Arts Science Initiative Coordinator

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is a not-for-profit organization located in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago that engages science leaders, policymakers, and the interested public on topics of nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies.

Founded more than 70 years ago by Manhattan Project physicists, the Bulletin is a globally recognized organization that curates a highly trafficked public-access website, publishes an award-winning journal, sets the iconic Doomsday Clock, and hosts a regular set of convenings. For more than 70 years, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has bridged the divide between scientific research, global security, and public engagement.

Position Description

Working with the Bulletin’s President and CEO, the Arts Coordinator will help create a powerful new platform on which members of the creative community can present their work, interact with scientists, develop new frameworks at the intersection of art and science, and engage new audiences intent on solving the globe’s most pressing security challenges including: nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies.

This is a 10 hour per week job, perfect for a graduate student, or arts consultant. This is a grant-funded position and is supported through 2018, with the possibility of renewal. This position reports to the President and CEO and is located at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Key Responsibilities

Engage the modern audience through partnerships with artists, spaces, and platforms connecting them to the vital research and policy debates in the Bulletin

  • Identify, engage and recruit leading artists focused on nuclear risk, climate change and disruptive technologies to be featured on the Bulletin’s homepage and specially designed landing page.
  • Create a calendar of between six and twelve featured artists per year, depending on funding.
  • Serve as the liaison between Bulletin staff and featured artist.
  • Identify local, national, and international funding sources to broaden the base of support beyond existing relationships.
  • Help connect artists to the Bulletin’s community of science and policy experts, as needed.
  • Plan and manage special events and projects related to the Bulletin’s Arts Science Initiative, including assisting with logistics for events currently scheduled in Chicago in May and Santa Fe in July.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; enrolled in a graduate program relating to the arts, possesses a graduate degree in the arts, or commensurate experience
  • Demonstrated interest in the confluence of art, international affairs, science and technology
  • Experience with Photoshop or other photo editing software a plus
  • Strong technical skills evidenced by proficiency in common office productivity software applications (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Office 365)
  • Experience with Photoshop or other photo editing software a plus

Competencies and Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to handle public contacts with courtesy, clarity, and diplomacy
  • Strong skills in working as a collaborative member of a professional team
  • Ability to take initiative and organize and complete projects with minimal supervision
  • Ability to maintain calm and courteous demeanor and to work productively despite heavy workload, competing priorities, complex problems, and tight deadlines
  • Strong problem-solving skills, and an ability to use appropriate resources to solve an issue
  • Ability to follow an issue through to resolution
  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to think proactively and prioritize work
  • Effective communication skills (via phone, email and in-person)

All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Lisa McCabe at [email protected].

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, medical condition, disability, veteran status, union membership or activity or any other basis protected by law.