Program Officer

The Program Officer reports to the Executive Director, is supported by and supervises the Program Assistant and Outreach staff, and works in close collaboration with other staff, the Program & Communications Committee of the Board, and volunteers.

Classification:  Exempt; permanent; full-time

The Program Officer is responsible for producing, executing, and managing an innovative and engaging menu of public humanities programs that advance the mission of Maryland Humanities and the goals of its Strategic Plan. These include Chautauqua, Maryland History Day, and the Veterans Oral History Project.

The Program Officer oversees and manages the work of the Maryland History Day Outreach staff, including their work on online/digital projects and instruction and teacher institutes and statewide or nationwide assessment of program impact. The Program Officer also oversees and manages the work of the Program Assistant, including ensuring the coordination of the Veterans Oral History Project and Chautauqua.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing all aspects of Chautauqua, Maryland History Day, and the Veterans Oral History Project, including program execution, personnel, budgeting, evaluation, funder reporting, volunteer recruitment and management, and contract execution
  • Maintaining program excellence and a high level of outreach, expanding public appreciation of programs and their visibility, and increasing the number of participants and deepening their experience
  • Maintaining data and reporting on program results each year
  • Developing partnership opportunities, support networks, and program delivery systems that broaden and deepen programmatic impact
  • As appropriate to reach Maryland Humanities’ Strategic Plan goals, developing and implementing new humanities programs in collaboration with other Program Officers
  • Helping to identify funding opportunities and assisting with preparation of proposals and reports to funders
  • Working closely with the Program & Communications Committee of the Board to engage the Committee members in programs and effectively use their input as appropriate
  • Representing Maryland Humanities at appropriate Maryland History Day, Chautauqua, and Veterans Oral History Project events, serving as a liaison with cultural, educational, and community groups across Maryland and the general public
  • Performing additional duties as assigned by the Executive Director

Maryland History Day (60%)

  • With support from the Program Assistant, Outreach staff and Office Manager, executing and managing all aspects of the Maryland History Day State Contest and Maryland’s participation in the National History Day contest

Chautauqua (25%)

  • With support from the Program Assistant, executing and managing all aspects of the Chautauqua program, both summer and ad hoc performances

Veterans Oral History (10%)

  • With support of the Program Assistant, executing and managing all aspects of the oral history program with high schools across the State and veteran-to-veteran oral history interviews

Other responsibilities (5%)


  • A minimum of four years of demonstrated experience in the development, management, implementation, evaluation, and promotion of engaging humanities programs
  • Experience with large-scale event management preferred
  • Enthusiasm for lifelong learning and the public humanities and their value in contemporary life
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically
  • Ability to cultivate positive and productive relationships and partnerships with a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations
  • Commitment to Maryland Humanities’ mission, vision, and values
  • Ability to travel statewide and to work some weekends and evenings
  • BA degree in the humanities (advanced degree preferred)

Compensation and Benefits:  Position is full-time at 35 hours per week with an annual salary range of $56,000 to $60,000 commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package including 21 days annual paid vacation, 12 days annual paid sick leave, 12 annual paid holidays, health and life/long-term disability insurance, free parking, professional development funds, and 401(k) retirement account with employer contribution.  

How to Apply: To apply, please submit a cover letter and résumé in a single PDF file via email to with the subject line as “Program Officer”; no phone calls please.

Applications will be accepted through December 21, 2018. Interviews with qualified candidates will be conducted from January 14 to January 25, 2019 with an anticipated start in mid-February 2019.

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 race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, marital status, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Maryland Humanities is a statewide, educational nonprofit organization that creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities.
Maryland Humanities
108 West Centre Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4565
(410) 685-0095
(410) 685-0795 fax
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