One of 55 state and territorial humanities councils that serve as local affiliates of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mass Humanities creates opportunities for the people of the Commonwealth to transform their lives and build a more equitable community through the humanities. Mass Humanities is a private 501c3 foundation with an operating budget of $2.4 million that supports more than 200 non-profits each year through grant making and signature programs including Reading Frederick Douglass Together and the Clemente Course in the Humanities. Based in Northampton, MA, and committed to serving communities in every corner of the state, we partner with institutions ranging from museums and libraries to community colleges and human services centers.
Mass Humanities seeks an experienced professional to lead the organization’s administrative operations. As a thought partner to the Executive Director, the Director of Administration will create and implement the architecture necessary for our small team of staff to meet the goals established in our new strategic plan. The ideal candidate is systems-oriented, people-friendly, and deeply committed to strengthening our democracy through civic engagement, education, and the creative genius of Massachusetts and its people.
Mass Humanities believes in promoting an equitable and inclusive society that recognizes all people’s perspectives, especially those who have been marginalized and underrepresented. In 2021, the organization will implement a new, three-year strategic plan to grow the resources and visibility of the humanities in Massachusetts, culminating in 2024, when the organization will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Director of Administration will play a pivotal role in building the workplace culture, operational systems, and financial transparency to sustain and evolve the leading organization for the humanities in the commonwealth.
Key Roles for Director of Administration
The Director of Administration will report to and work collaboratively with the Executive Director to manage all internal operations, including Human Resource management, staff professional development, budget and finance, databases, facilities, and internal communications. Successful candidates will have experience in most or all of these areas, with an emphasis on problem solving and supporting a thriving staff culture. Specific duties will include the following:
Internal systems administration
Human Resources Administration
Mass Humanities headquarters is based in Northampton, Massachusetts and the other members of the team are based in that office. As a result of COVID-19, Mass Humanities has been working remotely and will continue that until mid-summer 2021, although staff do have the option of working from the office upon request. Moving forward, Mass Humanities expects to develop a hybrid work structure that allows staff to work remotely a few days a week with regular in-person meetings at locations around the state.
Salary range: $80,000-$90,000/yr
Mass Humanities offers generous benefits to include fully paid individual health insurance, life and disability insurance, retirement contribution, as well as vacation, personal and sick leave. Mass Humanities is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diverse applicants from across Massachusetts are encouraged to apply. Position is temporarily remote; Mass Humanities is open to a hybrid work structure with regularly scheduled in-person meetings and off-site combinations for the right candidate.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should send an application that includes a resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “DOA Position - [your name]” in the subject of your email.Cover letters can be addressed to: Brian Boyles, Executive Director, Mass Humanities, 66 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060. No phone calls please
Mass Humanities Careers
Mass Humanities is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. Mass Humanities’ work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by laws of Massachusetts.