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.

Current Openings

Accounting Clerk

Start Date: July 1, 2021
Position: Part-Time (20 hours/week)


The Center is seeking a part-time Accounting Clerk who will be responsible for daily business transactions, report preparation, and bank statement reconciliations.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Prepare bank deposits, process on-line credit card transaction, general ledger postings, and bank reconciliations
  • Process all payables, vendor maintenance, and 1099 preparation
  • Process bi-monthly payroll data entry and complete withholding reconciliations
  • Process fellowship stipends and process monthly fellowship billing
  • Assist with annual audit analysis and data requests
  • Performing other administrative and clerical duties as assigned
Skills and Qualifications
  • Associate’s degree or higher, or comparable work experience
  • Proven accounting experience, preferably as an accounts receivable or accounts payable clerk
  • Hands-on experience with spreadsheets and financial reports
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and Cloud-based storage solutions, with aptitude to learn new software and systems
  • Experience with Concur, Financial Edge, and Box preferred
  • Previous experience in an academic setting preferred
  • Well-organized, accurate, and attentive to details
  • Solid data entry and word processing skills
  • Customer service mindset
  • Professional attitude and appearance
To Apply

All interested candidates should email a cover letter and résumé to by May 14, 2021.

Digital Projects Specialist — Education Programs

Start Date: July 1, 2021
Position: Part-Time (20 hours/week)


The Center’s education programs strengthen teaching on the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels. Model programs developed at the Center provide teachers and faculty with new materials and instructional strategies to make them more effective in the classroom and rekindle their enthusiasm for the subjects they teach. The Education Programs Digital Projects Specialist will provide daily support to the Education Team on implementation of digital projects and online programs with a focus on the Humanities in Class Online Course portfolio and the Humanities in Class Digital Library.

Duties and Responsibilities
Online Courses

  • Writing, researching, editing online course content
  • Interacting with scholars and subject matter experts
  • Managing post-launch course support (registration, help desk, communication, and tech support)
  • Summarizing course evaluation, participant demographic and instructional product data
  • Review and management of digital assets in Open Education Resource (OER) platform
Humanities in Class Digital Library

  • Managing daily review of OER digital assets (pending submissions, membership)
  • Collaborating with NHC Library Staff on new digital assets from external partners, online course participants, and education programs
Skills and Qualifications
  • A Master’s degree and/or National Board Certification in a humanities discipline
  • Strong background with one or more humanities content disciplines
  • Strong writing, editing, and research skills in the humanities
  • Strong experience creating instructional resources using inquiry-based approach and current scholarship
  • Experience with instructional technology, including, but not limited to, online course development and digital asset management
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, creative environment
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Professional attitude and appearance
To Apply

All interested candidates should email a cover letter and résumé to by May 14, 2021.

Public Engagement Coordinator

Start Date: July 1, 2021
Position: Full-Time (40 hours/week)


The Public Engagement Coordinator will oversee development and implementation of a robust public engagement and audience expansion strategy, as well as support the Center’s wider role in public conversation and thought leadership. Working closely with other members of the Institutional Advancement team, this will include, but not be limited to, providing leadership to ensure the Center keeps pace with the most current and effective engagement platforms and strategies, assuming primary responsibility for in-person and virtual convenings, forums, and conferences, new content creation and dissemination, and oversight for various NHC platforms and features such as Humanities Moments, Explore, and Humanities in Action.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assist in the development of a comprehensive NHC Public Engagement strategy that employs innovative community engagement techniques to reach a broad audience of stakeholders
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute the Center’s public outreach and engagement strategy and related activities
  • Work closely with the Center staff and leadership, organize and create authentic and targeted engagement opportunities with an expanding group of stakeholders
  • Participate in sponsorship and grant proposal research and solicitation for Public Engagement activities as well as post-award management
  • Oversee volunteers and student interns as appropriate, as well as manage institutional and project partners for key Center public engagement projects and activities
Skills and Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in either the humanities or a related field
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in communications, higher education organizational outreach, marketing, social media, or a related field
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate on the implementation of community advocacy, community relations, marketing, event planning, and public relations strategies
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with people, especially those with a different background or experience
  • Ability to engage distinct communities and develop relationships with key stakeholders
  • Knowledge of engagement strategies and sensitivity to cultural diversity
  • Ability to effectively resolve conflict situations
  • Ability to think strategically, analyze issues, and make sound decisions
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends
  • Professional attitude and appearance
To Apply

All interested candidates should email a cover letter and résumé to by May 14, 2021.

