Careers at the National Humanities Center

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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 Specialist

The Accounting and Operations Specialist will manage and perform accounting and physical operations activities. This onsite position is responsible for assuring timely and effective handling of all financial matters, as well as the day to day oversight of the use and maintenance of the building. The Accounting and Operations Specialist supervises the Accounting Assistant and reports to and works closely with the Chief Financial Officer/Operations Manager. The right candidate must have the ability to work independently as well as to be a committed member of a team, successfully manage competing deadlines, effectively communicate with a wide range of stakeholders, and proactively identify and problem-solve issues.

Duties and Responsibilities

Accounting (60%)
  • Supervise Accounting Assistant and all day-to-day accounting functions, including but not limited to:
    • Daily cash receipts processing and communicating details to Institutional Advancement
    • Accounts payable approval process, general ledger coding, and ACH payment approval
    • Program invoicing and accounts receivable
    • Payroll processing
    • Monthly account analysis including bank reconciliations, credit card reporting, fixed assets, etc.
  • Monitor daily bank activity reporting cashflow needs to CFO/Operations Manager
  • Oversee and/or complete the month-end and year-end financial closing process including annual audit analysis
  • Ensure appropriate record keeping and reporting as required by accepted accounting standards and by private and governmental funding agencies
  • Assist the CFO/Operations Manager in the areas of budgeting, auditing, and benefits planning
Physical Operations (40%)
  • Manage keys and access to the building
  • Coordinate facility move-management, including event set-up and tear down and Fellow and staff office needs and moves
  • Oversee facility storage, identify needs, and maintain storage inventory
  • Manage service requests and ongoing monthly/quarterly/annual service, including scheduling all service and meeting with contractors/vendors
  • Purchase building and maintenance supplies and manage related requests
  • Solve basic level facility requests that require immediate attention
  • Research referrals, vendors, issues, and solutions. Present research to CFO/Operations Manager for approval
  • Manage vendor and contractor relationships
  • Oversee annual AED, fire extinguisher, and elevator inspections
  • Monitor security cameras and security issues, in collaboration with IT
  • Maintain physical operations knowledge database (i.e., contractors, requests, purchases, etc.)
Minimum Qualifications
  • Candidates should hold a Bachelor degree in Accounting with 3–5 years progressively responsible accounting experience.
  • A solid knowledge of GAAP is required.
  • An understanding of nonprofit and grant accounting is desirable.
  • Prior facilities management experience a plus.
  • Successful candidates will have strong analytic, organizational, interpersonal, decision-making, communication, and computational skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and the Google Workspace required. Prior experience with Blackbaud a plus.
Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to pull and push a minimum of 10 lbs.
  • Must be able to regularly lift 25 lbs.
  • 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 $65,000 to $70,000 based on experience and qualifications.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume and a list of references to job@nationalhumanitiescenter.org by May 13, 2022. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early.


Information Manager

The Information Manager oversees the annual online residential fellowship competition that brings leading scholars from around the world. The Information Manager also guides how information and knowledge is captured, managed, and shared across departments at the NHC. In addition to managing the 8-month long competition, they will evaluate, improve, design, and implement knowledge management initiatives and processes across departments, as well as maintain ongoing operations and information infrastructure in support of those initiatives. The Information Manager works onsite in our architecturally stunning building and reports to and works closely with the Vice President for Scholarly Programs and the Chief Financial Officer and Operations Manager. The right candidate will successfully work autonomously and collaboratively with staff, harness technology to help solve problems, expertly lead multi-faceted projects, navigate ambiguity, drive continuous improvement, champion accountability, clearly and thoughtfully communicate with external reviewers, staff and NHC leadership, and maintain organizational excellence in all efforts. The right candidate will embrace our values and contribute to a respectful, collegial environment for staff and scholars alike.

Duties and Responsibilities

Fellowship Competition Management (50%)
  • Set competition deadlines, define milestones, and plan for competition assessment (June through January)
  • Collaboratively plan and execute publicity strategy for competition
  • Identify needed academic experts to review applications, contact potential academic reviewers, and solicit 500+ peer reviewers each year
  • Manage and execute data import and export from competition portals and Microsoft Dynamics CRM
  • Enhance and improve processes and systems to promote efficiency; work closely with competition portal vendor to suggest new functionality, oversee and guide competition timeline, and problem solve issues
  • Communicate responsibilities and applicant status to external reviewers
  • Guide reviewers and applicants through all technical issues
  • In collaboration with the Vice President for Scholarly Programs, identify issues and implement solutions in application assignments, reassignments, and other processes
  • Oversee selection committee meeting logistics, calculation of scores, and selection committee materials
Knowledge Management (50%)
  • In conjunction with NHC leadership, set strategy and define NHC-wide initiatives to encourage communication and collaboration across teams
  • Develop and update work processes to improve common and repeated activities
  • Facilitate and encourage program and project assessment across the organization; conduct retrospective assessments, new project feasibility meetings, and other collaborative efforts across departments
  • Oversee grant proposal timelines and work processes
  • Oversee event and meeting reservation system
  • Maintain staff intranet and continue to improve upon knowledge-sharing efforts
  • Perform regular audits of documentation and process optimization to ensure critical information continues to be accessible and discoverable in an efficient manner; write and maintain process documentation and maintain knowledge bases
  • With the Information Technology Coordinator, audit and assess current technology tools and solutions to help maximize knowledge capture and efficacy across departments
  • Lead training and implementation of new NHC-wide technology initiatives
  • Oversee historical digital files, inventory physical archives and lead future digitization efforts; work closely with the Digital Assets Manager to champion policies and support their implementation and execution; facilitate batch uploads of website assets
  • Work closely with public engagement team to maintain integrity in editorial workflow and public communications
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Prior experience working in a relational database and managing and assessing data
  • Proficiency in Google Workspace environment and Microsoft Office
  • Experience working with varied levels of stakeholders, guiding direction with leadership, and leading cross-functional communication and collaboration efforts across teams
  • Proven success in process design, implementation, and project management
  • Effective communicator and comfortable leading and training other staff
  • Adept at learning new systems, identifying technology solutions, and fostering change
  • Proven history of meeting deadlines, employing continuous improvement and assessment practices, and holding stakeholders accountable
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a timely and organized fashion
Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in humanities, library, or information sciences
  • Previous experience in higher education or working with scholars
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Dynamics CRM
  • Conversant with contemporary Information Technology solutions, language and platforms, including best practices for data security
  • Project management, information management, knowledge management, library science, or related certification

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 $60,000 to $70,000 based on experience and qualifications.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume and a list of references to job@nationalhumanitiescenter.org by May 20, 2022. 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.