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Program Director for Global Security & International Affairs

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences invites qualified candidates to apply for the Directorship in Global Security & International Affairs (GSIA). With guidance from the Chief Program Officer (CPO), the Program Director for GSIA 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, including our work on a range of nuclear issues and a current project on Rethinking the Humanitarian Health Response to Violent Conflict. They will supervise 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 socially relevant and interdisciplinary/cross-sector work in Global Security and International Affairs 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 these values.  


The position is a hybrid role and will be based at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts or at its offices in Washington, DC. Occasional travel (typically less than 10%) and some nights and weekends are required to support project activities.

Cambridge, MA