Publications and Communications Assistant


Job Description


Reports To:  Director of Communications and Director of Publications

Status:   Exempt

Type of Position:  Full-Time

Emory Classification:   230 (XB20) Program Coordinator

Revised:  30 September 2019


Position Overview

The Publications and Communications Assistant provides programmatic and administrative assistance to AAR publications and communications. The position requires strong copyediting, communications, writing, and relationship management skills. The Assistant will work with AAR Communications in creating written copy and content for AAR’s social media presence and with the AAR’s book review publication, Reading Religion, as well as the AAR’s annual book awards prize and juries. The assistant will report to the Director of Communications and Director of Publications.

Essential Job Functions/Major Responsibilities:

  • Copyedit scholarly writing for style and content
  • Create written copy
  • Create and schedule social media posts
  • Proofread content for web and social media
  • Monitor website usage and social engagement and assist in creating measurable benchmarks
  • Maintain databases, contact list, and files
  • Post content to web (Drupal)
  • Communicate with relevant committees and members as job requires via email, phone, and videoconference
  • Assist in preparation of reports
  • Reconcile and submit expense reports
  • Research and create presentations
  • Support AAR programs as needed
  • Work the Annual Meeting as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned

Education/Experience Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Familiarity with social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Hootsuite, etc)
  • Proficiency in copyediting, especially using the Chicago Manual of Style

Other Skills/Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrates initiative
  • Strong writer
  • Attention to details
  • Ability to travel to locally and nationally as necessary
  • Excellent time management and organizing skills
  • Strong knowledge of basic office applications (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc)
  • Ability to work effectively managing competing priorities in tight deadlines


From its beginnings in 1909, the American Academy of Religion has grown to be the world’s largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion, with some 8,000 members throughout the world.  The AAR does not endorse any belief or practices but seeks to promote excellence in the academic study of religion and to enhance the public understanding of religion.

As a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars, the American Academy of Religion is proud to represent its members in national and international arenas.  AAR members are affiliated with more than 900 colleges, universities, seminaries, and schools around the world.  The AAR’s membership also extends to leaders in related fields including international diplomacy, foundation leadership, and nonprofit management.  AAR’s diverse members can be found engaging in the world as public intellectuals, influencing the development of public policy, producing ground-breaking research in the field, and preparing the world’s next generation of leaders.

The AAR is dedicated to furthering knowledge of religion and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations.  This is accomplished through the sharing of knowledge and scholarship via conferences, meetings, publications, and programs; providing resources for excellence in teaching; offering career services for members; advocating for and promoting the profession; and taking positions on public issues that impact society and the world.

The AAR’s meetings and conferences are among the best-attended in the humanities.  During its upcoming 2019 annual meeting, held in conjunction with the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, it is expected that 10,000 people will attend more than 1,000 events and sessions featuring the world’s leading experts in religion.

The AAR, an affiliate of Emory University, is an independent nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 tax exempt status. The AAR’s office is in Atlanta, Georgia, on the campus of Emory University. The AAR is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors.

The AAR strongly encourages applications from candidates representing the full diversity of the AAR. To apply, go to