Project Associate

Employer: Psychedelic Science Funders Collaborative
Date Posted: Nov 18, 2021
Employment: Full Time
Focus / Industry:
San Francisco, California, USA
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About PSFC:

Psychedelic Science Funders Collaborative (PSFC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a funding collaborative created to support the exceptional scientists and organizations working on psychedelic clinical trials and to ensure psychedelic treatments reach all who can benefit. Emerging research indicates that psychedelics have the potential to be a breakthrough in treating PTSD, depression, addiction, and other conditions. PSFC was born in 2017 out of a realization that psychedelic medicine has the potential to make an enormous impact and has an achievable path to regulatory approval, but has been systemically underfunded. Since PSFC’s founding, we have grown into a community of many of the leading funders of psychedelic medicine supporting organizations at the cutting edge of psychedelic research with funding and expert support.

PSFC has funded several organizations at the forefront of the psychedelic field, and in 2020, we completed a $30 million fundraising campaign in partnership with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) to support the completion of phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. PSFC’s current areas of focus include supporting broad and equitable access to high-quality MDMA-assisted psychotherapy post-FDA approval, and supporting the implementation of Oregon’s Measure 109, which authorizes psilocybin therapy in the state, to ensure the program also provides broad and equitable access to high-quality care.


Position Overview and Responsibilities:

PSFC has created working groups to bring together funders, experts, and practitioners to identify key funding needs for advancing the psychedelic field. Our first working groups, focused on delivery of care, will address the various aspects of bringing psychedelic treatment to patients, including therapist training, professional certifications, insurance reimbursement, and more. Under the direction of Greg Kearns, PSFC’s Director of Strategy and Working Groups, each working group will create an analysis of the sector, vet key organizations, and make funding recommendations to donors. A working group focused on the implementation of psilocybin-assisted therapy in Oregon is also under development. 


The project associate position will report to Greg and work closely with him and other PSFC staff to support PSFC’s working groups. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Drafting meeting materials such as memos, reports, agendas, and presentations

  • Preparing the Director of Working Groups and Strategy and other working group participants for meetings, taking notes, and tracking action items for follow up

  • Coordinating written follow-ups and communications between working group meetings

  • Conducting research on topics related to the working group’s funding areas, including to support due diligence of specific organizations and projects

  • Providing project management support for the administration of workgroups and coordinating project work plans in project management software

  • Coordinating working group information flow and document management

  • Documenting learnings from working group research and meetings and organizing findings and learnings in PSFC’s knowledge management system

  • Drafting periodic written reports on working group activities and milestones for communication to PSFC members and external stakeholders

  • Providing project support for PSFC’s Scientific Director and Director of Funder Engagement

  • Collaborating with other project associates and PSFC staff to share good practices for working groups and synchronize with other PSFC initiatives



  • 2+ years experience in a role with similar responsibilities

  • Domain experience in clinical care delivery, health care policy, mental health, medical research, philanthropy, or a similar field strongly preferred

  • Experience managing complex projects, and proficiency with project management tools (e.g. Asana) 

  • Excellent and adaptable writing and verbal presentation skills

  • Research skills, including the capacity to quickly research, understand, and communicate clearly on new topics

  • Financial analysis skills and experience preferred

  • Extremely high level of attention to detail in all work product

  • Ability to work effectively in fast-paced environments

  • Experience with meeting logistics and coordination

  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds

  • Sensitivity, discretion, and decorum around key external relationships

  • Proficiency with common office software (Google Suite, Microsoft Office) and ability to quickly learn new platforms

  • Proficiency with PowerPoint, Google Slides, and/or Canva strongly preferred

  • Passion for PSFC’s mission and goals and for advancing psychedelic healing


Details and Application Instructions:

This will be a full-time staff position. Remote candidates will be considered, but there is a preference for the position to be based in the San Francisco area. To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to 


PSFC is an equal opportunity organization and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, arrest or conviction record, and any other basis prohibited by law.


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Last updated: Nov 18, 2023