2019 Annual Meeting, Nov 23-26

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be in San Diego, CA, November 23-26. Register Now!

2020 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Upper Midwest
Deadline: December 31, 2019

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: January 20, 2020


Open Position: Program Specialist

June 3, 2019
American Academy of Religion
Atlanta, Georgia

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.

The Program Specialist provides programmatic support for the Scholarly Engagement area.

The Program Specialist will:
  • Organize, coordinate, and plan the annual meeting in collaboration the Chief Scholarly Engagement Officer to ensure the success of the annual meeting
  • Develop, implement, evaluate, and revise area work plan
  • Assist in preparing and evaluating budgets
  • Prepare reports as needed
  • Provide administrative support as needed
  • Handle routine correspondence and prepare appropriate responses
  • May complete forms, grant applications, and/or correspondence associated with programs
  • Process data and prepare charts and graphs for reports and presentations
  • Proofread and edit materials, including Call for Papers and Program Book
  • Schedule meetings and handle logistics for meetings and special events
  • Take meeting notes
  • Handle routine member questions and concerns
  • Prepare materials for meetings and special events
  • May monitor or maintain budgets and grants, assist with budget development, and prepare related expense reports and reimbursements
  • May plan and coordinate travel arrangements
  • Maintain program unit listservs
  • Maintain databases and spreadsheets; may also analyze data and design/generate associated reports
  • Establish, organize, and maintain filing systems
  • Test software for usability and reports bugs through tracking system
  • Administer grant applications and prepare materials for juries
  • Serve as staff liaison to working groups as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned
Reports to: Chief Scholarly Engagement Officer
  • Excellent customer service
  • Practices generous listening
  • Detail oriented
  • Persistent follow through
  • Takes initiative
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Maintains consistent professionalism
  • Ability to work effectively managing competing priorities in tight deadlines
  • Ability to travel locally and nationally

  • A bachelor’s degree (preferably in religious studies or a cognate discipline) and some administrative experience
  • Ability to work with typical office software
  • Database experience preferred

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 nominate someone or to apply, go to
The American Academy of Religion is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law.