Employment Opportunity

Morton L. Mandel Presidential Fellow: Communications Specialist

Cambridge, MA

The Morton L. Mandel Presidential Fellow is a two-year fellowship for a communications professional who will contribute to strategic efforts to help raise the visibility of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Serving as a member of the Communications team, the Presidential Fellow will develop and promote content to raise the Academy’s profile and impact. 

Applications should include a cover letter (no more than 2 pages) indicating your interest in this role, samples of past work, and a resume or CV.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute communication strategies to advance the public’s knowledge of the Academy’s mission and work.
  • Work with Academy colleagues to create content that highlights the work and mission of the Academy and can be shared on various platforms.
  • Develop media outreach plans to increase media coverage of the Academy’s work by helping to determine key audiences and recommending strategies to reach these audiences.
  • Create content – from press releases to tweets to articles and videos – that helps Academy research and recommendations engage through a variety of channels.
  • Support the promotion and distribution of recommendations and findings from Academy projects, commissions, and publications – as well as Academy events.
  • Coordinate on outreach efforts that include traditional media as well as with organizations, online communities, social media and other opportunities to expand awareness for the Academy.  
  • Grow and maintain the Academy’s media list; develop targeted outreach for Academy projects and events.


 The successful applicant will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a writing-intensive field (English/history or other social science/humanities discipline, journalism, communications, or marketing).
  • 2-3 years of relevant experience in communications, journalism, media relations, or public relations, ideally in academic, cultural, or scientific institutions.
  • Proven success in pitching stories and/or generating content.
  • Prowess in print and digital communications.
  • Examples of their work that can be submitted as part of their application.
  • Be curious about a wide range of subjects and demonstrate a respect for scholarly efforts and expertise.
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively independently, and as part of a team.
  • Proficiency in standard applications (Office, Google Docs, Facebook, Twitter, HootSuite) and facility in learning new ones (Pardot, Salesforce); experience working with media databases is preferred.