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    AAAS DoSER Senior Program Associate

    Who We Are

    "The advancement of science should be the chief concern of a nation that would conserve and increase the welfare of its people."

    -James McKeen Cattell, former AAAS President and Editor of Science

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. For over a century, AAAS has been a force for science, from helping to establish science as a credible field in the 19th century to using satellite imaging technology to document human rights abuses in 2007. We are recognized as the world’s largest general scientific society and the proud publisher of the Science family of journals. Past presidents have included astronomer Edward Charles Pickering, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and biologist Stephen Jay Gould. Our mission is centered on the belief that STEM research and education can help solve many of the challenges the world faces today.

    AAAS is a culture steeped in history, but adaptive to change and new ideas. We recognize the hard work of our employees and encourage the development of our staff. Our colleagues represent an array of expertise from scholarly publishing to digital marketing, educational research to government relations, all with a shared focus on mission. At AAAS, you are part of a talented team, dedicated to advancing science and serving society.

    Work with Us

    We have an exciting full-time opportunity for a Senior Program Associate, Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) Program in our Washington, DC office. The position involves a project in partnership with select seminaries throughout the US to integrate science into their core curricula, with a goal of promoting a positive understanding of science among religious leaders and eventually the communities they serve.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Manages the Science for Seminaries Project, including working closely with DoSER staff to implement project activities, managing budget, and completing reporting requirements
    • Maintain collaborations with key partners including Association of Theological Schools, seminary and divinity institutions, religious leaders, and prominent scientists for the development and integration of science in seminary education
    • Organization and facilitation of workshops and symposia
    • Leads research, writing, editing of project-related resources and materials
    • Assist in the development of new initiatives and securing grant funding
    • Represents and speaks on behalf of the program and AAAS
    • Coordinate the project team and help supervise interns

    Key Requirements

    • Minimum Master’s degree in the biological or physical sciences. A PhD in science and/or theology, with coursework in theology, seminary based training, or similar relevant experience is required
    • Minimum of three years’ experience, beyond the completion of a Ph.D or Master's program in science or theology.
    • Experience or familiarity with theological seminary community and curricula administration
    • Sincere interest and/or experience in fostering dialogue in the science and religion arena
    • Superior written and verbal communication skills with experience in public speaking
    • Excellent research organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines
    • Experience in designing and implementing symposia and workshops for academics
    • Ability to monitor and prepare budgets and financial reports. Experience with grant award and administration is a plus
    • Fluency in contemporary software packages, particularly in Microsoft Office
    • Ability to travel

    Application Process

    Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter by November 6, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If we think you might be a good fit for the role, we will contact you with next steps.


    AAAS is an EO employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected category. AAAS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.