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Program Director

Michigan Humanities builds understanding through public humanities, providing grants and programs through our community partners. To learn more about our work, please click here. We are looking for a Program Director as an essential member of our team. We want to hire an individual who is organized, creative, motivated, and enthusiastic about public humanities. The Program Director will serve as the leader of several statewide programs including the Great Michigan Read. We encourage applications from candidates who are ready to take on important objectives, understand nonprofits and humanities, embrace diversity, inclusion, equity, and access (IDEA), and wish to engage with people from every corner of the state. This is a full-time position with competitive salary, travel, great benefits, paid holidays and Personal Time Off (PTO) and vacation and much more.

Click the button below for a full description. Applications are due on June 25th. We hope to have our new team member in place by late August. Please submit your cover letter, resume, and references to info@mihumanities.org.

Program Director Job Description

POSITION TITLE:

Director of Programs

REPORTS TO:

President & CEO

STATUS:

Exempt / Full-time / At Will. Excellent employee benefit package includes health insurance or cash benefit, disability insurances, life insurance, and generous 401(k) deferred compensation plan, Personal Time Off (PTO), flexible schedule, paid holidays and opportunities for professional development.

SUMMARY:

The Director of Programs reports to the President & CEO and is responsible for developing and managing statewide programs including Great Michigan Read, Museums on Main Street, and other special grant funded programs. The Director of Programs will share responsibilities with other staff for public speaking, research, grant writing, fund development, and public outreach. The ideal candidate will be passionate about literature, history and culture, an excellent writer and verbal communicator, and very enthusiastic about humanities. Building partnerships with community libraries, colleges and universities, K-12 schools, museums, and historical societies are central to this position. The perfect candidate will embrace inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in all facets of internal and external organizational culture. Teamwork is a priority, along with the ability to create and organize new programs. We seek a person with passion for public humanities.

Broad Responsibilities

  • Lead public programming which engages a wide range of individuals, including students, scholars, community leaders, educators, library and museum professionals, vendors, sponsors, members of the general public, with particular attention to engaging diverse audiences and underserved groups.
  • Research, write, and design scholar-vetted, humanities-based program content for public audiences including exhibits, program guides, articles, and teacher resources.
  • Working with other Council staff, develop and maintain a network of partner organizations, including library, K- 12 schools, higher education, museum, history, and cultural communities.
  • In conjunction with the President & CEO and other staff, lead collaboration with local, state, and national partners to implement Michigan humanities initiatives.
  • Track current trends in humanities scholarship including innovative and effective methods of public programming, as well as digital initiatives which engage remote audiences.
  • Identify new program opportunities and offer recommendations to the President & CEO.
  • Develop program initiatives that address social challenges (i.e., community building, diversity, equity, and inclusion, placemaking, literacy, education, etc.) through humanities-based public programs.
  • Work with the President & CEO and other staff to develop and manage program budgets.
  • Develop outcome-based assessment tools including audience surveys to effectively evaluate programs and prepare reports that reflect program outcomes and meet sponsor requirements. Track programs data in Council database and other assessment tools.
  • Research, write and submit compliance reports for Council programs and special projects.
  • Work with the President & CEO and other staff to create and implement program funding and promotional strategies.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the board’s Program and Services Committee.

The Great Michigan Read

  • Lead the two-year statewide humanities-based “one state, one book” reading program.
  • Working with the President & CEO and other staff, develop and track budget for the program.
  • Maintain familiarity with Michigan authors, publishers, books, and literary programs.
  • Coordinate selection of program’s book title, including work with selection committee.
  • Develop program themes, timelines, and implementation strategies.
  • Create resource materials, including materials for readers, teachers, and the general public.
  • Recruit and coordinate interactions with 250+ partner organizations.
  • Develop, schedule, and coordinate author tours and public events.
  • Develop and implement other special public programs, including exhibits and speakers’ bureaus.
  • Coordinate distribution of book and resource materials.
  • Administer contracts, compile related data, and complete all administrative and compliance reports related to the program.
  • Assist with fund development relating to the program including funding strategies, sponsor recruitment and stewardship, and grant applications.
  • Lead program evaluation and assessment, recommending improvements to the program.
  • Lead the regional committee process for book selection.
  • Participate in the Library of Michigan’s “Michigan Notables” book selection.
  • Develop the new program component called Great Michigan Stories.

