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Assistant Director of Academic and Professional Affairs

Organizational Context: The American Sociological Association (ASA) is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to serving sociologists in their work, advancing sociology as a science and profession, and promoting the contributions and use of sociology to society.  ASA’s national office is located in Washington, DC.

Reporting Structure: The Assistant Director of Academic and Professional Affairs reports to the Director of Academic and Professional Affairs.

Job Classification: Exempt

Essential Functions: 

·         Work with the Director of Academic and Professional Affairs to conceptualize, build, and manage the association’s portfolio of initiatives supporting the teaching, research, practice, and professional development of sociologists.

·         Manage development of resources to support high school teachers of sociology. This may include developing synchronous and asynchronous online educational programs linked to the ASA’s National Standards for High School Sociology. Liaise with the ASA High School Leadership Team, including high school teachers serving in leadership roles on that team, and with the TRAILS High School Editorial Board. 

·         Manage development of resources to support professors of sociology in community colleges. This may include supporting virtual communities of practice, working with annual meeting planning committees on community-college specific gatherings and other activities to build and strengthen network ties between the ASA and community college faculty teaching sociology nationwide. 

·         Serve as the TRAILS Managing Editor, working in close collaboration with the TRAILS Editor. TRAILS is the ASA’s online, peer-reviewed repository of teaching and learning materials for sociology.

·         In collaboration with the Academic and Professional Affairs team, conduct research on the discipline.

·         Work with the Communications Department to develop and distribute information regarding academic and professional affairs through channels such as newsletters and social media.

·         Respond to relevant requests for assistance from members and staff.

·         Additional responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Academic and Professional Affairs

Preferred Qualifications: Several profiles could be well-suited to this position.  If you think you have the necessary experience and expertise to successfully manage the essential functions of this job, please do not hesitate to apply.

·         PhD in sociology or a related discipline.

·         Demonstrated interest in teaching and learning combined with a strong interest in supporting high quality instruction for students at every level, including low-income and first-generation students.

·         A commitment to serving the discipline by supporting sociologists with teaching, research, practice, and professional development.

·         Exemplary writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.

·         Strong work ethic.

·         Maturity and organizational savvy; ability to work independently and in collaboration with teams; excellent interpersonal skills.

Compensation: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  A full and rich benefits package is provided to all ASA staff members, including domestic partner benefits for same-sex and other-sex partners of employees.

To apply: Please submit a substantive cover letter and a resume to Margaret Weigers Vitullo, PhD, Director of Academic and Professional Affairs (  Review of applications will begin September 4 and will continue until someone has been hired. 

ASA is an equal opportunity employer. 



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