Director of Strategic Implementation

POSTED Aug 23 2017

American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Cambridge, MA
Full Time

Position Description:

The Director of Strategic Implementation will be responsible for developing and implementing plans to maximize the work of the Academy, especially related to contributions, findings, and recommendations related to national and international policy.  

The position reports to the Chief Communications Officer and works in collaboration with the Director of Membership Engagement and the Directors of the Academy’s program areas;  American Institutions, Society, and the Public Good; Education and the Development of Knowledge; Global Security and International Affairs; Humanities, Arts, and Culture; and Science, Engineering and Technology). The Director of Strategic Implementation will lead a process to determine the impact goals that could be achieved by a given project, implement outreach and dissemination plans, and evaluate the degree of success in achieving the stated goals.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with program directors at the outset of every Academy initiative to develop a plan for impact. Provide support and assistance in defining and measuring impact of projects and studies.
  • In partnership with the program staff, support the development and implementation of rollout plans for the findings and recommendations of every project and study.
  • Identify and work directly with Academy members in all sectors (business, academia, government, etc.) who may provide support for project implementation.
  • Support the Academy’s relationships with other organizations and professional societies that advance a shared mission.
  • Coordinate and oversee the Academy’s outreach to federal, state, and local government offices and agencies.
  • Work collaboratively with project staff on public relations and media strategies for disseminating project recommendations. Press interviews, op-eds, and social media channels are just some of the tools to be utilized.
  • Develop methods for tracking and reporting on impact throughout—and beyond—the active period of a project or commission. Continuously evaluate the success of the impact strategies and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Produce reports on the impact of the Academy’s work and disseminate these findings to the membership and other key constituencies. Work with the Development staff on strategies to regularly communicate the impact of the Academy’s work to the philanthropic community.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 7 years of experience with increasing levels of responsibility directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified above.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree is preferred in areas such as communications, law, public policy, political science, public administration,  or management.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize and summarize research findings and recommendations for a variety of audiences.
  • Experience in policy advocacy and/or development and/or implementation.
  • Intellectual curiosity and the ability to engage deeply with the work of the Academy.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with a wide variety of internal and external groups, including funders; academic, policy, and research institutions; and other potential partners.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range of $95K-$115K, commensurate with experience plus full benefits, including health and dental insurance, retirement fund, and paid vacation and medical leave.

Application instructions:

Submit a cover letter and resume using the online form.