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Program Officer

Founded in 1974, Mass Humanities is a private non-profit organization that serves as the statewide affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. We create opportunities for the people of Massachusetts to transform their lives and build a more equitable commonwealth through the humanities. We believe the people of Massachusetts can thrive only when the humanities are accessible to all residents. 

Mass Humanities is seeking a Program Officer.  Specific duties will include the following: 

  • Communicate Mass Humanities’ (MH) mission, priorities, grant opportunities and grant parameters to potential applicants.
  • Lead key programs, coordinating outreach, logistics, and evaluation for programs that may include Clemente Course in the Humanities, Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibitions, and Reading Frederick Douglass Together.
  • Support Executive Director and Director of Grants to identify and develop strategic partnerships.
  • Work closely with grantees to identify, implement ways to strengthen future Mass Humanities funding opportunities.
  • Participate in review of proposals and support grant recipients through the life of the funded project.
  • Contribute to the formulation and implementation of grant-making strategies, including the development of new grant opportunities, outreach and/or partnerships.
  • Work with finance and administrative staff to ensure efficient, timely administration of notifications, payments, and final reporting.
  • Attend MH-funded events to represent organization with grantee institution, 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 MH and its grantees.


  • 3+ years of relevant grant or program experience in a non-profit setting.
  • Teaching/coaching skills for work with applicants,
  • Prior experience in community outreach, evaluation, or education is a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills. Strong organization skills
  • Excellent computer skills including excel required. 
  • 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.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) is 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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