Careers at the National Humanities Center

We’re looking for amazing and talented humanists. Join our team!

The National Humanities Center is a private, nonprofit organization, and the only independent institute dedicated exclusively to advanced study in the humanities. The Center provides essential support for the humanities, encouraging excellence in scholarship and teaching while affirming the importance of the humanities in American life. The Center’s mission is accomplished through its residential fellowship program, educational programming, and public engagement. The Center is supported by the generosity of individual donors, grants, corporate philanthropy, and institutional sponsors.


Accounting and Operations Assistant

The Center is seeking an Accounting and Operations Assistant who will be responsible for the department’s administrative duties, daily business transactions, report preparation, and bank statement reconciliation. This onsite position works 32 hours per week. The assistant position provides direct support to the CFO and Operations Manager and the Accounting and Operations Specialist. The successful candidate must be well-organized, accurate, and attentive to details.

Duties and Responsibilities

Accounts Payable

  • Establish and maintain relationships with new and existing vendors; handle all inquiries and payment tracking
  • Set up, record, and pay vendor invoices and ACH transactions in a timely manner
  • Process monthly Fellowship stipends
  • Process conference participants’ and speakers’ stipends and travel reimbursements
  • Maintain vendor profiles as needed including collecting W-9 forms and other documentation
  • Prepare annual 1099 statements

Accounts Receivable

  • Process monthly Fellowship and staff billing for miscellaneous charges
  • Process credit card payments
  • Prepare bank deposits and general ledger postings
  • Reconcile and ensure accuracy of bank statements

Other Responsibilities

  • Process bi-monthly payroll data entry and complete withholding reconciliations
  • Responsible for ordering supplies for staff and Fellows
  • Manage the Center’s promotional (swag) inventory
  • Record monthly staff credit card transactions
  • Assist with annual audit analysis and data requests
  • Assist Accounting and Operations Specialist in coordinating the needs and maintenance of the building
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Skills and Qualifications
  • Associate’s degree or higher, or comparable work experience
  • Solid data entry and word processing skills
  • Hands-on experience with spreadsheets and financial reports
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, and cloud-based storage solutions, with aptitude to learn new software and systems
  • Ability to multi-task on many different projects and be highly self-motivated
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication and time management skills with a customer service mindset
  • Demonstrates a professional demeanor and appearance
  • Experience with Blackbaud Financial Edge software and Box cloud storage, preferred
  • Previous experience in a nonprofit or academic setting, preferred
Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to regularly pull and push a minimum of 10 pounds
  • Must be able to regularly lift 25 pounds
  • Must be able to stand or sit for extended periods of time

The National Humanities Center offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits including a 403(b) contribution, and a collegial community work environment with opportunities for professional development and growth. We embrace a diversity of ideas, perspectives, bodies, and abilities. Salary will range from $35,000 to $38,000 based on experience and qualifications. This position is 32 hours per week.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, and a list of references to job@nationalhumanitiescenter.org. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Administrative Assistant — Development and Institutional Advancement

The Administrative Assistant is responsible for supporting the Center’s strategic fundraising efforts by coordinating programs aimed at targeting donors and prospects for annual giving, planned giving, and institutional sponsorship support. This position also functions as a valuable member of the Institutional Advancement team, which encompasses fundraising, communication and outreach, as well as public engagement and media asset oversight. The position in particular provides assistance to and collaborates with NHC’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement in managing donor data, as well as supporting the identification, cultivation, and direct engagement and stewardship of donors and sponsors.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Create, compose, and edit written materials
  • Design and/or assist in the design, production, and distribution of fundraising materials and case statements, as well as donor and sponsor correspondence and solicitation proposals
  • Provide financial stewardship and reporting to donors; respond to donor inquiries with accurate and timely information and ensure appropriate expenditure of donor funds
  • Provide primary management oversight of the Center’s Annual Fund campaign
  • Participate in and assist with special events; coordinate event-day logistics, including stewardship with donors and prospects in attendance
  • In conjunction with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, establish accurate and realistic budgets for fundraising activities and analyze outcomes
  • Assist in a variety of administrative support activities for the Institutional Advancement team, including management of vendor relationships, providing support for the Center’s social media activities, researching and developing constituent lists, donor data management and reporting, and budget tracking
  • Research and identify prospective new donors and sponsors and proactively initiate engagement
Skills and Qualifications
  • A strong interest in the Center’s mission
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • At least five years of experience directly related to development and fundraising for nonprofit organizations
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to present oneself with confidence professionally and engagingly and to clearly communicate orally and in writing
  • Excellent client relations and constituent engagement skills
  • Ability to plan, organize, and execute a range of related public initiatives and special events
  • Data management and computer skills, including the use of relevant software applications, such as Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, WealthPoint Online, or similar platforms
  • Experience researching and pursuing funding programs and opportunities available through local, state, and federal programs
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, with excellent planning, prioritizing, and follow-up skills
  • Ability to occasionally work additional hours, including evenings and weekends
Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to regularly pull and push a minimum of 10 pounds
  • Must be able to regularly lift 15 pounds and occasionally more than 25 pounds
  • Must be able to stand or sit for extended periods of time

The National Humanities Center offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits including a 403(b) contribution, and a collegial community work environment with opportunities for professional development and growth. We embrace a diversity of ideas, perspectives, bodies, and abilities. Salary will range from $50,000 to $55,000 based on experience and qualifications.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, and a list of references to job@nationalhumanitiescenter.org. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early.


The National Humanities Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, disability status, protected veteran status or any other basis protected by law.