Director of Global Meetings

It is preferred that the position be based in Oxford, United Kingdom
Competitive salary
May 30 2019
Physical Sciences, Other
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Schmidt Science Fellows program provides the world’s best emerging scientists with skills and perspectives to develop novel solutions to society’s challenges, become scientific and societal thought leaders, and accelerate ground-breaking discoveries.

The program is based in Rhodes House in Oxford, United Kingdom, with team members also located in the United States in both the metro Washington DC and New York areas.  We are seeking a Director of Global Meetings to lead the development, delivery, and evaluation of the program’s Global Meeting Series.

The role

This is a newly created role, reporting directly to the Executive Director and working together to lead in the development, effective delivery, and evaluation of the Global Meetings Series and ensure our Fellows obtain the skills, inspiration, and networks to succeed as interdisciplinary science leaders.

Key accountabilities and responsibilities

The duties of the Global Meetings Director role are broad and varied, and include the following:

  • Develop the Global Meeting Curriculum in line with the program’s strategic learning outcomes.
  • Engage Global Meeting stakeholders to ensure the effective planning and delivery of each meeting and the establishment of long-term relationships.
  • Develop delivery and partnership agreements with hosting institutions and other partners. 
  • Identify speakers, session leaders, trainers, and other meeting participants as appropriate.
  • Work with session speakers to develop content including establishing session learning outcomes, creating briefing materials, and providing support as necessary.
  • Work with strategic partners to develop bespoke content and curriculum, and ensure its effective delivery, to meet the program’s learning outcomes.
  • Liaise and work closely with “faculty directors” (senior faculty appointed from partner universities who help facilitate global meeting delivery and speaker selection at our partner universities) to maintain the Global Meeting curriculum, the overall experience arc across meetings, and alignment with program goals.
  • Oversee events delivery at Global Meetings by working with our events colleagues to ensure all aspects of events planning and delivery align with programmatic and curricular goals.
  • Develop program-owned content and delivery models, working with Schmidt Science Fellows senior colleagues and Rhodes Trust leads, in areas such as leadership and problem-solving.

Person specification

Individuals will need to be highly collaborative, have a 'start-up' mentality and be risk-positive. Strong teamwork with a hands-on adaptable approach to numerous and overlapping tasks will be especially important, as the day-to-day responsibilities are likely to be fluid in the early years of this program. The ideal candidate will have the following skills, experience and qualifications:

  • Experience in curriculum development and associated methodologies.
  • Possess a background in developing and delivering training and development programs for diverse, and, ideally, science-focused audiences. 
  • Have experience working in, and a strong understanding of, the international science and innovation sectors.
  • Possess first-class diplomatic skills with an ability to work and communicate with diverse groups including organizational seniority, multiple nationalities, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Be a reliable self-starter with an ability to self-motivate and manage own work area while recognizing when to engage program leaders and colleagues. 
  • Possess a tolerance for ambiguity and fluid situations. 
  • Have a positive attitude and commitment to organizational vision and objectives. 
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to excellence and the highest quality of delivery.
  • Possess a willingness and ability to travel internationally.
  • Experience personally leading training or teaching sessions is desirable.
  • A post-graduate degree is desirable.  An understanding or experience of the higher education, science, engineering, and innovation landscapes and how academia functions, particularly at the PhD and Post-Doctoral stages, is essential.

For a full job description and candidate pack go to the vacancy page at please visit the website  to learn more about Schmidt Science Fellows.


Please send your curriculum vitae (no longer than three pages) plus cover letter (no longer than two pages) and the contact details of at least two references (these will not be contacted without applicant’s permission), to

The closing date for applications is Monday 8 July at 12 noon (BST) but please note that shortlisting will not be finalised until the week commencing Monday 5 August (BST). All applications will be acknowledged.

Enquiries about the vacancy can be directed to Christine Norton at

Initial interviews will take place between Monday 19 August and Friday 23 August.

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