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Morton L. Mandel Presidential Fellowship

In an effort to promote public outreach and innovative ideas put forward by members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Morton L. Mandel Presidential Fellowship provides an opportunity to work directly with the President of the American Academy to expand and promote public outreach, , and strategic membership engagement.

The Presidential Fellow will work closely with the President and other Academy staff on projects including:

  • Drafting executive-level communications for a wide-range of constituents including Academy members, university affiliates, and foundations.
  • Conceive and develop substantive strategic communication pieces from the President, including researching and drafting speeches, drafting op-ed pieces, and letters to the editor.
  • Collaborating with Academy staff on the implementation of ideas put forth by members of the Academy through Exploratory Fund projects; tracking the outcomes of these projects.
  • Compiling background materials related to the president’s involvement in Academy events.
  • Assisting with special projects and research projects as requested.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, PhD preferred.
  • 2-3 years work experience in an academic, policy-based, or non-profit environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as organizational skills, research skills, proofreading/editing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Must possess superior judgment and diplomacy, initiative, and follow-through skills.
  • Ability to comfortably and professionally interface with a wide range of constituents, including Academy members, staff, and the public at large.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Position Details:

  • This is a one-year term position to begin on or around May 15, 2018, based out of our Cambridge office.
  • Salary range: $60K to $65K, commensurate with experience
  • Full benefits including paid time off and medical and dental insurance.

About the Academy: 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’s elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs. With a current membership of over 5250 American Fellows and 650 International Honorary Members, the Academy has three major goals:

  • Promoting service and study through analysis of critical social and intellectual issues and the development of practical policy alternatives;
  • Fostering public engagement and the exchange of ideas with meetings, conferences, and symposia bringing diverse perspectives to the examination of issues of common concern; and
  • Honoring excellence by electing to membership men and women in a broad range of disciplines and professions.

The Academy’s main headquarters is in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With its geographically diverse membership, it has active programming around the United States and abroad.

Please submit a cover letter and resume/cv online.


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