FULL TIME AND PART TIME POSITIONS
The World Future Fund is expanding, and a
number of full time and part time positions are opening up. Our
pay levels are generally competitive.
We have found that it is often useful to hire people on a
consultant basis before moving to a full-time position during the 13
years we have been in business. We have
also made great use of consultants over the years for highly specialized
areas of research such as work in Japan and China.
Whether a certain
position should or should not be full time depends on the specific needs
and abilities of the person. In many cases you would be able
to do most of your work from home, and would not have to sit for
long periods of time in Washington's ever growing traffic
OVERSEAS APPLICATIONS ARE WELCOME.
Foreign language skills are vitally important to
If you know of somebody else who might be
interested in our positions, please call this web site to their
Privacy is a top priority for us.
All applications are confidential. Only two members of our
staff have access to resumes.
IF YOU DO NOT THINK YOU COULD MAKE THE COMMITMENT FOR A
PAID POSITION, volunteer positions are also available.
See our page.
Instructions on how to apply for a position with us
the bottom of this page. Please follow these
instructions and pay attention to the qualifications listed for each
position. Here are the key
positions that are open:
NOTE CONCERNING FOREIGN LANGUAGE
SKILLS. The ability to speak fluent German is
a plus for almost all positions, though it is not essential
for all. Building up a greater presence in Europe is a top
goal for us. Thus, the more people who speak German on our staff,
the better. We are very interested in hiring a competent fluent
German researcher for our Washington, D.C. area office.
We are also looking for people who speak fluent
Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Arabic. Please note that the term "fluent" means that you must
be totally fluent in speaking, reading and writing. We are
very interested in native speakers. Green card holders and foreign
citizens are most welcome to apply for all positions.
VICE PRESIDENT (TOP
OF DEVELOPMENT OR FUND RAISING CONSULTANT
AND EUROPEAN UNION PROJECT DIRECTOR
CREATIVE WRITER ON GERMAN HISTORY, CULTURE AND MODERN POLITICS
WRITERS FOR WEB SITE
AND POPULAR CULTURE PROJECT - PART-TIME WRITERS
TO APPLY - DETAILS Please pay attention to this and the
qualifications listed for each position.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
This position is our top priority. This person is
to share many of the executive duties of the President and to be
able to take over as President if that was ever to be
necessary. The number one job of this person is fund
raising, particularly in terms of large contributions. This person
must also be able to attend meetings and make contacts with key leaders
in the government and in other organizations who could be valuable to
the programs of the organization. It is very essential that this
person have strong personal communications skills as well as management
skills. These communications skills must relate to the world of
fund raising from large donors. A limited amount of travel is
required. This position might be upgraded to the title of
Executive Director to enable the President to spend less time on
management and more time on strategic planning.
We are open
to exploring a short-term consulting relationship with a potential
candidate if that would help create the basis on a full-time
REQUIREMENTS. This person must have a
proven track record of raising money from large donors and a sophisticated understanding
of world affairs and politics. This job requires
residency in the Washington, D.C. area. We are looking for
somebody who has enthusiasm for our vision and a high level of
ambition. We want a disciplined person who can stay on message and
build coalitions for progress with people of different points of
view. Ideally, this person would fluent in at least one foreign
language. We are very open to hiring a foreign national for this
position. We want a person with very long term potential and
would be open to giving an ambitious person in their 20's a
chance. We want a person who combines idealism and high ethical
standards with a very tough-minded approach to business.
READ. We would prefer to get too many responses rather
than too few but we need to make one thing clear. You need to
have at least some experience in non profit work. You do
not need to have been employed full-time in the non profit world but we
need to see some experience, on a volunteer level for example.
If your material shows virtually no experience in the non-profit world
or politics, the chances of you being seriously considered are
zero. We are receiving a considerable number of resumes for this
position that have this problem.
