Now Hiring: ACOR Development Officer


    ACOR Development Officer

    Full-time position as of spring 2019 in Amman

    The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) is a U.S. non-profit academic institute located in Amman near the University of Jordan. It promotes research and publication across disciplines. ACOR’s core activities include an academic fellowship program and cultural resource management projects. The center also serves as a meeting and living place for academic researchers and hosts a major library, as well as regular public lectures and outreach activities. There are currently 18 full-time staff members in Jordan and one in the United States, as well as 15 staff for USAID SCHEP (Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities Project) as implemented by ACOR. See for more information. ACOR is guided by a Board of Trustees whose members meet together formally twice a year (spring and fall) and there is a Board Development Committee to which this officer reports regularly.

    Job Description: As a non‐profit entity, ACOR seeks philanthropy from individuals, foundations, and corporations to support its priority activities, including its Library, fellowship program, lecture series, archaeological projects, and publications. In the current horizon (2019–2023) an emphasis is placed on securing long-term funding for the ACOR institution in Jordan. This officer works directly with the ACOR Director and closely with the Amman based Assistant Director and Deputy Director as well as the head of the Board Development Committee. S/he is expected to work as part of a team with other ACOR staff and interact and engage with ACOR Board Members, potential donors, and institutions in a wide range of settings. The Development Officer is also responsible for managing ACOR’s communications strategy and outputs. The ability to multi‐task is very important.

    Priority tasks for the Development Officer:

    • Identify and pursue long-term financial support for residential fellowships and ACOR Library and Archive
    • Cultivate a circle of supporters for ACOR programs and initiatives, such as the ACOR Jordanian Graduate Student Scholarship
    • Coordinate public outreach and communications via ACOR website/social media with ACOR Assistant Director, Library, Archive, and SCHEP staff
    • Write acknowledgment letters for all donations to ACOR in a timely manner
    • Collaborate with the ACOR Director and Board to create, direct, and implement a fund development plan that will include major, annual, and legacy gifts from individuals, corporate donations, grant solicitations, and soliciting in‐kind resources
    • Manage and implement fall letter writing campaign to ACOR donor base
    • Facilitate distribution of bi-annual ACOR print newsletter
    • Assist with promotion and implementation of ACOR events, including the public lecture series
    • Follow up on the implementation and use of ACOR’s donor database in cooperation with Deputy Director
    • Monitor and evaluate fundraising activities to ensure that fundraising goals are being achieved.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Computer, Internet, and database competency
    • Demonstrated excellence in organizational and managerial skills
    • Superior English language writing and editing abilities
    • Education –bachelor’s degree in business, nonprofit management, or related field, or two years’ fundraising/development experience for non‐profit organization required. Graduate degree in a relevant field, business, or non-profit management highly preferred.
    • Fluency in English a must and Arabic skills desirable.
    • Social media expertise essential and basic graphic design skills desired as well as knowledge of WordPress

    To apply:  Applicants should send a current resume including the names and contact details of two references and a formal letter expressing interest and suitability addressed to the ACOR Director, Dr. Barbara A. Porter, at Please note in the letter when available. If ACOR is interested, the applicant will be notified. Only candidates of interest will receive a request for an interview. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the aim is to fill this position as soon as possible. All qualified applicants will receive consideration.

    Basic Terms and Conditions:

    The salary is approximately $27,000 per annum. ACOR complies with U.S. Social Security and tax laws as applicable. Benefits include Jordanian health Insurance, Jordanian holidays, and 14 days paid vacation per year.

    American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman
    POB 2470, Amman 11181, Jordan

    ACOR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.