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There are two current job openings at ACLS. Please see details below.  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



Job Title: Philanthropy Associate, Office of Philanthropy

Location: New York, NY

Reports to: The philanthropy associate reports to the director of philanthropy

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
The Philanthropy Department’s role is to develop and execute ACLS’s plan to secure financial resources from individuals and family foundations. Newly formed in 2016, the department is charged with rapidly expanding the scope of ACLS’s individual giving program, with a focus on major and planned giving.  Activities will include identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gift prospects; supporting the efforts of ACLS leaders to raise major gifts; creating a planned giving program; and partnering with the director of member relations and executive assistant to the president on the Annual Fund.  These activities will intensify as ACLS approaches its Centennial in 2019 and a probable capital campaign of ambitious scope.

Job Summary 
The Philanthropy Associate will provide administrative support for ACLS’s individual giving program. S/he supports the work of the director in the day-to-day operations of the program, performs research, maintains the database for the program, and prepares outreach materials and reports.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain the accuracy, functionality, and integrity of donor database records that relate to individual giving and the proposed capital campaign; run database queries  
  • Assemble database and other reports on activity and progress 
  • Provide administrative support to the departmental director, including calendaring, travel and meeting arrangements, and expense report filing
  • Draft, edit, format and proof correspondence and proposals 
  • Manage routine mailings, via post and email, including solicitations and pledge reminder notices 
  • Process gifts and generate acknowledgements 
  • Engage in prospect research and prospect qualification; draft prospect briefings 
  • Prepare materials and data for internal prospect meetings 
  • Conduct outreach to secure meetings for the director of philanthropy and ACLS solicitors 
  • Schedule meetings and manages logistics 
  • Create and/or assemble materials for donors 
  • Provide customer service to donors and prospects via phone and email 
  • Draft and maintain individual giving and campaign information on the website 
  • Prepare individual donor lists for publication 
  • Coordinate activities with other ACLS departments as necessary, including collaborating with web and information systems on technical projects and finance on gift processing and reporting 
  • Answer general telephone and email inquiries, greet and direct visitors, and sort and distribute mail to office 
  • Process payments and reimbursements for the department 
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • 1-2 years of experience in an administrative capacity or office environment, preferably in nonprofit fundraising 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Superior organizational skills with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments in a deadline-driven environment 
  • Capacity to work both independently and collaboratively 
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Willingness to try new tasks and learn skills on the job 
  • Proficiency in MS Office, particularly Word and Excel
  • Experience with databases preferred 
  • Must be willing and able to travel to multi-day events within the US 1-2 times a year, and to attend and/or work infrequent after-hour and weekend events 
  • Must be able to push, pull and carry up to 20 lbs

How to apply:
For immediate consideration, please forward your resume and cover letter to search@acls.org and indicate your name and “Philanthropy Associate" in the subject line. Applications submitted without a personalized cover letter will not be considered. 

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 September 26, 2016