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 Program Director for Education, Arts, and Culture - Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Job information
Posted by: American Academy of Arts and Sciences 
Hiring entity type: Not-for-Profit 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$135000 - 150000
Benefits: 401(k) -
Health Insurance -
Paid Vacation -
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Education
Management - Director
Project Manager
Public Relations
Travel: Minimal 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: Doctorate 
Minimum years experience:
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: Cover letter required
Job code: / Latpro-3762587 
Date posted: Nov-25-2020
State, Zip: Massachusetts, 02138


With guidance from the Chief Program Officer (CPO), the Program Director for Education, Arts and Culture 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, Arts and Culture policy with a focus on higher education policy, developing new projects and partnerships related to education policy that build on the Academy’s strengths and ability to have impact in this area. The Program Director will supervise activities related to the completion of the work by the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education and will oversee the successful completion of a multi-year Commission on the Arts and its related rollout activities through December of 2021.

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 June 2021, after which time, the position will be based at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts


  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in a field related to the program area(s);
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment and to mentor and develop direct reports.


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