Job Description - American Society for Eighteenth

Applications are invited for the position of Executive Director of ASECS.
The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer of the Society
and handles all of its official business. The Executive Director is assisted by
a full-time, salaried Office Manager (hired and paid by the Society) and
works closely with the Treasurer in managing the financial affairs of the
Society. The term of the office is three years with expectation of renewal.
Given the substantial cost of relocation, the Society hopes to find a longterm home for its office.
The responsibilities of the office are many and varied, including liaison
with the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) (two meetings
per year) and the Executive Committee of the International Society for
Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS) (one meeting per year, usually in
Europe); directing various fellowship and prize programs; editing the online ASECS News Circular; working closely with Johns Hopkins University
Press and the Editors of Eighteenth-Century Studies and Studies in
Eighteenth-Century Culture. The membership database is maintained at
Johns Hopkins University Press and all mailing of ECS and SECC are
handled by the staff at JHUP; supervising the publication, editing, and
distribution of all other ASECS publications; overseeing, with the affiliates
coordinator, the activities of the affiliated organizations; planning and
arranging meetings of the Steering Committee and the Executive Board
(one each during the year); helping to not only organize the program of the
Society's annual meeting but overseeing the running of the meeting,
including mailing registration materials and handling of the pre-registration
process; maintaining the Society's Web; and handling a correspondence by
letter, e-mail, and fax.
This is not a salaried position, but expenses incurred in performing these
duties are covered by the Society's treasury. In addition, contingent on the
state of the Society's finances, the Society will provide an annual stipend.
Customarily, the person holding this office is a faculty member at the
institution hosting the Society, and it is expected that the host institution
will make appropriate arrangements for released time to enable the
Executive Director to discharge these functions. Specifically, the Society
requests that the host institution provide:
(1) approximately 400-500 square feet of continuous office space
(2) janitorial service and utilities (heating, cooling, and electricity);
Telephone, fax, and internet connections
Computer, copy machine/printer/fax
Release time from teaching for the Executive Director
Any other facilities or services that might enhance the Society or its
The position will be open July 1, 2017 but the Society hopes to name a new
Executive Director during the 2015-2016 year. Applicants should send a letter of
application, a full curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three persons who
can provide information concerning the applicant's administrative experience to the
ASECS Business Office ( Review of applications will begin November
15, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.
ASECS welcomes diversity among its members, in terms of race, age, gender,
religion, marital state, national origin, sexual orientation, and physical ability. The
Society prohibits discrimination based on any of these grounds in its employment
practices, contract negotiations, nominations, opportunities, papers and publications, and
in the awarding of its fellowships and prizes.