The Morton L. Mandel Presidential Fellow is a two-year fellowship for a communications professional who will contribute to strategic efforts to help raise the visibility of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Serving as a member of the Communications team, the Presidential Fellow will develop and promote content to raise the Academy’s profile and impact.
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
Applications should include a cover letter (no more than 2 pages) indicating your interest in this role, samples of past work, and a resume or CV.
Develop and execute communication strategies to advance the public’s knowledge of the Academy’s mission and work.
Work with Academy colleagues to create content that highlights the work and mission of the Academy and can be shared on various platforms.
Develop media outreach plans to increase media coverage of the Academy’s work by helping to determine key audiences and recommending strategies to reach these audiences.
Create content – from press releases to tweets to articles and videos – that helps Academy research and recommendations engage through a variety of channels.
Support the promotion and distribution of recommendations and findings from Academy projects, commissions, and publications – as well as Academy events.
Coordinate on outreach efforts that include traditional media as well as with organizations, online communities, social media and other opportunities to expand awareness for the Academy.
Grow and maintain the Academy’s media list; develop targeted outreach for Academy projects and events.
The successful applicant will have:
A bachelor’s degree in a writing-intensive field (English/history or other social science/humanities discipline, journalism, communications, or marketing).
2-3 years of relevant experience in communications, journalism, media relations, or public relations, ideally in academic, cultural, or scientific institutions.
Proven success in pitching stories and/or generating content.
Prowess in print and digital communications.
Examples of their work that can be submitted as part of their application.
Be curious about a wide range of subjects and demonstrate a respect for scholarly efforts and expertise.
Strong writing, editing, proofreading, and organizational skills
Ability to work effectively independently, and as part of a team.
Proficiency in standard applications (Office, Google Docs, Facebook, Twitter, HootSuite) and facility in learning new ones (Pardot, Salesforce); experience working with media databases is preferred.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: commensurate with experience plus 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.