Director, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

New York University (NYU) seeks an accomplished scholar and a visionary leader to serve as the next Director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW). The successful candidate will have an excellent scholarly profile which contributes significantly to ISAW’s exploration of the political, economic, cultural and religious connectivity between ancient civilizations. The candidate will combine an outstanding academic record with administrative experience and inspirational leadership. The Director will also serve as an enthusiastic spokesperson for the importance of the study of humanities.

As the leader of an outstanding faculty and staff, ISAW’s next director will oversee a highly selective doctoral program, an ambitious exhibition program, a competitive visiting research scholars’ program, and an onsite research library, housed in a historic building on East 84th Street in Manhattan, around the corner from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With a foundational gift from the Leon Levy Foundation, the Institute trains the next generation of scholars who will enter the global academic community and become intellectual leaders. Reporting directly to NYU’s Provost, the next director should have experience advancing a strategic vision and fundraising. The Director must also bring a high emotional intelligence and an enterprising spirit to build upon the successes of ISAW’s first twenty years and lead the Institute into its third decade.

A complete job description, requirements, and application instructions may be viewed at Interfolio.

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