Program Officer, Partnerships

The Program Officer, Partnerships is responsible for serving as a connector and convener of the humanities sector in Maryland.
The Program Officer reports to the Director of Programs and collaborates closely with other program staff and all Maryland Humanities staff.

Salary Range: $58,000–$62,000
FLSA Status: Exempt, Full-time, Permanent
Reports to: Director of Programs
Working Conditions: Hybrid
Supervisory Responsibilities: None


Program Management (95%)
• The management and overall administration of the Museum on Main Street and other humanities-based exhibition programming, including budget and reporting; special initiative RFPs; and new initiatives
• Leading Maryland Humanities’ Regional Humanities Networks statewide, convening stakeholders and setting agendas, creating opportunities for local partners to increase network members’ engagement with each other, and identifying regional challenges and opportunities and with Maryland Humanities’ programs and grants
• Developing partnership and outreach opportunities to organizations and communities that broaden the pool of partners and participants for RHN and Traveling Exhibits from broad and diverse constituencies throughout Maryland
• Providing guidance capacity building and professional development support to the humanities sector in Maryland
• Monitoring and aligning partnerships to adapt to changing priorities, equity needs, best practices, community needs, and partner feedback
• Helping to identify funding opportunities and assisting with the preparation of proposals and reports to funders
• Maintaining evaluation and other data and reporting on program results each year
• Performing additional duties as assigned by the Director of Programs

External Relations (5%)
• Representing Maryland Humanities at appropriate events, serving as a liaison with cultural, educational, and community groups across Maryland and the general public
• Representing Maryland Humanities at state and national meetings and conferences, as well as on committees and task forces as they relate to Maryland Humanities’ programming

Required Skills/Abilities

• An interest in learning and enhancing skills that promote equity, inclusion, and cultural responsiveness, and an understanding of systems of oppression and their impact on community
• Passionate about the creation of inclusive spaces and to the equitable treatment of all—including participants, audiences, supporters, staff, and board—at every level of the organization
• Attention to detail, accuracy, and consistency in executing tasks for internal as well as external audiences
• Ability to hold accountability and shared ownership of projects and tasks

Education and Experience

• Demonstrated experience in action-oriented partnership cultivation, development, and management
• Knowledge of and experience working with small museums, especially exhibitions and public programs
• Ability to cultivate positive and productive relationships and partnerships with a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations
• Knowledge of the nonprofit sector, including trends and best practices specifically as they relate to increasing equity in partnerships

Preferred Attributes and Qualities

• Skilled in examining and re-engineering program operations and procedures and establishing partnerships with diverse stakeholders
• Adaptable to change
• Strong communication and active listening skills with coworkers and audiences
• Dependability and timeliness
• Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple deadlines
• Ability to anticipate needs and align resources

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

• Maryland Humanities offices are located in Baltimore, MD. The office is open for staff to work from as needed. Each staff person is expected to join on-site team meetings at least 1 day per month
• This position will be required to travel statewide as well as work some evenings and weekends (accommodations can be made for applicants without a vehicle)
• Prolonged periods of sitting and working on a computer

Additional Details

No one candidate will be perfect for this job. The skills and experience needed to be successful in this job exist on a spectrum. Frequently cited statistics show that candidates with disabilities, BIPOC candidates, women, and members of marginalized and/or systematically excluded groups apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. Maryland Humanities is happy to leave that statistic in the past. No one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. Please just apply.

What we are offering

• The annual salary for this position is $58,000–$62,000.
• Employees are eligible for employer-provided health and dental insurance coverage (two plans offered, including one 100% employer paid), flex benefits, retirement (including a 4% employer contribution), monthly stipend to offset parking and/or work-from-home expenses, and annual funding for professional development.
• We have 21 days of vacation per year and 12 days of sick leave per year as well as access to advance and donated leave if needed
• Each employee has 15 paid holidays and 2 floating holidays. Access to holiday exchange (i.e. observing Eid Al-Adha instead of Christmas)
• We offer a sabbatical with up to 6 weeks after five years of service and up to 10 weeks after 10 or more years of service.
• We offer Extended Family and Medical Leave of 12 weeks with additional eligibility for 4 weeks of a gradual return to work
• We traditionally close the offices at the end of the year, Dec 24–Jan 1.

Maryland Humanities’ staff have established shared working values, linked here.

What to expect

Step one: All submissions will be reviewed and the initial candidate pool will be formed. Not all submissions will make it into the candidate pool. Once the pool of candidates is established, a brief phone interview will be set up with the Director of Programs.

Step two: Remaining candidates will take part in an interview with members of the Maryland Humanities Team via Zoom. The final candidate will be selected after this interview.

Step Three: Selection and placement of the final candidate. Placement for this position is anticipated to occur in January 2023. Once the final candidate has accepted their offer of employment, all other applicants will be notified of their status.

To Apply: Please prepare the following materials: cover letter and résumé via email to with the subject line as “Program Officer, Partnerships;” no phone calls please. For best consideration, applications are due by December 16. Search will remain open until filled. Visit our tips for applying page to understand how applications will be reviewed.

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.