ACLS Mission and Overview
Formed a century ago, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is a nonprofit federation of 79 scholarly organizations. As the leading representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences, ACLS holds a core belief that knowledge is a public good. As such, ACLS strives to promote the circulation of humanistic knowledge throughout society. In addition to stewarding and representing its member organizations, ACLS employs its $140 million endowment and $35 million annual operating budget to support scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and to advocate for the centrality of the humanities in the modern world.
Overview of department
The Development department’s role is to develop and secure funding from a wide range of sources, including individual donors, small and major foundations and institutional members. Formed in 2016, the department is charged with planning and executing activities that will expand the scope of ACLS’s individual giving program, foundation support and institutional memberships. Activities include organizing engaging public programs (mostly online) and in-person events; identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gift prospects; supporting the efforts of ACLS leadership to raise major gifts; enhancing a planned giving program; and partnering with the President’s Office on the ACLS Research University Consortium and Associate Membership networks.
The Development Coordinator will serve as one member of a two-person department. The Development Coordinator works closely with the Chief Development Officer in the day-to-day operations of all aspects of the program, with primary responsibility for the individual giving program. The role presents the opportunity to participate in the full spectrum of fundraising while supporting timely efforts in support of the humanities and social sciences, globally. The ideal candidate will be someone who wants to grow as a development professional, seeking opportunities such as articulating fundraising strategy with colleagues and management of a donor portfolio.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Office policy and salary:
ACLS is an equal opportunity employer. ACLS is committed to addressing systemic inequalities in higher education through its programs, initiatives, and practices. In recognizing the existence of structures and systems that have historically and still hurt the most marginalized people in society, we believe our work in diversity and inclusion should center on these communities. We strongly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and members of other historically and systemically disadvantaged groups, who are committed to fostering equity in the academy. ACLS provides a competitive package of salary and benefits.
ACLS Mission and Overview
Formed a century ago, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is a nonprofit federation of 79 scholarly organizations. As the leading representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related…