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Chief Advancement Officer Cambridge, MA

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences seeks a chief advancement officer to design and implement a fundraising program that strategically advances the Academy’s mission as it enters its next era under new leadership.

Since its founding in 1780, the American Academy has served the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. It has engaged in the critical questions of the day, bringing together the nation’s and the world’s most distinguished citizens to address social and intellectual issues of common concern and, above all, to develop ways to translate knowledge into action. Academy members have included both those who discover and advance knowledge and those who apply knowledge to the problems of society. Working together, they have established a legacy of leadership that continues to produce reflective and independent studies that inform public policy and lead to constructive action.

Today the Academy’s membership of 5,000 Fellows and 600 International Honorary Members includes many of the most accomplished scholars and practitioners worldwide. Through studies, publications, and programs on the Humanities, Arts, and Culture; Education and the Advancement of Knowledge; Science, Engineering, and Technology; Global Security and International Affairs; and American Institutions, Society, and the Public Good, the Academy provides authoritative and nonpartisan policy advice to decision-makers in government, academia, and the private sector.

Reporting to the president, Dr. David W. Oxtoby, the chief advancement officer will provide the strategic vision and leadership for a comprehensive development plan that will ensure the Academy’s continued independence and commitment to quality. In support of a current $80 million campaign, this person will identify significant new sources of support while cultivating existing relationships, working in close partnership with Dr. Oxtoby, senior staff, key board members and Fellows, and a development staff of five.

The chief advancement officer will build a culture of philanthropy across the Academy community. The ideal candidate will have a sophisticated knowledge of all areas of development, including major, planned, and annual giving as well as corporate and foundation support. Intellectual acuity and curiosity are essential for this role, as is the ability to effectively communicate the Academy’s mission and contributions to society. An undergraduate degree is required, and an advanced degree is preferred.

Jack Gorman is leading this search with Sarah Hecklau and Devon Benjamin.

The Academy is committed to providing a work environment in which all applicants and employees enjoy equal employment opportunities. All employment-related decisions are made without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis which is unlawful under applicable federal, state, and local laws.

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