Advocate for the Study of Religion

American Academy of Religion | Atlanta, GA
Date posted: October 24, 2019
Advocate for the Study of Religion
Contact Name: Dr. Alice Hunt
Deadline: November 30, 2019

From its beginnings in 1909, the American Academy of Religion has grown to be the world’s largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion, with some 8,000 members throughout the world. The AAR does not endorse any belief or practices but seeks to promote excellence in the academic study of religion and to enhance the public understanding of religion. As a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars, the American Academy of Religion is proud to represent its members in national and international arenas. AAR members are affiliated with more than 900 colleges, universities, seminaries, and schools around the world. The AAR’s membership also extends to leaders in related fields including international diplomacy, foundation leadership, and nonprofit management. AAR’s diverse members can be found engaging in the world as public intellectuals, influencing the development of public policy, producing ground-breaking research in the field, and preparing the world’s next generation of leaders. The AAR is dedicated to furthering knowledge of religion and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations. This is accomplished through the sharing of knowledge and scholarship via conferences, meetings, publications, and programs; providing resources for excellence in teaching; offering career services for members; advocating for and promoting the profession; and taking positions on public issues that impact society and the world.

The AAR’s meetings and conferences are among the best-attended in the humanities. During its upcoming 2019 annual meeting, held in conjunction with the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, it is expected that 10,000 people will attend more than 1,000 events and sessions featuring the world’s leading experts in religion.

Job Description

Leads and provides project management support for a variety of projects which may involve financial administration, compiling and reviewing metrics, the upgrade of software systems, etc. Develops and manages project time lines. Works closely with project team/departments to identify and resolve concerns. Assumes responsibility for timely delivery of project deliverables as scheduled. Develops and maintains databases and reports. Designs presentations in support of department’s needs. Tracks departmental budgets and forecasts future budget needs. May plan and coordinates special events. May maintain and update the departmental website. Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree in a Related Field
  • At least 3 years of experience in an advocacy position or a related function.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the advocacy issues in higher education, religious studies, and public scholarship.
  • Knowledge of different aspects of public information and communication.
  • Ability to conceptualize, design, and implement information campaigns.Ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with specific audiences and cultivate productive relationships.
  • Ability to produce a variety of communications products in a clear, concise style.
  • Experience working with media.
  • Ability to deliver persuasive written and oral presentations to various audiences.
  • Demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matter.
  • Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
  • Remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Works collaboratively to achieve missional goals.
  • Demonstrates creativity and initiative.
  • Ability to travel locally and nationally.

Application Instructions

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