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Program Officer – Grants

About Mass Humanities

Founded in 1974, Mass Humanities is a private non-profit foundation that serves as the statewide affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grant-making to small nonprofits throughout the state, partnerships with educational institutions, and community engagement programs, we create opportunities for the people of Massachusetts to transform their lives and build a more equitable commonwealth. We believe in promoting an equitable and inclusive society that recognizes all people’s perspectives, especially those who have been historically excluded. At this critical juncture of our state and the nation, we believe the humanities must be part of decision making from the street corner to the classroom to the town meeting and the state house.

We support more than 200 organizations across the state each year, including local museums, cultural centers, human services providers, and historic sites. Our key initiatives include Expand Massachusetts Stories, Reading Frederick Douglass Together, the Clemente Course in the Humanities, and the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street program. Through our grants and partnerships, we seek to elevate new narratives that reimagine the ideas and people that shape the Commonwealth’s past, present and future. We believe this work must be visible, accessible, and well-resourced. 

Position Overview:

Mass Humanities seeks a Program Officer for its Expand Massachusetts Stories grant initiative and additional grant-making programs.  The successful candidate can work from the foundation’s office in Northampton or work remotely full-time from another location in Massachusetts.  Occasional travel around the state is required.

Program Officer Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the implementation of the Expand Massachusetts Stories grant initiative and Advancing Equity Track.
  • Participate in review of proposals, manage grantee reporting, and support grant recipients through the life of the funded project.
  • Communicate Mass Humanities’ mission, priorities, grant opportunities and grant parameters to potential applicants and external grant reviewers.
  • Design workshops, networks, and capacity building opportunities for Expand Massachusetts Stories grantees.
  • Contribute to the formulation and implementation of grant-making strategies, including the development of new grant opportunities, outreach and/or partnerships.
  • Work collaboratively with a team of fellow Program Officers to support additional grant making initiatives.
  • Work closely with grantees to identify, and implement ways to strengthen future Mass Humanities funding opportunities.
  • Support the development and implementation of the diversity, equity, inclusion, and access goals of Mass Humanities in its grants and programs, and through continuous learning, improvement, and accountability.
  • Work with finance and administrative staff to ensure efficient, timely administration of notifications, payments, and final reporting.
  • Attend Mass Humanities-funded events to represent the foundation with grantee institutions, other stakeholders, and report observations at meetings and in program officer reports.
  • Adhere to National Endowment for the Humanities, Mass Cultural Council, and other funder compliance requirements related to grantees, developing new grant lines, and reporting.
  • Provide information to development and communications departments to enhance opportunities and resources for Mass Humanities and its grantees.
  • Support Executive Director and Director of Grants and Programs to identify and develop strategic partnerships.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • Experience in oral history, community-based exhibits or programs, or Massachusetts history with a focus on historically excluded communities.
  • Experience in community outreach or education.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Track record of strong professional relationships and collaboration skills.
  • Deep understanding of the humanities, public project development and planning, and non-profit organizations.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent computer skills a plus. 
  • Bilingual a plus.


  • The successful candidate must be either a Massachusetts resident or plan to move to Massachusetts within 90 days of hiring date.

Mass Humanities offers generous benefits to include fully paid individual health insurance, life and disability insurance, retirement contribution, as well as vacation, personal and sick leave. Mass Humanities is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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Salary:   $70,000.00

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