Employment Opportunity

Program Associate: American Political Economy and The Public Good

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences seeks a Program Associate within the “American Institutions, Society, and the Public Good” program area to play a central coordinating role in the Academy’s efforts surrounding its new Commission on the American Political Economy and the Public Good. As the Academy launches this multi-year initiative, the Program Associate will work with Academy staff and commission members to provide logistical, research, and administrative support.

The Commission on the American Political Economy and the Public Good will study how economic trends of the last 50 years have fractured social cohesion and exacerbated distrust in the United States. The Commission will identify ways to restore faith in institutions and propose recommendations to shore up a commitment to the common good for the long term. The Commission is tentatively scheduled to launch in the fall of 2021.

The Academy is committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion and looks to all its staff members to foster and promote these values.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will operate completely remotely through July 6, 2020, after which point the position will be based at the House of the Academy in Cambridge, MA, with partial remote work scheduling available upon discussion.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Communicate regularly with Commission members and other project participants, Academy members, external stakeholders, the program director and staff, and other Academy departments.
  • Fulfill project administrative needs, including maintaining shared project files, tracking project activities and progress, and coordinating production and distribution of project publications.
  • Provide logistical support for conferences, meetings, and events. Coordinate scheduling, prepare relevant materials, and provide on-site and virtual staff support.
  • Lead, when appropriate, programmatic and research initiatives, including secondary research, data analysis and literature reviews.
  • Draft and edit talking points, reports, and other written materials.
  • Update website content with relevant project materials.
  • Maintain and process external contracts, agreements, invoices, and reimbursements.
  • Assist with mentoring and onboarding of new staff.
  • Work with staff from other program areas to maintain awareness of potential areas of collaboration.
  • Perform other job duties as assigned.
  • Occasional travel may be required.



  • Bachelor’s degree OR equivalent experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills, an acute attention to detail, and follow through on tasks.
  • Ability to be flexible, learn quickly, seek creative solutions, pivot when needed, and work accurately under pressure on complex, highly publicized projects.
  • Strong writing, proofreading, research, and editing skills.
  • Experience with budget-tracking and project management.
  • Ability to comfortably and professionally communicate with a wide range of audiences, including Academy members, staff, and the public at large.
  • Outstanding communication, relationship building, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to exhibit confidentiality and good judgment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word), Adobe Acrobat, Salesforce, Google Analytics, and social media.
  • Interest in public policy and American political economy a plus.


About the Academy

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences is a learned society and independent policy center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems.  

The Academy membership encompasses over 5,600 members and reflects the full range of disciplines and professions: math and physical sciences, biological sciences, the social sciences, humanities and the arts, journalism, business and philanthropic leaders, educational, scientific, and cultural administrators as well as public affairs and public policy.