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NACBS Call for Part-Time Executive Director

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The North American Conference on British Studies invites proposals for a part-time Executive Director. NACBS is particularly interested in supporting a position that can be housed at (and employed through) a candidate’s home institution, to help give NACBS more of an institutional home.

Compensation: Equivalent of up to $20,000, inclusive.

Qualifications: Ph.D required, preferably tenured faculty member or equivalent job status, NACBS member, desirable to have experience running conferences, experience with budgets, experience in NACBS.

Term: Three years, renewable. A performance review will be conducted at the end of the first year and then biannually by a committee comprised of the President, Past President, and an elected member of Council.

Process: Please send application letter, CV, and institutional endorsement to Elizabeth Prevost, Executive Secretary, [email protected].  A committee made up of elected and appointed representatives will evaluate proposals and make a recommendation to the NACBS Executive Committee and Council. We encourage informal expressions of interest in advance of proposals and are happy to work with candidates in thinking through possible models of compensation. Review of proposals will begin on July 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled; appointment may begin as early as Sept. 1, 2018.

The North American Conference on British Studies is a scholarly society dedicated to all aspects of the study of British civilization. The NACBS sponsors a scholarly journal, the Journal of British Studies, online publications, an annual conference, as well as several academic prizes, graduate fellowships, and undergraduate essay contests. While the largest single group of its members teach British history in colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, the NACBS has significant representation among specialists in literature, art history, politics, law, sociology, and economics. Its membership also includes many teachers at universities in countries outside North America, secondary school teachers, and independent scholars. NACBS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, religion, disability, creed, or any other protected class.


Duties include:

NACBS annual meeting:

  • Help local arrangements committee select hotel
  • Review hotel contract for budget, room numbers, etc.
  • Liaise with hotel and local arrangements and program committee to set up rooms, receptions, dinners, computer facilities.
  • Liaise with hosting Regional.
  • Keep track of finances
  • Liaise with CUP about registration and membership
  • Liaise with Program Chair and CUP to administer submission process
  • Email members to remind them to register, hotel etc.
  • Track down presenters who have not registered.
  • Troubleshoot during conference.
  • Settle accounts after conference with Treasurer.

Executive committee and Council support:

    • Work with Executive Secretary to keep track of calendar of tasks and remind officers to do them.
    • Distribute or post all relevant documents.
    • Keep lists of officers and prize committees


  • Work with treasurer and finance committee to review and execute programming initiatives.
  • Inform treasurer of checks that need to be issued.
  • Apply for Stern Grant.

Website and social media:

  • Maintain private website with documents for NACBS and private discussion forums.
  • Work with webmaster to maintain website, share announcements, and issue advocacy statements.
  • Maintain archives.


  • Work with Media Director on blogs and newsletters.
  • Produce and send out newsletter to members every month or quarterly.
  • Maintain membership lists with CUP
  • Communicate with former members


  • Publicize conference
  • Recruit new membership
  • Publicize NACBS members as experts on British studies for the press

Liaise with other associations:

  • Attend ALCS annual Conference of Executive Officers and Annual Meeting, and maintain communication with CEO listserv
  • Organize AHA reception
  • Help secretaries administer other affiliate business


Governance role: Non-voting, ex-officio seats on the Executive Committee and the Council.


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