The Academic Engagement Network (AEN) is a national organization headquartered in Washington, DC, which seeks to educate, engage, and mobilize faculty members on American college and university campuses around issues related to Israel, antisemitism, academic freedom, and campus free speech. AEN has a four-part mission: to oppose the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and other efforts to delegitimize Israel on campus, including the demoralization of Jewish and Zionist students; to contribute to robust campus discussions and constructive teaching and research about matters relating to Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict; to support and defend the principles of academic freedom and free speech; and to respond to antisemitism on campus when it occurs. AEN has grown steadily in size and prominence since its launch in 2015, now comprising some 700 faculty members on more than 225 academic institutions across the United States. AEN operates as an independent and autonomous organization and is run by a dedicated professional staff with a national office in Washington, DC. The Network is led by Executive Director Professor Miriam F. Elman (Syracuse University) and overseen by a National Advisory Board chaired by President Emeritus Mark G. Yudof (University of California) and consisting of other former university presidents and prominent academics. AEN achieves its goals by educating and providing resources and support to faculty members so that they are in positions to positively influence and shape debates on their campuses and to respond to anti-Israel and antisemitic incidents. AEN offers financial support for faculty-initiated academic programming and speakers and runs a wide variety of educational efforts in regional and national convenings in order to strengthen faculty literacy about 21st century Israel and to assist them in taking effective action on their campuses. AEN also seeks to educate the broader academic community and its stakeholders and to contribute to the public discourse.
About the Operations Associate position
The Operations Associate will be an integral member of the AEN national office staff, working closely with the AEN leadership team. He/she will be responsible for coordinating operations in the Washington, DC national office, planning and implementing an array of AEN-sponsored events and programs, maintaining AEN’s growing databases and internal systems, and supporting AEN’s efforts to engage, educate, and mobilize faculty members in the national network.
Specific responsibilities of the Operations Associate will include:
- Planning and executing AEN-sponsored events and programs, including interfacing with AEN
members, consultants, guest speakers and invited guests, hotel sales staff, vendors, and others
- Managing and regularly updating AEN’s membership databases and records, grant application and
reporting systems, and distribution lists
- Preparing and editing a range of AEN documents including invitation letters, reports, and communications to faculty members, partner organizations, and others
- Overseeing logistics at and helping run conferences, convenings, and other AEN-sponsored events
- Research projects as assigned, including updating AEN’s Guide and Resource Book for University Leaders
- Program management and administrative responsibilities, including tasks essential to AEN’s programming and disbursement of funds
The ideal candidate will be a smart, motivated self-starter who is both intellectually curious about AEN’s issues and enjoys getting things done. Candidates should have excellent organizational skills, strong writing and research abilities, exercise good judgment, and be able to work effectively in a collaborative, small team setting. The position involves a good deal of operations/logistics work as well as administrative responsibilities as outlined. There will be many opportunities to grow in this position, including taking on “stretch” assignments consistent with the candidate’s skills and interests and the needs of the organization.
Specific qualifications we are seeking:
- An undergraduate degree (B.A./B.S.) from a U.S.-based academic institution or foreign degree
equivalent (required) plus 2-3 years of full-time relevant professional experience (preferred)
- Facility with MS Office; experience working with Content Management Software (CMS) is a plus
- Superb organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and maturity
- An affinity for operations, logistics, project management, and compliance-related work
- Strong writing and editing skills
- The ability to work well both independently and collaboratively in a small team setting
- Knowledge and demonstrated interest in issues relating to Israel, or the desire and ability to learn about such issues
- Familiarity with contemporary American campus politics and debates about Israel, Zionism, Jewish identity, and the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement (strongly preferred)
The Operations Associate will be based in the AEN office in Washington, DC. He/she will report regularly to the Deputy Director of AEN. In consultation with the Deputy Director, performance reviews will be undertaken periodically by the Executive Director.
AEN offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, generous PTO and holidays, and subsidy for mobile phone plans.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and short (5 pages or less) writing sample to Michael Atkins, AEN Deputy Director, at email@example.com. The position will remain open until filled.