientific knowledge–knowledge that is essential to the improvement of human health and welfare.

Science Philanthropy Alliance is a group of funders that have come together to increase philanthropic support for basic scientific research to accelerate scientific discovery. It provides advice and learning opportunities for individuals and foundations so they can help answer scientific questions, solve big problems, and further knowledge about the natural world. It empowers them to advance their own science interests and priorities. It does this by utilizing its deep connections in the worlds of science and philanthropy. By serving as impartial advisors to philanthropists, promoting collaboration among those who are interested in this vital stage of scientific discovery, and bringing together donors and top scientists, the Alliance aims to substantially increase philanthropic funding for fundamental research, and create a community of funders for discovery-driven scientific inquiry.

The journey to supporting basic research can be daunting for philanthropists. The range of potential topics is so vast–from cosmology to research on materials, from genomics to plant biology–that it is difficult to know where philanthropic support can make a difference. Additionally, the mechanisms for giving are complex–from supporting a single university, to supporting individuals at many institutions–that the possibilities can seem overwhelming. The Alliance provides advice and learning opportunities for individual philanthropists and foundation staffs on how to support basic research most effectively.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required for this position as is at least five to seven years in development. An advanced degree is preferred. This position requires frequent travel. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

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