Vermont Humanities Council

Community Program Officer | Full Time

Category: Non-profit

Location: 11 Loomis St.

This is your chance to help shape the cultural conversation in Vermont. Use your networking skills, program development experience, and your love for the humanities to create thought-provoking programs at our evolving organization. This position works on our First Wednesdays series, Words in the Woods, and Fall Conference programs. As the needs and interests of our growing audience change, these programs may also change. We are committed to using a diversity, equity, inclusion, and access lens to meet our mission and are searching for a person who can creatively and collaboratively generate new programs and ideas to expand this vision.

The Program Officer works as part of a highly-effective and motivated team to coordinate the day-to-day operations of Vermont Humanities’ public humanities programs and supports the Director of Programs in developing and evaluating those programs. This position is the team lead for several programs and may be called upon to assist the Director of Programs, Executive Director, or other staff with programming, including development activities in support of our public humanities programs such as grant research, grant writing and reporting, program underwriting, and fundraising meetings and events as requested.

Key Skills

  • Continually prioritize and undertake the multiple, diverse activities of programs, developing and adhering to workflow timelines.
  • Competency in meeting diversity, equity, inclusion and access goals in programming and administrative processes.
  • Respond to routine and special assignments in a fast-paced environment with flexibility and a willingness to meet project goals and organizational needs.
  • Continually assess program effectiveness, identifying and analyzing potential issues.
  • Work effectively as a team leader, as well as a member of a team in a collaborative environment.
  • Display creative problem-solving for greater programmatic success.
  • Serve as an effective public voice for our mission, vision, and programs.
  • Display exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Employ effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 and Customer Relationship Management systems and database
  • Demonstrate practical knowledge of accounts payable and accounts receivable procedures.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent life experience required; advanced degree in the humanities or a combination of education and work experience providing comparable knowledge and skills desirable.
  • Relevant experience in program planning and event management required.
  • Experience in managing and delivering virtual programs preferred.
  • Must be able to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Experience in and commitment to working in a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills required; experience in grant proposal writing desirable.
  • Ability to represent Vermont Humanities effectively to a broad range of individuals and organizations.
  • Demonstrated interest in the humanities and commitment to Vermont Humanities’ work and mission.
  • Donor and stakeholder development and fundraising experience is preferred.


  • Competitive Salary
  • 403(b) retirement plan with 6% employer contribution
  • 100% employer-paid healthcare insurance premium and deductible for the employee
  • 100% employer-paid dental insurance premium for the employee
  • Generous paid time off for vacation, holidays, personal and sick time
  • Group life insurance at no cost to the employee
  • Long-term disability insurance at no cost to the employee
  • Flexible schedule including opportunities to work from home
  • An open and supportive work environment with co-workers who are passionate about our mission


Vermont Humanities is located in Montpelier, but at present all of our staff members are working from home. New staff will be provided with a computer and other necessary equipment to complete their work remotely. Once social distancing precautions are eased, work will again be possible in our office.


Vermont Humanities is an EOE/affirmative action employer. We provide reasonable accommodations in the recruitment and employment of persons with disabilities.

Deadline: July 12, 2020 12:00 am

To Apply:

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and resume no later than July 12th to