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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.

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Events Coordinator

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences seeks an Events Coordinator to assist in planning and coordinating high-profile events and meetings. Founded in 1780, the Academy is both an honorary society that recognizes and celebrates the excellence of its members and an independent research center convening leaders from across disciplines, professions, and perspectives to address significant challenges. The Academy is committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion and looks to all its staff members to foster and promote these values.

The Academy plans over 100 events per year as part of an annual program of events. These events take place virtually and in person, across the country, and occasionally internationally. The coordinator will support a portfolio of events primarily related to the Academy’s projects and Commissions, including meetings, workshops, symposia, briefings, roundtable discussions, receptions, and webinars, as well as the Academy’s Annual Induction Weekend. The Events Coordinator will report to the Events Manager, be part of the Membership Engagement team, and will work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization.

Cambridge, MA

Program Coordinator

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research 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.

Working with Academy staff, Academy members, and project committees, the Program Coordinator provides logistical and programmatic support for the projects within the Education Program area. With the launch of the Higher Education Forum project, we are hopeful that The Academy can provide leadership and learning on pressing issues in higher education with a cross-disciplinary and cross-sector approach. As we move forward in our Education Programs, we are committed to promoting equity and social justice promoting throughout project development and implementation; the ideal program coordinator will share this commitment.

This position is based at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, or its Washington D.C. office

Cambridge, MA

Program Associate: Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century

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 to advance the recommendations in the recent report Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century. As the nerve center of the team leading this national multi-year initiative, the Program Associate works with Academy staff, Academy members, external stakeholders, and project committees to provide logistical, communications, and administrative support

The final report of the Academy’s Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, Our Common Purpose (OCP) contains recommendations that cut across political institutions, civil society, and civic culture with the goal of strengthening our constitutional democracy.  The Academy is committed to advancing the report’s theory of change and to making significant progress on all 31 of the report’s recommendations by 2026, the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding.

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 is currently operating  remotely. When the House of the Academy in Cambridge, MA, re-opens this role will be a hybrid position.

American Academy of Arts & Sciences