Museums on Main Street and other Special Grant Programs

  • Coordinate the Smithsonian traveling exhibit through Michigan as it rotates between six small towns.
  • Primary liaison between the Smithsonian Institution and Michigan Humanities; developing statewide programming framework.
  • Recruit participating organizations and organize their preparation and programming structure.
  • Make presentations at state conferences and events.
  • Manage the Democracy and the Informed Citizen Program.
  • Manage the Dialogues of War Program.

Additional Duties

  • Serve as a staff team member to carry out the Michigan Humanities mission.
  • Represent the Michigan Humanities publicly across the state and present to the board at the request of the President & CEO.
  • In coordination with other grant and program staff, host and present grant and program workshops.
  • Prepare presentation materials in collaboration with the President & CEO and other staff to promote public humanities programs.
  • Participate in social media campaigns and marketing related to programs.
  • Special Grant projects as they arise.
  • Work with the President & CEO and other staff to support Council programs and events.
  • Participate in networking and information sharing through the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
  • Review and recommend improvements to policies, procedures, and software.
  • Perform other duties and special assignments at the request of the President & CEO.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a humanities or related field or equivalent experience, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 1 – 3 years work experience in a humanities field.
  • Demonstrated experience with public programming.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment, and to be professional, creative, organized and self-directed. Must value inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.
  • Significant experience with researching, writing, and creating resource materials, including materials for readers, teachers, and the general public.
  • Demonstrated experience working with cultural agencies such as K-12 schools, libraries, colleges and universities, museums, nonprofits and other cultural organizations.
  • Familiarity with program budgets, grant writing and sponsorships.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Work is performed in an office environment. Job will require travel throughout the   state with occasional out-of-state travel. Flexible work schedule with some evening and weekend hours. Must have own transportation.

JOB DESCRIPTION REVIEW:

This job description will be reviewed and updated, if necessary, during the employee’s annual review.

Executive Coordinator

Michigan Humanities builds understanding through public humanities, providing grants and programs through our community partners. To learn more about our work, click here. We are looking for a Executive Coordinator as an essential member of our team. We want to hire an individual who is organized, creative, motivated, and enthusiastic about public humanities. The Executive Coordinator will serve as board liaison and assistant to the CEO and other staff, arranging meetings, processing donations, maintaining archives and managing the office.

We encourage applications from candidates who are ready to take on important objectives, understand nonprofits and humanities, embrace diversity, inclusion, equity, and access (IDEA), and wish to engage with people from every corner of the state. This is a full-time position with competitive salary, travel, great benefits, paid holidays and Personal Time Off (PTO) and vacation and much more.

Click below button for a full description. Applications are due on June 25th. We hope to have our new team member in place by late August. Please submit your cover letter, resume, and references to info@mihumanities.org.

Executive Coordinator Job Description

POSITION TITLE:

Executive Coordinator

REPORTS TO:

President & CEO

STATUS:

Full-time, at will position. Employee benefits include health insurance or cash benefit; disability insurances, life insurance, generous 401(k); Personal Time Off (PTO), flexible schedule and opportunities for professional development.

SUMMARY:

The Executive Coordinator reports to the President & CEO and is responsible for the general office management, as well as coordinating meeting schedules, minutes and serving as the Board of Directors Liaison. This position provides administrative support for the President & CEO, Chief Impact Officer and other staff. As the Board Liaison the Executive Assistant coordinates the logistics and materials for board meetings and board orientation meetings, ensures timely reimbursement of directors’ expenses and provides support for board members. This position is the staff liaison for the Executive Committee, and other committees, providing support and recording minutes for their meetings. The Executive Coordinator also maintains historical archives, records donations and prepares acknowledgement letters, and assists in program activities and events.

