Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences is one of the nation’s most prominent learned societies and independent policy research centers. Each year, the Academy elects approximately 200 new members who are leaders in all fields and professions.
The nomination and election process is run by the Membership Information and Elections (MIE) department, which processes over 1,000 nominations each year and conducts 30-50 membership election conference calls culminating in the election of the new honorees. The MIE department also serves as the primary information hub regarding Academy members. The MIE team is seeking a new position of Membership Information and Elections Associate to organize all aspects of the annual nomination and election process as well as data inflow and output.
MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Provide administration of the Academy’s membership database including, but not limited to:
Maintaining effective data maintenance and database standards.
Conduct periodic data review for accuracy.
Conduct data queries.
Provide training and assistance to other departments in proper database usage, organization, and retrieval.
Manage nomination and election logistics
Review nominations to ensure the accuracy and thoroughness of the Academy ballots.
Coordinate election materials for committee review, committee meetings, and conference calls.
Oversee the scheduling of 30-50 membership and election conference calls.
Draft correspondence to members as necessary.
Work with the director, to plan and implement membership initiatives and special projects.
May supervise the Operations assistant on Membership-related projects or delegated tasks as well as supervise temps or other part-time staff.
Additional responsibilities as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Experience organizing, systematizing, and retrieving database information
Close and careful attention to detail.
Must possess initiative, outstanding oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, interpersonal skills, and proofing and editing skills.
Demonstrated experience in managing multiple activities and tasks in a high tempo environment.
Ability to learn quickly, prioritize, and work accurately with little supervision.
Ability to creatively problem-solve and be flexible to work in a changing environment; comfortable with nuance.
Strong interest and skill in fact-finding and research-based projects.
Facility with learning names and accuracy in presenting them.
Must be able to handle confidential information appropriately, and to engage with Academy members in a patient, poised and diplomatic manner.
Proficiency in database querying, Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, Word), Adobe Acrobat, various document processing and database applications, and internet searches.
Desired qualifications also include:
Experience working in an academic environment, preferably in a college admissions, library, or registrar setting.
Ability to effectively interact with a diverse, distinguished membership base.
Ability to exhibit a proactive, positive client focus.
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.