ACLS Program Officer Search

Program Officer
Office of Fellowships and Grants

The mission of the American Council of Learned Societies, founded in 1919, is to advance humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and related social sciences and to maintain and strengthen relations among national societies devoted to such studies. As the pre-eminent representative of humanities scholarship in the United States, ACLS is nationally known and respected as a funder of humanities research through fellowships and grants awarded to individuals and, on occasion, to groups and institutions. In 2012, ACLS awarded over $15 million to 320 scholars based in the US and abroad working in the humanities and related social sciences.

ACLS invites applications for the position of Program Officer in the Office of Fellowships and Grants.  The Program Officer will work as part of the fellowships team on a variety of programs that support humanistic scholars at different career stages. Reporting to the Director of Fellowship Programs, s/he will help to maintain and enhance the Council’s faculty peer-review processes and to present the results of the programs and the supported research to ACLS’s constituencies and the wider public. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, helping to operate the annual application and selection process, facilitate the discussions of peer-review panels, compiling reports to funders and the board, and executing outreach and visibility strategies.

* PhD in relevant discipline of the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
* Strong writing, research, and public speaking skills, with a keen sense of the needs of different audiences.
* Flexibility, initiative and good problem-solving capacity.
* Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
* Ability to multi-task and order assignments in a deadline-driven environment.
* Facility both for working closely with a team and for working independently.
* Familiarity with and/or aptitude for databases and digital data especially valuable.
* Experience in not-for-profit organization or academic administration is highly desirable as is interest and awareness of research funding across the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

Salary & Benefits:
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits include health, dental, disability, life, and gym reimbursement; outstanding pension plan; generous vacation and sick leave; and more. Start date of position August 1, 2012.

Please send nominations and applications (including a cover letter, resume, writing sample and the names and addresses of at least three references) to

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