The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society and a leading public advocate for excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Secretary, the Society’s second-ranking executive officer who acts as Chief Operating Officer. The Associate Secretary works in the Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and reports directly to the Secretary/CEO and, through the Secretary, to the Society’s board of directors, the Senate.
The Society seeks an experienced, dynamic, and adaptable leader eager to support Phi Beta Kappa’s mission and to oversee key elements of day-to-day operations. Responsibilities include oversight of business, legal, budgeting, and fiscal affairs; development; information technology; membership services; human resources; and communications. The Associate Secretary will also collaborate with staff on the Society’s critical mission-driven programs – including the National Arts & Sciences Initiative, the Visiting Scholar Program, Charting Excellence, the Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards, the Society’s magazine, The American Scholar, and member newsletter, The Key Reporter – and will oversee a variety of external contacts including those with legal counsel, development consultants, bankers, the Phi Beta Kappa Foundation fund managers, and Investment Committee members.
The successful candidate will combine an informed enthusiasm for the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s mission of celebrating and advocating excellence in the liberal arts and sciences with a management background in nonprofit organizations, government entities, business, higher education institutions, foundations, or membership associations suitable to the responsibilities stated above. Phi Beta Kappa membership and an advanced degree are preferred.
The Associate Secretary will work with an energized and dedicated staff of about 20 and will work to enhance the membership experiences of the Society’s half-million members. Further information about the Phi Beta Kappa Society is available at www.pbk.org. Qualifications and responsibilities are detailed in the position profile at: www.academic-search.com/sites/default/files/PBKAssociateSecretaryProfile.pdf.
Applications will be reviewed as received and continue until the position is filled.
Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in confidence. Applications must include a letter of interest, résumé/curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references (who will not be contacted without permission). All materials must be submitted electronically to: PBKAssociateSecretary@academic-search.com.
Assisting the Society in this search are Ann Die Hasselmo (Ann.Hasselmo@academic-search.com) and Chris Butler (Chris.Butler@academic-search.com) of Academic Search, Inc.
Phi Beta Kappa is an equal opportunity employer and seeks a diverse pool of candidates for this position.
Since its founding in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and championed freedom of thought. As America’s most prestigious academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa is uniquely equipped to advocate for the value of liberal arts and sciences education.