The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
A private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, ACLS is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to its work. Other priorities include support for scholarly conferences, reference works, and innovations in scholarly communication.
Since its founding in 1919, ACLS has provided the humanities and related social sciences with leadership, opportunities for innovation, and national and international representation. ACLS fellows and grantees are engaged in creating new knowledge that benefits our understanding of the world. ACLS is the leading private institution supporting scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines. In the 2017 competition year, ACLS will award more than $20 million to over 325 scholars worldwide. The Council has also long supported new methods and subjects of humanities scholarship, and new fellowship programs address digital humanities, collaborative research, and scholars at work outside the academy.
Reporting to the President, the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer will direct and manage all ACLS programs, operations, and governance procedures, as well as supervise staff. S/he will assist the President in representing the ACLS to the academic community, policy makers, and the public, and will aid in strategic planning for ACLS future directions. The Vice President is also responsible for strengthening ACLS as a federation of scholarly associations and therefore works closely with the Council's Conference of Executive Officers.
Evaluation of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until a new Vice President and Chief Operating Officer is selected. For best consideration, nominations and applications should be sent to: