Philadelphia, PA

Program Officer, Pennsylvania Humanities Council

The Organization

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council is an independent nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  We put the humanities in action to create positive change. We are passionate advocates, innovative program designers and strategic grantmakers. We lead a movement to champion and redefine the role the humanities play in our lives. We use the humanities to generate avenues for civic involvement and community development, and for youth and adults to strengthen skills for school, work and every day.

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Position Overview


The Program Officer will develop, manage, and produce content for a portfolio of PHC programs that demonstrate the impact of humanities-driven civic engagement that puts people first. Reporting to the Senior Director of Content and Engagement, you will expand our model placekeeping initiatives and produce new lines of programming to expand our statewide engagement, visibility, and resources.  You will also build an exciting new network and documentation for learning, advocacy, and leadership.


●        Expand and deepen Community Heart & Soul®

●        Continue to develop Chester Made as a model for learning and creative innovation in humanities-driven placekeeping.

●        Develop and produce a regular line-up of on the ground programs and online content that demonstrates the humanities’ role in social change in communities.

●        Develop and manage grantmaking for civic engagement portfolio.

●        Provide coaching, guidance and support to partners and program personnel.

●        Oversee and manage budgets for programs and projects.

●        Develop and coordinate participatory evaluation and research activities for civic engagement programs.

●        Report and develop presentations and publications to staff, board and outside stakeholders.

●        In collaboration with Senior Director and communications staff, design and oversee positioning platforms to build audiences for our civic engagement programs. .

●        In collaboration with Senior Director and development staff, identify potential partners to increase resources and visibility for PHC’s work.

●        Support efforts in raising funds and messaging for communications and advocacy.


•         Bachelor’s Degree in a humanities, arts or closely related field

•         Minimum 5 years professional experience in nonprofit, philanthropic, or government sectors.

•         Strong background in community organizing and engagement, especially with civic or place-based initiatives or participatory grantmaking.

•         Experience producing content for events, a year-long series, or larger-scale special projects.

•         Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work sensitively within diverse communities.

•         Strong project management skills.

•         Very comfortable handling multiple assignments and shifting priorities in a fast-paced environment.

•        Must be able to travel regularly throughout Pennsylvania and annually at least once nationally.

How To Apply

Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position addressed to

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