Employment Opportunity

Program Director for Humanities, Arts, and Culture

Cambridge, MA

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences seeks a Program Director for Humanities, Arts, and Culture. The Program Director works with Academy members and senior staff to oversee and develop multidisciplinary projects in these areas.  The projects are carried out by commissions and committees composed of members, other leaders in these fields, consultants, and Academy staff. The Program Director will manage, coordinate, and contribute intellectually to these initiatives.   

Reporting to the Chief Program Officer, the Program Director works with Academy Members and staff to carryout policy initiatives and to identify and develop new projects; has direct responsibility for a select portfolio of projects; and supervises Academy staff who manage a subset of programs or initiatives within the area of the Humanities, Arts, and Culture.

Major Areas of Responsibility

Program Director:

  • Work collaboratively with Academy members, committee members, partner organizations, and Academy staff to ensure the success of projects within their portfolio, to carry out policy initiatives, and to identify and develop new projects.
  • Assemble committees, subcommittees, and working groups and provide guidance and support to those committees in the conduct of their work;
  • Marshal and steward the creative and intellectual resources of Academy stakeholders and staff.
  • Maintain general administrative oversight of all projects within the Humanities, Arts and Culture program area, including future work in the humanities.
  • Oversee the organization of project workshops and symposia and help produce programmatic content for these and other Academy events, including Stated Meetings.
  • Supervise Program staff working on projects within the Humanities, Arts, and Culture portfolio, including the Academy’s Washington, D.C. -based staff working on the Humanities Indicators.
  • Develop background research and draft reports for internal project use as well as final publication including proceedings, white papers. Draft and edit materials for publication.
  • Communicate the findings and recommendations within reports to external audiences.
  • Work with the Academy’s development team to identify potential sources of project funding and submit grant proposals to foundations and other sources.
  • Help expand the profile of the Academy and its audiences within the academic and policy communities.


  • A Ph.D. preferably in the humanities.
  • Five to seven years of relevant project administration experience in a university, foundation, learned society, or non-profit.
  • Experience managing complex, highly visible projects.
  • Excellent supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Familiarity and experience with current policies and scholarship in humanities and the arts.
  • Experience working with senior faculty, university presidents, business and non-profit executives, government officials, and policy leaders.
  • Intellectual curiosity, depth, and confidence.
  • Superior organizational abilities.
  • Experience advising executive staff on strategic matters.
  • General knowledge of policy issues in other fields, including education, science, and security.
  • Strong writing, editing, research, and communication skills.
  • Ability to foster an inclusive team environment and leverage diverse perspectives of committee members and internal staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively engage with a wide variety of internal and external groups including funders, academic, policy, and research institutions, and other potential partners.
  • Successful grant writing expertise and familiarity with private foundations and other funding sources.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment.