Program Officer, Literature

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Program Officer, Literature


The Program Officer is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive, engaging, and effective menu of literary-focused public humanities programs for Maryland Humanities. These include coordination of the Maryland Center for the Book, One Maryland One Book, and Veterans Book Groups.

The Program Officer reports to the Director of Programs, supervises assigned Program Coordinators and/or Assistants, and collaborates closely with other program staff, all Maryland Humanities staff, and the Program Committee of the Board.

Salary Range: $58,000–$62,000
FLSA Status: Exempt; Permanent; Full-time
Reports to: Director of Programs
Working Conditions: Hybrid
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position oversees and manages the Maryland Center for the Book Assistant


Program Management (95%)

  • Managing all aspects of One Maryland One Book, Book Festival sponsorships, reading and discussion programs, as well as coordination of the Maryland Center for the Book, including program execution, personnel, budgeting, evaluation, funder reporting, volunteer recruitment and management, and contract execution
  • Maintaining program excellence, expanding public appreciation of programs and their visibility, and increasing the number of participants and deepening their experience
  • Maintaining evaluation and other data and reporting on program results each year
  • Developing partnership opportunities, support networks, and program delivery systems that broaden and deepen programmatic impact through ongoing outreach
  • As appropriate to reach Maryland Humanities’ Strategic Plan goals, developing and implementing new humanities programs in collaboration with other Program staff
  • Helping to identify funding opportunities and assisting with preparation of proposals and reports to funders

External Relations (5%)

  • Representing Maryland Humanities at appropriate One Maryland One Book, Book Festival, reading and discussion programs, and Maryland Center for the Book 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
    Performing additional duties as assigned by the Director of Programs

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

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Job Details (for job postings)

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