Development Specialist

Start Date: July 15, 2021
Position: Full-Time (40 hours/week)


The position of Development Specialist is an extremely important one at the National Humanities Center and 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 provides assistance to the Center’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement in support of the identification, cultivation, direct engagement, and stewardship of donors and sponsors.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Abide by and comply with all of the Center’s workplace policies and procedures
  • Research and identify prospects, new donors, and sponsors and proactively initiate engagement
  • Foster positive relationships with current and prospective donors and sponsors, including engaging in consistent outreach, in-person meetings, donor luncheons, coordinating and facilitating donor events and other cultivation and fundraising activities, as appropriate and assigned
  • Create, compose, and edit written materials
  • Work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • 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, as appropriate
  • Provide financial stewardship and reporting to donors; respond to donor inquiries with accurate and timely information and ensure appropriate expenditure of donor funds
  • Assist with coordination and management of larger promotional and fundraising activities and events, including primary oversight for the Center’s Annual Fund Campaign
  • Participate in and assist with special events and coordinate event-day logistics, including stewardship with donors and prospects in attendance
  • Establish accurate and realistic budgets for fundraising activities and analyze outcomes
  • Assist in preparing and writing grant proposals and developing event and sponsorship opportunities
  • Assist in a variety of administrative support activities for the Institutional Advancement team, including management of some vendor relationships, developing social media and constituent lists, budget tracking and other activities, as needed and assigned
  • Some travel is required
Skills and Qualifications

The required competencies of the Development Specialist position include but may not be limited to:

  • Accepting Responsibility: Takes accountability for delivering on commitments; owns mistakes and uses them as opportunities for learning and development.
  • Supporting Center Goals: Actively supports the Center’s mission, goals, and values; give priority to the Center’s needs and concerns when making decisions.
  • Manages Time Efficiently and Appropriately: Accurately estimates the time required to complete job assignments, adheres to a schedule, and is sensitive to the use of others’ time.
  • Supports Co-Workers and Management: Contributes to the Center’s overall performance by encouraging and supporting others.
  • Ability to Multi-Task: Actively support multiple projects while supporting Center-wide activities.
  • Attentive Listening and Communications: Uses active listening skills, avoids distractions, and is open to other viewpoints; demonstrates patience while listening to others and does not interrupt; proactively provides appropriate and timely communications to management.
  • Solves Complex Problems: Effectively thinks through complex problems and information, uses traditional and innovative approaches to identify effective solutions to problems and provide excellent service on behalf of the Center.
  • Manages Stressful Situations: Uses healthy and effective methods to manage stress and reacts effectively when faced with high pressure situations.
  • Acquires and Retains Donors: Engages in behavior that leads to the acquisition and retention of the Center’s donors, sponsors and partners; provides necessary support and follow-up to prospects, sponsors, and donors to further the Company’s mission.
  • Follows the Center’s Workplace Policies and Procedures: Understands and follows all of the Center’s workplace policies and procedures; encourages others to follow the Center’s workplace policies and procedures; and notifies management of any behavior, actions, or incidents that may violate the Center’s workplace policies and procedures. Maintains an excellent knowledge of the Center’s services.
  • Meets Basic Work Expectations: Complies with basic job requirements and tasks, shows up for work as scheduled, begins work on time and as scheduled, arrives promptly to meetings and proactively informs others when problems are encountered that may limit ability to meet job expectations; presents oneself professionally.
To Apply

All interested candidates should email a cover letter and résumé to by May 31, 2021.

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.