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Berggruen Institute

Program Manager

Employment type
5 months ago
Los Angeles

What We Do: We live in a time of great transformations. Our institutions are faltering, from capitalism, to democracy, to the global order. The very meaning of what it is to be human is becoming fragmented. The mission of the Berggruen Institute is to ask questions and develop foundational ideas about how to reshape the political and social institutions in the face of these great transformations. We work across cultures, disciplines, and political boundaries to engage great thinkers in developing and promoting long-term answers to the biggest challenges of the 21st Century.  

Transformations of the Human Program
The Transformations of the Human program (ToftH) at the Berggruen Institute is designed as a philosophical study and artistic exploration of the manifold ways in which artificial intelligence and biotechnology challenge our established conceptions of what it means to be human. By placing philosophers and artists in key research sites to foster dialogue with technologists, the aim of the program is to render AI and biotech visible as unusually potent experimental sites for reformulating our vocabulary for thinking about ourselves. The program’s aim is to feed our findings back into the production of both artificial intelligence and biotech, and to thereby contribute to both human and non-human flourishing. For more information about what we do, please see our recently released 2018–2019 portfolio.

Position Overview
The ToftH research program embeds researchers across disciplines at key research sites for a period of up to three years, and invites them to conduct collaborative fieldwork with scientists and engineers. Current research sites include, among others, AI4ALL, Facebook AI Research (FAIR), Google X, Element AI, and Stanford. The Program Manager we seek to recruit will  help build up and professionalize our researcher program: from the selection of the candidates, to the onboarding education, to helping build research designs, to articulating and following up on objectives and key results. Roughly 50% or more of this position will entail administrative duties.

Program Manager Duties

  • Developing administrative infrastructure for the program 
  • Helping to select the candidates
  • Designing and standardizing the onboarding education process
  • Introducing researchers to their sites
  • Maintaining regular contact with researchers, including weekly check-ins
  • Developing timelines for project completion in dialogue with researchers and ToftH team members
  • Tracking the development of researchers’ projects, and ensuring that progress is being made toward their OKRs
  • Ensuring that deadlines and benchmarks are being met 
  • Making arrangements to connect researchers to the resources they need to successfully complete their projects 
  • Updating ToftH team members about the progress of researchers’ projects
  • Identifying any problems within a given project and liaising with researchers and ToftH team members to resolve them with discretion 
  • Performing administrative duties 
  • Crafting and drafting contracts and MOUs
  • Assisting in the refining and editing of research project texts, as needed 
  • Traveling to visit research sites as needed

You Have

  • An M.A. in a humanities field, or relevant experience
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in project management 
  • Excellent organizational, writing, editing, verbal, interpersonal, and administrative skills
  • Skill in independently managing multiple project timelines 
  • Skill in delivering timely outcomes, as determined by each researcher’s OKRs 
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, shifting environment 
  • Comfortable working with multiple, overlapping deadlines 
  • A demonstrated interest or background in AI and/or biotech is preferred, but not required


Work Perks

  • Attractive benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance, and 401k
  • Paid vacation, sick, and holiday pay
  • Commuter benefits, parking at Downtown LA office
  • Phone reimbursement
  • Dog friendly workplace
To apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] No phone calls please.

Berggruen Institute is a proud equal opportunities workplace. We firmly believe employing a diverse workforce is important regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, political preference, age, marital statutes, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. We make recruiting decisions based on your experience and skills.