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POSITIONS AT THE ASCSA

Executive Director for Development
Corinth Museum Internship
Internships in Non-Profit Administration
Internships in Development, Marketing & Event Planning
Archival Internships


The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.

 

Executive Director for Development

VISION & MISSION

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) strives to maintain and enhance its position as the preeminent center for the study of the Greek world from antiquity to the present day.  It advances knowledge of Greece in all periods, as well as other areas of the classical world, by training young scholars, sponsoring and promoting archaeological fieldwork, providing resources for scholarly work, and disseminating research.  The ASCSA is also charged by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism to seek the support, investigation, preservation and presentation of Greece’s cultural heritage.

PHILOSOPHY

The study of Greece from antiquity to the present day is critical for understanding the civilizations, history and culture of the Mediterranean, Europe, and Near East.  The ASCSA supports a multidisciplinary approach to Hellenic studies, encompassing the fields of archaeology, anthropology, the archaeological sciences, topography, architecture, epigraphy, numismatics, history, art, language, literature, religion and cultural studies.  As an institution in Greece sponsored by a consortium of institutions of higher education in North America, the ASCSA makes its resources available to qualified scholars, promotes the highest standards of research and archaeological fieldwork, and shares the results of its work.

OVERVIEW

Established in 1881, ASCSA is “the pre-eminent center for the study of the Greek world.”  It is not only the first but the largest American overseas research center.  Entrusted by the Greek government with the responsibility for “all American archaeological research in Greece,” the School has also provided invaluable service to the Greek people.

Today, the ASCSA is a consortium of 196 educational and research institutions and it pursues a broader, more inclusive mandate to advance knowledge of Greece in all periods (as well as other areas of the classical world), train young scholars, sponsor and promote archaeological fieldwork, provide resources for scholarly work, and disseminate research.  Virtually all departments of classical studies at the leading institutions of higher education in the U.S. have benefited from the research and teaching opportunities offered by the School.  Generations of Hellenic scholars have spent time at ASCSA and have taken their formative experience into their academic careers.

The American School’s research facilities actively support the School’s mission.  The Blegen Library is dedicated to classical studies, with special emphasis on archaeology.  The Gennadius Library consists of the gift of Johannes Gennadius of rare books, manuscripts, maps, prints and drawings of post-antique Greece, especially early travelers, and is supplemented by important archival holdings of modern Greece.  The School’s Malcolm H. Weiner Laboratory for Archaeological Science supports scientific research into human, animal, and plant populations, the environment, and material culture.

The School continues to deliver important publications related to the mission of the School.  These include final reports of the ASCSA’s excavations at Corinth and the Athenian Agora and the award-winning quarterly journal, Hesperia.  The ASCSA mounts a website (http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/) with much digital material available for researchers and communicates to its friends and the wider public through a program of electronic and print publications.

The ASCSA has an annual operating budget of approximately $9.5 million and an endowment of $158 million.  Its U.S. administrative offices are currently located in Princeton, New Jersey.

BASIC FUNCTION

The School is seeking an experienced Executive Director for Development to take the School’s fundraising program to a significantly higher level of accomplishment, commensurate with the School’s long-standing national and international reputation and its cultural and scholarly impact.  That person will serve as the U.S. Director, overseeing a staff of 5 and coordinating any U.S.-based activity.

The Executive Director for Development reports directly to the President of the Board of Trustees and will shape the future and reimagine the culture of giving and philanthropy at the ASCSA.  He/she will assume the critical role of strengthening current funding from private sources and be relentless in developing new and more diverse sources of revenue with an emphasis on increasing major gifts.

The Executive Director for Development will inspire the trust and confidence of the Board of Trustees, the Managing Committee Chair and the Director of the School.  He/she will build on recent progress, which has included:  cultivating new board members with greater giving capacity, instituting a significant ‘give-get’ requirement, building a strong development committee, introducing a successful annual dinner, investing in a wealth analysis of lapsed donors to drive future outreach, and securing a commitment by the Board and staff to invest resources in its fundraising capacity.

PRIORITIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES

The new Executive Director for Development will have many opportunities to succeed and build a thriving development program for ASCSA.  The following are some of the programmatic activities he/she is expected to focus on in the short term and demonstrate success:

  • Develop and implement a strategic plan to build a vibrant and comprehensive development program, including annual giving, major gifts, corporate and foundation giving for the School.  Oversee and guide implementation of the strategic plan for Development in both the U.S. and Greece;
  • Build a highly-motivated and effective Development team; set annual goals and priorities, develop appropriate metrics and reporting standards to manage the Development Department;
  • Focus special attention on building a visible major gifts program to support the program and facilities needs of ASCSA’s campus in Athens.  In the short run, completion of fundraising for the Gennadius Library’s West Wing project is of the highest priority;
  • Identify additional giving opportunities for ASCSA’s funding priorities;
  • Lead the reorganization of the Development Department’s infrastructure; utilize Raiser’s Edge and appropriate search engines to enhance productivity and fundraising results;
  • Build strong relationships with the campus in Athens and the Board and Managing Committee leadership;
  • Oversee administrative staff in the Princeton Office;
  • Provide staff support for the meetings of the Board of Trustees; provide direct support for its Nominating Committee by developing and managing a strong list of potential trustee nominations;
  • Create collateral materials that will support fundraising priorities;
  • Establish a gifts stewardship program to recognize donors and keep them engaged in the School.

IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND CHARACTERISTICS

The Executive Director for Development will be a successful development professional with a strong background in major gifts fundraising and will have successfully cultivated and solicited major gifts, with a demonstrated ability to “close the deal.”  He or she will also have supervised a small staff and demonstrated the ability to guide and motivate staff to high levels of performance.  Other desired experience and qualities are:

  • Successful leadership achieving fundraising goals in an executive role in a nonprofit or academic organization; an exemplary reputation with stature and credibility;
  • Demonstrated success personally cultivating, soliciting and securing major and lead gifts, and developing and sustaining strong relationships with the Trustees and other leadership groups; an ability to secure financial support from diverse sources – including major donors, foundations, corporations; success designing and managing comprehensive campaigns to secure both operating and capital funding;
  • A knowledge of history, archaeology and the arts, a passion for education and delight in working in an academic environment;
  • The ability to interact professionally with dedicated Board and staff members who have diverse professional skills and perspectives; an ability to manage and implement change, and motivate and mentor staff while increasing performance;
  • Experience leading, facilitating and managing fundraising with a Board in transition;
  • Flexibility and the demonstrated ability to think creatively in a complex environment, juggling numerous projects and satisfying numerous constituencies simultaneously;
  • Experience with international fundraising, an understanding of, and sensitivity to, cultural differences when interacting with both prospects and colleagues; experience working with high-level fundraising volunteers;
  • Willingness to travel in both the U. S., and Greece;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • College degree; advanced degree preferred.


Please send applications and nominations to Jane Donaldson and Susan Meade at: ASCSA@PhillipsOppenheim.com

 

Corinth Museum Internship

Thanks to a grant from the Steinmetz Family Foundation the ASCSA announces a year-long paid internship in the School’s Corinth Excavations starting September 2014. The Corinth Museum Intern will assist the Assistant Director of the Excavations in curatorial work in the Museum storerooms and will design with her educational programs using materials from the Excavations for on-site and online use.

Internship Description: Hands on experience in learning all the stages of post–excavation management of antiquities of all periods from a vast archaeological collection. Data management for a complex archival database linked to an online archive. Implementation of archaeological knowledge gained in data processing coupled with modern museum studies standards to design educational programs for K-12 students in North America and Greece in a concerted public outreach endeavor.

Qualifications: B.A or higher degree in a field related to the School’s academic areas, such as classics, ancient history, art history, archaeology. Preferably the museum intern will be a graduate student in archaeology/ museum studies. The application is open to students of Greek and North American universities. Knowledge of Greek and English is desirable. Computer skills are necessary, including web management. Good communication skills, both written and oral, are required.

Term: mid-September 2014-mid-August 2015

Salary: $20,000. Membership fees are waived and half-board and full room at Ancient Corinth are provided.

Application Procedure: Please send by email CV, the names of two references with contact information, and letter of interest to Ioulia Tzonou-Herbst at itzonou.corinth@ascsa.edu.gr

Closing date for applications is August 20, 2014.

 

Internships in Non-Profit Administration

Short term unpaid internships are available throughout the year in the School’s U.S. office in Princeton, NJ. Internships will focus on non-profit administration and fundraising, and interns will assist staff with the various duties of managing an overseas educational and research center.

Internship Description: Hands on experience in learning business practices for an education-based not for profit. Organization and daily communication with applicants, members, and committees using virtual workspaces, online applications, and surveys. Management and promotion of academic and fellowship programs. Website programming. Database maintenance of constituency records. Research and reporting.

Qualifications: The School is seeking advanced undergraduates or recent graduates with a major or degree in a field related to the School’s academic areas, such as classics, ancient history, art history, archaeology, Modern Greek studies, marketing or communications. An interest in pursuing a career in non-profit administration, development or marketing is desirable. Excellent communications skills, both written and oral, are required.

Term:  Available for a School term (fall, winter or spring), summer, or full year.

Application Procedure: Please send resume and cover letter to American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 6-8 Charlton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 or email to ascsa@ascsa.org with “Internship Application” in the subject line.

 

Internships in Development, Marketing & Event Management

Short term unpaid internships are available throughout the year in the School’s U.S. office in Princeton, NJ. Internships will focus on non-profit administration and fundraising, and interns will assist staff with the various duties of managing an overseas educational and research center.

Internship Description: Gain familiarity with communications and fundraising activities, including the work associated with conducting a capital campaign, cultivation events, and Board meetings.

Qualifications: The School is seeking advanced undergraduates or recent graduates with a major or degree in a field related to the School’s academic areas, such as classics, ancient history, art history, archaeology, Modern Greek studies, marketing or communications. An interest in pursuing a career in non-profit administration, development or marketing is desirable. Excellent communications skills, both written and oral, are required.

Term:  Available for a School term (fall, winter or spring), summer, or full year.

Application Procedure: Please send resume and cover letter to American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 6-8 Charlton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 or email to dataadmin@ascsa.org with “Internship Application” in the subject line.

 

Archival Internships

Short term unpaid internships are available throughout the year in the School’s U.S. office in Princeton, NJ. Internships will focus on non-profit administration and fundraising, and interns will assist staff with the various duties of managing an overseas educational and research center.

Internship Description: Organize historical records of the School. Prepare and digitize for file management. Website programming. Database maintenance of constituency records. Research and reporting.

Qualifications: The School is seeking advanced undergraduates or recent graduates with a major or degree in a field related to the School’s academic areas, such as classics, ancient history, art history, archaeology, Modern Greek studies, marketing or communications. An interest in pursuing a career in non-profit administration, development or marketing is desirable. Excellent communications skills, both written and oral, are required.

Term:  Available for a School term (fall, winter or spring), summer, or full year.

Application Procedure: Please send resume and cover letter to American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 6-8 Charlton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 or email to ascsa@ascsa.org with “Internship Application” in the subject line.