May 7, 2019

Academic Programs Manager

Institute for Humane Studies
May 7, 2019
Arlington, United States
Job Type


The Institute for Humane Studies seeks an experienced candidate to run a series of interdisciplinary Socratic discussion colloquia designed to educate, inspire, and connect participants primarily through conversation and discussion of ideas and texts.

The Academic Programs Manager provides excellent opportunities for professional growth and development on a growing team that is dedicated to supporting current and aspiring faculty. In this role, you'll get to combine your experience with project management to ensure deliverables are on time and on budget and your interest in ideas and the classical liberal tradition to create quality programs that support our audience of aspiring academics. You'll approach discussions (whether it's on program logistics with a team member or Adam Smith's thoughts on civil association with an external speaker) with epistemic humility, respect, and curiosity.

Responsibilities for the role include:

  • Developing vision, strategy, and goals for your portfolio of programs that contribute to the IHS vision as well as objectives for Academic Programs.
  • Managing the day-to-day execution of key programs in your portfolio, including budget oversight.
  • Managing relationships with key external partners.
  • Providing clear and consistent verbal and written communication with external partners.
  • Coordinating with other internal teams to drive project timelines.
  • Engaging intellectually with partners and participants at programs and events.
  • Working with External Partners and Design Manager to create and develop program content for aspiring faculty and faculty.
  • Measuring program effectiveness.

Qualified candidates will possess:

  • At least three years of professional experience, ideally in nonprofits or fields related to higher education.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills with demonstrated examples of delivering projects on time and budget.
  • Program or project management experience, particularly driving timelines and demonstrating a strong attention to detail.
  • Thoughtfulness and poise in maintaining relationships.
  • Interest in higher education and knowledge of the academic landscape.
  • Strong understanding of and passion for classical liberal principles-individual rights, free markets, limited government, voluntarism, and peace.

Founded in 1961 and affiliated with George Mason University, IHS is a nonprofit educational organization that works with thousands of professors and academic leaders on hundreds of campuses across the country to help them and their students explore, challenge, and develop classical liberal ideas.

At IHS, we believe that the foundational ideas of a just, peaceful, and prosperous world-including individual liberty, limited government, economic freedom, the rule of law, freedom of speech and expression, and open inquiry-rest within the classical liberal intellectual tradition. And for those ideas to unleash the creative force of freedom, they must be taught, discussed, challenged, and developed in higher education.

That's why IHS has built the foremost community of professors, students, and administrators at universities across the country who are leading open, robust discussions about classical liberal principles on their campuses and in the broader world.

IHS is a partner throughout each scholar's academic career, helping them to

  • Grow intellectually throughout their graduate student experience, and make a successful transition from student to professor
  • Inspire their students
  • Amplify the reach and impact of their research
  • Promote a culture of free speech and open inquiry on their campus

Employee Benefits

IHS provides exceptional benefits to all employees, including health and dental insurance coverage (which includes paying 100% of the health and dental insurance premium for individuals), health savings accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, a parking permit and 12 free tuition credit hours annually at George Mason University.

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