Public Engagement Coordinator

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Society for Classical Studies
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Part-Time Consultant
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Application Deadline 
November 9, 2018
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Position Description:

The Society for Classical Studies is seeking a Public Engagement Coordinator.  This is a part-time consultant position, paid on a contract basis.  The Public Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for evaluation of public events and programs planned for the Society’s Sesquicentennial year in 2019; for participating in planning public-facing resources and events for 2020.  The Public Engagement Coordinator will be comfortable in communicating with a small team of SCS staff and with a larger constituency of members, committees, and officers.  The Public Engagement Coordinator will also be able to build and maintain relationships with other academic and non-academic not-for-profits. The contract position will be funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Public Engagement Coordinator should have a PhD in Classics or a related field, and experience participating in public humanities projects. The initial contract will ideally be for a term of twelve months beginning on January 1, 2019, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.  However, the contract could be broken down into sub-contracts lasting 6-9 months if preferable.


  1. Documentation and evaluation of 150th public events organized directly by the SCS and sponsored by SCS.
  2. Development of plan for SCS-organized and sponsored events in 2020.
  3. Participation in content development plan for new public-facing digital resources.

Details and Context:

The Society for Classical Studies has received major gifts from individuals and support from funders that will support public programming in 2019 and 2020.

Events planned directly by SCS in 2019:

  • Public lectures at San Diego annual meeting by Mary Beard and Luis Alfaro
  • Staged reading in NY of Emily Wilson’s Odyssey translation, by the Aquila Theatre
  • A public lecture in Chicago.

In addition, the Society’s Classics Everwhere is initiative is an open call for mini-grants of between $1,000 and $2,000 that would support public events organized by educational and non-profit institutions around the US.  Events may include, but would not be limited to, workshops for K-12 students, performances and readings, public lectures, discussion groups, and visual arts exhibitions. This new emphasis will enable us to begin to plan a public-facing digital resource


It is envisioned that the Public Engagement Coordinator will work on average 15-16 hours per week, and, consistent with contractor / consultant status, would be self-directed and flexible in terms of how he or she conducts his / her work. Some travel would be required to San Diego, New York (for the staged reading), and Chicago, and to one or two in-person meetings in New York, though these meetings could also be accomplished via remote participation. The Coordinator will not be expected to travel to participate in all SCS-sponsored events.  All travel and associated costs will be paid by SCS in addition to the basic consultancy / contract fee.

Non-Discrimination Statement:

SCS is committed to equal opportunity and equity. SCS hires for salaried and contract positions without regard to age, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, marital status, or pregnancy and complies with all federal, NY state, and New York City employment laws.

Candidates interested in applying should send a current CV and detailed cover letter, including the applicant’s proposed hourly or daily fee rate, to Executive Director Helen Cullyer ( by November 9, 2018.  Questions should also be directed to Dr. Cullyer.

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This position does not require any teaching
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