FLSA STATUS: Full time – Exempt
REPORTS TO: Director of Programs
LOCATION: Office located on 1804 T Street, NW WDC 20009. Some telework available.
DEADLINE: Rolling Basis. Early applications strongly encouraged.


HumanitiesDC is the federally designated humanities council for Washington DC. Founded in 1980, HumanitiesDC aims to use the humanities as a tool to help all Washingtonians, and others connected to the District, deepen their relationships with the city and each other through the sharing of unique and universal stories, the fostering of intellectual stimulation, and the promotion of cross-cultural understanding. We work to amplify DC residents’ voices primarily through grantmaking and programs that support the making, recording, and appreciation of all things related to our city’s history, culture, and arts. We do this in partnership with other organizations, as well as local scholars, field experts, and citizen humanists.

HumanitiesDC is an independent nonprofit governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of local civic, cultural, and business leaders and staffed by a team of nine. HumanitiesDC has a $2.4M budget, largely derived from contributed sources including the National Endowment of the Humanities and local government.  Now in its fourth decade, HumanitiesDC has steered millions of dollars to the local community through grants and programs to achieve its mission. HumanitiesDC engages with numerous partners, including schools, museums, historic sites, civic associations, community centers, and
independent scholars to ensure equitable access to all of DC’s diverse communities. A sample of signature programs include:

Various grant programs, which amplify DC’s diverse voices, perspectives, and stories, support scholarly programming, oral history, documentaries, curriculum development, youth empowerment, and more. Awards range from $5,000 to $30,000. In 2021, HumanitiesDC awarded $1.2M in competitive grants to various humanities organizations and projects.

The DC Oral History Collaborative, an innovative partnership with the DC Public Library, preserves stories and memories of DC residents as communities change. HumanitiesDC equips residents with the training and financial resources they need to conduct and record high-quality
interviews. Since 2016, over 200 recordings have been documented, a portion of which are archived in the DC Public Library’s Washingtonian collection.

At HumanitiesDC, we strive to create a space that is welcoming, creative, energizing, respectful, and equitable for our team, partners, and participants. All programming aligns with the mission and values of the organization, is designed to reflect participating communities, is flexible enough to be responsive, and makes cultural connections wherever possible.


We strive to create a space that is welcoming, creative, energizing, respectful, and equitable for our team, partners, and participants. All programming aligns with the mission and values of the organization, is designed to reflect participating communities, is flexible enough to be responsive, and makes cultural connections wherever possible.


The Community Grantmaking Program (CGP) Manager serves as the co-lead for all aspects of HumanitiesDC grantmaking and philanthropic efforts. The Manager will work closely with the Director of Grantmaking and Programs to co-lead the Community Grants Program development and implementation, in line with HumanitiesDC’s overall mission, strategic goals and planned growth while increasing all District residents’ ability to participate in the humanities. Among core programmatic responsibilities, the CPG Manager is responsible for all aspects of the grant process from capturing the purpose of each grant opportunity, creating an equitable practice, outreach, overseeing the grantmaking process, applicant and grantee support, ensuring compliance and completing annual closeout procedures and required reporting using Foundant.

Additional responsibilities include supporting the rest of the HumanitiesDC team, with particular focus on programmatic needs, helping shape the organization’s culture, engaging in cross-organizational projects and activities, building an external network of partners, and regularly participating in
organizational events.

HumanitiesDC staff primarily works out of our office in NW DC. This position has a telework schedule available. This is a Monday through Friday schedule including community and organizational events on some weekend and evenings.


1 – Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

  • Contribute to the development of HumanitiesDC’s driving goals and objectives through the participation in strategic planning efforts;
  • With the Director of Programming and Executive Director, create a long-term CGP design that is integrated with HumanitiesDC’s overall vision, values, strategies and growth goals;
  • Advise the Director of Programming and Executive Director on CGP growth and engagement;
  • Participate in the design of the Program Department annual budget and work with the Director of Programming to ensure accurate projections are integrated into financial planning;
  • Track and report on CGP monthly finances.

2 – Program Management and Grantmaking

  • With the Senior leadership, create an annual program plan including the year’s focuses, milestones, processes and deadlines. Ensure these align with the overall organizational goals and city and federal funding requirements;
  • With senior leadership, create a structure to redistribute $800K in the time allotted, through a community-based grantmaking process;
  • Manage grants including review process, grantee relations, fund disbursement and reporting;
  • With the Director of Programming, co-lead a CGP evaluation process including metric-creation, data collecting, performance monitoring and internal reporting. Record and share achievements and needs for improvement;
  • Properly archive grants-related materials and files on an annual basis;
  • Oversee the collection of content, visuals, material and evaluation by programing staff and consultants for the purposes of HumanitiesDC communication efforts.

3 – Grantee Relations

  • Recruit and cultivate candidates with the purposes of creating a diverse and sizable pool of applications that fully represent DC;
  • Design and orchestrate a capacity building component to the CGP that reflects and responds to grantees needs;
  • Build ongoing relationships with current and former grantees to facilitate networking;
  • As needed, petition grantees to act as advocates for HumanitiesDC and its partners.

