About Ashoka University:
Ashoka University is a private, non-profit university. An unprecedented example of collective
public philanthropy in India, it is a pioneer in its focus on the Liberal Arts. The University offers
undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the humanities, social sciences and
fundamental natural sciences. The aim is to help students become well-rounded individuals who
are able to think critically about issues from multiple perspectives, communicate effectively and
go on to become ethical self-aware leaders with a commitment to public service. Ashoka has
built collaborations with University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, Carleton College,
King’s College London, Sciences Po, UC Berkeley, Trinity College Dublin and Yale University. To
learn more about Ashoka University visit http://ashoka.edu.in
About the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP):
Along with having a robust academic programme, the University is home to Centres of Excellence
that address some critical areas of relevance to society, and India in particular. These include the
Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP), which is the pioneering Centre in India for
research and capacity-building towards the advancement of social impact. The Centre’s research
is focused on critical topics in social impact and philanthropy, with emphasis on applied research.
About the Role:
Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy is looking for a motivated Academic Director with the
vision to enable CSIP to deliver strong academic programmes for both students at the university
and the Centre’s key external stakeholders.
The ideal candidate will have an exceptional ability to grasp the complexity of social issues, a
strong focus on philanthropy and social development, and unpack their various dimensions. S/he
should be able to draw upon the multi-disciplinary themes and topics to lend richness to the
capacity building and teaching agenda of the Centre.The candidate should have the flexibility to
manage multiple projects simultaneously, the ability to work in a fast moving and dynamic
environment, an aptitude for content creation and curriculum design, and be excited to join a
young and dynamic team. The role will be split between conceptualising and leading courses for
Ashoka University students and building academic programs for the external stakeholders of the
Centre. Experience in building and leading teams and interacting with external partners including
multiple academic institutions would be valued.
The Academic Director should have an advanced degree in social sciences with 10-15 years of
experience, preferably both in academic as well as applied contexts. The candidate should have
experience working with course and content creation for a range of potential audiences.
The candidate should have excellent written communication skills required for high quality
academic papers and other publications and be a confident oral communicator.
The Academic Director will
groups including non-profits and philanthropists.
and work with partners to advise their programmes.
with stakeholders across various constituencies in India and internationally, including academia, civil
society, funding organisations, government bodies etc.
Education & Experience
strategy, managing teams, multiple external research partners and donor relationships.
Competitive, based on experience.
Based in NCR, or elsewhere with travel to Sonepat 3-4 days a week. Regular travel to partner
locations and workshops.
We will be interviewing on a rolling basis until we find a suitable candidate. Early applications
Interested candidates should apply to [email protected](Zoho link) with the subject line
Please note, due to the expected high volume of applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be
contacted. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of applying, or had applied
previously, please assume that we will not be taking your application forward.