Employment Opportunity

Program Officer for American Institutions, Society, and the Public Good

Cambridge, MA

The Program Officer is responsible for research and writing, project management, policy development and analysis, meeting organization, and administrative functions related to the Academy’s work in the program area of American Institutions, Society and the Public Good. Using a cross-disciplinary approach, the Program Officer will collaborate with Academy members, policy experts, and staff.

  • Collaborate with staff, Academy members, project members, and partner organizations to organize and facilitate meetings, to implement outreach and communications plans, and to write reports as part of the final phase of the multi-year Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship.
  • Work with the Program Director to explore and develop future initiatives and areas of research for the program area.
  • Draft and/or edit materials for internal use and for external publication including background research reports, drafts and final reports, proceedings, occasional papers, and articles for Academy publications.
  • Identify and gather research materials for commissions and meetings; facilitate the flow of information among committee/panel members, staff, consultants, and other applicable parties.
  • Lead quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, and visualization as needed.
  • Assemble committees and working groups and provide guidance and support in the conduct of their work.
  • Manage workshops, meetings, and/or conferences including developing agendas, inviting presenters and participants, overseeing meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and preparing written summaries.
  • Write grant proposals and assist in fundraising.
  • Maintain current relationships and develop a network of new partners and potential new funders for the program area.
  • Help expand the profile of the Academy and its audiences within the academic, policy, and professional communities.
  • Assist with executive briefings, presidential remarks, and speeches.
  • Represent the program areas at various convenings as requested.
  • May supervise permanent or temporary Academy staff in tasks related to their project, and encourage staff development.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A Ph.D., Ed.D., or other relevant degree in the social sciences or public policy, with experience in data collection and analysis plus two years of relevant project administration and professional work; or an M.A. or MPA in a relevant field with at least five years of substantive professional work experience.
  • Strong skills in academic research, data collection and analysis, and ability to translate collected data clearly to diverse audiences.
  • Expertise in the study or practice of American politics, society, and/or public policy.
  • Ability to foster an inclusive team environment and leverage diverse perspectives of committee members and internal staff.
  • Knowledge of current policy issues and scholarship in the program area with the ability to work across multiple disciplines.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize, summarize, and present research findings and recommendations for a variety of audiences.
  • 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 experience and familiarity with private foundations and other funding sources.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment.
  • Experience managing complex projects on tight deadlines.
  • Ability to creatively problem-solve and be flexible in a changing work environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Word); SPSS, R or similar statistical software; and social media tools. Experience with data visualization (i.e. Tableau) preferred.
  • Occasional travel may be required.