Director of Programs

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Director of Programs


The Director of Programs is the leader of Maryland Humanities’ (MH) programmatic efforts and serves as a key member of MH’s leadership team as a Senior Staff member. They will lead the program team in setting the vision for MH’s programs while ensuring that the program team works collaboratively and purposefully towards advancing the mission of Maryland Humanities and the goals of the new strategic plan, Humanities Now. 

They are a strategic leader who will play an important role in fostering innovation and collaboration within program staff.  They will support the success of the department and ensure that communication lines stay open. They will actively incorporate MH’s equity and inclusion lens in all the work that they do.

The Director of Programs reports to the Executive Director (ED), supervises Program Officers, and works in close collaboration with Senior Staff to assist in leading Maryland Humanities. As a member of Senior Staff, they work closely with Maryland Humanities leadership to represent the program staff’s perspectives in leadership meetings. Maryland Humanities’ core programs include One Maryland One Book, Maryland History Day, and Museum on Main Street.

Salary Range: $70,000–$75,000
FLSA Status: Exempt, Full-time
Reports to: Executive Director
Working Conditions: Hybrid
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position will supervise the Program Officers who oversee and manage Maryland Humanities’ core programs. We plan to begin recruitment to fill vacant Program Officer positions in the near future. This position may assist in the recruitment process.



Organizational and Departmental Leadership (70%)

  • Provide leadership in working towards MH’s new strategic priorities
  • Work with the Senior Staff and program staff to establish program strategy
  • Meet regularly with program staff to lead efforts at cross-programmatic alignment and collaboration
  • Serve as a key member of organizational leadership team internally and externally
  • Share learnings and contribute to outreach and partnership-building efforts through public speaking, presenting as a panelist at conferences, serving on grant panels, and engaging with community leaders
  • Work with the board of directors’ program committee and ED to ensure that the board understands and is committed to Maryland Humanities programs
  • Work closely with the Advancement department to identify and support efforts to secure funding, and lead program efforts at reporting and acknowledgments of funding using the development equity lens/statement

Program Management (30%)

  • Establish a culture of nimble programmatic efforts, including management of all special program initiatives
  • Supervise program staff, conducting annual reviews and providing regular support and feedback to achieve strategic program goals and ongoing professional development
  • Work with evaluation staff to implement evaluation protocols
  • Assist program staff in determining work processes and developing departmental policies
  • In collaboration with program staff, encourage, explore, and develop new programs and initiatives as well as lead the process to retire programs when deemed appropriate
    Performing additional duties as assigned by the Executive Director

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Job Category: Executive (CEO, Director, President)
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range (annual): $50,000-$75,000
Experience: -
Education Level: -