DEVELOPMENT (FUND RAISING) OR CONSULTANT
We want to create a solid foundation for
the future. We are looking for a person with direct experience
raising large amounts of money from foundations and large individual
donors. Our key focus is on large donors. We have no plans
for direct mail. Ideally, this person could also serve as
Executive Vice President (see above) although we are not assuming
a person will answer this ad who could fill both
REQUIREMENTS. Must have a
proven track record of raising money from large donors. We are particularly
interested in people with skills in political and issue oriented fund
raising. This position could be started on
a consulting basis. In particular, we want somebody
who can relate to a number of major foundations that do not accept
unsolicited grant proposals.
It is a matter of the highest importance that
high ethical standards are maintained as well as high standards of
professionalism. We would rather under promise and
over perform than promote goals that are not attainable to donors.
We have been in business for ten years and have a consistent track
record of meeting objectives.
NOTE: PLEASE READ. We would
prefer to get too many responses rather than too few but we need to make
one thing clear. We have received a number of replies of people
whose main idea about "fund raising" seems to be the notion that
they are going to "show" us how to get more money from our current
donors. If this is your main focus, we are not for you. What
we want is access to new large donors including some major
foundations that currently do not accept unsolicited new
proposals. Our staff already has extensive experience in fund
raising. We know what we are doing. Our main problem is
time. This is why are running this ad - to have some person who
can devote 100% of their time to this important task.
GERMANY AND EUROPEAN UNION PROJECT
FLUENT GERMAN REQUIRED
This position is to study the European Union with a
particular focus on Germany and its current politics in the context of
its controversial history. The exact location for this person is
open to negotiation. It could be in Germany, America or
England in the near term. In the long term it is to be in
We would strongly prefer to hire a native German
speaker but will consider non-German applications if this person is
FLUENT in German.
As Europe unites, it is becoming a global power
equal to America. The center of Europe is Germany.
Modern Germany is in a stronger position that at any time in 500 years
on the continent of Europe. The power of today's Germany is not as
apparent as it might be due to the deliberate effort of German leaders
to understate this power as a result of the legacy of the two World
Wars. It is important to monitor Germany to understand the future
of modern Europe. Our German
links page can show you some of our interests here.
Europe today has a bigger economy than America, a larger
population and just recently the capitalization of European stock
markets passed America to be number one in the world. What is less
well known is that the combined European armies are now larger than the
American Army, and Europe has the high tech defense industrial base
to build a military equal to or superior to America's if it ever chose
to do so. Two European states, France and England, already have a
nuclear military capability. A wild card in the long term future
of Europe is Russia. It is far from inconceivable that Russia
might one day join the EU creating a global colossus dominating the
giant Eurasian mainland.
We are looking for researchers who have a very good
understanding of German history from 1870 to 1945 and current German
politics. Of very great importance to us is the highly
sensitive debate in Germany about its past and present. We want
somebody who is well informed about that debate, including books such as
Jorge Friedrich's Der Brand and the controversy it
produced. We want a professional analyst who can engage in a
disciplined study of subjects like this.
We would also like somebody to be informed about
German artistic and cultural trends. An interesting vignette
for example is the connection between ancient paganism, Richard Wagner
and many aspects of northern European heavy metal rock. We are not
purely talking about fringe and extreme elements like the "skin heads"
here but rather the larger aspects of black metal and death metal in
We eventually plan to open an office in Berlin.
This person is to help prepare the groundwork for this.
Requirements: This project
requires a good understanding of European and German
history. We would prefer to hire a German native speaker
but other applications will also be considered. You must be
absolutely fluent in German, very good in English and have
a sophisticated understanding of modern German politics.
Note: You could begin this position on a part-time
consulting basis if this seemed practical.
CREATIVE WRITER ON GERMAN HISTORY, CULTURE AND MODERN POLITICS
We are looking for a part-time German writer and researcher.
This position might
become full-time if things worked out. It could evolve into the
position of Germany and EU Project Director (listed above) if this
position remains unfilled while you are here.
Requirements are similar to above. It could also be
helpful if you could cover various aspects of the underground culture
scene in Germany, particularly metal and neo-paganism.
It would also be useful if you could contribute your
writing skills to our Future Watch Indicators Project here in
Preference will be given to people in the Washington, D.C.
area but we are open to all inquiries, including those from Germany,
You must be absolutely fluent in German and English
for these positions.
are on this position here.
