The American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the world’s oldest and largest life science organization. The mission of the Academy is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public. Formed in 1955, the Academy serves as a resource to governmental agencies, industry, ASM and the larger scientific and lay communities by convening four to five colloquia a year to address a broad spectrum of critical issues in microbiology. In addition, the Academy manages ASM’s scientific achievement awards program, recognizing outstanding achievement and potential in all areas of microbiology.
Serving as the ex-officio to the Academy’s Board of Governors and its committees, the Director brings a broad interest about the expansive scope of microbiology and is continuously searching for appropriate topics for colloquia and mini-colloquia. In addition, the Director, together with the Chair of the Board of Governors, is responsible for mapping the strategic direction of the Academy and each of the programs including the Colloquium Program, ASM Awards Program, and Fellows Program. Reporting to the Executive Director of the Society, the Director is responsible for the operational and financial management of the Academy. For further information on the Academy please visit http://academy.asm.org or www.asm.org.
- Provide support and oversight to Academy’s Board of Governors (BOG), serve as staff liaison to it and its committees, identify strategic opportunities for the Academy and develop recommendations to the Chair.
- Work with the Academy Board and committees to set strategic goals, define objectives, establish measures for success, and evaluate Academy programs.
- Identify and implement opportunities to motivate participation by Academy Fellows in various programs and advancing the mission of the Academy.
- Identify opportunities and appropriate scientists to serve on steering committees for colloquia and mini-colloquia; identify opportunities for the Academy to exercise a convening function – bringing together academic, federal, non-profit, and other stakeholders around topics of mutual interest.
- Identify and implement new approaches to disseminating colloquium and mini-colloquium reports, and developing derivative products.
- Establish policy for development and management of Academy colloquia and other consensus-building meetings.
- Responsible for quality and content of colloquium reports, taking necessary steps to solicit adequate expert review of reports before publication.
- Direct fundraising activities for Academy programs, identify appropriate federal agencies, corporations, and foundations to support colloquia and awards, establish relationships with appropriate program staff, and negotiate for financial support.
- Develop and write grant proposals to federal agencies and foundations and solicitations to corporations.
At least 10 years of related professional experience including, five years in a management role. Must be a strategic, forward- thinking professional with highly evolved analytical ability. Extensive experience interpreting, synthesizing and summarizing scientific information for multiple audiences is essential. Excellent oral and written communication skills imperative. Must be comfortable serving highly accomplished and nationally recognized scientific professionals, taking professional fulfillment in assisting them in an academy/professional society setting. Previous experience working with committees as well as an ability to build and maintain collaborative teams across an organization is necessary. Previous experience working with federal government agencies such as NSF, NIH, NAS, DOE, USDA, scientific foundations, corporate sector and partner organizations such as AAAS is highly preferred. Fundraising and grant writing experience/success very helpful.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in appropriate scientific discipline is required; Master’s or Ph.D. highly preferred.