• PY_with_logo

    See the collection of talks by ACLS President Pauline Yu. 

  • Bulletin

    The first ACLS Bulletin appeared in October 1920, one year after the organization's founding.

  • darwin

    The Darwin Correspondence Project was founded by the late Frederick H. Burkhardt, president emeritus of ACLS. 

Employment Opportunities


Please see details below for the one position open at ACLS.  Note that due to high volume only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Job Title: Program Officer, Office of Fellowship and Public Programs

Location: New York, NY

Reports to: The Program Officer reports to both the Director of Fellowship Programs and the Director of Public Programs.

Overview of ACLS
American Council of Learned Societies is dedicated to the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies.

Overview of Department
Awarding fellowships and grants is a core mechanism by which ACLS fulfills its mission to advance humanistic studies and strengthen relations within the humanities. The fellowship and public programs team coordinates a variety and evolving set of programs that support humanities scholars at different career stages. The program officer joins the director of fellowship programs, the director of public programs, a current program officer, two program associates, the program manager, and an administrative assistant to support these programs.

In the 2015-16 season, the fellowship and public programs office was responsible for 10 programs that made 234 awards totaling $14.5 million, selected from nearly 3,000 applications, drawing on close to 500 peer reviewers.

Job Summary
Filling a new role at ACLS, the Program Officer will work closely with the Director of Public Programs, the Director of Fellowship Programs, and other senior staff on a variety of activities that support humanities scholars at different career stages and at a variety of higher education institutions. S/he will help maintain and enhance the Council's rigorous peer-review processes and present the results of fellowship programs and supported research to ACLS's constituencies and the wider public. 

In addition to duties related to the administration of fellowship and grant programs, the Program Officer will take a leading role in research, analysis, and evaluation connected to ACLS’s growing portfolio of programs. Among the areas of focus for this research will be the analysis of data related to the career stages and professional trajectories of humanities scholars, the conditions for humanities research across the range of higher education institutions, and the impact of humanities scholarship in fields beyond the academy.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Program management:

  • help operate and improve all aspects of the annual application and selection process
  • recruit reviewers
  • update ACLS’s web-based portals for applicants, fellows, and reviewers
  • facilitate the deliberations of selection committees
  • coordinate activities with other ACLS departments as necessary, including international programs, web and information systems, and finance

Program evaluation and research:

  • compile reports to funders and the board
  • gather and present information on program outcomes
  • conduct research (using both internal data on ACLS fellowship competitions as well as external sources) to assist in the analysis and refinement of existing programs and the development of new programs
  • maintain a consistent system to organize and access data and research

Outreach and convening:

  • use research and program data to aid ACLS’s outreach and visibility strategies
  • engage fellows and peer reviewers
  • create content for ACLS communications and reports, and present that material to a variety of constituencies
  • convene scholars and higher education leaders around issues of shared interest in the humanities

 Required qualifications: 

  • PhD in humanities or social science discipline
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, with a keen sense of the needs of different audiences
  • Strong research skills and a facility with qualitative and quantitative methods of inquiry
  • Excellent organizational skills with clear attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments in a deadline-driven environment
  • Facility both for working closely with a team and for working independently
  • Analytical, flexible, and creative problem-solving capacity
  • Proficient in MS Office, particularly Word and Excel
  • Must be willing and able to travel to multi-day events within the United States a few times per year, and to attend and/or work infrequent after-hour and weekend events

 Preferred qualifications:

  • Familiarity with relational databases such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM and aptitude for working with digital data through such means as SQL, R, or other programming languages
  • Experience in not-for-profit or higher education administration
  • Interest in and awareness of research funding across the humanities and humanistic social sciences

Salary and benefits:
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits include health, dental, disability, and life insurance; gym reimbursement; outstanding 403(b) retirement plan; generous vacation and sick leave; and more. Anticipated start date of position is June 1, 2017.

How to apply:
Please send applications (including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the names and contact information of three references) to search@acls.org. Applications will be reviewed until the position has been filled.

Commitment to diversity:
ACLS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering a workplace that is welcoming to colleagues of diverse backgrounds. Individuals from groups that are underrepresented in higher education and the academic humanities are especially encouraged to apply.

posted February 21, 2017