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Director of Environmental Humanities Development

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich is looking for a Director of Environmental Humanities Development. The Rachel Carson Center (RCC) has successfully secured funding from the Volkswagen Foundation to develop a new Master’s program in Environmental Humanities and is offering this five-year, fixed-term position to oversee the creation of a curriculum and the administration of the degree program in its first years of operation. The position begins on 1 November 2019 or as soon after as is feasible.

The Director of Environmental Humanities Development will be responsible for:

  • overseeing, managing, and administering the creation of a new Master’s program in Environmental Humanities (EH);
  • liaising with university administrators, different faculties, and the legal department of LMU Munich;
  • working with members of the EH working group and visiting professors to develop course content;
  • advertising and representing LMU Munich’s EH program in Germany and beyond;
  • assisting with design and development of two MOOCs in EH;
  • co-convening workshops in EH;
  • research and teaching in an EH subject: this part is negotiable.

Candidates for this position should hold a doctoral degree, preferably in an environmental humanities or environmental social sciences discipline. Experience of coordinating academic programs, curriculum development, and a high level of fluency in both English and German are required, as are excellent organizational abilities and strong leadership skills. Applicants should enjoy working with colleagues of diverse cultural backgrounds, be able to balance multiple assignments, and meet tight deadlines.

The position is a full-time (40.1 hours a week), primarily in-house, service position. There is some flexibility in the way the position is organized: applicants interested in part-time or job-sharing arrangements are encouraged to apply. The RCC offers an attractive compensation packaged based on the tariff contracts for public service, level TVL 13 (commensurate with experience) and 30 days paid vacation. Working hours are flexible, and the RCC offers a family-friendly working environment. The RCC can also assist, if necessary, with work permits and visas. As the candidate will be a state employee, they are required to have German health insurance and to make contributions to the German tax and social welfare system. We especially seek applications from qualified individuals with disabilities and welcome applications from women.

To apply, please send your cover letter, CV, and the contact information of two references in one pdf file with the subject ″Director of EH Development″ to jobs@rcc.lmu.de by 31 August 2019. We will accept applications in English or German. Interviews will take place in September.