Administrative Duties

  • Coordinate general administrative operations for the Council including ingoing and outgoing mail.
  • Manages, with staff assistance, the archives, shared files and physical storage.
  • Purchase/rent and maintain office equipment (i.e. postage meter, printer/copiers, fax machine, hardware etc.) and secure vendors for necessary upkeep/repairs.
  • Order, receive, distribute/store all general office supplies and program/position specific supplies.
  • Assist with scheduling meetings, securing meeting rooms, and arranging refreshments for staff meetings, board committee meetings, and other meetings with external partners.
  • Provide support to President & CEO and program officers for data entry in the database.
  • Update/maintain appropriate documentation, assist staff with document creation (particularly files created using Acrobat Pro), coordinate file storage on shared network drives, work with other staff in updating information on web and social media platforms, and assist with maintenance and support of IT systems.
  • Assist with meeting arrangements, travel and accommodations for the President & CEO and other staff.
  • Assist the President & CEO with other organizational operations and activities. Fiscal Duties
  • Assist the Fiscal Officer with implementation and oversight of internal financial controls.
  • Manage process for recording incoming donations and donor acknowledgements.
  • Prepare outgoing checks and their documentation for mailing/filing, mail checks and provide Fiscal Officer with required documentation.
  • Filing accounts payable documentation. Board Liaison
  • Coordinate planning an execution of four meetings of the full board each year.
  • Manage the scheduling of meetings, secure venues and rooms, arrange caterers for beverage and food requirements, coordinate room set-up, AV requirements, and block of rooms for overnight accommodation.
  • Work with President & CEO to complete contracts for services relating to board meetings.
  • Manage direct communications with board chair and other board members, including meeting materials and arrangements, Track meeting RSVPs and provide regular updates concerning expected participation to President & CEO and Board Chair.
  • Work with President & CEO and Board Chair to develop and finalize agendas committee materials for each meeting.
  • Assemble and distribute board meeting materials to board members and staff in print and digital formats.
  • Maintain a permanent public collection of board meeting materials.
  • Maintain all necessary board materials.
  • Record the minutes for all board meetings and maintain/archive approved board minutes.
  • Work with President & CEO, Board Chair, and other staff to coordinate and manage orientation for new board members. Assist in developing orientation agenda, materials for board orientation books, and participate in orientation activities.
  • File board and President & CEO changes with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Provide copies of board meeting minutes to the National Endowment for the Humanities. Board Committee Liaison
  • Schedule and prepare materials for all committee meetings. Draft minutes for each meeting.
  • Schedule meetings, secure venues and rooms, arrange appropriate refreshments, and coordinate room set-up and AV requirements. Create and maintain appropriate files for these committees. Work with the President & CEO to prepare the board retreat.

Additional Duties

  • Serve as a staff team member to carry out the Michigan Humanities mission.
  • Work with the President & CEO and other staff to support Council programs and events.
  • Manage technology needs with the assistance of technology consultant.
  • Review and recommend improvements to policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties and special assignments at the request of the President & CEO.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum five years work experience in office management and event planning.
  • Demonstrated experience in multi-taskin and Microsoft Office software.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication skills, as well as a positive and productive attitude and commitment to Michigan Humanities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Professional, team oriented, well-organized and efficient. Discretion and ability to work with many people from varied backgrounds and experiences is a must. A commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and access is important.
  • Preferred experience in donor acknowledgement and database work.
  • Preferred experience in working with nonprofit Board of Directors.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Work is performed in an office environment.

ACCOMODATION:

MH has the right to modify the duties and functions of this job description based on the needs of the organization.

FLSA:

Exempt Position

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