WRITERS FOR OUR WEB
We are always looking for creative people who could
contribute to our web site. See a
position of importance to us. (Our 2010 Craigs List
We are looking for writers on our planet's global environmental crisis and
other important matters. We combine a professional study of the
present with a study of history, religion and philosophy.
Writers could be full-time or
part-time. Since our founding over ten years ago, we have made excellent
use of consultants.
updating our Global Indicators Program. This means updating the indicators
themselves and our Signs of the Times news section on these indicators.
We recently added a special Signs
of the Times section on Iraq. We also want to write a summary
piece on proposed solutions to the current global crisis covering
material such as the recent writings of people like Lester Brown.
THE STUDY OF HISTORY
(A reconstruction of ancient Athens at the time of Pericles,
painted by the great neo-classical architect, Von Klenze)
It is our belief that history matters. We
combine a highly professional study of the present with a study of the past,
including the ancient past. For example, we believe that the study of
democracy's strengths and weaknesses in ancient Greece and Rome has huge lessons
for our democracies today.
We already have a brief
page on the ancient Greek and Roman influences on the U.S. Constitution. A study of the deep ancient roots of totalitarianism
is also relevant as a warning about what could happen in the future.
We want to produce some studies on the reasons for the suicide and
ultimate failure of democracy in ancient Greece and Rome and the lessons
we need to learn from all this.
THE STUDY OF WORLD POLITICAL PHILOSOPHIES AND RELIGIONS
believe that the study of political philosophy and religion on a global basis is
critical to developing a global vision of a political future. As Al Gore
states in his excellent film, "An Inconvenient Truth", the global environment crisis is
more than a crisis of technological and policy challenges, it is a moral crisis.
An understanding of different religions and political visions is critical to
building a global consensus for positive change. For example. we have some
very interesting pages on
part of its political heritage. (Note, these pages are
bilingual, and Chinese characters may not display for all viewers.) Modern America could be
in a position similar to that of ancient Greece when it became a world power as
a result of the conquests of Alexander the Great. Its political
institutions needed to evolve to be more respectful of non-Greek
cultures. It had to make the evolution from the polis to the cosmopolis.
As noted above, we also want writers to cover
political developments in Europe, particularly Germany, aspects of
underground culture related to environmental awareness, ancient
pre-Christian religions and their respect for the earth and totalitarian
political theories from the ancient world to the present.
You need to be able to have good research skills and the ability to write in
a manner that can explain complex issues to leaders and ordinary people.
Ideally, you would have good people skills to help us relate to other
Students are welcome. Foreign language speakers and immigrants are
GLOBAL MEDIA AND POPULAR
We are looking for part-time writers in the Washington,
D.C. area in America and in Berlin, Germany.
Popular culture is a huge subject. Our primary focus
is metal, particularly in relation to its connection to the rebirth of
paganism in Europe and Latin America. We are interested in the
connection between metal, paganism and respect for our planet's
environment. We are also interested in science fiction art,
landscape painting and nature photography.
UNDERGROUND CULTURE WEB PORTAL
We have already set up a web portal dealing with
underground culture Underground Web
World, concentrating primarily on metal and science fiction art
for the near term. We have received a very positive response to
We are particularly interested in seeing how popular
culture can be influenced to bring to public attention the need for a
global effort to focus on environmental and social problems.
At the moment, the environment simply has not reached adequate critical
mass on the global political agenda. We need to see how popular
culture can be influenced to correct this situation.
SUBCULTURES OF ALIENATION.
We see relevance in the emergence of various subcultures of
alienation around the world. These could potentially be mobilized
as forces of positive change since they are at odds with the status quo. Obviously, there is not an automatic correlation between
alienation and intelligent political action. However, it is
a subject well worth studying. A key to is reach out to
artists in terms of their needs as artists (as opposed to delivering a
direct ideological appeal.) We want to try to direct
alienation into positive channels (effective political action) as
opposed to negative directions such as self destruction via hedonism or
violence and terror.
