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Associate Director of the Ethics Institute

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Work type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Social Sciences and Humanities

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. On its Boston campus, the university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. 

About the Opportunity:


The Northeastern University Ethics Institute and Department of Philosophy and Religion seek to hire an Associate Director for the Institute. The Associate Director will work closely with the Institute Director. They will help to manage Ethics Institute programs, collaborate on funded research projects, and contribute to strategic planning, project development, grant/proposal writing, and outreach. The Associate Director will also teach two courses a year in applied ethics (e.g. technology ethics, biomedical ethics, environmental ethics) in the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

Northeastern University’s Ethics Institute is located within the Philosophy and Religion Department in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. The Institute is home to a diverse array of research, curricular, co-curricular, and outreach programs. The Institute’s mission is to bring ethical analysis and evaluation to bear on social and environmental issues, as well as conduct original research in the areas of applied ethics, ethical theory, social and political philosophy, and religious ethics. More information about the Institute’s current projects and programs can be found online here.

Although located within Northeastern’s Philosophy and Religion Department, the Institute collaborates widely across the University, including with law, computer science, engineering, network science, biology, journalism, business, and political science. The Institute also supports ethics-oriented programming, education, and research throughout Northeastern University’s global campus network


The Associate Director will contribute to all aspects of the Ethics Institute’s mission: research, education, and outreach. In the area of research, the Associate Director will: help to develop and write research proposals; coordinate ongoing research projects by organizing research meetings and supervising undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers; and conduct original research as part of Institute projects. In the area of education, the Associate Director will: teach courses in applied ethics; help to develop curriculum for ethics education for programs around the university; deliver ethics education and trainings around the University. In the area of outreach, the Associate Director will: represent the Ethics Institute at public-facing events; contribute to developing and writing public-facing reports; and help to raise awareness of the Ethics Institute’s work through professional organizations, conferences, the media and online.


 - Ph.D. in Philosophy or a related field
- Experience teaching applied ethics
- Excellent skills in professional writing and oral communication
- Excellent research skills in philosophical approaches to ethics
- Commitment to fostering inclusive, collaborative, and collegial environments
- Ability to collaborate productively with diverse groups
- Organization abilities to sustain multiple projects
- Ability to travel as needed
- Experience with, or strong appetite for, grant writing, project management (including personnel supervision), and experiential learning

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Additional Information:

This is a full benefits, administrative position. Although not a faculty position, the Associate Director will be welcomed into all aspects of the Department of Philosophy and Religion’s dynamic and collaborative ethics and philosophy community. 

Applications should include a cover letter that addresses the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including sample syllabi), writing sample, and contact information for three letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters should specifically address the applicant’s qualifications for a position such as this. Questions should be addressed to Prof. Ronald Sandler, Ethics Institute Director,



Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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