The American Academy of Arts and Sciences seeks a Membership Engagement Associate to implement membership engagement initiatives. Founded in 1780, the Academy honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and advance the common good. The Academy’s more than 5,600 members include some of the world’s most distinguished citizens in academia, business, government, and philanthropy. The Associate will focus on activities that increase opportunities for members to connect with each other and deepen their involvement with the Academy, such as supporting the Academy’s network of local program committees around the country.
The Associate reports to the Director of Membership Engagement and collaborates with staff across the organization to propose, plan and implement member activities.
Work directly and maintain relationships with local program committees and representatives to create plans for engaging local members. Help organize committee meetings, prepare agendas and materials, and follow up.
Work directly with members to conceive of and plan meetings, events and other activities. Specific duties may include communicating with members, shaping meeting content, coordinating on logistics, corresponding with presenters and participants, providing on-site event management and representation as needed, implementing follow-up, and evaluating programs for member satisfaction.
Develop and document policies and best practices for the national network of local program committees and representatives.
Propose and contribute content for the Academy’s digital and print publications and web site. Draft, edit, and proofread correspondence, remarks, briefing materials, presentations, and reports.
Collaborate with colleagues across the organization on opportunities to engage members with Academy work through meetings, events, and communications.
Track member engagement activities, member service, and correspondence; update records; produce metrics and reports.
Qualifications, skills, and competencies
3-5 years of relevant experience in communications, volunteer management, project management, and/or event planning, preferably at a foundation, higher education institution, or cultural non-profit; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, with evidence of progressive success and responsibilities
Excellent writing skills required; experience with speechwriting, event invitations, or web communications preferred
Strong interpersonal skills, member-service orientation and excellent judgment; ability to comfortably and professionally interface with a wide range of constituents
Attention to detail, project management experience, organizational skills, and follow through
Ability to work efficiently, juggle competing priorities, and meet deadlines
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word), Adobe Acrobat, various document processing and database applications
Intellectual curiosity and passion for continuous improvement
Resourcefulness, creativity, initiative
Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment
Additional Salary Information: A full benefits package including time off, medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 403(b) plan, parental leave, and more.
About American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Since its founding in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 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 Energy; 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. The Academy encourages and guides a new generation of scholars and thinkers through two fellowship programs: the Visiting Scholars Program and the Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy.Commitment to DiversityThe 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.