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Program Manager, Emergent Political Economies
Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Date Posted 02/09/2022
Nonprofit-Program Management
Admin-Conference And Events Administration
Salary competitive -  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

SFI seeks a qualified program manager interested in economics, political economy, political science, data science, the intellectual history of complexity science, and social change. The ideal candidate will coordinate a global program that seeks to bring complexity science into the hands of researchers, educators, policymakers, and governments.


The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is a non-profit research institute dedicated to understanding complex systems. SFI was established in 1984 by an interdisciplinary group of intellectual leaders, including Nobel Laureates Murray Gell-Mann (Physics), Kenneth Arrow (Economics), Phil Anderson (Physics), and Manfred Eigen (Chemistry). Today SFI leverages a network of over 110 external faculty around the world to expand the frontier of human knowledge in the field of complexity science. SFI advances science by hosting over workshops, working groups, summer schools and seminars in Santa Fe, New Mexico and virtually. Rolling Stone Magazine called SFI "a sort of Justice League of renegade geeks, where teams of scientists from disparate fields study the Big Questions," and the Daily Beast said SFI hosts "America's smartest lunch." Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Cormac McCarthy’s comments on SFI can be found here: santafe.edu/cormac

PROGRAM: SFI is launching a far-reaching collaborative research network on Emergent Political Economies (EPE) to reimagine the core assumptions of economic, political, and social life. SFI will marshal our extensive community of researchers – and engage with new colleagues from universities perusing similar initiatives – to analyze and develop new paradigms and models structuring social, economic, and political reality. This effort will draw on the complexity science of collective phenomena, behavior, belief, markets, and regulation to develop novel ideas, explore wide-ranging collaborations, and deploy new methods. This is a five-year project of enormous importance for both SFI and potentially for the world.

JOB SUMMARY: Under the supervision of SFI’s President (the program PI) and supported by Co-PI’s the Vice President for Science and the Vice President for Applied Complexity, the program manager will: (i) support and facilitate EPE Advisory Committee meetings and program assessments; (ii) support and track hiring and contracting of EPE related researchers and staff; and (iii) organize EPE-related workshops, working groups, conferences, and schools. This is a five-year program.


  1. In collaboration with the PIs, the EPE Advisory Committee, and (when appropriate) counterparts from partner universities, each year the EPE Program Manager will organize: 1 General Conference, 1-2 Annual Advisory Committee meetings, 1 Workshop, and 1-4 Working Group meetings.
  2. In collaboration with the SFI’s new Diversity and Inclusivity Fellow, and SFI’s education team, each year the EPE Program Manager will hire and help supervise the EPE Graduate Summer School Director.
  3. In collaboration with SFI’s new Diversity and Complexity Fellow and SFI’s Postdoctoral Program Manager, each year the EPE Program Manager will help organize and oversee the EPE Postdoctoral Conference.
  4. The EPE Program Manager will lead the effort to track and monitor activities and outcomes of the EPE Program. This will involve preparing reports for the PIs, the EPE Advisory Committee, and the primary grant funding institution.
  5. The EPE Program Manager will serve as SFI’s primary point of contact with other universities pursuing similar initiatives.
  6. As the program evolves, the EPE Program Manager will be assigned other tasks which may fall reasonably within the scope of this position.


  • Oversees the coordination of all aspects of EPE events, including administrative tasks.
  • Coordinates budgets and schedules for the EPE Program.
  • Facilitates set-up and implementation of EPE Program activities.
  • Manages deadlines, communications, and deliverables to the satisfaction of the PIs, EPE Advisory Committee, and other key stakeholders.


  • Experience related to the social sciences preferred, with comprehension of social science terminology, or related equivalent combination of education and professional-level work experience. Graduate level training is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience organizing and prioritizing tasks, taking initiative, coordinating and assuming responsibility for projects, including following through to completion, and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders with diverse beliefs and objectives.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively under pressure of deadlines and changing and competing priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven experience working both independently and as an effective team member.
  • Preferred experience interacting effectively with all levels of employees, including executive staff, and early to late career scientists.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including proofreading, grammar, spelling, punctuation, accuracy, and attention to detail.
  • U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, but you should be eligible for J-1 visa sponsorship or a U.S. permanent resident.

The Santa Fe Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply, as are individuals who have taken unconventional paths their careers.

TO APPLY, please send an email containing your CV, cover letter, and three references to employ@santafe.edu with the subject line “EPE Program Manager.” Early submission of application materials is encouraged, but all applications received by Wednesday, March 23, 2022 will be given full consideration.


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