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POSITIONS AT THE ASCSA

Executive Director for Development
Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professors
Assistant Director of the School
Director of Publications
Gertrude Smith Professors (Directors of the Summer Sessions)
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

 

Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professors

One or Two Positions
Deadline: October 31

Term: Early September to June 1.

Eligibility: A senior scholar with a significant record of publication and teaching in a North American institution and a member of the Managing Committee or faculty/staff from a Cooperating Institution. Preference will be given to those who have not received recent support from the School. Candidates who have held the Whitehead Professorship may apply if the previous term was at least five years prior.

Project:  Advancing research on a project, which utilizes the facilities of the School and enriches the academic program of the School. Whitehead Professors are encouraged to present a seminar during the winter term (late November to late March) on the subject of their expertise and to contribute to the academic program in other significant ways, such as mentoring or advising students at the School and participating in School trips and excursions.

Compensation: Stipend of $35,000, plus round-trip coach airfare to Athens, board at Loring Hall for the Whitehead Professor (one-half senior rate for spouse, and one-half student rate for dependents) and School housing.  Hotel and transportation on all fall trips and transportation on all winter Attica excursions.

Application:

  • Application submitted online, link to: https://ascsa.wufoo.com/forms/whitehead-visiting-professor-application-form/
  • Curriculum vitae including list of publications.
  • Statement of current and projected research.
  • One page description of proposed seminar and other contributions to the academic program.
  • Account of the frequency and length of earlier visits to Greece.
  • Three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the address below or via email to application@ascsa.org.
  • Applicants may be invited to an interview at the annual AIA/APA meetings or by telephone.                                                             

Committee on Personnel
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
6-8 Charlton Street
Princeton, NJ 08540-5232

The appointments will be announced by January 15.

 

Assistant Director of the School

Position in Athens
Deadline: October 31

Term: A full-time (12 months) position beginning July 1, 2015 for three years, with the possibility of renewal for a final fourth year.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience; benefits include room and board at the School.

Qualifications: Candidates must have earned the PhD from a North American university no more than three years prior to the application and must have spent a minimum of a year as a Member of the ASCSA. An active agenda for research and publication, knowledge of Greece and Modern Greek, and teaching experience are expected.

Duties:

  • To help the Director in the administration of School business and to stand in for the Director when needed. Reports to the Director of the School.
  • To assist with the academic program under the direction of the Mellon Professor by lecturing, leading short trips or offering mini-seminars/workshops on area(s) of expertise.
  • To serve as a contact and resource person for all members of the School and to live in Loring Hall.
  • To help with the planning of the Summer Session by suggesting itineraries, speakers, and generally offering support to the Summer Session Directors, but not making actual arrangements.
  • To be a visible presence in the Athenian social and academic scene by attending functions as an official of the School.
  • Pursue research on a project.


Application: The Assistant Director will be appointed by the ASCSA Managing Committee (through the Personnel Committee) in consultation with the Director of the School and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor. Letter of application, curriculum vitae, research project description (up to three pages in length) submitted online at: https://ascsa.wufoo.com/forms/assistant-director-application/. Arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to application@ascsa.org. Final candidates may be interviewed at the annual meeting of the AIA in New Orleans in January.

The appointment will be announced by January 15.

 

Director of Publications

Postion in Princeton, NJ
Deadline: October 31

The primary responsibilities of the Director of Publications include the overall direction and management of the Publications Office; overseeing the assignments of the editorial staff and freelance editors and designers; working with excavation directors and authors to develop and produce assigned monographs; coordinating the review process for all submitted manuscripts; collaborating with the Editor of Hesperia; overseeing marketing and distribution; negotiating financial arrangements with printers and fulfillment agencies; investigating alternative sources of funding for publications; and exploring and developing new avenues--digital or other--for American School publications.

The Director is also expected to oversee staff in the Publications Office; write regularly scheduled performance reviews; create and administer an annual departmental budget; prepare regular reports for the ASCSA Managing Committee, Board of Trustees, and Committee on Publications; and maintain and expand the ASCSA Publications web page. The Director works closely with the chair of the Committee on Publications and reports to the chair of the Managing Committee.

Requirements:  BA degree, with an advanced degree preferred; at least five years managerial experience in a publishing environment; background in classical archaeology, Classics, ancient art, or a related field preferred; and demonstrated knowledge of digital publishing and current trends in scholarly communication.

Alongside archaeological exploration, teaching, and research, publication is one of the core ASCSA missions. Since its founding in 1881, the ASCSA has published almost 250 books. These include major reports and studies on material culture recovered during excavations at the Athenian Agora, Ancient Corinth, and other sites that are essential reference works for all scholars of the ancient world. Since 1932, the ASCSA has also published the award-winning quarterly journal Hesperia, one of the leading periodicals in the field. The increasingly digital nature of scholarship is transforming the nature of publication in this field, and the Director of Publications contributes to institution-wide initiatives to support new modes of scholarly communication.

The position is full-time, beginning as soon as is mutually convenient. Excellent benefits, pleasant working conditions in the Princeton, New Jersey Publications Office, occasional travel to Greece, and salary commensurate with experience. Cover letter and curriculum vitae submitted online at: https://ascsa.wufoo.com/forms/ascsa-director-of-publications-application/. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to application@ascsa.org.

Professor Lynn Roller
Chair, Search Committee for the Director of Publications
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
6-8 Charlton Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

 

Gertrude Smith Professors (Directors of the Summer Sessions)

Two Positions
Deadline: January 31

Term: Summer 2016.

Eligibility: Former membership in the School and at least two years of teaching in a post-secondary educational institution. Qualified applicants in all areas of classical studies, including history, art history, languages, and archaeology, are encouraged to apply. Some knowledge of modern Greek. Stamina, good health and a sense of humor.  See more information about the ASCSA Summer Sessions at http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/programs/Summer.

Duties: Plan the six-week itinerary, in consultation with the staff in Athens, at least six months prior to the session; collaborate with the Committee on the Summer Sessions in the selection of participants; correspond with participants concerning travel, equipment, academic requirements, etc.; supervise all aspects of the program in Greece, including teaching, coordinating with on-site expert lecturers, keeping a detailed log of the sessions, and submitting a report to the Director.

Compensation: Stipend commensurate with rank, ranging from $7,365 to $9,064, pending available funding, plus travel and expenses, housing for eight weeks total as available June 1 to August 15 and as defined in the attached policy.

Application: A letter of application, a curriculum vitae and three letters of support should be sent to:

Committee on the Summer Sessions

E-mail: ssapplication@ascsa.org

The appointments will be announced by March 30.

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.