REQUIREMENTS. We have received a veritable
flood of applications for positions in this field. Unfortunately,
a lot of these applications contain virtually no information about
the applicant's credentials for this field. While prior media
business experience is not absolutely essential, you
do need to show some basic understanding of what is going
on. For example, we would like to know what bands and or films are
important to you. (This can be from an artistic point of view or a
political point of view. Please list some bands and movies
that are well-known so we can have some idea of what you are talking
about.) It would be useful to be well informed about metal.
If you have a Myspace site, it would be useful for
us to see it
to get a concept of your artistic interests.
Foreign language skills are very important, particularly
German, Chinese or Japanese since the international media world is of
great importance to us.
A key part of clerical work here is filing and ordering
research material, as well as picking up and delivering material that we
need. We are looking for people who have potential for promotion
and have an interest in our programs. You MUST have:
Reliable transportation (car or
motorcycle). (Metro alone will not do
Basic Windows computer skills, and we would
hope you would have your own Windows computer (although this is not an
absolute precondition of being hired).
You must live in
Washington, D.C. area, and preference is given to people near Old
We do offer training for promising clerical people
to increase their earnings and potential by developing their
computer, artistic and research skills. (Note, however, that
basic Windows computer skills are required. We do not and will not
offer training for people who lack basic computer skills.)
The more you relate to our programs, the better.
Ability to speak German a major plus.
This could be a good way to get a start here and get
promoted to more important positions.
HOW TO APPLY
FOR A POSITION AT WORLD FUTURE FUND
PLEASE SEND RESUME BY E MAIL TO
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These rules may seem a bit bureaucratic but over the years
we have found them useful.
recommend that you copy and paste your resume into the text of an
e mail (even if the formatting does not look perfect). This is the
most reliable way to reach us. If you prefer, you can also
attach your resume as a file. (We have, however, had problems with
a number of file attachments.) Please list the position(s)
that you want in the e mail.
If your resume does not mention a key point related
to our needs, it would be a good idea to mention it in the e
mail. Don't hesitate to send us another e mail if you forget
to mention something that you feel we need to know about your
If you do not wish your current employer to know that
you are seeking a new opportunity, please let us know. All replies
are handled in a very confidential manner. Only two people
have access to the above e mail address.
We check e mail seven days a week so don't hesitate
to e mail us on a weekend.
If your resume is not in electronic form,
please send it by regular mail to: Employment Applications Department,
World Future Fund, Box 1829, Alexandria, Va. 22313
OUR FAX NUMBER IS NOT PUBLIC. WE DO NOT ACCEPT
FAXES FROM PEOPLE WE DO NOT KNOW.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: WE ARE
RECEIVING A VERY LARGE NUMBER OF RESPONSES. THUS, WE HAVE TO SET
SOME GUIDELINES FOR RESPONSES. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THESE
THE CORRECT MEANS OF RESPONDING TO THIS
OFFER IS LISTED ABOVE. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO APPLY BY
ALSO, WE CANNOT REPLY TO EVERY
APPLICATION. WE DO REPLY TO
ALL PEOPLE WE WANT TO INTERVIEW WITHIN A MAXIMUM TIME PERIOD OF TWO
WEEKS, USUALLY MUCH SOONER. If you have not heard
from us in two weeks, the odds are 95% that we are not interested in
If you wish to follow up or to make sure that we got
your first e mail, please send a second e mail with your
resume and the words "second e mail" in your subject line. We
shall do our very best to get back to you within a week. If you do
not hear from us within a week, you can be sure that your resume did not
make the cut.
THE KEY POINT OF CONTACT IS
. As noted,
only two people on our staff have access to this mail box. The
privacy of all who reply is a top priority for us, and every effort is
made to keep all applications totally confidential. Unless we
have called you, please do not try to follow up about your resume by
These rules may seem bureaucratic but we have found
that they are a useful system to give all applicants a fair and
professional means of reaching us. We have received hardly any
complaints and have already been able to hire some truly top quality
people from the huge response that our ads have generated.
This ad is a means for people to begin a business
relationship with us. Even if there is not an opportunity
for you today, there could be a chance for you in the future.
We are very open to the idea of exploring your
potential for a full-time position by hiring you on consulting basis
We have a long term agenda, and are looking to find
really top quality people who share our goals and can be part of our