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.

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Program Officer for Science, Engineering, and Technology

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences seeks a Program Officer to play a central role in the Academy’s projects within the “Science, Engineering, and Technology” (SET)  program area . With oversight from the John E. Bryson Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs, the Program Officer for SET is responsible for carrying out research studies, project management, meeting organization, and administrative functions in the Science, Engineering, and Technology area. The Program Officer collaborates with Academy members, project advisory group, and staff to advance the work of a multi-year commission and project.

One of the key projects the Program Officer will work on is the Academy’s new Commission on Accelerating Climate Actions.   The Commission is dedicated to identifying salient obstacles to action and proposing policy recommendations to address these challenges. Project work will engage actors across and within sectors to identify the key shifts for meaningful action on climate change. In addition to this project, the Program Officer will actively participate in program area’s activities and ongoing projects, including Building Resilient and Ethical Supply Chains for a Post-COVID World and other new or emerging projects.

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

Cambridge, MA

Program Officer for Civil Justice

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences seeks a Program Officer to oversee the Academy’s efforts to advance the recommendations in Civil Justice for All, the final report of the Making Justice Accessible project. The Program Officer will work with project chairs to ensure the project recommendations are shared with a broad range of audiences, will regularly convene and support a project advisory committee, and will actively foster collaboration and information sharing between practitioners and other experts to advance innovations in the field of civil justice.

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

The position will report to the Program Director for American Institutions, Society and the Public Good. This will be a two-year contract with preferred proximity to the House of the Academy in Cambridge, MA or to the Academy's offices in Washington, DC office .

Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC preferred

The Raymond Frankel Nuclear Security Policy Fellow

As part of the Academy’s Global Security and International Affairs (GSIA) program area, The Raymond Frankel Nuclear Security Policy Fellowship provides an opportunity for an early-career professional with training in security studies or nuclear policy to learn about a career in public policy and administration.

The Fellow will assume primary responsibility for managing the Promoting Dialogue on Arms Control project, in close coordination with the Project Chair and the GSIA program staff. The role therefore includes: organizing the series of Track-2 dialogues between nuclear experts and former officials from the United States, China, and Russia to identify critical goals in arms control; arranging the educational briefing series for Members and staffs of Congress to deepen knowledge on key issues and challenges facing the United States in arms control and international security; and coordinating the publication series focused on critical debates within nuclear arms control.

The preferred start date will be September 1, 2022. The appointment is for a one-year term, which can be renewed for a second year by mutual agreement.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a brief cover letter and CV online no later than January 10, 2022.  

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Program Director for Education

With guidance from the Chief Program Officer (CPO), the Program Director for Education will work with Academy Fellows and senior staff to develop and carry out policy and research initiatives related to the areas within their portfolio. The Program Director has direct responsibility to steward and grow a select portfolio of projects and supervises Academy staff who may manage a subset of programs or initiatives within their designated area.

The Program Director will build a meaningful and robust portfolio of project work focused on education and especially higher education policy, develop new projects, provide leadership for the Academy’s university affiliates program, and foster partnerships that build on the Academy’s strengths, visibility, and impact in this area.

The Program Director helps to articulate the intellectual direction of their area(s) in full collaboration with the CPO, program advisory committees, and in consultation with the President and the Academy’s Governance Bodies. The Program Director is expected to articulate the programmatic priorities of the areas and identify and pursue opportunities for strategic partnership with a wide range of institutions to advance scholarship, knowledge, and policy solutions in this domain. The Program Director also works closely with the CPO and other Program Directors to help develop the strategic direction and best practices of the Programs area.

The Program Director upholds and advances the mission and values of the American Academy and strives to maintain excellence in its programmatic work to advance the common good. The Academy is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion and looks to all its staff members to foster and promote its values.  

Due to COVID-19, the Academy is currently operating remotely through July 2021, after which time, the position will be based at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cambridge, MA