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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Events Coordinator

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences seeks an Events Coordinator to assist in planning and coordinating high-profile events and meetings of the Academy. The Academy plans over 120 events per year as part of an annual program of events that includes symposia, lectures, panel discussions, performances, workshops, project committee meetings, the Academy’s Annual Induction Weekend, governance meetings, and other gatherings of distinguished members in Cambridge, throughout the country, and occasionally in other parts of the world. The Events Coordinator reports to the Events Manager and works collaboratively with colleagues across the organization.

Cambridge, MA

Humanities Policy Fellow

The Humanities Policy Fellowship provides an opportunity for an early-career professional with training in the humanities or humanistic social sciences to learn about a career in public policy and administration. While in residence, the Humanities Policy Fellow will contribute to new and ongoing Academy projects working across disciplines with Academy members, staff, and subject-matter experts.

The Humanities Policy fellow serves as a full-time member of the staff in support of the work of the Academy and its members. The Fellow will work within one or more of the following program areas, based on the current projects and needs: Humanities, Arts, and CultureEducation and the Development of Knowledge; and American Institutions, Society, and the Public Good

Priority consideration will be given to applications received online by Tuesday, February 18, 2020. This position is for a two-year term, starting July - September of 2020 and continuing through June-August of 2022.

Cambridge, MA

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

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.

Cambridge, MA

Development Associate

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences seeks a Development Associate to work with and support a small, dynamic team focused on managing high-level donor activities in a complex environment. The position requires strong interpersonal and organizational skills and a commitment to excellence. The individual must be self-motivated and able to prioritize and manage several projects at the same time.   Demonstrated proficiency with database management is essential.

Cambridge, MA

Membership Information and Elections Coordinator

Membership Information and Elections Coordinator  

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation’s prominent learned societies and independent policy research centers headquartered in Cambridge, MA, seeks a Membership Information and Elections Coordinator to provide support for all aspects of the annual nomination and election process as well as member data information. 

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 source regarding Academy members. The Academy membership encompasses over 4,900 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members and reflects the full range of disciplines and professions: the physical and biological sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, the arts and humanities and leadership, policy and communications.  

Cambridge, MA