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Maryland Humanities seeks Program Officer

Company Information

Maryland Humanities is a nonprofit organization based in Baltimore that serves the state with free public humanities programs. Through hundreds of public events offered annually, Maryland Humanities serves 50,000+ with direct programming and reaches an additional 1.2 million through grant‐supported projects, radio and television broadcasts, online engagement, and festivals. Founded in 1973 as one of the state councils of the National Endowment for the Humanities, its mission is to inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities. Maryland Humanities offers 14 different programs ranging from Maryland History Day and Chautauqua to One Maryland One Book, Letters About Literature, and Museum on Main Street.

Job Description

The Program Officer reports to the Executive Director, is supported by and supervises the Program Assistant and Outreach staff, and works in close collaboration with other staff, the Program & Communications Committee of the Board, and volunteers.

The Program Officer is responsible for producing, executing, and managing an innovative and engaging menu of public humanities programs that advance the mission of Maryland Humanities and the goals of its Strategic Plan. These include Chautauqua, Maryland History Day, and the Veterans Oral History Project.

The Program Officer oversees and manages the work of the Maryland History Day Outreach staff, including their work on online/digital projects and instruction and teacher institutes and statewide or nationwide assessment of program impact. The Program Officer also oversees and manages the work of the Program Assistant, including ensuring the coordination of the Veterans Oral History Project and Chautauqua.

A more complete description of all duties is posted on the Maryland Humanities website at

Skills Required

  • A minimum of four years of demonstrated experience in the development, management, implementation, evaluation, and promotion of engaging humanities programs
  • Experience with large-scale event management preferred
  • Enthusiasm for lifelong learning and the public humanities and their value in contemporary life
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically
  • Ability to cultivate positive and productive relationships and partnerships with a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations
  • Commitment to Maryland Humanities’ mission, vision, and values (see
  • Ability to travel statewide and to work some weekends and evenings

Education Required

BA degree in the humanities (advanced degree preferred)

Travel Required

This position requires occasional travel within the state of Maryland.

Job Location

Maryland Humanities, 108 West Centre Street, Baltimore, MD 21201


Position is full-time at 35 hours per week with a competitive salary commensurate with experience and credentials (range: $56,000–$60,000).


Generous benefits package including 21 days annual paid vacation, 12 days annual paid sick leave, 12 annual paid holidays, health and life/long-term disability insurance, free parking, professional development funds, and 401(k) retirement account with employer contribution.

Employer Name:
Maryland Humanities
Job Title:
Program Officer
Employer Website:
Job Submission Requirements:
To apply, please prepare the following materials: cover letter and résumé. Submit requested items in a single PDF file via email to [email protected] with the subject line as “Program Officer”; no phone calls please. Applications will be accepted through December 21, 2018. Interviews with qualified candidates will be conducted from January 14 to January 25, 2019 with an anticipated start in mid-February, 2019. Maryland Humanities is an equal opportunity employer.  It is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. Accordingly, all terms and conditions of employment will be carried out without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, marital status, age, or disability. Maryland Humanities will not tolerate acts deemed to constitute discrimination or harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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