Employment Opportunity

Chief Program Officer

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences seeks a chief program officer (CPO) as the organization enters its next era under new leadership. The Academy convenes individuals from every field and profession and fosters collaboration between the academic, business, civic, and government sectors to develop pragmatic policy solutions to the critical challenges facing our global society. The principal opportunity for the CPO lies in the ability to cultivate, guide, and contribute to work that will have broad and positive impact on society, facilitating the participation of these distinguished leaders and organizations.

This search is being led by Isaacson, Miller. Please direct any applications and nominations to Jack Gorman and Kennedy Kearney at Isaacson, Miller

Since its founding in 1780, the American Academy has served the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. It has engaged in the critical questions of the day, bringing together the nation’s and the world’s most distinguished citizens to address social and intellectual issues of common concern and, above all, to develop ways to translate knowledge into action. Academy members have included both those who discover and advance knowledge and those who apply knowledge to the problems of society. Working together, they have established a legacy of leadership that continues to produce reflective and independent studies that inform public policy and lead to constructive action.

Today the Academy’s membership of 5,000 Fellows and 600 International Honorary Members includes many of the most accomplished scholars and practitioners worldwide. Through studies, publications, and programs on the Humanities, Arts, and Culture; Education and the Advancement of Knowledge; Science, Engineering, and Technology; Global Security and International Affairs; and American Institutions, Society, and the Public Good, the Academy provides authoritative and nonpartisan policy advice to decision-makers in government, academia, and the private sector.

Reporting to the president, Dr. David W. Oxtoby, the CPO will provide strategic vision and leadership for its multidisciplinary research projects and programmatic activities. In broad terms, the goal of the Academy is to engage its membership in service to society, through research that leads to constructive action. In overseeing projects, the CPO has the opportunity to deploy and steward its members and staff, its standing, and its influence. The Academy’s members, its relationships with leading organizations in the public and private sector, and its standing as a nonpartisan institute enable the organization to conduct projects and develop policy recommendations that will have credibility and influence. It is the CPO’s role to ensure that these endeavors are designed, supported, and managed well, and to aid in finding balance when competing interests arise.

The successful candidate will be an experienced administrator and manager, with the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with the Academy's members and stakeholders. This leader will have a demonstrated record of success in complex and high-visibility project management, excellent organizational abilities, strong research experience, and exceptional oral and written communication skills. Intellectual acuity and curiosity are essential for this role, as is the ability to effectively convey the Academy’s mission and contributions to society. A doctoral degree is required.