POSITION SUMMARY: The Community Grants Program (CGP) Manager serves as the program co-lead for all aspects of HumanitiesDC grantmaking, except those related to the DC Oral History Collaborative. The Manager will work closely with the Director of Grantmaking + Programs and another CGP Manager to lead the Community Grants Program development and implementation, in line with HumanitiesDC’s overall mission, strategic goals and planned growth while increasing all District residents’ ability to participate in the humanities. Among core programmatic responsibilities, the CPG Manager is responsible for all aspects of the grant process from capturing the purpose of each grant opportunity, creating an equitable practice, outreach, overseeing the grantmaking process, applicant and grantee support, ensuring compliance and completing annual closeout procedures.
Additional responsibilities include supporting the rest of the HumanitiesDC team, with particular focus on programmatic needs, helping shape the organization’s culture, engaging in cross-organizational projects and activities, building an external network of partners, and regularly participating in organizational events.
The position will be based primarily at the HumanitiesDC office. The position is a Monday through Friday schedule designed to allow for regularly working and/or attending weekend and evening activities.
BACKGROUND AND REFERENCE CHECKS: Finalist(s) for this position will be required to consent to a pre-employment background and reference checks as a condition of employment. As a condition of employment, all external candidates must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated from COVID-19, as of your first day of employment, unless a request for an ADA accommodation has been approved.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: HumanitiesDC has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages applications from candidates who identify as Black, Latino/a/x, or other people of color. Employment decisions are based upon one’s qualifications and capabilities to perform essential functions of a particular job. All opportunities are provided without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual identity, family status, pregnancy-related medical conditions, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.
ABOUT HUMANITIESDC: HumanitiesDC is the federally designated humanities council for Washington DC. Founded in 1980, HumanitiesDC aims to use the humanities as a tool to help all Washingtonians, and others connected to the District, deepen their relationships with the city and each other through the sharing of unique and universal stories, the fostering of intellectual stimulation, and the promotion of cross-cultural understanding. We work to amplify DC residents’ voices primarily through grantmaking and programs that support the making, recording, and appreciation of all things related to our city’s history, culture, and arts. We do this in partnership with other organizations, as well as local scholars, field experts, and community humanists.
HumanitiesDC is an independent nonprofit governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of local civic, cultural, and business leaders and staffed by a team of nine. HumanitiesDC has a $3M budget, largely derived from contributed sources including the National Endowment of the Humanities and local government.
Now in its fourth decade, HumanitiesDC has steered millions of dollars to the local community through grants and programs to achieve its mission. HumanitiesDC engages with numerous partners, including schools, museums, historic sites, civic associations, community centers, and independent scholars to ensure equitable access to all of DC’s diverse communities. More on our grantmaking can be found here.
ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE: HumanitiesDC is interested in creating a work environment and practices that are led by our collective values, including:
- Equity Driven We strive to center equity principles across our organization, internally and externally. This focus helps us broaden access, inclusion, and diversity in all our work to create structures that share power and core decision making.
- Community Powered As an organization based in the humanities, we recognize that our work would not be possible if not for the strength and experiences of all the people who make up our city. Our aim is to build authentic relationships and collaborations that reflect the vibrancy of our community.
- Creative Vision We relish opportunities to venture into unexplored territory. We strive to bring a creative and entrepreneurial spirit into our collective work with the hopes of continuing to explore how the humanities can act as a connector across all our lives.
- Amplifying Voices We seek to use the power and resources made available to us to create spaces and opportunities to celebrate and share Washington, DC stories, culture, and experiences, especially those traditionally marginalized or left out of mainstream narratives.
- Acting with Integrity We are a curious group, excited to always better our grantmaking, public programs, internal culture, and community partnerships.
We strive to be reflective, accountable, and ever-learning as we foster transparency across our organization and build mechanisms for feedback. We strive to create a space that is welcoming, creative, energizing, respectful, and equitable for our team, partners, and participants. All programming aligns with the mission and values of the organization, is designed to reflect participating communities, is flexible enough to be responsive, and makes cultural connections wherever possible.