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Director of Communications

Publication or Company 
Industry  Communications, Public Relations
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location Cambridge, MA
Job Requirements JOB DESCRIPTION

The Director of Communications will work directly with the Academy’s President and senior administration to increase awareness of the Academy’s mission and studies with a broad range of audiences, including Academy Fellows, policymakers, the press, education and advocacy organizations, and the general public.

The Director will be responsible for the development and effective implementation of the Academy’s communication strategy. S/he will directly manage communications activities that promote, enhance, and protect the organization’s reputation. The Director will oversee the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of communications activities that engage and foster interaction with members and other key audiences and effectively communicate the impact of the Academy’s projects and studies. The Director will be responsible for the Academy’s varied and integrated communications products and services including: newsletters; web and other online communications; media; and marketing.


• Direct and execute communication, outreach and marketing strategies to include public relations, website, social media, email newsletters, and printed materials.
• Identify and implement internal and external opportunities, to promote and enhance the reputation and visibility of the Academy, its projects and leadership.
• Develop, maintain, and strengthen relationships with key journalists in the national, regional, and trade print, broadcast and online media.
• Assist with the planning for symposia and other events across the country, including the identification of speakers and promotional communication strategies.
• Write and develop press releases, op-ed pieces, and statements; and coordinate press events and related work; develop media opportunities for the Academy President and Fellows.
• Create various communications including speeches, letters, electronic communications, and flyers.
• Keep Academy leadership informed of significant media activities.
• Manage projects and staff on a variety of cross-organizational issues.
• Draft and produce collateral materials relevant to the organization’s policy priorities.
• Develop and sustain working relationships with policymakers, including association and community stakeholders; government and elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels.


• Relevant advanced degree.
• Experience in the strategic communication, university media or policy arenas.
• Experienced in web, social media and other electronic communications and marketing strategies.
• Exceptional organizational, writing, analytical, research and communication skills.
• Ability to create and communicate well-organized plans.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including a desire and ability to work as part of a team.
• Ability to prioritize and multitask under deadline
About Our Company The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, headquartered in the heart of Cambridge, is unique in a city known for its strong intellectual traditions. Founded in 1780 as a research institution and honorary society, the Academy enjoys national recognition and influence as a vibrant center for the nonpartisan study of contemporary issues. What sets the Academy apart is its continuing mission of serving the public good through multidisciplinary, pragmatic analysis of today's complex problems.

The House of the Academy, a magnificent Arts and Crafts style structure situated on a tranquil wooded estate, provides an intimate home for scholarly thought, a welcoming place in which to convene the leading thinkers of the day, and a collegial, dynamic environment for our professional staff.