The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) is seeking an Executive Officer with a start date between March and September 2021 (exact date and transition process is negotiable). The person we seek should be familiar with and committed to the work of the Society and should be able to organize and maintain an efficient office in support of its mission. Major responsibilities include managing logistical aspects of the Society's annual meetings (including managing a virtual meeting in 2021 if that becomes necessary), securing hotels and working closely with the Program Chair to construct and produce the meeting program; hiring and supervising support staff (if required); managing SSSR's finances in collaboration with the Society’s Treasurer; providing administrative support to the SSSR Council, Officers, and committees; running annual elections; maintaining and improving the SSSR website; and communicating with SSSR members.
This position is compensated appropriately for the time-commitment involved, approximately 40 hours per month on average through the year. The full compensation package also includes a significant budget for office expenses, travel, and staff support.
Applications should include a) cover letter outlining your experience, qualifications, and reasons for being interested in this position; b) curriculum vitae; and c) names and contact information of three references.
These materials should be assembled into a single PDF and emailed as an attachment to the Search Committee Chair: Prema Kurien email@example.com
Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.
Questions about this position or nominations of potential candidates may be directed to the following members of the search committee: Prema Kurien (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Laura Olson email@example.com.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) is an interdisciplinary academic association that stimulates, promotes, and communicates social scientific research about religious institutions and experiences. SSSR was founded at Harvard University in 1949 as the Committee for the Social Scientific Study of Religion. From 1951 to 1956, the organization was called the Committee for the Scientific Study of Religion, and, with membership numbering in the hundreds, the change to the present name was made at the end of 1956. Today SSSR fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration among more than a thousand scholars from sociology, religious studies, psychology, political science, economics, international studies, gender studies, and many other fields. The Society's flagship publication, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, is the most cited resource in the field. Our annual meetings bring together leading scholars in the social and behavioral scientific study of religion for three days of networking, presentations, plenary sessions, and small group meetings in a different city each fall.
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