Chief Executive Officer

Website Bulletien of the Atomic Scientists

About the Bulletin of Atomic Scientisits

  • In the wake of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, the scientists of the Manhattan Project – including J. Robert Oppenheimer – saw an immediate need for a public reckoning with the devastating power unleashed by their creation. They anticipated that the atom bomb would be “only the first of many dangerous presents from the Pandora’s Box of modern science.”
  • In response, they came together to create The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a publication with two primary objectives: 1) To help the public understand what the bombings meant for humanity; and 2) To urge fellow scientists to help shape national and international policy. In addition to Oppenheimer, its founders included renowned leaders such as Albert Einstein.
  • Today, the Bulletin is one of the most respected sources of news, insight, and analysis on nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies such as bioengineering and artificial intelligence. What connects these issues is a driving belief that because humans created these forces, we can – and must – control them. The Bulletin equips the public, policymakers, and scientists with the information needed to reduce man-made threats to our existence.
  • Located on the campus of the University of Chicago, the Bulletin is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that gathers a diverse array of the world’s most informed and influential voices and brings innovative thinking to a global audience. The Bulletin publishes and distributes timely articles through a variety of digital platforms. In addition, it publishes
    a subscription digital magazine and is a regular convener of public events.

About the Position

  • The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists seeks a highly respected and strategic Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization’s next chapter of growth, sustainability, and impact.
  • As part of a thoughtfully planned and managed transition, the next CEO will have the opportunity to lead an iconic, dynamic, forward-looking and mission-driven organization with a remarkable history and a deep commitment to addressing the most important issues of our time. The next leader will embrace the chance to be both a steward of the Bulletin’s historic legacy as well as a visionary leader who will ensure that it perseveres and flourishes amid a changing information and technological environment.
  • The next CEO will lead the day-to-day operations of the Bulletin, overseeing all aspects of the organization including finance and operations, development and fundraising, and programming and publishing. Reporting to the Governing Board and engaging with the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board and Board of Sponsors, they will be responsible for leading a team of more than 18 fulltime and 7 part-time staff members and leveraging the expertise of more than 60 highly accomplished individuals across three boards.
  • In addition, the Bulletin’s next leader will serve as the public face of the organization, engaging with thought-leaders, international experts, major donors, and the media. With the continuing threats posed by nuclear weapons, the accelerating impacts of climate change, and the emerging possibilities of artificial intelligence and biological research, the next leader of the Bulletin will have a unique opportunity to ensure the organization continues to provide essential insights and perspectives during a period of growing concern and complexity for humankind.

Key responsibilities of the CEO include:

Strategic Leadership:

  • Lead and develop the Bulletin’s team and multiple boards in identifying and implementing strategic initiatives that expand the Bulletin’s reach, impact, and revenues.
  • Stay abreast of current and emerging developments in the Bulletin’s core subject areas to identify and develop plans for impact in substantive areas like bio or AI or worrisome changes in the nuclear space where the next leader will need to figure out where the Bulletin might offer value.
  • Provide strategic focus and maintain clarity in an evolving media landscape, including the latest technologies, platforms and audience behaviors to capitalize on opportunities to increase impact, operational excellence, and financial sustainability.
  • Ensure the Bulletin team is aligned and able to address the challenges of the present and the future.
  • Identify new opportunities to grow awareness, impact, and audience for the Bulletin’s content.
  • Lead in a fact-based and data-driven manner.

Operational Leadership:

  • Provide leadership for all aspects of the Bulletin’s operations, including administrative guidance and financial management of a $3 million plus annual operating budget.
  • Operationalize the Bulletin’s strategy and vision so that all team members have the capabilities, accountabilities, and resources necessary to achieve goals in service of its mission.
  • Align the Bulletin’s organizational structure, strategy, budget, and workflows across the organization to support the delivery of outstanding results in a timely way.
  • Ensure the Bulletin’s resources – financial and otherwise – are efficiently deployed and stewarded to meet the organization’s mission over the short- and long-term.
  • Manage all aspects of the organization in a collaborative manner, while also ensuring editorial independence and journalistic integrity.

Human Leadership:

  • Cultivate an inclusive culture of active collaboration, respect, innovation, and accountability.
  • Lead, support, and develop a world-class, high-performing team of 20+ employees, ensuring the Bulletin is a destination for top talent.
  • Develop outstanding, trusted relationships with the Bulletin’s three boards, ensuring open dialogue, substantive engagement, and strategic alignment among the boards individually and collectively.
  • Champion diversity, equity, and inclusion, resulting in a deep sense of belonging for all members of the Bulletin team across a diverse range of backgrounds, identities, perspectives, and geographies.
  • Ensure a culture of growth and professional development for Bulletin employees.

Fundraising & Fiscal Management:

  • Expand the Bulletin’s philanthropic support to develop new sources of funding, including from major donors
    and donor prospects both nationally and internationally.
  • Effectively communicate the mission and impact of the Bulletin to a diverse range of new and prospective
    donors to secure their long-term financial support.
  • Collaborate with the development team and board members to identify new sources of revenue and to
    successfully grow annual support for the Bulletin.
  • Expand and develop fundraising opportunities through new and ongoing strategic partnerships.
  • Actively steward new and existing relationships to grow support for the Bulletin’s mission and strategy over
    the short- and long-term.

Direct reports to the CEO currently include the Editor-in-Chief, the Chief Advancement Officer and the Chief
Audience Officer, as well as the Chief Financial Officer who works as an outsourced resource to the organization.

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