4 – Community Development and Partner Relations

  • Develop and pursue partnership and network opportunities to support CPG goals;
  • Collaborate with external groups to create a robust and equitable humanities presence in DC;
  • Integrate the Community Grants Program, grantees, and projects with other HDC programs;
  • With the rest of the Programs Team, create opportunities for grantees to share work broadly;
  • Regularly be a HumanitiesDC presence at organizational, partner and grantee events.

5 – Team Development

  • Continually deepen area and general expertise for self and work to share knowledge and develop skills of others across the organization;
  • Encourage a culture of support, high performance and continuous growth that values learning, and a commitment to collaboration and quality;
  • Support program staff outside of Community Grants Program to ensure the success of all major programmatic goals;
  • Create contracts and manage relationships with necessary program-based consultants;
  • Develop an ongoing, in-depth understanding of all the work of HumanitiesDC to be an effective representative to donors and partners.

6 – Representation, Networking, Communications and Collaboration

  • Maintain a Community Grants plan and calendar that is regularly updated and readily available to the whole team. Update whole team on upcoming important dates, issues and achievements;
  • Liaise with experts, and grantees to identify community-based grantmaking best practices;
  • Represent HumanitiesDC in relevant forums and network-building opportunities.

Other tasks in line with the essential functions/responsibilities mentioned above may be required.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, plus 5 years’ of experience in community-based grantmaking, the humanities, program management, and/or community development;
  • Significant experience and understanding of equitable philanthropic practices;
  • Understanding and connections to Washington, DC communities and cultural touchstones;
  • Experience organizing community-engaging trainings and activities;
  • Experience with grassroots-level outreach, working in diverse settings, and directly with community members;
  • Strong experience supporting and mentoring a team with diverse levels and areas of expertise;
  • At home working in a highly collaborative, fast-paced, and creative professional setting;
  • Strong written, oral, and presentational communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and active listening skills and the ability to effectively interface with community members;
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving and conflict resolution skills;
  • Ability to document and articulate organizations’ work and needs to a diverse audience;
  • Skilled with technology. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Sharepoint, Teams, Foundant (or other grant management software);
  • Self-starter who will take initiative for identifying and solving problems.
  • Passionate about HumanitiesDC’s mission, as demonstrated through a personal or professional connection to the humanities.


HumanitiesDC is greatly committed to salary transparency and pay equity. Compensation for this role has been budgeted at $70,000 and is non-negotiable.
Additionally full-time staff in this position are eligible for:

  • Employer-provided health, vision and dental insurance coverage (100% employer paid)
  • Participation in a retirement plan (including an employer contribution), and life insurance.
  • We have 12 paid holidays and 10 paid days of Annual Organizational Closings (including the week between December 24 and January 1 st )
  • Staff start with 18 days of paid time off per year, with increases after two and five years.
  • An additional 3 days of sick leave per year is provided. We also provide short term disability and long-term disability insurance. We comply with the DC Paid Leave Act.
  • We offer a sabbatical with up to 6 weeks after five years of service and up to 10 weeks after 10 or more years of service.
  • Annual funding for professional development.


For best consideration, applications should be received by August 7, 2022. Search will remain open until filled. Interested applicants should send a resume and a cover letter via email to with the subject line as “CGP Manager.” Qualified applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged due to the pace of the search. Inquiries about the role may be directed to Rebecca Lemos Otero at

  • Step 1: All submissions will be reviewed as they are received. All candidates will be notified in a timely manner if they are being considered for the position.
  • Step 2: Invited candidates will take part in a 45min-1hr interview with the Director of Programs and Executive Director via Zoom or in-person.
  • Step 3: Candidates chosen to continue will then have a 30-minute conversation with select staff to learn more about HumanitiesDC and our organization’s culture.
  • Step 4: At this point candidates may be asked to provide writing samples or to answer a short series of follow-up questions via email. The final candidate will be selected.
  • Step 5: A final candidate will be asked to provide references and consent to a background check if needed
  • Step 6: Selection and placement of the final candidate. Placement for this position is anticipated to occur by September 2022. Once the final candidate has accepted their offer of employment, all other applicants will be notified of their status.


Finalist(s) for this position will be required to consent to a pre-employment background and reference checks as a condition of employment.


HDC is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. This employee is regularly required to sit, stand, bend, stretch and kneel for long periods of time; frequently required to talk, hear, and use repetitive hand motions; and should possess the ability to push, pull, and lift up to 20 pounds unassisted.

As a condition of employment, all external candidates must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated from COVID-19, as of your first day of employment, unless a request for an ADA accommodation has been approved. “Fully vaccinated” means two (2) weeks have passed since your last dose of a two-dose series or two (2) weeks after a single-dose vaccination.


HDC has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages applications from candidates who identify as Black, Latino/a/x, or other people of color. Employment decisions are based upon one’s qualifications and capabilities to perform essential functions of a particular job. All opportunities are provided without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual identity, family status, pregnancy-related medical conditions, national origin,
age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.