The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) is seeking its next
full-time Executive Director.
With over 3,000 active members, the LSA was founded in 1924 to
advance the scientific study of language and its applications. LSA
plays a critical role in supporting and disseminating linguistic
scholarship both to professional linguists and to the general
Under the direction of the Executive Committee of the LSA, the
Executive Director (ED) will be responsible for the oversight and
management of Board support; strategic planning and implementation;
financial administration; employment and management of staff;
membership retention and recruitment; publications; the LSA
website; an Annual Meeting, a Linguistic Institute, and other
meetings; committee support: development and grants management;
communications; and external representation. The ED will be
responsible for the office facility (the Secretariat) in
Washington, DC, and all day-to-day operations of the Society. The
ED reports to the Executive Committee (the Board) through its
President. All are accountable to the Society’s membership.
The ideal candidate will have:
- A baccalaureate degree in any field required, a master’s
Additional preference for someone having a degree in linguists or
who has taken courses in linguistics and/or world languages.
- Significant experience (5-7 years) and a track record of
success leading a nonprofit membership association required,
preferably experience with a learned
- A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to JEDI
(justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) best practices.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel,
- Be comfortable using social media (Facebook, Twitter,
LinkedIn,) as a messaging tool
- Agreement to abide by and ensure compliance with the policies
of the LSA, particularly the confidentiality and conflict of
interest policies of the
- The ability to travel to attend the Annual LSA Annual
In addition, the ideal candidate should have:
- An orientation to being a servant leader.
- Traits that include being creative, innovative, collaborative,
congenial, diplomatic, and self-motivated.
- A detail-oriented approach.
- Strong writing skills.
- Strong verbal communications skills, including the art of
persuasion, making the case for membership based on a
strong value proposition.
- The ability to multi-task and deal with interruptions
throughout the workday.
- The ability to work some flexible hours.
- The ability to travel to attend the LSA Annual Meeting and
other meetings to represent the Society.
The position will be based in Washington, DC, at the Secretariat
with the option of remote work, subject to approval. The work
environment is representative of those an employee encounters while
performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.
Salary will be commensurate with experience. To
apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three work
references with full contact information to Katha Kissman, Interim
Executive Director, email@example.com. The
deadline for applications is October 14, 2022.