Executive Director, Society for Classical Studies

Posting Number 2024-13177
Posted Date 1 month ago(3/5/2024 2:34 PM)
Location : Location
US-NY-New York
Hybrid Remote Work Classification
Hybrid: 60% to 80% Onsite
Center for Ancient Studies
Arts and Science (AS1111)
Compensation Grade
Band 54
Academic Program Support

Position Summary

The Society for Classical Studies (SCS), one of the oldest learned societies in the United States, seeks an accomplished nonprofit leader with a vision and passion for Classical Studies to serve as its next Executive Director. Originally founded in 1869 as the American Philological Association, today the Society has a $1.3M annual budget, $9M endowment, ca. 2500-3000 individual members, 3 employees, and a 19-member Board of Directors. The purpose of the Society is to advance knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the ancient Mediterranean world and to promote interest in and informed discussion of the languages, literatures, history, and material culture of the ancient Greek, Roman, and larger Mediterranean worlds. Our mission also encompasses the varied history of the reception of those elements among different communities from antiquity to the present and comparison between ancient Mediterranean and other cultures. More information about the Society is available at https://classicalstudies.org


Crucial to the Society’s mission are (1) Advocacy for the field as a humanistic endeavor and for those who teach, research, and study it, formally or informally, at any level; (2) Growth in the numbers of all those who share an enthusiasm for the discipline; (3) Inclusion of different perspectives representing the many communities in North America and around the world that are now engaged with scholarly and creative reception of the ancient Mediterranean. The Executive Director will work closely with the SCS Board of Directors to pursue these priorities, both by supporting current activities and by helping to develop and implement new initiatives and diversifying the membership. Key responsibilities will include budgeting, recordkeeping, office management, grant-writing, and identifying additional avenues for impact and public engagement. We are looking for a new Executive Director to help us plan imaginatively and ambitiously for the future.


Required Education:
Master's Degree

Preferred Education:
Graduate degree in a humanistic discipline, including but not limited to a branch of Classical Studies.

Required Experience:
7+ years experience managing nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, member associations, learned societies, or philanthropic foundations. Experience with financial management, budget responsibility, and accounting literacy, including budget formulation; execution and auditing; and investment oversight. A solid grasp of contemporary digital communication and social media platforms. Experience managing staff and volunteer leaders. Experience with leading an organization’s strategic planning process is desirable. A track record of generating external financial support for mission-driven organizations. Grant-writing experience and ability.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Excellent written and oral communications skills. The ability to serve as an articulate and energetic spokesperson for the Society. An ability to combine detailed management oversight and fiduciary responsibility with an ability to think and act strategically. Willingness to travel, an ability to multi-task and ability to work some flexible hours. A keen and current understanding of the contemporary national landscape in the Humanities is required.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Fundraising experience and ability. Some knowledge of reconciliation and restorative justice frameworks. Crisis management skills.

Additional Information

In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is USD $145,000.00 to USD $160,000.00. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as, market and organizational considerations when extending an offer. This pay range represents base pay only and excludes any additional items such as incentives, bonuses, clinical compensation, or other items.

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