Program Officer: American Institutions, Society, and the Public Good

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $80,000
Maximum: $95,000
Details: Commensurate with experience.



Start Date


Application Deadline



136 Irving Street
United States


Summary of Position:

The Program Officer is responsible for research and writing, project management, policy development and analysis, meeting organization, and administrative functions related to the Academy’s work in the program area of American Institutions, Society and the Public Good, with a primary focus on the current Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship. Embracing and advancing a cross-disciplinary approach, the Program Officer collaborates with Academy members, policy experts, and staff to advance the work of this multi-year commission on how Americans obtain the skills, knowledge, and values necessary for engaged citizenship in a twenty-first century democracy.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Collaborate with staff and Academy Fellows to conduct research, organize and facilitate meetings, and write reports as part of a multi-year Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship  
  • Become fully conversant with the various sources of data on citizenship, civic engagement, and civics education
  • Provide leadership in data collection, synthesis, and analysis
  • Draft and/or edit materials for internal use and for external publication including background research reports, drafts and final reports, proceedings, occasional papers, and articles for Academy publications
  • Identify and gather research materials for commissions and meetings; facilitate the flow of information among committee/panel members, staff, consultants, and other applicable parties
  • Assemble committees, subcommittees, and working groups and provide guidance and support in the conduct of their work
  • Manage workshops, meetings, and/or conferences including developing agendas, inviting presenters and participants, overseeing meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and preparing written summaries
  • Write grant proposals and assist in fundraising
  • Maintain current relationships and develop a network of new partners and potential new funders for the program area
  • Help expand the profile of the Academy and its audiences within the academic, policy, and professional communities
  • Offer support for meetings conducted under the Academy’s Exploratory Fund
  •  Assist with executive briefings, presidential remarks, and speeches
  •  Represent the program areas at various convenings as requested
  •  May supervise permanent or temporary Academy staff in tasks related to their project, and encourage staff development
  • Other duties as assigned

Reports to:

The Program Director for Humanities, Arts & Culture and American Institutions, Society & the Common Good


Potential Research Assistants or Graduate Interns


  • A Ph.D., Ed.D., or other relevant degree in the social sciences or public policy, with experience in data collection and analysis plus two years of relevant project administration and professional work; or an M.A. or MPA in a relevant field with at least five years of substantive professional work experience
  • Strong skills in academic research, data collection and analysis, and ability to translate collected data clearly to diverse audiences
  • Familiarity with public policy, civic engagement, and education
  • Knowledge of current policy issues and scholarship in at least one of the program areas with the ability to work across multiple disciplines
  •  Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize and summarize research findings and recommendations for a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively engage with a wide variety of internal and external groups including funders, academic, policy, and research institutions, and other potential partners
  • Successful grant writing experience and familiarity with private foundations and other funding sources
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment.


The Academy offers a generous benefits package.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please apply online or send a cover letter and resume to Ms. Susan Chudd, Director of Human Resources, at