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Program Officer – RFDT and Grants

Founded in 1974, Mass Humanities is a private non-profit organization 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.

Mass Humanities is seeking a Program Officer to steward our statewide Reading Frederick Douglass Together (RFDT) program, an annual community-based reading of Douglass’s speech on the meaning of the fourth of July. The Program Officer will work in partnership with current and future RFDT hosts sites to strengthen and expand the program. The Program Officer will also support the creation, delivery, and evaluation of additional initiatives within Mass Humanities’ grants program. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, whose professional and personal experiences will help us work toward our vision of a Massachusetts where the humanities are accessible to all residents.

The successful candidate can work from the organization’s office in Northampton or work remotely full-time from another location in Massachusetts. Occasional travel around the state is required.

Specific duties will include the following:

*Lead, coordinate, and grow the statewide Reading Frederick Douglass Together program.

*Work closely with RFDT program grantees to develop shared resources, address grantee needs, and celebrate the statewide reading community.

*Plan and coordinate workshops, networks, and capacity building opportunities for RFDT program grantees.

*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.

*Contribute to the formulation and implementation of grant-making strategies, including the development of new grant opportunities, outreach and/or partnerships.

*Work closely with grantees to identify, and implement ways to strengthen future Mass Humanities funding opportunities.

*Communicate Mass Humanities’ mission, priorities, grant opportunities and grant parameters to potential applicants.

*Participate in review of proposals and support grant recipients through the life of the funded project.

*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 organization with grantee institutions, other stakeholders, and report observations at meetings and in program officer reports.

*Support and/or lead workshops with applicants and grantees to explain application processes, build skills, and coordinate outreach efforts.

*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 to identify and develop strategic partnerships.


*Experience communicating about Black history and culture, and/or facilitating dialog about racism and repair.

*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.

Salary range: $60,000-$65,000

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. Full-time remote work is a possibility for this position.

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