Jobs & Fellowships

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The American Academy is committed to the diversity of its staff and membership. As a scholarly organization and research center, the Academy recognizes that diversity of thought, class, experience, sex, gender, race, physical or mental ability, age, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation is a value to uphold and is central to the mission and work of the organization. A more pluralistic staff embracing diversity of thought, approach and life experience fosters a more nuanced understanding of contemporary issues facing the nation and the world. Working together in a climate of respect and openness models the civil discourse that is fundamental to the work of the Academy.

Director of Finance

The Academy is currently seeking a Director of Finance to provide oversight and administration of the Academy’s finances, including budgeting, accounting, payroll, tax compliance, investment reporting, and the annual audit. The Academy hopes to fill this position by 2/1/2019.

Cambridge, MA

Membership Engagement Assistant

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences seeks a Membership Engagement Assistant to support its membership engagement initiative. The Academy’s members include some of the world’s most distinguished citizens in academia, business, government, and philanthropy. The Academy brings its members together through projects, publications, programs, and meetings to address intellectual and policy issues and develop ways to translate knowledge into action. The membership engagement initiative seeks to deepen the participation of members in these activities and create new opportunities for involvement. 

The Assistant reports to the Director of Membership Engagement and collaborates with staff across the organization to plan, implement, and track member activities.

Cambridge, MA

Assistant Chief Advancement Officer and Director of Major Gifts

The Academy seeks an Assistant Chief Advancement Officer and Director of Major Gifts who will work closely with the Chief Advancement Officer to oversee day-to-day operations of the Development Office and assume primary responsibility for managing the cultivation and stewardship of major gift donors and implement an efficient and effective major gifts plan for the Academy.

Cambridge, MA

Membership Information and Elections Associate

Each year, the Academy elects approximately 200 new members who are leaders in all fields and professions. The nomination and election process is run by the Membership Information and Elections (MIE) department, which processes over 1,000 nominations each year and conducts 30-50 membership election conference calls culminating in the election of the new honorees. The MIE department also serves as the primary information hub regarding Academy members. The MIE team is seeking a new position of Membership Information and Elections Associate to organize all aspects of the annual nomination and election process as well as data inflow and output.

Cambridge, MA

Hellman Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

As part of the Academy’s Initiative for Science, Engineering, and Technology, the Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy provides an opportunity for an early-career professional with training in science or engineering to learn about a career in public policy and administration. While in residence, Hellman Fellows work with senior scientists and policy experts on critical national and international policy issues related to science, engineering, and technology. 

Hellman Fellows contribute to new and ongoing projects under the Academy’s Initiative for Science, Engineering, and Technology. The studies explore how science and technology are evolving, how to help the public understand those changes, and how society can better adapt to those changes. The Initiative convenes leading scientists and public policy experts from both academia and industry to advance critical thinking about the evolving landscape for scientific research. 

Cambridge, MA