Full-Time Humanities Policy Fellow for American Institutions and Public Good
The Humanities Policy Fellowship provides an opportunity for an early-career professional with training in the humanities or humanistic social sciences to learn about a career in public policy and administration. While in residence, the Humanities Policy Fellow will contribute to new and ongoing projects of the American Institutions, Society and the Public Good program area working with Academy staff, members, and subject-matter experts.
The Humanities Policy fellow serves as a full-time member of the program area staff in support of the work of the Academy and its members. The Fellow will work on one or more of the following projects, based on the current projects and needs:
The Humanities Policy Fellowship program has three objectives:
- To support and guide an early-career professional who wants to develop expertise on policy issues related to humanities and the humanistic social sciences; or for mid-career humanities scholars seeking to shift from academia into public policy and administration as part of a career change;
- To increase the number of humanities professionals who are engaged in substantive discussion of questions about policy related to the humanities, with a broad understanding of their social implications; and
- To expand the scale of Academy projects and studies focused on challenges facing the humanities and American society.
Major Areas of Responsibility:
- Work with Academy staff, members, and other project stakeholders to:
- Draft and edit materials for internal use and external audiences, including reports, white papers, policy briefs, articles and online content.
- Gather, synthesize, and edit research findings and technical data.
- Assemble committees of experts from inside and outside the Academy’s membership and provide guidance and support to those committees and advisory groups in the conduct of their work.
- Develop agendas and multimedia presentations for committee meetings and project workshops and draft meeting summaries.
- Design and organize outreach activities to communicate the findings and recommendations from Academy studies to external audiences.
- Draft and edit grant proposals and progress reports.
- Work with Academy program staff to identify professional development opportunities that will advance the candidate’s knowledge of non-profit management and social policy.
- Help expand the profile of the Academy and its audiences within the academic and policy communities.
- Assist in the development and implementation of member engagement initiatives as requested.
- Assist with executive briefings and remarks.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize and summarize research findings and recommendations to a variety of audiences;
- Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational and meeting-management skills.
- Ability to display initiative and follow-through skills
- Ability to work well in a highly collaborative team structure
- Ability to comfortably and professionally interface with a wide range of constituents, including Academy members, staff, and the public at large.
- Ability to learn quickly, prioritize tasks, and work accurately under pressure.
- Ability to creatively problem-solve and be flexible to work in a changing environment.
- Applicants must have a Ph.D. in an area of the humanities or humanistic social sciences related to American democracy, justice, history, political culture, public policy or political economy and have some experience or a demonstrated interest in an area related to public policy. The Ph.D. must be conferred prior to starting the position.
- Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States without Academy sponsorship.
Terms: The appointment is for a two-year term, starting July-September of 2024 and continuing through June – August of 2026.
Application: Applications for the 2024-2026 Fellowship will close January 31st, 2024.
Location and Work Environment: This position is a remote role with occasional travel to the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA or other locations for events. Nights and weekends may be required.
How to ApplyPlease apply directly through the Academy's website.
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