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Program Director for Education
Company: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Location: Cambridge, MA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 06/21/2021
Expire Date: 08/21/2021
Job Categories: Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Program Director for Education

Description Updated: May 2021

Position Type: Full Time

Summary of Position:

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

Reports to: Chief Program Officer

Major Areas of Responsibility Include:

Work collaboratively with Academy members, committee members, partner organizations, and Academy staff to ensure the success of projects within their portfolio, to carry out policy initiatives, and to identify and develop new projects;

Marshal and steward the creative and intellectual resources of Academy stakeholders and staff;

Oversee the organization of project workshops and symposia and help produce programmatic content for these and other Academy events, including Stated Meetings;

Maintain general administrative oversight of all projects within their assigned area(s);

Develop programs for the Academy’s network of affiliate universities

Supervise staff working in the program area; define responsibilities, motivate staff, and foster professional development of individual staff members;

Work with the Academy leadership and communications team to raise the visibility of Academy studies, including through institutional partnerships;

Oversee communications among committee/panel members, staff, consultants, and other applicable parties;

Usher projects through approval and oversight by governance and committees;

Work with Finance to develop and track budgets for program area and individual project(s) within the portfolio;

Facilitate discussions with Academy members, Academy leadership, and other experts to identify and design new initiatives within their assigned area(s);

Supervise background research related to Academy projects;

Work with Development Office to write grant proposals and assist in fundraising for new studies and ongoing stewardship of project donors;

Supervise the design of workshops, committee meetings, conferences, and exploratory meetings.

Develop background research and draft reports for internal project use as well as final publication including proceedings, white papers. Draft and edit materials for publication;

Contribute to the drafting and dissemination of formal reports conveying the conclusions and recommendations from Academy project;

Work with the Academy’s Communications team and the Director of Strategic Implementation to develop strategies to communicate the findings and recommendations within reports to external audiences;

Other responsibilities as needed.
Qualifications & Requirements
Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in a field related to the program area;

Five to seven years of project management and/or administrative experience, ideally at a university, foundation, learned society, think tank, or other non-profit organization;

Deep research experience and excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize and summarize research findings and recommendations to a variety of audiences;

General knowledge of the policy-making process and relevant policy issues, including existing research programs, policy and program interventions, and experts and key players in the field for the associated subject matter;

Demonstrated ability to work with diverse constituencies and stakeholders and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace;

Strong leadership skills and ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment and to mentor and develop direct reports.

Ideal qualifications

Experience working with senior faculty, university presidents, business and non-profit executives, government officials, international stakeholders, and policy leaders.

Experience advising executive staff on strategic matters.

Demonstrated ability to effectively engage with a wide variety of internal and external groups including funders; academic, policy, and research institutions; and other potential partners;

Successful grant writing experience and familiarity with private foundations and other funding source
Contact Information
Contact Name: Susan Chudd
Company Name: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Website: https://amacad.wufoo.com/forms/rsry...
Company Description:
Since its founding in 1780, the American Academy has served the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. As one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to address critical challenges facing our global society. Through studies, publications, and programs on the Humanities, Arts, and Education; Science, Engineering, and Technology; Global Security and International Affairs; and American Institutions and the Public Good, the Academy provides authoritative and nonpartisan policy advice to decision-makers in government, academia, and the private sector. The Academy’s membership of 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members includes many of the most accomplished scholars and practitioners worldwide. The Academy frequently sponsors meetings, lectures, panel discussions, and informal gatherings around the country. Topics are drawn from Academy projects and studies as well as the research and writings of Academy members. Academy publications include the journal Dædalus; a magazine, the Bulletin; and books, research papers, and other special reports. Commitment to Diversity: 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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