Executive Director

Modern Language Association New York, NY

The Modern Language Association of America (MLA) seeks a visionary leader with a passion for advancing the humanities in educational and cultural institutions and with a deep commitment to advocating for the critical role of the humanities broadly. Founded in 1883, the MLA promotes research in and teaching of languages, literatures, writing, and cultural studies through its programs, publications, annual convention, and advocacy work. Membership currently includes 25,000 scholars and teachers in 100 countries. The MLA is organized into 153 forums, which provide MLA members with opportunities to network and pursue scholarly interests in specialized disciplinary areas. The MLA Handbook, recently released in its eighth edition; the MLA International Bibliography; and other MLA publications are considered indispensable resources for students, teachers, and scholars. The MLA Annual Convention and the association’s other programs offer members valuable opportunities to share research and advance knowledge in the field.

The next executive director will be charged with ensuring that the MLA is an effective advocate for the humanities and that the association responds to the highest aspirations of its members. The executive director will be expected to bring energy, creativity, and insight to the challenges facing existing and potential members and the humanities more broadly. The executive director must attend diligently to the overall strength of the association by advancing its financial sustainability, enhancing the diversity of its staff and members, promoting the professional growth of its staff, and ensuring its programs and publications retain their exemplary quality and relevance. The ideal candidate will bring experience in academic administration and nonprofit management, as well as enthusiasm for working with elected leadership to create new avenues for advancing the MLA’s work.

Jane Gruenebaum and Nanette Blandin are leading this search with Jeff Kessner.

The Modern Language Association is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates for this search.